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 EasternCup race formats and distances announced for 2015-16 race season ~ The EasternCup race formats and distances have been finalized for the upcoming 2015-16 season of EasternCup, JNQ and Supertour racing here in New England!  

]]> The Craftsbury Outdoor Center plays host to our EC opener in December, in Craftsbury Vermont, with an exciting FAST weekend of racing planned. We then travel to Black Mountain in Rumford ME over the January MLK long weekend, where we combine with the Bates Carnival on Saturday for some exciting EC and collegiate racing. We then have two back to back weekends of combined Supertour and EC racing - first at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, the last weekend of January, and then off to Stowe Vermont and the Trapp Family Lodge, for a combined Supertour, EasternCup and UVM Carnival weekend the first weekend of February!  All to make for a very exciting race season indeed!

Craftsbury Vermont, at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, EC Opener:
Saturday Dec. 19th: classic SPRINT
Sunday Dec. 20th: freestyle 5/5k interval start

“Craftsbury is excited to be hosting the opening EasternCup and looking forward to welcoming New England skiers as they kick off the 2015-2016 on snow season” ~ Judy Greer, COC

Black Mountain, Rumford, Maine, EC (combined with Bates Carnival 1/16):
Saturday Jan. 16th: freestyle interval start: 5/10k (EC/Bates Carnival)
Sunday Jan. 17th: classic mass start: 5/10k (EC)

“Black Mountain Ski Resort and the Chisholm Ski Club are very excited to again play host to a combined Bates College Carnival and the EasternCup MLK weekend. The excitement is always seeing the elite college skiers going head to head with NENSA athletes.” ~ Roger Arsenault, Chisholm Ski Club

Lake Placid New York, at Mt. Van Hoevenburg, Supertour/EC:
Saturday Jan. 30th: freestyle SPRINT (ST/EC)
Sunday Jan. 31st: classic mass start: 5k (U16),10/10k (EC/ST)

"Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic Regional Development Authority are excited to welcome the cross country skiing community to Lake Placid this winter.  We are looking forward to hosting the Super Tour and Eastern Cup athletes on our Olympic Trails."  ~ Kris Cheney Seymour

Stowe Vermont, at Trapp Family Lodge, combined Supertour/EC/UVM Carnival:
Saturday Feb. 6th: classic interval start: 5k (U16) & 10/15k (EC/ST/UVM Carnival)
Sunday Feb. 7th: freestyle interval start: 5/10k (EC/ST/UVM Carnival)

“Stowe Nordic is excited to once again be the host club for an EasternCup and the University of Vermont Winter Carnival, plus the addition of a Super Tour event in 2016.  We look forward to another outstanding weekend of racing at the Trapp Family Lodge!” ~ George Jackman, Stowe Nordic

]]> (NENSA Staff)Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:07:41 EST
Exceptional Week at U16 National Camp Wraps Up at UVM A sign of a great camp is when roomates are saying goodbye in the parking lot, friends are taking pictures with each other and athletes are thanking and hugging coaches after a challenging and fun week. The NNF supported U16 National Camp held this past week at UVM was one of those exceptional camps. Click below for details.

]]> The U16 National Camp was a good mix of rollerskiing at the Jericho rollerski loop, mountain running, rollerski agility, technique work and bounding. There was an uphill run and strength test early in the week, both mainly to help athletes see where their strengths are and how they compare to other skiers their age on a national level.


Ben Saxton and Adam Witkowski both from SMS on the agilty course at Jericho


Kirsten Miller from Vermont during the uphill running test


 Walker Bean from GMVS and Rob Bradlee from CSU practicing ski walking technique.

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Ben Ogden from SMS on the agility course.

Almost every night at camp there were presentations on different topics. Marsha Bristow from UVM presented on sports nutrition, Kate Barton talked about traveling and competing overseas, and Chris Mallory explained options for post high school skiing. Bryan Fish presented one night on technique and inspired on the last night with the US Ski Team model of success and an explaination of development pipeline.


