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 BKL Biathlon Camp July 9-10th United States Biathlon is excited to offer a two day camp for BKL skiers 11 to 14 years old. The camp will be held July 9 &10 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Led by Olympic Gold Medalist and long time US Biathlon coach Algis Shalna, the camp will offer an introduction to biathlon including marksmanship using biathlon rifles. The two day camp will also include, hiking, running, and swimming. No prior biathlon or shooting experience needed. Click below for details!

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Algis Shalna, US Biathlon Eastern Regional Coach
Katrina Howe, GMVS Coach, retired biathlete
Sam Dougherty, Craftsbury Biathlon Coach


Saturday, 9 July 2016: 9 - 9:30 AM Check-in at the Olympic Training Center
Sunday, 10 July 2016, 2 PM; camp concludes.

Price: $95, includes coaching, meals and lodging plus US Biathlon T-shirt, sticker and membership
(Friday night check in possible for an additional $65)

Meals and Lodging at the prestigious United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY

Space is limited; register today!

Online Registration @
Please NOTE: registration closes on Tuesday, 5 July 2016 @ 11 PM.
$15 price increase effective 1July 2016.

Items to Bring

Running shoes
Running shorts,
Wind pants or tights,
3-4 t-shirts
3-4 pairs of socks
Swim suit and beach towel
Sun screen, bug dope
Rain jacket
Fleece jacket
Day pack


]]> (NENSA Staff)Tue, 28 Jun 2016 20:46:46 EST
OLYMPIC DAY at NENSA Eastern REG Camp We celebrated OLYMPIC DAY 2016 at NENSA's Eastern REG Camp on Sunday! We kicked off the celebration with NENSA's Interim Director, Peter Graves, giving us all a great slide show, spanning 8 Olympic games, on Saturday night.  On Sunday, Olympian Andy Newell came to camp for training and fun on the Agility Test course with our REG Camp athletes.  Click here for a great video of the Agility Course. (Thank you to GVMS student/athlete Tanner Ketchel for making that video for us!).  Olympian Ida Sargent joined us Monday up in Jericho, for some more great training on the Biathlon roller ski course.  We are also so lucky to have USST Develpment Coach, Bryan Fish, here with us this week  imparting is great, vast, and current knowlege of trainng practices to our athletes and coaches here at REG Camp.

]]> NENSA's Olympic Day is one of more than 2,000 events taking place nationwide during the month of June. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, feature athlete appearances, activities and interactive learning experiences.


Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration. Olympic Day, created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games, focuses on the Olympic values and ideals such as fair play, perseverance, respect and sportsmanship. In the U.S., Olympic Day events range from small gatherings to large, city-wide events.  NENSA is thrilled to have had Olympians Andy Newell, USST (Turin 2006, Vancover 2010, Sochi 2014), Ida Sargent, USST (Sochi 2014) and Garrott Kuzzy, current Director of Nordic at GMVS (Vancover 2010) all be present for our NENSA Olympic Day celebration this year!

NENSA is one of 16 Community Olympic Development Programs (CODP's) nation wide, and one of two nation wide, who are Nordic ski programs.  The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has partnered with sport communities across the nation to help America's youth receive the best sports development services possible. The USOC created the CODP in 1998 in order to address the needs of progressing athletes from the beginning stages of development to the elite level.  NENSA is proud to be a Community Olympic Development Program for cross country skiing in New England, and proud to be a part of this Olympic Day movement.

‪#‎OlympicDay‬ ‪#‎GoTeamUSA‬ ‪#‎NENSA‬ ‪#‎goNNF‬ #goNordic

]]> (NENSA Staff)Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:53:18 EST
NENSA Member Letter from Peter Graves, Interim Executive Director Dear NENSA Member,

Welcome to Summer dear ski friends.  As you know, this has been a spring and summer filled with both change and challenges, but also great growth and new potential.

]]> We say a heartfelt good bye to our Executive Director Zach Stegeman and thank you for your fine and dedicated help.  We are the richer for your efforts. I have taken over for this year as Interim Director on a part-time basis and I am thankful for the confidence that Board of Directors has given me.  Like you, I have a deep passion for the sport of Nordic skiing and I want to help make a difference.

We are delighted to have both Amie Smith our High Performance Director, and Amber Dodge our Community Program Manager, continuing on our staff, both of whom have had a major impact on skiing here in New England and are deeply committed.  We are further thrilled to have Laura Creagan join our NENSA Team in the office as the NENSA Program Support Specialist, who is helping to shape and streamline much of our NENSA business models.  A Classic reminder of the Zen Koan…” when the student is ready, the teacher appears…” I am honored to be working with these three strong, creative and dedicated women.  All of this will give NENSA solid footing for the future.

We are working hard on strengthening our program offerings and are also streamlining some of our program offerings.  We are a small staff, but I can guarantee that we are all working hard and diligently for a better NENSA.

