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13th Annual NE Women’s XC Day

Bethel Nordic Ski Center, Bethel, ME

February 9, 2014

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Enjoy a fun day on snow at the Bethel Nordic Ski Center in Bethel, ME. 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.


Registration is full for this event! Thank you! If you are interested in getting on the wait list, please email Abby Weissman (

Adaptive athletes, please email Patrik Viljanen, NENSA's Adaptive Program Director, to let him know you are coming. Thanks! (

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Many thanks to our sponors L.L.Bean, Swix, TD Bank that are making this day happen! An additional thank you to LLBean who will be outfitting the instructors this year.


Don’t have your own skis? No problem! The Bethel Nordic Ski Center Staff are very knowledgeable and would love to outfit you. Rentals are $18 per day.

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.

Click here to reserve your rentals online.

Questions? Please email the Bethel Inn Nordic Center ( They prefer email but you can also call them (207-824-6276).

Try the ski trails on Saturday, starting at 2:00 registrants are welcome to ski the trails at The Bethel Nordic Ski Center and or The Outdoor Center at Sunday River at no cost. Just stop in, mention that you are a Women's Day participant, and pick up a trail pass. You can also pick up your rentals after 2:00 on Saturday at no extra charge!


The Bethel Inn Resort is a classic New
England resort in the heart of “the greatest
ski town in the Universe,” just 6.8 miles from
Sunday River Ski Resort. This 200 acre resort
features country elegant accommodations
and luxury townhomes, two restaurants
offering fine and casual dining, a 42km
cross country ski and snowshoe center,
health club with a 92° heated outdoor pool,
spa services, whirlpool, saunas and fitness center.

Make it a weekend! Special Women’s Day
rates from $80 per person, per night, includes
resort accommodations, a hearty
country breakfast and unlimited use of
resort amenities including cross-country
skiing. Plus, there will be a welcome social
reception and live entertainment on
Saturday evening at the Millbrook Tavern,
downstairs at The Inn.

Rates are double occupancy and do not include
tax or resort fees and are available for Saturday or
Sunday night stays. Please mention
this special Women’s Day XC Ski Package.

1.800.654.0125 or

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Schedule of Events


Check-in, any time after 3pm – Arrive early and enjoy lunch in the Millbrook Tavern, a cross country ski or snowshoe or a dip in the heated outdoor pool.

NEW! Saturday Stroll from 2-4pm! 

Many local business in Bethel (walking distance from the Bethel Inn) will be hosting a Saturday Stroll, with discounts for Women's Day participants. You will receive a list of the participating businesses when you check in to the Inn on Saturday! Take a walk around downtown and see some of the local shops that Bethel has to offer.

Starting at 2:00 registrants are welcome to ski the trails at The Bethel Nordic Ski Center and or The Outdoor Center at Sunday River at no cost. Just stop in, mention that you are a Women's Day participant, and pick up a trail pass. You can also pick up your rentals after 2:00 on Saturday at no extra charge!

4pm – 6pm – Taps & Apps in The Millbrook Tavern & Grille.  Enjoy $2 drafts, wine specials and ½ price appetizers, downstairs at The Bethel Inn Resort. Plus, complimentary cheese, fruit and crackers for all Women’s Day participants from 5pm – 6pm
5pm – 9pm – Enjoy dinner at The Inn with your choice of fine dining in our Main Dining Room or within the casual atmosphere of The Millbrook Tavern & Grille.
8:30pm – Live Music in The Millbrook Tavern with Chad Porter.  A high energy show with this amazingly talented singer/songwriter!




  • 7:00-8:00 Yoga [Gibson Room off Main Lobby]
  • 8:45-9:45 Registration and Clinic Sign Up [Conference Center]
  • 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. [Nordic Center]
  • 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! [Nordic Center]
  • 11:45-1:15 Lunch! Raffle drawing & short presentation by Former Olympian Leslie Krichko  [Conference Center]
  • 1:30-2:45 Clinics: Repeat of Clinics, sign up for the same one or for something different! [Nordic Center]
  • 2:40-3:30 Fun wrap-up event, drawing of grand raffle prize (3 day/ 2 night Midweek Resort Getaway for Two.  Includes country elegant resort accommodations and full use of resort activities.  Valid non-holiday through March 2015) and light refreshments. [Conference Center]


Directions to the Bethel Inn can be found here.

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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! 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.


We love having groups come to Women's Day! Get your friends together and come and celebrate the day! We will find out the winning group (bringing the most women) at lunch.

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Have additional questions? Contact Abby Weissman ( or 207.944.4720).





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