Of course there was a lot of fun at camp as well!


Paddleboarding on Lake Champlain on a hot afternoon.


Swimming after a long run on Mt. Mansfield near Stowe, VT.

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A mandatory stop at the Ben&Jerry ice cream factory!


Walker Bean-GMVS and Royal McDonnell from NYSEF at the lip sync contest!

Overall the camp was a huge sucess! The East certainly looks forward to hosting this camp when it rotates back to the region. Find more updates and photos on the NNF page and on the NENSA facebook page.


]]> (NENSA Staff)Sat, 01 Aug 2015 06:00:10 EST
Beijing Selected To Host 2022 Olympic And Paralympic Winter Games From Beijing will be the first city to stage both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic and Paralympic Games after being chosen on Friday as the host of the 2022 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee. The IOC voted 44-40 to choose Beijing, site of the 2008 Games, over Almaty, the largest city of the former Soviet republic Kazakhstan in Central Asia, at its meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The vote culminated a nearly three-year process that initially included bids from four northern European countries better known as winter sports venues, including a former Winter Games host. However, after submitting formal applications by the Nov. 14, 2013, deadline, Krakow, Poland; Lviv, Ukraine; 1952 Olympic Winter Games host Oslo; and Stockholm all withdrew for political or economic reasons, leaving the two Asian hopefuls. Read on at

]]> (NENSA Staff)Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:20:38 EST
Ben True Leads Group of Top Americans with New England Ties Set to Challenge Stellar World-Class Field at 2015 TD Beach to Beacon 10k CAPE ELIZABETH, Maine (July 21, 2015) – Rising international track star Ben True will lead a talented group of young American distance runners, many with ties to New England, set to challenge a strong contingent of top international athletes at the TD Beach to Beach 10K Road Race on Aug. 1 in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Visit for the full article, pics of the New England notables, & the elite start list.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:06:42 EST
USSA Names New High Performance Director From USSA: PARK CITY, UT (July 29, 2015) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) this week named noted sport scientist Troy Taylor to its team as high performance director. Taylor, who previously worked with the USSA leading up to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, will lead the world-class sport science team which supports the athletes of the U.S Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing as they train to become Best in the World.

]]> Taylor comes to the USSA from the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO) where he was director of sport science and sport medicine. He played a significant role in many initiatives at CSIO, including launching the sports medicine department and helping to develop and launch the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative.

“Our high performance program guides the preparation of our elite teams through evidence-based, leading edge principles, and enhances our performance by finding the small gains that add up to substantial differences,” said USSA Executive Vice President, Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. “Troy's experience in leading high performance programs across a broad set of Olympic sports up and down the athletic pipeline, combined with his familiarity and passion for winter sports is a major asset in moving our program forward.”

Taylor rejoins USSA on the heels of previous high performance director Troy Flanagan’s departure in May. During his earlier tenure with the USSA, Taylor acted as the primary physiologist for the women’s alpine and cross country teams on the World Cup and during the 2006 Olympic season. He also worked with USSA’s Sport Education department to produce sport science related educational materials.

“A strong high performance program is fundamental to establishing successful athletic programs and supporting elite athletes,” said Taylor. “Returning to the USSA after nearly 10 years, it is clear to see the great work that has been done. I look forward to working closely with the USSA staff, coaches and athletes to drive performance to an even higher level in the coming years. I feel very privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the high performance team at USSA.”

Taylor will assist with transition at CSIO before transferring to the USSA’s Center of Excellence in late August to begin preparation for the coming season.