We are pleased to be working with a strong Board of Directors, who are helping chart the course for our future, one that must be sustainable and on strong economic footing.  We are delighted to welcome Carol Van Dyke as the incoming President of NENSA who takes over from Jim Levins, who worked so hard on behalf of NENSA.  I know personally that Carol will provide us great leadership as she has a true passion for our sport. I believe we have truly solid governance to move forward.

Going forward we will bring ourselves in closer alignment with USSA in regard to both point systems and insurance coverage. As a very small community we must focus on what we do well and we cannot be everything for all people.

We have been the beneficiary of some amazing staff and volunteer efforts, and our programs help insure that New England athletes will have a structure to train under and to call home. The success and joy of NENSA programs helps make the sport community a family of shared values and encouragement, and of FUN!

We are working hard on new sponsorships and we want to play a key role in the growing visibility of our sport. I hope that we will all view NENSA in the coming months not so much as what NENSA can do for you, but what you can do for NENSA, and our sport.

This is your association; it was long ago created to make a difference here in New England. Thanks to all of you who truly make it so.

With best wishes,

Peter Graves
Interim Director

]]> (NENSA Staff)Tue, 28 Jun 2016 09:52:23 EST
REG Camp ~ Day One Report! Eighteen U18 athletes arrived Thursday afternoon for the opening of NENSA’s 2016 Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp, being held at GMVS in Waitsfield Vermont.  After check in, and a group photo wearing the snazzy new SWIX NENSA REG Camp shirts, the athletes and coaches went out for a nice trail run late Thursday afternoon.  After dinner, Bryan Fish, USST Development Coach, gave a great talk to the athletes about making goals, and making a plan to obtain those training goals. 

]]> Friday, dawned bright and early, and we all met in the field for a group of movement and coordination progressions before breakfast.  After breakfast we headed to Mad River Glen ski area, for the uphill run time trial, the first of three tests to be done here at REG Camp.  It was a postcard perfect day on the mountain, and the athletes did a great job on the tough vertical course.  After the run, we headed to the river for a nice well deserved cold dip.

 After a nice mid-day break, we piled into the vans again, and headed over to Warren for an uphill double-pole test, the second of three REG Camp tests.  We had 6 pairs of matched roller skis from USSA, and our athletes took turns in groups of 3 double polling up the hill.  Again, a great effort by all our athletes.  Another chance to swim, this time at Blueberry Lake, was well received by all after the DP test!  This evening Bryan Fish gave a great talk on Good Ski Technique. 

 The U16’s will arrive tomorrow to join REG Camp, for what promises to be another fun day of training here in Vermont. 

]]> (NENSA Staff)Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:29:26 EST
Eastern REG Camp Starts Today at GMVS Today begins the USSA Eastern Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp hosted by NENSA and the Green Mountain Valley School in Waitsfield, VT. The camp is led by regional coaches and U.S. Ski Team staff. This year Bryan Fish the USST Development Coach will be the head coach. REG Camp includes general and ski-specific assessments, ski technique, and education opportunities. The camp is invite only and is designed to bring our top juniors together for training, making this an important part of the New England Athlete Development Pathway. The Eastern annual REG camp is also one of four in the country that is used as a selection camp for other USSA development camps. Click below for details about the week.

]]> Top U18s from New England and New York arrive today for the entire week. For the first few days, the U18s will have a few training and technique sessions plus an uphill running time trial and a 800 meter double pole test. The U16s arrive on Saturday afternoon for their camp stay. The rest of the camp includes an agility test, strength, roller skiing at the Jericho Range, ski bounding and a run/hike on the long trail!

During the camp, NENSA will be hosting a day long coaches training and participation on Sunday June 26th, where ANY coach from New England can come and shadow our REG camp coaches and athletes for the day. Bryan Fish, USST Development Team Coach, will be the Head Coach for REG Camp this year and will be offering a hands on USSA L100 technique clinic that day for any coaches working on getting their USSA L100 coach certification. For more information on what to bring to the clinic go to

The day will include meals, a chance to watch our top juniors in action on an agility course, the USSA L100 clinic, a coaches round table discussion, and will wrap up with a presentation in the evening. Click to sign up

Look for updates and pictures from REG camp during the week!

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 23 Jun 2016 11:28:44 EST
2016-17 NENSA Club Renewal Online! Simple and Easy If there was ever a time to become a NENSA Club, it's now! Rejoin the New England organization that hosts events, clinics and sustains the foundation of success for nordic skiing in your region. Be a part of our vital and active skiing community, whether your club lives for the Bill Koch Festival, Zak Cup series or Eastern Cups, renew your membership today. NENSA Club's must register before December 1st, 2016 and membership will expire on June 1st, 2017. Click below for the link to register and more details.

]]> Sign-up is easy, here are the steps:
1. Click here
2. Complete all required fields
3. Pay online
4. Done!

