Greetings NENSA Community!

Please 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 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!

Today until 5pm is the last chance to register for the Eastern Cup Opener at Craftsbury ~ Registration is on SkiReg.com, and online registration closes TODAY at 5pm.
But, there is DOR for the Sunday Masters wave only ~ so all you Masters come on out and race, even if you want to join in the fun last minute!

Just two weeks until New England (The Craftsbury Outdoor Center) plays host to the US Ski & Snowboard US Senior Nationals to be held 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.

Congratulations to Sophie Caldwell on her 2nd Place in the Davos World Cup Sprint!! Full WC recap in the boxes below!

Check out all the NENSA NEWS from the Field in the boxes below, as well as our events calendar at the bottom of this eNewletter, and, our snazzy new Citizen Races Poster. Click on the poster for a link to print them for your club, venue, wax room or refrigerator!

Best,
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
RACES RAMPING UP IN CRAFTSBURY
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center hosted a Sprint Doubleheader this past weekend — skiers of all ages put on a show and tested the new sprinting track that will be used this weekend for the Eastern Cup Opener (and US Nationals this January). Please note that REGISTRATION for the EC closes this Wednesday at 5pm. (There will ONLY be day of race for the masters waves on Sunday.) Please check your teams roster and make sure athletes sign up early and on time!!

Click HERE for full story, and links for photos from this past weekend's double header.
Matching Gift Basics:
When thinking about Year End, or any donation to your favorite (ski) non-profit, don't forget many companies also have Matching Gift programs. It's any easy way to double your impact when giving.

But imagine being able to have your Year End Donation to NENSA tripled right now! Now through December 31st, we have a very generous NENSA donor who is matching all donations dollar for dollar. Then, if your employer has a matching gift program too, that donation of yours is actually tripled in its impact!

Here's how Matching Gift works:
Matching gifts are donations that a company makes to an eligible nonprofit after an employee has made a contribution. After the initial donation, the employee submits paperwork either through an online company portal or to the HR department. This process in full is broken down below:

Companies usually match gifts at a 1:1 ratio,  doubling an employee’s donation. Thanks in advance for checking with your employer to see if they doing matching gifts.
Looking For A New Idea On A Place to Ski In New England??
The Boston Globe had an article last week on some of their favorite places to ski in New England - check out the full story HERE.
WORLD CUP UPDATE:
Congratulations to Sophie Caldwell on her 2nd Place in the Davos World Cup Sprint!
Sophie Caldwell (left) finished second in Saturday's FIS Cross Country freestyle sprint. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Reese Brown)
Sophie Caldwell (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) secured her first sprint podium of the season Saturday, finishing second in the FIS Cross Country World Cup freestyle sprint in Davos, Switzerland. Caldwell was the top qualifier and led five U.S. women into the quarterfinal heats, including Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.), who finished 14th in the finals; Ida Sargent (Craftsbury, Vt.) 21st; Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) 26th; and Rosie Brennan (Park City, Utah) 29th.

“My strategy going in the finals was to tuck in behind some skiers the first lap to conserve some energy as I knew I had fast skies and was taking the final corner well,” said Caldwell after finishing 0.72 seconds behind Sweden’s Stina Nilsson, and 2.60 second ahead of Sweden’s Maja Dahlqvist in third in the final. “I was thrilled with today. This gives me a confidence boost as I have been a little sick and I am now looking forward to the second period.”

On the men’s side, Simi Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.) advanced the final heats after qualifying 17th and ended up finishing 12th on the day after running out of gas in the semifinal.

“I chose to set a slightly more realistic goal of making the semifinals today and so I sacrificed a bit of recovery time in order to have the best shot of achieving that goal,” said Hamilton. “I pretty much burnt all the matches I had in my quarterfinal heat and was left with the needle on empty in my semifinal. But, I consider any day you race in the heats as a good day, so I’m encouraged with where I am right now.”

Norway’s Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo won, followed by Italy’s Federico Pellegrino in second, and Baptiste Gros of France third. Kevin Bolger (Sun Valley, Idaho) missed qualifications for the heats by one place, finishing 31st.

Up next, the men will compete in a 15k interval freestyle start, and the women’s will race in a 10k interval freestyle event Sunday in Davos.

RESULTS
Sophie Caldwell was the top qualifier and won her first two heats. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Reese Brown)
Congrats to the Salomon Nordic athletes who have already climbed 21 times onto World Cup podiums this season so far!
Diggins Fifth, Brennan Posts Career-Best Sixth In Davos
Jessie Diggins finished fifth in Sunday's FIS Cross Country World Cup 10k individual freestyle in Davos, Switzerland. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Reese Brown)
Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) and Rosie Brennan (Park City, Utah) skied strategic races on Sunday to finish fifth and sixth respectively in Sunday’s FIS Cross Country World Cup 10k individual start freestyle in Davos, Switzerland. Norway took the top two podium positions with Therese Johaug winning followed by Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg in second. Krista Parmakoski of Finland was third.

The two-lap 5k women’s course in Davos is always a challenge, due to its high altitude, more than 150 meters of climbing per lap, and minimal areas to recover on the hilly, technical course. But it suited Diggins and Brennan just fine.

“I was really happy with today, this is a really tough course to pace because it’s such a long and hard grind, but I’m happy with where my shape is for this time of year and where it’s trending,” said Diggins. “I was super focused on skiing as efficiently as possible with strong technique and I was stoked about how I got after my process goals for this race”.

“Today was a dream finish to Period 1 for me,” exclaimed an ecstatic Brennan, who posted a career-best World Cup result. “Davos is a perfect course for me with lots of work and not much recovery and a little bit of altitude thrown in so I had some high expectations for myself today. The first 2k is my strength so I just focused on finding a good rhythm out of the start and then carrying it until the last km where I hoped to go for broke.

In the three-lap 15k men’s race, Russian Evgeniy Belov took the narrow victory by just 0.90 seconds over France’s Maurice Manificat. Norwegian Martin Johnsrud Sundby was third.

The U.S. Cross Country Team now breaks for the holidays and will resume competition at the Tour de Ski on December 29th in Toblach, Italy.

RESULTS
Rosie Brennan posted a career-best sixth-place World Cup result Sunday n Davos, Switzerland. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Reese Brown)
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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