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 Jackson Ski Touring Celebrates Spring with 2015-16 Season Passes on Sale Now Jackson Ski Touring is celebrating the arrival of spring with their early bird season pass rates. While the tentative closing date for the season is March 29, Executive Director Breanne Torrey reports that spring conditions are fantastic. Anyone who purchases a season pass for 2015-16 can ski free for the remainder of the season. The special early bird rate of $120 for adults applies to anyone who purchases their pass before April 1, 2015. Teen (14-18) passes are $50 and junior (10-13) passes are $33. A snowshoe only pass is also available for $45.

]]> In addition to having unlimited access to the 150 km of trails with pristine grooming, season pass holders can use the base facilities, parking areas, locker rooms, wax room, free Wi-Fi, programs and get discounts at the Gorham Ski & Sport Shop and selected lodging properties.

To order your pass, call 1-800-XC-Snows or purchase your pass online at Skiers can also stop in at the Jackson Ski Touring Center during business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation is a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, chartered to maintain trails in and around the charming Village of Jackson, NH. The "Foundation" maintains 150 km of varied and breathtaking cross country ski and snowshoe trails 2 hours north of Boston.  Foundation trails connect with A.M.C. trails in Pinkham Notch and White Mountain National Forest backcountry adventure trails. The Foundation operates under a Special-Use Permit with the White Mountain National Forest, and with the cooperation of 75 private landowners, and the Village of Jackson. More information about the Foundation and its offerings can be found on the web at

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:10:45 EST
SuperTour Finals Completes The Series The USSA SuperTour series completed this week after the Finals took place in Sun Valley, ID.

]]> The 2015 SuperTour series included races in Craftsbury, VT and combined them with the NENSA Eastern Cup series and Dartmouth Carnival, giving racers record field sizes and top competition.

Almost thirty New England athletes made the final points list. Kris Freeman, NH, took the overall Men's win, with Rosie Brennan, APU, taking the Women's.

Kris also won the distance winner title and Chelsea Holmes won the Women's overall distance award.

Jennie Bender and Dakota Blackhorse-VonJess were the overall sprint winners for the series. Caitlin Patterson, CGRP, also made the podium taking third in the overall women's award.

The USSA SuperTour finals took place in Sun Valley this past week. No stranger to this race series, they put on a stellar event as a great finale to a successful season. Complete SuperTour rankings/final points list can be found at

Next winter, Supertour race series action returns to the east! Homologated sites wishing to submit a bid application should contact Janice Sibilia at asap.


]]> (Janice Sibilia)Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:40:37 EST
Toko Wax Tips Toko wax tips for the weekend are posted! Check recs from the official wax of NENSA for this weekend's Craftsbury Spring Fling!

]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:12:13 EST
Sugarloaf Ski Marathon Caps 2015 NENSA New England Marathon Series This year’s Sugarloaf Marathon doubled, as it traditionally does, as the final event of NENSA’s New England Marathon Series, with the long course as the final oportunity to qualify for the SWIX Marathon Challenge award.

]]> Light snow and great conditions combined to keep a mid-winter feel to the 2015 Sugarloaf Ski Marathon, a perennial spring classic on the New England calendar. With over a hundred skiers from across New England participating, competition and comraderie were high, especially in the 50K endurance test. 

This year’s Sugarloaf Marathon doubled, as it traditionally does, as the final event of NENSA’s New England Marathon Series. The events of the New England Marathon Series offer a classic cross country ski experience with fully supported courses showcasing some of New England's premier venues. The New England Marathon Series has something for everyone, welcoming skiers of all levels to test their endurance, or just make the most of a winter's day on courses ranging from 25K to 50K. Elite racers and recreational touring skiers alike are invited to enjoy a traditional ski marathon experience and some of the finest skiing in New England.

As part of the New England Marathon Series, Sugarloaf’s long course race can qualify athletes for the Swix Marathon Challenge Award. To qualify for the Marathon Challenger Award, racers need to complete a minimum of four New England Marathon Series events. M1-M6 age group racers must race Full Marathons. M7+ age group racers have option to ski half or Full Marathons, with the exception of NENSA’s One Day Club Championship where everyone skis 30k. Using the M7+ cut off this season aligns with the standard for AXCS Masters Nationals at Craftsbury.

This season saw a brave corps of masters racers brave the record-setting winter to complete the Swix Marathon Challenge. Those who raced at Sugarloaf are pictured below in their new Marathon Challenge hats from series sponsor, Swix.

2015 Marathon Challenge Award Recipients:

• Rose Buckingham
• Travis Adams*******
• Dan Baumert
• Perry Bland
• Damian Bolduc
• Mark Danyla
• Eric Darling
• Bret Deyling
• Robert Faltus
• Jud Hartmann
• David Herr*******
• Bruce Katz*******
• Mike Kavanaugh
• Mark Lena
• Scott Lessard
• Andy Milne
• Dhyan Nirmegh
• Tom Simon
• Chris Ziegler 

******* Completed all Seven New England Marathon Challenge events! 


Link to complete 2014-15 Marathon Series info & schedule.



]]> (NENSA Staff)Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:36:24 EST
KickZone eNewsletter | Latest Edition Now Available View the latest edition of NENSA's KickZone eNewsletter here.

