Greetings NENSA Community!

I hope you are getting to spend some nice quality time with family and friends on ski trails this holiday season! As 2018 draws to a close, the NENSA staff would like to say THANK YOU to all our supporters, sponsors, NENSA members, host venues (staff & volunteers!), TD's, athletes and our NENSA Board of Directors and committees. Thanks for support this past year and best wishes for a very happy and healthy New Year!

There are less than 5 days left to help NENSA earn an extra $15,000! Through December 31, any donation you make to NENSA will be matched 1:1 up to $15,000! NENSA has been given this incredible opportunity from a very generous donor, for this matching gift for a “Sprint to the Finish” Year End Fund Drive. Your gift today, in any amount, will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $15k. As you think about year end giving, please consider NENSA, and give as generously as you can. As of today, we have received just over $6000 in donations that will be matched dollar for dollar. Please help us get the additional $9k potential.

As an added incentive to give:
  • Anyone who donates $1000 or more, to this year end matching fund drive, will be automatically entered into a raffle for either a brand new pair of Salomon S-LAB skate BLUE skis (weight range 143-176 lbs.) value $800, or, a two-day Orvis fly fishing lesson in Manchester VT, value $978.

  • Anyone who donates $500 or more, will automatically be entered into a raffle for a pair of Rossignol Air Force WCS Pole Kit 160cm (can be cut down), value of $345.

Click HERE to donate today and have your gift DOUBLED!

Thank you to Craftsbury Outdoor Center staff for pulling off another amazing Eastern Cup Opener, despite the torrential rains that hit New England last Friday. Read the full recap of the great racing that happened in the boxes below.

Time to get psyched for a full January calendar of citizen racing, as well as our next Eastern Cup weekend, which is combined with a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Supertour, in Lake Placid NY the weekend of January 25th, 26th and 27th. Friday will be a Supertour race day only; Saturday a combined EC & Supertour classic SPRINT race day; and Sunday will be the combined EC & Supertour classic Mass Start race day. Register now on SkiReg.com.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard's Senior Nationals will be held next week, starting on 1/3, at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury Vermont. Click here for a link to the week's schedule and come cheer and check out all the action 1/3-1/8/19.

Check out all the NENSA NEWS from the Field in the boxes below, as well as so many great January races and events, in our events calendar at the bottom of this eNewletter. We look forward to seeing you out on the trails!

Happy New Year!
Amie

Amie W. Smith
Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association
Amie@nensa.net

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NENSA News from the Field
Highlights and Notes from NENSA and the Nordic World
EASTERN CUP OPENER AT CRAFTSBURY: SPRINT RECAP
Overall Female Winners: Julia Kern – SMS T2 – 1st, Jessica Yeaton – APU – 2nd, and Katharine Ogden – Dartmouth – 3rd
Overall Male Winners: Daniel Strienz – NMU – 1st, Antoine Briand – CNEPH – 2nd, Bill Harmeyer – UVM – 3rd
Over 300 skiers from throughout the US and Canada traveled to Craftsbury for the opening Eastern Cup race of the 2018-2019 season. Despite the unfortunate warm weather of the past days the grooming staff was able to provide racers with a fair track for the mornings qualification. During the course of the morning the temperature dropped 20 degrees allowing water to drain from the snow and make a fast surface.

The afternoon was full of heat action – starting with Masters, then Open (which included junior and senior skiers), then U16 and U18/U20’s. Competitors, coaches and spectators were as excited to kick off the competitive season as they were to welcome the more seasonable temperatures and the return of a gentle snowfall. The races were augmented with the rich voice and historic commentary of Peter Graves.
Ben Ogden was the top male junior on the day and 4th overall. Missing from photo: Leo Grandbois – Orford – 2nd, James Kitch – Harvard – 3rd
Callie Young of Dartmouth was the top female junior on the day with Mae Chalmers of Middlebury in second and Abigail Streinz of Craftsbury in third
Day Two Eastern Cup Opener Wrap-Up
  Men’s Podium: Ben Lustgarten – Craftsbury – 1st, Kris Freeman – Caldwell Sport – 2nd, Zane Fields – Colby – 3rd
Day two of the NENSA Eastern Cup Opener at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center saw the return of winter and high quality races from elite skiers, US and Canadian juniors, college skiers, and a strong masters field. Due to icy conditions the races were changed from mass to interval start for safety to the competitors. However this did not slow down the action, with competitors entering the course every fifteen seconds, creating dynamic tactics and constant action for spectators. Read full story of the weekend recap HERE .
Women’s Podium: Caitlin Patterson – Craftsbury – 1st, Jessica Yeaton – APU – 2nd (missing), Julia Kern – SMS – 3rd
NENSA's Women's Day is coming up on January 20th in Waterville NH ~
Be sure to register today ~ Space is limited and filling up!
Sign up now! Go to SkiReg.com to register! Go to NENSA.net for more information on this very popular event!
World Cup News:
Tour de Ski: ‘The Most Exciting Week of The Entire Season’
The 13th edition of the FIS Cross Country World Cup Tour de Ski begins Saturday in Toblach, Italy. The Tour spans seven stages over nine days and includes stops in Toblach; Val Mustair, Switzerland; and Oberstdorf, Germany, and finishes with a hill climb in Val di Fiemme, Italy on Sunday, Jan. 6.

