New England Women’s XC Ski Day

wd_logo_webNew England Women’s XC Ski Day – Our Signature Event!

New England Women’s XC Ski Day was started in 2002 by former Olympian Trina Hosmer of Stowe, VT. Trina was inspired by her “sisters in skiing” in Anchorage, Alaska, who started the Alaska ski for Women in 1997.  Like the Alaskans’ original event, Women’s XC Ski Day chooses a non-profit women’s organization to benefit, and gathers as many women as it can for a day of skiing which includes a lunch and a raffle. The highlight of the day is learn-to-ski clinics with women instructors; the emphasis being on relaxed, fun learning with other women. Trina hopes that Women’s Day helps bring more women together for this wonderful sport and lifestyle.

16th Annual NE Women’s XC Ski Day
Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel ME
January 22nd, 2017

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Enjoy a fun day on snow at the Bethel Inn Resort in Bethel, Maine on the Bethel Village Trails. Experience cross-country ski clinics for every level of skier-from first-timers to seasoned masters! In addition to top-notch instruction, there will be wax demonstrations, a fantastic prize drawing and a fabulous lunch. Clothing and equipment retailers will be on hand with items to try and buy.

Go here to register online
Registration is $35 for NENSA members, and $50 for non-members

Directions: Click here for a map to the Bethel Inn and Resort

Many thanks to our sponsors L.L.Bean and Swix who make this day happen!







Thank you to LUNA Bar!


Grand Raffle: 2 day/1 night Resort Getaway for Two with Breakfast at the Bethel Inn Resort

Raffle Prizes Donated by These Fine Businesses

LLBean, Swix, Toko,  — THANK YOU!

wd_glidingDon’t have your own skis? No problem! The Bethel Village Trails has very knowledgeable staff and would love to outfit you. Rentals are $15 for Sunday, $27 for both Saturday and Sunday, to reserve your rentals please email Sarah Weafer at or call  207-824-6276. For more information about the Bethel Village Trails you can find them online here: Trail passes are included for Women’s Day participants on Sunday Jan 22nd. For those skiing on the Bethel Village Trails on Saturday Jan 21st, please consider a donation to the non-profits running the ski center.

There will be clinics in both skate and classic during the day, although you only sign up for the clinics & technique that you want. Rent one set of equipment or both! There will also be Equipment Dealers on hand to help you demo some of their equipment.

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Schedule of Events


  • 12noon – 4pm:   Shopping Stroll down Main Street Bethel
    Many businesses in Bethel have put together these special offers and discounts, just for you! Please see the reserve side for offers and store locations.
  • 3pm – 5pm: Happy Hour in the Millbrook Tavern
                           $2 drafts, wine specials and ½ price appetizers
  • 5pm: Wine & Cheese Welcome Social
  • 5pm – 9pm:  Enjoy dinner at The Inn, served in our Millbrook Tavern & Terrace, larger groups welcome.
  • 7pm: Live music with Denny Breau, one of our favorites, join Denny in the Tavern from 7pm to late night.


  • 7:00-8:00 a.m. Yoga at the Bethel Inn Resort (Class is now full). We’ll emphasize postures that will support a full range of motion for a delightful day on the ski trails! Beginners and more experienced students are all welcome. Please bring your own mat.
  • 8:45-9:45 Registration and Clinic Sign Up
  • 10-4 NENSA Expo: Equipment suppliers, wax technicians, outfitters and clothiers from the ski industry will be on hand with goods to try and buy.
  • 10-11:40 Clinics: Skating and Classic technique clinics for first timers, beginners and intermediate level skiers. Sign up at registration time for the clinic you want to participate in!
  • 11:45-1:15 Lunch, raffle drawing and short presentation.
  • 1:30-2:45 Clinics: Repeat of Clinics, sign up for the same one or for something different!
  • 2:40-3:30 Fun wrap-up event, drawing of grand raffle prize, Swix wax clinic, massages and light refreshments.

Clinic Descriptions

Please take a minute and read through the clinic descriptions.
You will select your clinic on Sunday morning at Registration, but it’s helpful to have thought about this beforehand! There is also a tour option. The color is to help identify your group on Sunday.

Beginner Classic (RED) -This is for the person who has never cross-country skied, skis only a couple of times per year or has been skiing for years but has never had a lesson. You will learn the fundamentals of classic skiing: correct body position, use of poles, striding and balancing on one ski, double poling, how to get down a hill safely, downhill turns, and a downhill stop.

Intermediate Classic (PINK) – This is for the person who skis at least 1 or 2 times per week, can ski comfortably 5-10k, and feels OK going downhill. You will learn balancing drills so you will be able to glide longer with every stride, how to increase your tempo, and more powerful use of your arms and legs.

Uphill/Downhill Classic (GREEN)– This is for the person who skis several times per year (not for the person who has never skied) and wants to improve their technique to go uphill and downhill. For uphill, you will learn how to shorten your stride, increase your tempo, and use your arms more effectively. For downhill you will learn how to go maneuver around obstacles, advancing from snowplow turns to step turns.

Beginner Skate (ORANGE)– This is for the person who has never skated (but has classic skied) or has tried skating a few times but works hard and goes nowhere. You will learn the basics of skating: correct body position, skating off, then balancing on your gliding ski, correct use of your arms and timing (when to push and when to glide).

Intermediate Skate (BLUE)-This is for the person who knows how to skate but wants to improve their technique. You will learn how to V1, V2 and V2 alternate (the 3 techniques used in skating). You will also learn when to use each technique. You will learn the importance of balancing on 1 ski and gliding as long as possible before you skate off onto the other ski and more powerful use of arms and legs.

Uphill/Downhill Skate (PURPLE) – This is for the person who knows how to skate and wants to become more efficient going uphill and downhill. You will learn a more effective V1 for going uphill. You will learn how to use V2 on a gradual uphill. For downhill you will learn how to go around poles, advancing from snowplow half turns to step turns.


Introduction to Racing (YELLOW) – This is for the person who knows how to ski and wants to challenge them self further by entering a race. Or the person who has already entered some races and wants some tips on how to ski faster. This clinic will cover all the basics of racing: preparation, pacing yourself, choosing the correct technique depending on the terrain, when to push and when to recover and most important enjoy the experience. There will be a classic race clinic in the morning and a skating race clinic in the afternoon.

Benefit Organization
Every year, Women’s Day chooses a local organization to benefit. A portion of your entry fee will go towards this Organization. In addition, the Host hotel donates a one-night stay for two that the organization will raffle off as the grande prize!

This year the Benefit Organization is:

Sexual Assault Prevention and Responses Services []

We love having groups come to Women’s Day! Get your friends together and come and celebrate the day! At lunch we’ll be looking for the largest group. Bring lots of girlfriends!

Have additional questions? Contact Amber Freeman or 413-822-2422