Benefits for NENSA Clubs:
* $25 Calendar Listing Fee waived for club-hosted events
* Tracking club points for NENSA's Club Cup points in the Zak Cup Series
* Participation in the NENSA One-Day Club Championship
* Club name listed beside all member athletes in EasternCup, Marathon Series, and Zak Cup Series results

]]> (NENSA Staff)Mon, 27 Jun 2016 16:56:06 EST
Mansfield Nordic Club seeks Head Masters Coach As our club continues to grow and expand, MNC is seeking a dynamic and creative Head Masters Coach to work alongside our BKL and Junior coaches. This leader will be responsible for planning and directing our Fall and Winter training and racing programs.  MNC fall Masters training involves dryland sessions, weekend roller skis, as well as time spent in the gym completing balance and core exercises. Winter training involves both classic and skate skiing with technique work and drills, race preparation, and skills development. Skiers in the MNC Masters program represent varying experience and ability levels from beginner and novice to experienced racers.

]]> Mansfield Nordic Club members ski on the World-Class trails at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Jericho, VT. Snowmaking ensures reliable skiing on a lighted loops throughout the winter. MNC Masters training is held from 6-7:30PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with sessions running from December through March.

WIth each training session, the Head Masters Coach will lead a group of additional coaches to conduct organized and passionate sessions. This leader will ideally be a presence at local and regional Masters ski events for waxing, racing, and logistical support. Prior coaching experience is preferred, with USSA Level 100 coaching accreditation  to be either held or acquired within 1 year of holding this position.

Additional responsibilities include coordinating with BKL and Junior coaches to organize and carry out club events, races, and fundraising initiatives.

Compensation for this position will be dependant on experience and availability. Please contact MNC Executive Director/Head Coach Adam Terko with inquiries:

]]> (NENSA Staff)Tue, 21 Jun 2016 10:16:31 EST
GRAVES SELECTED INTERIM DIRECTOR OF NEW ENGLAND NORDIC SKI ASSOCIATION Long time Nordic figure Peter Graves has been named Interim Director of NENSA following this past weekend’s Board of Director’s meeting in Hanover, NH.  A native of Bennington, VT, Graves, 63, has spent a lifetime in the sport first as an athlete out of Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington, later racing for Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where he was a member of legendary former U.S. Olympic ski team coach Dolph Kuss’ squad at Fort Lewis College. “One of the reasons I am so passionate about the sport, was that cross-country skiing changed my life in many ways, and I believe in that great transformative power, and its ability to give so many skiers opportunities they never dreamed were possible,” Graves noted.

]]> After graduating in 1975, Graves worked in broadcasting, later moving to the Mid-West where he worked at the Telemark Lodge, during the early days of the American Birkebeiner, and at NorTur, Inc. in Minneapolis as Public Relations and Director of Racing services, for the importing firm which sold both Epoke and Landsem skis.

He was ABC Sports Nordic skiing color commentator at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games in Lake Placid. In 1981 he began working as Assistant coach and Director of Development at the U.S. Ski Team working under his long-time friend Mike Gallagher.

Graves then helped open the famed Giants Ridge Ski Area in Biwabik, MN in 1985 and was instrumental in securing a FIS World Cup event that was held there. Following that in 1986 he was named the USSA Eastern Nordic Program Director for the field office in Brattleboro, VT and later moved on to be a member of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games Organizing Committee in Salt Lake City for two years.

Graves is well known for being a pioneer in broadcasting and PA announcing in skiing and mountain biking and has announced at eight Olympic games over his career. He spent six seasons as the Head Varsity Cross-Country ski coach at Harvard University.

He has been the past chairman of the USSA Eastern Cross-Country Committee, the USSA National Cross-Country Committee, and the chair of the Central USSA Cross-Country Committee. Currently he is on the Board of Director of the U.S. Skiing Hall of Fame.

Newly elected board chair, Carol Van Dyke of Stowe, Vermont who as Event Director for Junior Nationals Stowe and last year’s Super Tour at Trapps/Craftsbury has worked with Peter and greatly respects his commitment and energizing passion for the sport.  “Peter has the vision to showcase what this small but powerful non-profit organization is doing and can do for the ski world and help solidify support for NENSA’s programming.”

 “I’m thrilled to be helping NENSA during this transitional phase, and really couldn’t be more delighted. I have never lost my love of this sport and have stayed closely connected through my announcing work. NENSA has a proud past and I hope to play a role in continuing the good work Zach Stegeman has accomplished and build on that energy. It’s a great challenge that I am thrilled by. The Board of Directors represents a group with tremendous skills and deep passion, and I really look forward to a great collaboration in taking the next steps forward,” said Graves.

Graves has two grown children, one-step daughter and is married to Dartmouth Women’s Cross-Country ski coach, Cami Thompson-Graves. The couple resides in East Thetford, Vermont.


Photo Credit: Reece Brown

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 05 May 2016 11:34:49 EST