Updated Apr. 22, 2009

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14th Annual NE Women’s XC Day

Rikert Nordic Center, Ripton, VT

January 25, 2015

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Enjoy a fun day on snow at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, VT. 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.

** [To comply with National Forest Service Land Use Policy, this event is not gender specific.] **


Click here for online registration. 

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

Thank you to our Gold Sponsor VBT, providing bicyling and walking vacations since 1971.


Rikert Nordic Center

Located in Ripton, Vermont on the beautiful Bread Loaf campus, you will find Rikert Nordic Center's XC ski trails lead you through pine woods and around the mountainsides. There are trails which take you on a quick loop or longer ones which interweave around the mountainside and lead you up to Robert Frost's cabin. Ski on groomed trails or discover our 'backcountry' tracks . Wildlife around every tree, so stop and smell the fresh air!

Come and enjoy free skiing after 1:00 on Saturday, January 24th. Please mention you are a Women's Day participant!



Don’t have your own skis? No problem! The Rikert Nordic Ski Center Staff are very knowledgeable and would love to outfit you. You can call them directly after December 15th to reserve your rentals (802.443.2744). We recommend calling ahead to make sure they have gear in your size. Rentals will be offered at a discounted price ($18 for classic gear and $20 for skate gear).

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.

Lodging at the Middlebury Inn

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Walk through the doors of the Middlebury Inn and feel the warmth of New England hospitality that has been their tradition for generations. From the veranda, look out onto the beautiful town green and beyond you will find great restaurants, bars, museums and shopping just a short walk away.

As a full service hotel with 71 guests rooms, the Inn offers unparalleled food, drink and lodging and all the comforts and conveniences travelers have come to expect from a grand hotel.  All centrally located and handily only 20 minutes from Rikert Nordic Center.

Accommodations range from motel style units, (some are pet friendly), to rooms and suites in the historic Main Inn and Porter Mansion. Mention the New England Nordic Ski Association to receive special pricing.  Call today (802-388-4961) for best availability and rates!  Enjoy Yoga, Waterfalls Day Spa or relaxing in our lobby or Morgan’s Tavern in front of the fire during your free time.

Come and experience a place that’s been a part of Vermont’s history since 1827.

Reservations may be booked starting October 20th through January 11th to receive special rates.


Other options for Lodging

Blueberry Hill Inn

Blueberry Hill with its early 1800's charm, gives you a sense of traditional country living in a warm and informal atmosphere. Each room is artistically fashioned with antiques, warm quilts and private bath. The aromas of the open kitchen, focal point of the Inn, will entice you to enjoy the imaginative and creative cooking.

Robert Frost Mountain Cabins

In support of the event, they will offer participants a 10% discount for accommodations. The five cabins are conveniently located 6.5 miles from Rikert. The cabins can be described as "where rustic charm meets contemporary comforts." Previous guests participating at Rikert events have enjoyed the fully furnished and equipped cabins, access to the workshop for ski prep and the hot tub to soothe tired muscles.

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Schedule of Events


1:00-4:00pm Enjoy free skiing at Rikert Nordic Center. Please mention you are a Women's Day Participant!

5:30-7:00 Join us for a Saturday Night Social at Middlebury Chocolates in downtown Middlebury. Drop-In Brewing Company and Shacksbury Cider will be there with beer and cider to sample and buy and we will also have yummy local food samples from Vermont Smoke and Cure, and of course, the delicious treats and beverages from Middlebury Chocolates. Connect with other women who are attending this event, meet up with friends, and start the evening off with some tasty snacks!


  • 7:00-7:45 Yoga at the Middlebury Inn (Space is limited so please email abby@nensa.net to reserve your spot). Yoga will be provided by Joanna Colwell, founder and director of Otter Creek Yoga. A full-time teacher since 1998, Joanna loves to share the treasures she has received from her practice with students of all ages. The practice will be a mix of vigorous challenging postures as well as soothing restorative poses. 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 at Rikert Nordic 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.
  • 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 & short presentation by Charlotte Brynn, Marathon Swimmer & Aquatic Adventurist. Lunch menu: veggie soup, veggie chili, meat chili, bread, gluten free bread, salad, desserts.
  • 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, raffle drawing, drawing of grand raffle prize and light refreshments.

Grand Raffle Prize: 2 nights of lodging at the beautiful Middlebury Inn, two massages from Waterfalls Day Spa, and tickets to ski at Rikert Nordic Center! All proceeds benefit STRiDE!

Raffle Prizes Donated by These Fine Businesses: THANK YOU!

LLBean, VBT, Swix, SKIDA, Toko, Timberlock, Middlebury Co-op, Middlebury Inn, Rikert Nordic Center, Middlebury College Snow Bowl, Designer Gold, Sunrise Orchards, Olivia's Croutons, Danforth Pewter, Sweet Cecily's, Vermont Flannel, Castleton Crackers, Hue & Me, Julbo, Keewaydin, Fast and Female, Vermont Woodware, Ripton General Store, Lincoln Peak Winery, Bud's Beans, Blueberry Inn, Robert Frost Cabins, Pennie Rand, Jim Wells, Middlebury Bike Shop, Forth & Goal.



Click here for directions to Rikert.


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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! 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.


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!   


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Benefit Organization

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This year our Benefit Organization is STRiDE, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 to provide opportunities for girls and women through mentoring programs in Nordic skiing, alpine skiing and basketball. Their mission is to enhance and promote the advancement of female athletes in society. Stride seeks to support underprivileged female athletes, works for equity for female athletes, promotes positive portrayals of female athletes, seeks to increase the presence of women on all levels of sports and to support research that expands the body of knowledge of the female athlete. Stride pursues its goals in the spirit of collaboration and inclusiveness.

Have additional questions? Contact Abby Weissman (abby@nensa.net or 207.944.4720).