Updated Mar. 24, 2015
There is still plenty of spring skiing left, and plenty of great work being done here at NENSA world headquarters to finish out the season strong. We hope you all will find some good spring skiing and stay tuned to NENSA.net for our traditional late season news. One of our seasonal highlights is coming up with the annual NENSA Awards recognition. As we head into spring we'll be naming our Caldwell Award, Club of the Year, Coach of the Year, Adaptive Achievement, and Bill Koch Youth Leadership Awards, as well as awarding the Gallagher Cup to the 2015 EasternCup Champions. Check out the NENSA Awards page for a little history on these community recognitions and read up on last year's recipients.
If you had as much fun this season as we did, and believe in the work being done, please consider a donation to our Annual Fund campaign. I'll see you out there,
Zach Stegeman | Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Notes from the Field:
Eastern High School Championship ReCap
By Sophie Hodges: This past weekend was the final weekend of racing for most of the junior skiers in New England as they headed to Rumford, Maine to race at the Eastern High School Championship. Five Northeast states fielded teams for some great late season racing. New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York each brought teams to Black Mountain for three days of team racing. Read the full article & link to results & photos here.
SuperTour Finals Underway in Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation is excited to host the 2015 SuperTour Finals! Sun Valley, Idaho is also known as “Nordic Town USA” for having the best Nordic ski terrain in the U.S. Sun Valley has been recognized by the US Olympic Committee as a Nordic Olympic Training Site and Paralympic Training Site due to the quality, volume and diversity of Nordic skiing and other necessary amenities for training the world's best athletes. Here you will find over 200 kilometers of meticulously maintained Nordic trails with incredible diversity of terrain and trail type. This year, the SuperTour races will be held at Galena Lodge which is home to over 50km of perfectly groomed ski trails. Galena is situated at the base of 10,000ft peaks and offers breathtaking, 360 degree views of the Boulder Mountains. Link to the official SuperTour Finals website.
Time For One More Spin at Weston
With snow tallies over 100 inches, skiing at the Weston Ski Track has been phenomenal and so many have been able to enjoy it. Thanks to FOLJMS members’ efforts and those of the Weston Ski Track, youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Boston and YES (Youth Enrichment Services) have been among the multitudes of Greater Boston residents now enjoying cross-country skiing at the Leo J Martin. And due to FOLJM's outreach to the DCR which contracts out the winter facility, the winter ski season at the Weston Ski Track has been extended this year until April 1.
Alpine National Champs Heat Up Slopes at Maine's Sugarloaf USA
While the best in the cross country business are soaking up the rays in Sun Valley, our gravity fed brethren will be here in New England racing for the National title at Sugarloaf USA in Maine. “Our USSA Eastern region is vital to the sport in America,” said USSA Alpine Director Patrick Riml from the World Cup Finals in Meribel, France. “Everyone is excited to come to the east and we know there will be great racing at Sugarloaf. We have a great group of athletes coming to Sugarloaf, including some of our superstars, which is important to get the ski racing community fired up about the sport.” Get the details at USSA.org.
The Wax Bench: Tips, Deals, & Updates from our Partners & Sponsors
Toko Talks Storage Wax
Here are Toko's recommendations for storage waxing of skis. First clean the skis well. This can be done with wax remover or by simply brushing the bases out well with a copper brush depending on how dirty they are. Then drip on a generous amount of NF or LF Red. Iron it in making sure that there is enough wax to provide a thick layer on the base and that the iron is hot enough to ensure a good bond between the wax and the base. This ironing procedure is normal, but sometimes a person rushes through storage waxing and the wax is not really heated outside of that it becomes liquid. The ski bases often times don't even become warm. This will result in air between the base and the ski and less protection. Read on, here.