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 What We Do & What We Don't Do As a Nordic skiing community we rally behind one another just like Craftsbury, Trapp Family Lodge, and StoweNordic did for you this weekend. We thank our volunteers and our gracious hosts. We embody good sportsmanship. We do not demonstrate the disrespect that led to the open letter below. Yet, some did. It is with sadness that I urge you to read the following letter from Craftsbury. If you contributed to these issues, or witnessed them without intervening, do something to make it right. Remember that in this community there is always someone looking up to you and always someone looking out for you.

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We were happy to have been able to provide snow for you at Craftsbury this weekend, and it was terrific to watch you all race. From young Bill Koch skiers “racing up” - to the best in the country - it was a pleasure to watch you all race.


After we finished picking up the stadium, and sending you all on your ways, we had to deal with the mess you left behind.

  • It was distressing to hear how long it took the Housekeeping staff to clean up the gym after you left.
  • It was sad to hear that you had trashed a number of yoga mats.
  • It was disappointing to learn that you had made yourselves at home in the Cedar Lounge—a space reserved for paying house guests, and that you had used the toilets in Cedar when there were plenty of other toilets designated for your use.
  • I also heard that you were not always courteous when passing recreational skiers on the non-race trails.
  • And, there was a lot of trash left all over the place, including much that could have been recycled.

We didn’t put up a lot of signs saying things like “Racers Keep Out” and “Clean up after yourself” and “Be courteous on the ski trail”.  We didn’t rope off the gym to keep you out.  We had high expectations for you and we trusted you to be respectful and responsible.  

After all, look at all the work we did for you.

I know it wasn’t all of you—it was only some of you.  But we are all Nordic Skiers, and we need to look out for each other and uphold the honor of our sport.

Judy Geer, for the Craftsbury Crew

]]> (NENSA Staff)Mon, 08 Feb 2016 22:04:30 EST
Junior National Team Ranked and Posted! Congratulations to all who have made the New England Junior National Team!  Go to the RESULTS tab, and click on the JNQ and/or U16Q points standings to see who has made the New England JN team now that all 8 EasternCup races have been scored.  If you plan on going to JN's you must send in all your paperwork (forms, medical forms & waivers) and payment, by no later then this Saturday February 13th at 5pm to Amie Smith.  If you can not go, please email to let me know you are declining, so the next alternate can be named.  Here is a LINKfor the JN Athlete Info Packet which includes all the paperwork and information you need to know about going on this trip.  Once I have confirmation of who is accepting, and who is declining, we will formally announce the entire team.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:35:39 EST
Day Two of the Eastern Cup/USSA Supertour/UVM Carnival A heroic collaboration happened this weekend at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center as Stowe Nordic, Trapp Family Lodge and Craftsbury joined together to make this event so successful. The day started grey with beautiful snow falling as the 600 racers and spectators gathered for the 5 and 10 km classic races. It was a 2.4km loop that the U16s skied twice, and the Open classes skied four times. In the U16 boys 5km Connor Munns (SMS) took first place, Ben Ogden (SMS) was in second and in third place was Greg Burt (Mansfield Nordic). Mae Chalmers (SMS) took first place in the U16 girls, Callie Young (Craftsbury) took second, and Anna Lehmann (SMS) was third. For the Supertour/Eastern Cup, Erika Flowers (SMS T2) won overall, and Elizabeth Guiney (Craftsbury) and Julia Kern (SMS T2) tied for second place in a time of 27:27. For the mens open class Kris Freebird (Freebird) took first place, second place went to Cole Morgan (UVM) and in third was Joergen Grav (UVM). Click below for photos and results

]]> "Not only is this event a combined competition with the NENSA EasternCup, UVM Carnival, & USSA SuperTour, but the competitors benefit from an impressive combination of another kind with Stowe Nordic, Trapp Family Lodge, and Craftsbury contributing their volunteer corps to put on a world-class event,” said Zach Stegeman, NENSA executive director. “We’re showcasing some of the best racing with this combined field, but we’re also showing the strength of our community, overcoming the weather and combining the strength of three key groups for New England nordic with Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Nordic, & Craftsbury.”

All results are available on Bart timing. Click here


The open women's field during the 10km race


Zoe Snow skiing for Dartmouth today in the ladies open 10 km

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(Left to right) U16 boys podium Ben Ogden (SMS) in second, Connor Munns (SMS) in first and Greg Burt (Mansfield Nordic) in third place.


Women's podium (left to right) Julia Kern (SMS T2) TIE for second place, Erika Flowers (SMS T2) first place, and Eliizabeth Guiney (Craftsbury) TIE for second place.


Men's Poduim (left to right) Cole Morgan (UVM) second place, Kris Freeman (FreeBird) first place, Joergen Grav (UVM) third place.


