NENSA News Feed The New England Nordic Ski Association provides year-round educational, recreational, and competitive programs at all levels of cross-country ski racing. NENSA works to sustain a vital and active skiing community in New England, and to provide the support structure necessary to bring athletes to their highest potential at regional, national, and international events. en-us Sverre Caldwell Named USSA Domestic Coach of the Year! Congratulations to Vermonter Sverre Caldwell for being named with this prestigious honor- We are fortunate to have you here in New England with all the things you do for developing athletes. Read more here!

]]> (Janice Sibilia)Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:52:05 EST
Stratton Mountain School Scores Three Gold Medals at Nordic Junior Nationals Press Release: STRATTON MOUNTAIN, VT, SODA SPRINGS, CA – Stratton Mountain School (SMS), a ski and snowboard academy based in the heart of southern Vermont’s Green Mountains, today announced the SMS Nordic Team competed in the Junior Nationals competition at Auburn Ski Club in Soda Springs CA, extending the SMS Nordic Program streak of 19 years with at least one gold medal at Junior Nationals. Team New England finished the event in first place overall in the competition held March 8-14, and SMS finished the event with 17 All-American finishes, nine podiums and three gold medals.

]]> On the podium, Junior Katharine Ogden, of Landgrove, VT, won gold in three of her four races, finishing first in the classic race, first in the skate and first in the relay for U18 racers. She was third in the spring.

Sophomore Russell Boswell, of Putney, VT, and freshman Adam Witkowski, of Peru, VT and Victor, NY, finished second in the relay for U16s.

Senior Koby Gordon, of Londonderry, VT, was second in the U18 relay; and junior Karman Husian, of Hartland, VT, was third in the U18 relay; while freshman Mae Chalmers, Landgrove, VT, was third in the relay.

Top-10 finishes:

  • Kamran Husain (U18) - 10th sprint, 4th classic
  • Adam Witkowski (U16) - 8th sprint, 6th classic 
  • Koby Gordon (U18) - 6th skate 
  • Mackenzie Rizio (U18) - 9th classic (junior, Wilmington, VT)
  • Russell Boswell (U16) - 5th classic
  • Ben Ogden (U16) - 9th classic (freshman, Landgrove, VT)

Top-20 finishes:

  • Mae Chalmers (U16) - 16th sprint, 12th skate, 13th classic
  • Kamran Husain (U18) - 14th sprint, 15th skate
  • Mackenzie Rizio (U18) - 12th skate
  • Ana Witkowski (U18) - 14th skate (senior, Peru, VT and Victor, NY)
  • Ben Ogden (U16) - 18th skate
  • Koby Gordon (U18) - 12th classic
  • Max LaChance (U20) - 19th classic (senior, Concord, MA)

About Stratton Mountain School:

Stratton Mountain School (SMS) is a ski and snowboard academy based at Stratton Mountain in the heart of southern Vermont’s Green Mountains. For more than 40 years, the SMS community of students (grades 7-12), teachers, coaches and administrators share the pursuit of excellence in education and sport. As the first ski academy accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, SMS has a strong tradition of college preparatory academics combined with the most comprehensive and innovative training programs available to alpine, Nordic, freeski, freestyle and snowboarders. Since the school’s inception, nearly every SMS graduate has continued to a four-year college or deferred to pursue a career in ski racing or snowboarding. SMS alumni include 66 Olympic placements and 42 Olympians as student athletes, while more than 100 have been National Team members.


]]> (Janice Sibilia)Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:48:10 EST
USST Athletes Tell Their NENSA Story Four U.S. Ski Team members recently sat down to talk about the role NENSA played in their journey from Vermont to the world stage. Click "read more" to hear from Sophie Caldwell, Liz Stephen, Ida Sargent, and Andy Newell. Check out the NENSA Annual Fund page for more info and to contribute to the foundation of their success.


Supporting the Foundation of Success :: Liz Stephen from New England Nordic Ski Assoc on Vimeo.

Supporting the Foundation of Success :: Sophie Caldwell from New England Nordic Ski Assoc on Vimeo.

Supporting the Foundation of Success :: Ida Sargent from New England Nordic Ski Assoc on Vimeo.

Andy Newell Video... Coming soon

]]> (NENSA Staff)Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:37:56 EST
UMPI Seeking Ski Coach The University of Maine at Presque Isle is seeking to fill the position of Head Men’s and Women’s Ski Coach from mid-September 2015 through mid-March 2016. The head ski coach is responsible for the direction of the men’s and women’s skiing programs, adhering to NCAA rules and regulations and providing technical expertise to maximize performance of team members. The University of Maine-Presque Isle is located in Presque Isle, Maine, which sits in northern Aroostook County and is considered the hub of the county. The complete job description is linked here.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:23:05 EST
Summer 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.

]]> Summer Ski Storage:
Keep the area on the base of your skis clean and free from residue. Apply a basecleaner and scrub vigorously in the direction of travel using Swix Fiberlene. Wait until dry and then apply a coat of warm wax such as CH10 or the venerable BP88. Do not scrape until fall at which point enjoy clean and ready skis for the new season.

Baselayers are not just for winter. The shoulder seasons or cool summer mornings are a perfect time to pull out the long underwear for a performance focused training session. Wash them. (Obviously.) But do not store them for summer.

