Updated Jan. 31, 2013
Spring has sprung - right into summer for many of us. Hopefully everone has a slate of adventures lined up for the warmer months. As a community, I'd say we've earned it. We had one of our biggest EasternCup series ever, at the end of which CGRP teammates Kaitlynn Miller and Gordon Vermeer claimed the Gallagher Cup as EasternCup Series Champions. We had an eleven-race Zak Cup series that kicked off in early December, which was ultimately won by Sarah Pribram of NWVE and Chris Nice of Ford Sayer. More on the Zak Cup series below. We also sold out our 14th Annual Women's New England XC Ski Day, and saw record participation at the Spirit of Winter Bill Koch Festival at Mountain Top Inn. We had twenty brave souls complete the Swix Marathon Challenge, racing in the NEw England Marathon Series. Our New England Junior National Team successful defended the Alaska Cup in California, and we cheered as Craftsbury Outdoor Center hosted some of the nation's best skiers in two SuperTour races and AXCS Masters National Championships in a 10-day festival of competitions. And then there are the myriad events across the region hosted by local clubs - a diverse set of festivities that fuel a cross country ski community that is the envy of much of the nation and that we are proud to serve. To cap it all off, we were the recipients of a huge vote of confidence from you, our community, in the form of $40,000 in annual fund contributions! You can learn a little more about that and catch some cool videos from USST athletes at our annual fund page. We can't thank you enough for providing this critical support.
I'll see you out there,
Zach Stegeman | Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Notes from the Field:
NENSA Names 2015 Zak Cup Champions
Sarah Pribram of North West Vermont Endurance earned the title of women's overall Zak Cup Champion for the 2014-15 season ahead of Joanne Hanowski of Mansfield Nordic and Stowe Outing Club's Trina Hosmer. On the men's side, Chris Nice of Ford Sayer spoiled the NWVE party winning the overall title ahead of NWVE teammates Tom Thurston, Eric Darling, and Damian Bolduc. Read on for individual age group standings. Read more here!
New England Nordic News Spring Issue is Available Online
The spring issue of New England Nordic News is available here. Check out the lead article on NENSA as a foundation of success. Look back at this year's Spirit of Winter BKL Festival. Catch the latest L.L.Bean & USST partnership news. Congratulate the brave Masters who completed the NENSA Marathon Challenge this season, and our Gallagher Cup winners from CGRP. Find the spring issue and NENN archives here.
2015-16 NENSA Elite and NENSA Development Teams Announced
The NENSA Elite Team exists as a program to support and facilitate the appropriate development of top athletes toward the goal of international excellence. Click here for the 2015-16 NENSA Elite Team Roster. The NENSA Development Team is named based upon regional results and is nominated once a year in the spring. Click here for the 2015-16 NENSA Development Team Roster. NENSA recognizes the efforts and achievements of these athletes and congratulates all of them on their successes so far.
NENSA Seeking High Performance Director
For nearly nine years, Janice Sibilia worked tirelessly in support of NENSA’s competitive programs. In collaboration with numerous NENSA committees, Janice was a steward of NENSA’s coach education programs and a champion of healthy athlete development. Read more about Janice here. With Janice's departure, NENSA is now seeking a Director of High Performance to oversee NENSA’s competitive programming. This role requires strong, inspired leadership with a collaborative spirit to galvanize and to work with our nordic community. Click here for the full job posting.
USSA Announces Nominations for U.S. Cross Country Ski Team
From USSA.org: Each year, the top athletes in America are nominated to compete as a part of the U.S. Ski Team. Nominations include those active athletes who qualified based on published selection criteria in the prior season. The U.S. Ski Team announces official team rosters in the fall, naming those athletes who accept the responsibilities of being a part of the team and are planning to compete in the 2015-16 season. Check the roster here.
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Summer Gear Care Tips from SWIX
The endless New England winter winter may have ended but here are some tips from Swix here with some helpful steps for blemish free ski bases, summertime training comfort and focused prep for next winter. Click here for more from SWIX.