Kris Freeman, after winning todays men's race said "Craftsbury always manages to hold a great event, no matter what the New England weather throws at us"

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Tad Elliott (Team Homegrown) harringbones up Coach Hill.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Mon, 08 Feb 2016 21:24:30 EST
Hart and Caldwell Grab Super Tour Wins From CRAFTSBURY, VT (February 6, 2016) – The Trapp Family Lodge had to relocate the USSA Super Tour races to Craftsbury, Vermont due to a bad spell of warm weather and rain up until the races. Despite the quick change of plans the USSA Super Tour 10/5k freestyle races went on successfully on Saturday, where Annie Hart (Stratton Mountain School) and Patrick Caldwell (Dartmouth College) both claimed their first Super Tour Victories of the season.


In the women’s 5k freestyle, Annie Hart snagged first just 2.8 seconds ahead of Chelsea Holmes (APU Nordic Center) and teammate Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School) in third. Hart has been creeping up in the Super Tour results all season and Saturday, the hard work paid off as she finally reached the coveted top spot on the podium.

In the men’s 10k freestyle, Caldwell had a convincing 37.9 second win over Tad Elliot (Vail Ski and Snowboard Club), the 2016 20k freestyle National Champion, and Kris Freeman (Freebird) who finished third. This was Caldwell’s first Super Tour win of the season. 


  • These races mark the start of Period III of the USSA Super Tours, which is the final period of the season.  
  • The women and men’s 10/5k race was skied on a 2.5k loop at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.
  • Patrick Caldwell will be representing the U.S. in the FIS U23 World Junior Championships in Rasnov, Romania, February  22-28.
  • The USSA Super Tour races continue Sunday with a 10k classic race at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center.


Men’s 10k Freestyle
Women’s 5k Freestyle

  ]]> (NENSA Staff)Sun, 07 Feb 2016 08:47:14 EST
Updated Sunday Schedule ~ including course closures Link to updated schdule on VTCM page ~ ALSO, please note the following Course Access for Sunday: Course Open: 7:30AM to 9:25AM course is completely closed when dark. Only racing racers and bibbed coaches will be allowed on course during the races. Courses are closed unless an announcement is made for an open window between completion of one race and start of next race. The trails Round-a-bit and Round-a-lot will be available for ski warm-up in a clock-wise direction only. Due to limited trail space, we encourage dryland warmup and cool-downs.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:50:22 EST
Sunday START lists & Schedule now posted on VTCM page LINK to Sunday Start lists on the VTCM page.
LINK to Sunday's schedule. 

]]> (NENSA Staff)Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:11:57 EST
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work takes a look at the rising U.S. Women's team with, "5 Reasons Why The U.S. Women’s Cross-Country Ski Team Is Winning So Many Medals." Read on via

]]> (NENSA Staff)Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:49:59 EST
Saturday START LISTS now posted on VTCM page VTCM page

]]> (NENSA Staff)Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:57:38 EST
JN informational meeting 4:45-5:45pm Saturday at Trapps' in Stowe The meeting for all JN athletes, including potential and hopful JN athletes, will still be held this Saturday 2/6 from 4:45-5:45pm at the Trapp Family Lodge.  This meeting will be in the Saint Georges room, located downstairs, just off the main lobby.  You can meet all the JN staff and coaches, try on sizes of the JN Team uniforms with SWIX, and turn in your necessary forms (included in the JN Athlete information Packet above), and payment, for this trip, as well as ask any questions you may have.  Please come if you know you are already qualified, or think you may qualify - see you all there ~ Amie Smith, Trip Leader (  Link to JN Packet & Forms

]]> (NENSA Staff)Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:12:02 EST
J Roderick Marathon Is A Go At Black Mountain The Chisholm Ski Club Redcoat volunteers look forward to seeing you at Black Mountain of Maine in Rumford on Saturday, February 6th for the fourth annual John Roderick Marathon. We received about two inches of snow prior to the rain on Wednesday and the man made snow in the stadium and alpine areas held up well. Packed natural snow on the trails also survived and we expect to have a 3.7 k course rather than the traditional 5.3 k available for the event. We will offer 30K, 25K and 15K options for the event. The 30K course will qualify for the New England Marathon Series Challenge award using either technique.

]]> There have been several inquiries regarding running the Marathon with reduced snow cover and warm, rainy weather this past week. The marathon at Black Mountain is a go. Registration will be open at 7:00 am at which time you can register, declare your technique preference,pick up your bib, and pizza tickets. Provisions will be available for ski changes and refreshment in the stadium. The race will start at 9:00 am with wave starts. This information will be published on the Chisholm Ski Club and NENSA websites. If you have further questions, contact Paul Jones at

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:32:40 EST