Tom Kelly,

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:53:15 EST
U16 National Camp Heats Up The UVM Campus This Summer It is going down in Burlington, VT this week as the nation's best U16 cross country athletes storm the University of Vermont campus for the NNF-funded National U16 Camp. Check NENSA's Facebook page for update, photos, & videos.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:38:02 EST
Caterinichio Reflects on Her USSA Nordic Director Position as She Moves On From July 23, 2015 – We caught up with Joey Caterinichio, who recently resigned from her Nordic Director position with the USSA, after taking over from her predecessor John Farra over three years ago. Caterinichio shares her beginnings in the sport and how she became involved with the USSA. She also reflects on her accomplishments as Nordic Director and the special moments she experienced while on the job. The USSA is now seeking a suitable candidate to fill the position. To view the job notice click here. SkiTrax wishes Caterinichio all the best as she embarks on a new chapter in her life. Read on via

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:36:24 EST
U16 National Camp Starts Today at UVM Today was the first day of training at the NNF supported U16 National Camp. During this week long camp 55 athletes and 11 coaches from all over the U.S. stay and eat at the University of Vermont in Burlington, and train in the Northern Vermont area. Click below for more details.

]]> This National Camp gives young skiers the opportunity to train with other talented athletes and push their limits. Tomorrow is an uphill time trial and later in the week there will be a strength test. During the week there will be technique sessions, mobility and agility as well as yoga, hiking, and paddleboarding! 


Russell Boswell of Stratton Mountain School practicing mobility this afternoon.

Some of the biggest messages at camp are taking care of yourself and listening to your body, but also the value of loving the culture of skiing as a way of life to see improvement.  U.S. Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish helps organize the camp and runs sessions to educate on the most updated practices used in the development pipeline. The 10 other coaches at camp also serve as a great way for athletes to learn from new perspectives and different ways of teaching. The coaches this year include Chris Mallory-UVM, Kate Barton-Burke M.A, Jake Morgen-Endurance United, Paul Smith-Jackson Hole SC, Rob Bradlee-CSU, Erik Pepper-Vail SSC, Charlie Fereday-Auburn SC, Lucas Milliken-Sun Valley, Patrick Weaver-UVM and Amber Dodge-NENSA.


Burke Head Coach Kate Barton

Look for more updates and photos during the week from camp on the NENSA Facebook page.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Sun, 26 Jul 2015 06:35:48 EST
2015-2016 Eastern Cup race schedule announced - NENSA has an exciting season of racing planned for our Eastern Cup and JN qualifier race series, including having our EC/JNQ races combined with two back to back Supertour weekends in the East next winter!

]]> Here are the dates and host venues - the race formats will be announced shortly.

December 19th & 20th at Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury VT - EC/JNQ opener

January 16th & 17th at Black Mountain, Rumford ME - EC/JNQ (combined with Bates Carnival on 1/16)

January 30th & 31st at Mt. Van Hovenberg, Lake Placid NY - Supertour & EC/JNQ weekend

February 6th & 7th at Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe VT - Supertour, EC/JNQ & UVM Carnival weekend

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 23 Jul 2015 12:03:01 EST
NENSA Welcomes New Members to Board of Directors The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Board of Directors are pleased to welcome three new members to the NENSA Board, and bids a fond farewell to retiring members, John Attwood of Cape Elizabeth, ME and Greg Elder of Yarmouth, ME. In their stead, Ellen Chandler of NH, Kate McNay Koch of VT, and Walt Shepard of ME have signed on, each to a three year term.

]]> Kate McNay Koch joins the NENSA Board from Peru, Vermont where she lives with husband Bill and their two children Mehana and Will. Over the years, Kate has been involved with many New England Nordic institutions including the Dartmouth Outing Club, the Weston Ski Track, and Southern Vermont’s West River Nordic. 

“I’m looking forward to working with the great team at NENSA to continue to strengthen and grow the Nordic tradition in New England,” said Koch. "We are so fortunate to be part of such a vibrant cross-country skiing community. I love the fact that any day I might run into BKL’ers or Master skiers or Olympians, and all of them are so psyched to be part of this healthy club that is cross-country skiing.”

Walt Shepard has been a life-long nordic enthusiast, growing up skiing the community trails of Maine each weekend as part of the Bill Koch Youth Ski League. That early passion for skiing and competition led him to explore other opportunities in the sport, which resulted in a 10-year career in biathlon. Walt now lives in Freeport, ME with his wife and son where he works at L.L.Bean managing corporate research for the company.