]]> NENSA's KickZone eNewsletter is a benefit of NENSA membership, offering insight into the New England Nordic community, highlights from the broader Nordic world, news clips, and a schedule of upcoming events. KickZone is emailed out every week during the winter season, and every other week in the summer. To get on the mailing list, become a NENSA member today.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:19:59 EST
Register Your Club To Host Olympic Day! Olympic Dayannually commemorated on June 23, is a celebration of the Olympic Movement and the Olympic Values - Excellence, Friendship and Respect.  It is a fantastic and free opportunity to enhance your organization’s events and programming throughout the entire month of June
]]> Olympic Day hosts can simply tag “Olympic Day” onto any event in the month of June or create a standalone Olympic Day celebration.  Events range from sports clinics to facility tours and encourage participants to spread the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Day Ideals - Move, Learn and Discover. To learn more about Olympic Day, visit

]]> (Janice Sibilia)Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:00:52 EST
Toko eBlast: Summer Wax Click here for the latest from the official wax of NENSA.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:53:39 EST
A Look Back at Eastern High School Championships By Sophie Hodges: This past weekend was the final weekend of racing for most of the junior skiers in New England as they headed to Rumford, Maine to race at the Eastern High School Championship. Five Northeast states fielded teams for some great late season racing. New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York each brought teams to Black Mountain for three days of team racing.

]]> The Eastern High School Championship is, above all else, a team event. Athletes who have been rivals on their school racing circuit come toegther to race for their state team, and the vibe is unmistakable. While the individual results help determine the team rank, it is the team podium that generates the most noise at the awards ceremony. And, it is the team relay, a four-person team competition on the final day of the EHSC schedule that brings the state teams together, and always determines the final team standings. This year was no different, and the weekend finished off on a blustery day with a 3k relay with four legs, boy classic, girl classic, boy skate, and girl skate.

Massachusetts won the team relay with the team of McEwen, Kern, Nottonson, and Brams. The Vermont team of Gordon, Rizio, Hamilton, Miller finished second ahead of fellow Vermonters Mooney, Chalmers, LaChance, and Bango in third. The New York team of Hartman, N. Armstrong, McGrew, and G. Armstrong finish in fourth. Maine's team of McKenney, Woods, Streinz, and Moreau finished in fifth. Teams from New Hampshire (6), Maine (7), New York (8), Mass (9), and another Vermont (10) team completed the top ten in the team relay.

In the individual events, several athletes fresh back from USSA Junior National Championships where they sucessfully defended New England's title as overall Junior National Champions, shone on the EHSC podium. Julia Kern swept the individual podium for the weekend. At the EHSC, competition is so tight and points run so deep in the field, that podium finishes alone won't win the true prize of the team title.

In the opening race of the weekend, Friday's 5K skate, the girls’ race was won by Julia Kern of Massachusetts, with Mackenzie Rizio of Vermont in second, and teammate Kirsten Miller also of Vermont in third. Gavin McEwen of Mass won the boys’ race, Forrest Hamilton of VT took second, and Daniel Streinz of ME finished third.

On Saturday, the racers competed in a 7.5k classic race in the morning, and a 1.2k skate sprint in the afternoon. The 7.5k finished with Julia Kern of MA in first, Mackenzie Rizio of VT in second, and Leah Brams of MA in third, while Lance McKenney of ME took first for the boys, with Daniel Streinz (ME) in second and Koby Gordon (VT) in third. Julia Kern also won the skate sprint in the afternoon, with Mackenzie Rizio in second, while Olivia Cuneo (VT) took third. Daniel Streinz took first in the sprint, Gavin McEwen took second and Forrest Hamilton in third.

At the end of the day, Vermont took home the Champion’s title and the coveted L.L.Bean fleece tops annually awarded to the winning state team, but everybody took home enough fun memories to last until next year! It was a great team event and brought together racers from all over the Northeastern racing circuits, whether they were from high school circuits or EasternCup circuits.

All of the teams involved were made up of strong skiers, and people who find their passion in Nordic skiing. Although they were there racing to win the Eastern High School Champion title for their state, everyone was there for the same reason: Everyone loves Nordic skiing!

• Link to Complete Results

• Link to the 2015 EHSC Event Webpage for complete information

• Link to FlyingPointRoad photos

• Link to River Valley Graphics photos


]]> (NENSA Staff)Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:20:29 EST
Results Posted For EHSC Classic Mass Start This mornings mass start at EHSC-Black Mountain provided some very exciting racing, as well as strong performances from several athletes fresh off Junior Nationals in Truckee.

]]> In the mens race, Lance McKenney opened up a gap on the field early in the race and held it to finish, giving Maine the top points. Daniel Streinz, also skiing for Maine, added to the team total finishing second. Koby Gordon followed closely in third for Vermont.

Julia Kern, Mass, had a repeat performance in the 7.5km mass start, finishing about 40 seconds in from of McKenzie Rizio of Vermont. Leah Brams had a showing showing finishing third.

The morning kick waxing was a bit more straight forward for the men, About twenty minutes prior to the start of the womens race, the sun came out, tranistioning the snow and making for some tougher conditions for the women.

This afternoon the skiers will tackle the 5 person wave heats for the sprint race. Waves will start 1 minute apart and should provide more exciting finishes!

Photos to follow! Results can be found at

]]> (Janice Sibilia)Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:03:50 EST
Sugarloaf Marathon Results The Sugarloaf Ski Marathon capped the NENSA New England Marathon Series today. David Sinclair (GMVS) and Lucy Garrec won the 50K marathon series finale. Tyler DeAngelis (Bowdoin College) and Kate Northcott took top honor in the 25K event. Link to full results.

]]> (NENSA Staff)Sat, 21 Mar 2015 15:03:34 EST