“The Tour de Ski is one of the most exciting events on the calendar”, said U.S. Cross Country Team Coach Matt Whitcomb. Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) will be looking to improve upon her third-place overall finish from last year when the 2019 Tour de Ski opens with a freestyle sprint Saturday and continues with stage 2 featuring a 10k freestyle for the women and a 15k freestyle for the men Sunday.

The U.S. is starting a lean team of seven athletes for the 2018-19 edition of the Tour as many athletes are choosing to use the early January L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships in Craftsbury, Vt. as a qualifier for the FIS Cross Country World Championships in February. 

The excitement level and strategy for the upcoming Tour are captured in what each U.S. starter has to say about the event:

“The Tour de Ski is, for me, the most exciting week of the entire season! With a race almost every day, it’s one huge adrenaline ride. I’m excited for this year’s challenge of doing the entire Tour once again, and also looking to use these races and building blocks as part of my preparation for the World Championships! “

 - Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.)

“I love the Tour format, with the craziness of all the travel, and day after day work. It has been nice to have a few weeks off of racing to recover and get my muscles ready to take on the intensive racing. I plan to only do the first part of the Tour this year and follow it with a training block to help me be in the best shape for World Championships in February. “

 - Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wa.)

“We have had a relaxing break in Seefeld (Austria) and I'm feeling good and looking forward to racing the first few stages of the Tour de Ski before dropping out to come back to Seefeld and prepare for Dresden (Germany). I'm excited to do two skate sprints and my first skate distance race of the year in Toblach and Val Mustair and then I will be screaming at the TV to cheer on my teammates finishing the Tour!”

 - Sophie Caldwell (Stratton Mountain, Vt.)

“I’m excited to start the Tour De Ski. I skipped the Davos (Switzerland) world cup weekend, so I’ve had a nice long training block to prepare for these races.”

 - Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop Wa.)

“Coming off a solid period 1 with my form going in the right direction, I was looking forward to a Christmas Break to relax, but also to really sharpen my shape! Coming into my first Tour De Ski I feel strong and confident, my strategy will be like going into any other race, now I’m just looking forward to throwing down some top results! Looking forward to getting back together with the team and putting together a solid Tour!”

 - Kevin Bolger (Sun Valley, Idaho)

“I’m really excited for my eighth Tour de Ski. Even though my plan is to only race through the two sprints, we’ll be heading to some pretty amazing venues and towns in Central Europe and the team vibe during the Tour is always so awesome. It’s such a unique format for ski racing, and it’s just really fun to be a part of the wild traveling show.”

 - Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Co.)

“I am really excited and honored to be able to participate in the Tour de Ski. I want to just stay focused and relaxed because it’s a lot of racing and hectic environment. I think if I can stay relaxed I hopefully can finish the Tour with some good and fun results!”

 - Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, Vt.)
Looking for more current Cross Country Ski News?? Check out these links on our NENSA.net website for the latest Social Media, Ski Community News, News at NENSA and ALL back issues of KickZone
SafeSport Program

NENSA has always urged ALL New England coaches, parent volunteers, venue volunteers and anyone working with youth to take the SafeSport on-line course and get certified. NENSA has been requiring this of all our staff and volunteer coaches and wax techs at JN's and REG Camps for several years now. So please take time this fall to be sure all your club volunteers and coaches are SafeSport certified. Do it today.
Renew  your NENSA Membership today, and THANK YOU!

June 1st officially starts our new membership year. Take pride in joining the New England Nordic community with your NENSA membership and in knowing your dues are coming right back to you in the form of NENSA programming and our ongoing support of venues, clubs, athletes and coaches across the region. 

There are more reasons than ever to re-new your NENSA Membership! We now have  NENSA Members Only Benefits & Offers  on our website ~ Check back often as we will be adding more from our wonderful sponsors as the season progresses! Go to our "NENSA Members Only Benefits and Offers" tab, under Membership, on NENSA.net to see the latest offers!

Questions about renewing your membership?? Email  preston@nensa.net  or call (207-688-6503) Preston in our NENSA office - he is there to help you! 

Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Upcoming Events:
January 13 The Stowe Derby
February 10 Flying Moose Classic

Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
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