“I’m so excited to be joining the NENSA board of directors, supporting Zach and the rest of the staff in the important work they’re doing to strengthen the nordic skiing community here in New England,” said Shepard. “I look forward to re-investing in the development work and other programming NENSA provides regionally, especially as my own family of young skiers grows.”

Ellen Chandler is the Nordic Director for the Bretton Woods Nordic Center at Omni Mount Washington Resort; and she is a business consultant specializing in promotional campaigns. She has held marketing management positions at Stonyfield Farm, N.H. State Parks (including Cannon Mountain and Mt. Sunapee) and Wildcat; and she managed catalog production at Reliable Racing Supply/Inside Edge Skier’s Catalog. A graduate of Williams College where she was the captain of the ski team, she lives in New London, N.H. 

“I am Happy to be joining the board of NENSA because it will give me ‘a good reason’ to think about Nordic skiing, as if I needed one,” joked Chandler. “Really, it is an opportunity to share, learn and be a part of a team that is working to transcend Nordic skiing from sport to lifestyle for more people in the northeast.”

“The new crop of board members bring a diverse and exciting range of skills and experiences to our group,” said current Board President, Jim Levins of Vermont. “We look forward to working with them as we get ready for another great ski season!”

Levins spoke for the entire Board and staff in bidding a fond farewell to the two retiring Board members as well, fellow Mainers John Attwood and Greg Elder.

“We cannot thank John enough for all he has contributed to NENSA over his long tenure as a Board member,” said Levins. “His dedication to the organization was evident in his advocacy for our Masters programming and is his support of our fundraising efforts. His handmade furniture and other creations are always a highlight of our annual fundraising auction.”

“Several years ago we established the tradition of having an L.L.Bean representative on the NENSA Board of Directors, a role led by Steve Fuller,” continued Levins. “Greg Elder stepped in to fill that role as an indispensable resource bringing his business perspective to the work that we do. We are fortunate to now have Walt step into this role now.”

A Board Development Committee, comprised of current Board members and the Executive Director work to maintain an engaged and balanced 17-seat Board of Directors. NENSA’s full Board is listed below, and can be viewed along with full Committee rosters at

NENSA Board of Directors:

  • President, Jim Levins, Rutland, VT
  • Vice President, Cami Thompson-Graves, Thetford, VT
  • Treasurer, Peter Hendel, Plymouth, NH
  • Secretary, Tim Caldwell, Lyme Center, NH
  • Rob Bradlee: Reading, MA
  • Ellen Chandler: Bretton Woods, NH
  • Judy Geer: Morrisville, VT
  • Diane Halvorsen: Stowe, VT
  • Bob Haydock: Concord, MA
  • David Hosmer: Stowe, VT
  • Kate Koch: Peru, VT
  • Kerry MacDougal: North Conway, NH
  • John Ogden: Landgrove, VT
  • Walt Shpard: Freeport, ME
  • Lucian Snow: Weston, MA
  • Tiffany Teaford: Peru, VT
  • Carol Van Dyke: Stowe, VT

About NENSA: The New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) is the community Olympic development program for cross-country skiing in New England as well as the umbrella for most organized Nordic skiing events in the region. NENSA hosts over 50 events and more than 20 clinics for skiers and coaches at venues across the Northeast. Cross-country skiing, as practiced by our youth skiers and families, is a lifetime activity firmly rooted in New England tradition. Cross-country ski racing, as performed in the NENSA Eastern Cup series, and at our Championship Events, is a fast, explosive, and visually dynamic sport. Learn more a

NENSA Mission Statement: It is the mission of the New England Nordic Ski Association to implement educational, recreational, and competitive programs at all levels of cross-country skiing. NENSA works to sustain a vital and active skiing community in New England, and to provide the support structure necessary to bring cross-country skiers to their highest potential at regional, national, and international events.

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