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 FasterSkier Looks at the 2015-16 USSA SuperTour Schedule From FasterSkier: The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) released the final version of its SuperTour (ST) calendar for the upcoming winter of 2015/2016, with a new stop in Sun Valley, Idaho, in early December as well as a mid-season East Coast visit to Lake Placid, N.Y., and Stowe, VT. Read on via

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The PainCave for Gear Long time NENSA sponsor, L.L.Bean puts their products through one tough circuit of tests to make sure it stands up to the L.L.Bean name, and to your expectations. Read on via BangorDailyNews here.

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Last few days to sign up for the USSA National Coaches Symposium in Lake Placid 9/11-9/13 Attention New Engand Coaches - there is still time to sign up for the 2015 USSA National Cross Country Coaches Symposium,  which will be held in Lake Placid at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) from Friday 9/11 at 1pm through Sunday 9/13 at noon, and is open to all Nordic ski coaches. This is a biennial coaches education event featuring a national and international slate of presenters and experts in nordic skiing, coaching and sport science.  It is a great way to hone new and existing coaches skills, and network with a great bunch of New England and National coaches!  And, Lake Placid is in our New England backyard! 

The symposium is $300 - registration is online through at: Registation is currently open for the symposium until 9/10, or when it is filled.

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USSA Announces Key Presenter Line Up for the 2015 National Coaches Education Symposium at the Lake Placid OTC USSA sets an impressive slate of key presenters for this year's National Cross Country Coaches Sympoisium. Get more from here, or click "read more" below for preenter bios, event info, and to register. 

]]> 2015 National Cross-Country Coaches’ Education Symposium – Lake Placid, NY Olympic Training Center Key Presenters:

Vern Gambetta
Vern is currently the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the conditioning coach for several teams in Major League Soccer as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men’s World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and Director of Athletic Development for the New York Mets. Vern is recognized internationally as an expert in training and conditioning for sport having worked with world-class athletes and teams in a wide variety of sports. He is a popular speaker and writer on conditioning topics having lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe. Vern's coaching experience spans 39 years at all levels of competition.  Vern has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He received his BA from Fresno State University and his teaching credential with a coaching minor from University of California Santa Barbara. Vern obtained his MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.

Anders Byström
Anders is the current Head Coach of the Norwegian National Junior Team and works daily with education and development in Norway.  He completed his studies in 2007 with a focus on sports psychology.  In 2010 Anders became the Head of Education for the Swedish Ski Federation before transitioning to the Head Coach of the Swedish National Junior Team in 2011.  He has also worked as the Team coordinator for the Swedish National Biathlon Team.  

Troy Taylor
Troy is the new Director of Sports Science at USSA.  He earned a master degree in exercise physiology from Loughborough University in 2003.  From 2010 until 2015 Troy was the director of Sport Science and Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO).  While in this position, Troy worked with many world-class athletes and teams, including Canadian Rowing.  While in Ontario, he was the lead physiologist to Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) for the 2012 Olympic quadrennial, including at the 2012 London Olympics where the team won two silver medals.  Before arriving in Canada, Troy worked as the Senior Sport Physiologist for the Sports Council Wales (SCW).  As a physiologist, he has also worked with endurance sports like swimming and skiing.

Jay Gump
Jay began coaching cyclists in 1995 and over 20 years has coached endurance athletes of all abilities, from weekend warriors to Olympians.  He was one of USA Cycling’s first elite licensed coaches prior to earning an MS in exercise physiology and a PhD in physiology and biophysics.  He now works as an assistant professor of anatomy and physiology at Greenfield Community College.  Jay lives with his wife, daughter, and two dogs in the hill towns of Massachusetts. 

Brian Krill
Brian Krill has been a professional educator and involved in athletics the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, and in 2007 established Peak Nonprofit Consulting, LLC. In 2013 Brian transitioned to a position with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association as Club Development Manager launching the new USSA Club Development Program,and now serves as the USSA’s Director of Sport Education.

Sept. 11-13, 2015

For registration info click here

For possible OTC lodging, please contact USSA Sport Education -

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NYSEF WHITEFACE CLIMB TO THE CASTLE ROLLERSKI RACE WILMINGTON, NY -- The New York Ski Educational Foundation and the Olympic Regional Development Authority invite athletes to the 9th annual NYSEF Whiteface Climb to the Castle Rollerski Race on Sunday, September 20 at 8 AM. The course starts at the Whiteface Toll Booth, climbing for 5 miles with an average 8% grade up the Whiteface Memorial Highway to the castle on the summit of Whiteface Mountain, New York's 5th highest peak with an elevation of 4,867 ft. The race is freestyle technique and athletes will be greeted at the finish with a 360-degree panoramic view of the Adirondacks, New England and Canada. Athletes will have excellent road conditions with all new pavement to the summit.

]]> Sunday, September 20, 2015 

Climb to the top of Whiteface, New York’s 5th highest peak for a 360-degree panoramic view of the Adirondacks, New England and Canada

NEW this year is a team event! Fastest 3 times will be added together to name a Women's Team Champions and Men's Team Champions

Link to race details: 2015 Climb to the Castle

Link to race registration: 

Online registration closes Friday, September 18 at 9 AM

Looking to help out at the awesome C2C race? sign up to volunteer here 

Questions? email Margaret Maher margm (at) 

Awards by Mt. Borah

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