At this time of year, as we re-focus on everything going on within New England, it is great to hear just how widely our community is recognized. Last week, my sister was proudly sporting her NENSA hat (available here!) in San Francisco when she was stopped by an 'alum' of our EasternCup circut who coudn't help but connect with the familiar snowflake logo and share a few memories from "back east." Back east this week we're showcasing the best of our competitive program as Trapp Family Lodge hosts the 2014 USSA Junior National Championships in Stowe, VT. Simultaneously, there is superb distance racing and recreational touring at two New England Marathon Series events; the Rangeley Lakes Loppet last weekend and the Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon coming up March 8th. And there is more junior racing on the horizon as the U16/J2 Championship at Rikert also this coming weekend. Even though there is plentry to focus on right here, we're keeping our heads up and folowing our community from Sochi to San Francisco.
I'll see you out there!
Zach Stegeman | Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Notes from the Field:
New England Kicks Off Junior Nationals Campaign with Huge Opening Day Results
The cold winds didn't hamper a hot New England team on day one as they raced to multiple podiums including a sweep of the U20 podium in the distance classic events on Monday. Check full results here. You can also catch somegreat event coverage from WCAX here. For an inside look at the opening day of competition, check out athlete reports from New England teammates Chloe Levins and Jack Hegman.
400 BKLers Rock The Festival at Quarry Road
Sunshine was the key element of today’s opening day of the 2014 Bill Koch Festival, “Nordic Rocks!” at Quarry Road. The official theme of this year’s Festival is “The Elements” of Rock, Wind, Fire, and Snow. Today, we added Sun to the list with a bluebird day at the Waterville trails. The Festival, kicked off with the famous relays, a highlight of the season for racers and spectators alike as teams represent their club in a great competition – racing for club pride, the podium, and a really good time. Opening day also featured lots of fun activities from the Pine Tree State Tree Maze, Paintball Biathlon, a Scavenger Hunt, and action on the Sledding Hill. Catch up on the action here: Day One & Day Two.
The Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort
The Bretton Woods Nordic Marathon at Omni Mount Washington Resort is a classic technique x-c marathon for recreational and competitive skiers. The event is a major fund-raiser for the New England Ski Museum. This year's event will take place on Saturday, March 8. Click here for the latest event information.
Trapp Family Lodge Offers Last Minute Deals for Junior Nationals
Trapp Family Lodge welcomes everyone to the 2014 USSA Junior National Championship! With competition kicking off Monday, March 3, Trapp Family Lodge is offering a last-minute special NENSA rate for the Junior Nationals week so you can come enjoy the racing, the mountains, and the famous Trapp Family Lodge hospitality. Special rate applies for March 2 – 7 , at $185 per night per room. Call 855-318-4641 or visit TrappFamily.com to book your stay. See you at Junior Nationals!
Maine Huts & Trails Invites You to Take Advantage of Late Season Snow
We are going to have plenty of late season snow in April. Beginning April 1st we are in self-service, which means guests bring their own food and have use of the hut's facilities including a fully outfitted, commercial kitchen. Our Self-service season is a great value. Members stay for $30 per person or consider renting an entire hut, which sleep from 32 - 44 people, for $600! Gather your family or friends and make your own adventure at MH&T! Check us out online at www.mainehuts.org and then call the office (207-265-2400) and speak to Katy or Ansel to make your reservation.
NBC Olympics & USOC to Present Unprecedented Coverage of Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games
NBC Olympics to Present 52 Hours of Paralympic Winter Games Coverage Across NBC and NBCSN. Live Coverage Begins with the Opening Ceremony Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. TeamUSA.org to Provide Comprehensive Live Streaming Coverage. Read more here.
The Wax Bench: Featured Deals, Tools, & Updates from NENSA Partners
SWIX Sponsorship of NENSA Keeps New England Junior National Team on the Fast Track
Swix is a long time champion of the Nordic community, supporting programs, athletes, venues and retailers at all levels of the sport. Their long-standing sponsorship of New England Nordic Ski Association likewise supports NENSA programing along the entire pipeline, from the Bill Koch Festival to the New England Junior National Team and beyond. “New England is excited to have support from Swix as their products have proven to be excellent at this venue,” said Justin Beckwith and Nick Mahood, head wax techs for the New England Junior National Team. “We look forward to making some super fast skis for our Junior National Team!” Read more here.