Keep the tips sharp! Rollerski ferrules are crucial to keep sharp and at the ready. The TBS system allows for easy changes when you’ve sharpened yours down to nothing (which should take about a half a summertime season if you’re doing it for all of your workouts.)


]]> (NENSA Staff)Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:39:00 EST
New England Nordic News | Spring Issue 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.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Sat, 18 Apr 2015 10:55:49 EST
USBA Names 2015-2016 National Team Nominees NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine-Press Release: (April 10, 2015) – U.S. Biathlon’s International Competition Committee has presented the following nominations for the 2015-16 National Team to the U.S. Biathlon Board of Directors.       



    MEN             A Team:     A Team:   Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.)   Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.)   Tim Burke (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.)   Sean Doherty (Center Conway, N.H.) Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine)   Leif Nordgren (Marine, Minn.)           X Team:     X Team:   Maddie Phaneuf (Old Forge, N.Y.)   Max Durtschi (Sun Valley, Idaho)       Patrick Johnson (Truckee, Calif.) National Development Group:         Siena Ellingson (Minnetonka, Minn.)   National Development Group:   Chloe Levins (Rutland, Vt.)   Paul Everett (Tacoma, Wash.)

The ICC is holding off on B Team nominations until after the Rollerski National Championships, Aug. 15-16.

“We have greater depth than ever before — five athletes with top-16 World Cup finishes, a junior with a medal and a rookie with a World Cup point,” said U.S. Biathlon Chief of Sport Bernd Eisenbichler. “We have two very strong groups of four athletes per gender on the A Team, who will benefit from training next to each other and together on a daily basis in Lake Placid. With an efficient training set-up and use of the two biathlon venues in Lake Placid starting in May, we will provide our athletes competitive group training mixed with very specific individualized plans.”

About the plans for the summer Eisenbichler said: “The first training camp gets underway May 6 in Lake Placid with athletes in residence there through June and July. There will be a big focus on very structured and efficient work in Lake Placid during this time and for most of the athletes the big focus will be to work on shooting improvements. With the venue set-up we have in Lake Placid right now, we find everything we need for training during that time. We will mix things up a little by going to Jericho, Vermont, for a few workouts in between. In July, we will head to Sweden for our annual European camp, ending with skiing in the Torsby ski tunnel for a week for ski tests and ski technique work. A few athletes have been invited to the Blink Festival in Norway just before that and will participate there. After coming back from Europe, the whole team will compete at the Rollerski National Championships in Jericho, Vermont, August 15-16.”

]]> (Janice Sibilia)Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:15:00 EST
Eastern Mass BKL Club hosts Fun Day With US Olympians Olympians Noah Hoffman and Sophie Caldwell led more than 100 Eastern Mass Bill Koch Youth club members, CSUers, and a few keen parents in a rousing training session this past Saturday morning  Check out photo's here and at NENSA's Facebook page!

]]> Hoffman and Caldwell started the session with a series of dry-land exercises at the Belmont Hill School before gathering inside to talk about their experiences and answer questions from the group of young athletes, ages 6 – 18.

 “I remember when I was a junior trying to make my way,” said Vermont-native Caldwell prior to the start of the session. “I hope that we can help inspire these athletes to continue to drive for high performance and enjoy the sport as well.”

 Hoffman and Caldwell were very enthusiastic in their support for cross-country skiing in Eastern Massachusetts and the hundreds of junior athletes who participate in ski programs at the Weston Ski Track. 

“It is remarkable that Weston Ski Track — a small facility in the heart of the Boston area — produces national champions and athletes who can take my place on the national team someday,” said Hoffman, an Aspen, CO native. “I am thrilled to help accelerate the training of these athletes, so they can reach their dreams.” 

 Weston Ski Track is the winter training facility to more than 12 high school teams, Boston youth from both Youth Enrichment Services and the Boston Girls and Boys Club, more than 200 Bill Koch skiers, CSU juniors, and hundreds of other youth skiers, college racers and adults.

 Noah Hoffman and Sophie Caldwell’s visit was made possible by the generous support of Thoughtforms, a prominent Boston area custom builder, and Friends of Leo J Martin Skiing, a local advocacy group. Thoughtforms is the headgear sponsor of Noah Hoffman and an active supporter of youth cross-country skiing in Eastern Massachusetts.

More photos on NENSA's Facebook page...Photo's byJamie Doucett

]]> (Janice Sibilia)Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:01:58 EST
Stride for Stride | Announcing The Match for the Annual Fund Campaign

Stride for stride means dollar for dollar. Thanks to a generous member of our community, you have a chance to see your contribution matched in one of two ways...
1. Can you give more than you did last year? The increase in your contribution will be matched - doubling your extra support of NENSA!
2. Know anyone who has never given to NENSA before, or has lapsed in the past 3 years? Start, or renew, giving now and spread the word to your friends because every dollar we receive from new donors will be matched.


]]> (NENSA Staff)Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:11:10 EST
Depth: The Cross Country Season in Review From Athletic success is rarely linear. Press clippings and annual highlights love to portray a smooth curve of improvement and the inexorable march towards success, but there are very few careers that can be graphed on a smooth chart up and to the right. Illness, injury, age and circumstance conspire to make athletics unknowable and unpredictable—which is what makes it so interesting. The 2015 incarnation of the American cross country ski racers saw improvement and success but not without hardship. Here are the five ways it broke down for American skiers in the 2014/2015 season.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:24:57 EST