Greetings NENSA Community!

Happy December!

A HUGE THANK YOU to our NENSA community ~ both to the lucky winning bidders and to the sponsors and gift donors, for all your support of our annual online Auction this year! It was a huge success ~ we surpassed our goal of raising $10k and raised $10,993 for NENSA! THANK YOU!

Our annual Technical Delegate & Event Organizer training weekend, held in snowy Craftsbury last weekend was also a big success, with 27 attendees which included both experienced TD's and TD's in training, as well as representative from most of our Championship and Eastern Cup venues. It was a great group of folks and really nice to be able to all come together at the start of the season to plan and train. You will see the commitment to our sport from these great TD's and event organizers, in the upcoming races and events held this season. A special shout out to Jim Rodrigues for continuing to be involved with NENSA as our volunteer TD Coordinator.

The New England BKL Festival registration is now open ~ see box below for full story and to get registered.

This Sunday December 9th is the first race of our Zak Cup Series ~ the Quarry Road Opener. Click on calendar listing below for more information.

With just over two weeks to go until our Eastern Cup Opener at Craftsbury, be sure to register early, and check that task off your to do list! Don't be that guy or gal who misses the registration deadline for the Opener! Registration is on SkiReg.com, and online registration closes on Weds. 12/19 at 5pm.

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.

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
Registration Open for New England Bill Koch League Festival!
Registration is now open for the 2019 New England Bill Koch League Festival!
Get ready to Glide on the Wild Side!
This year the fun two day event returns to Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton, VT on March 2-3. The festival is hosted by Frost Mountain Nordic. The theme for the weekend is Glide on the Wild Side so get out your animal costumes and get ready to head for the forest! Along with the races, Rikert will also be set up with obstacle courses, the return of the Bear’s Den, and a family adventure mini marathon with snack stops in the woods! Full story and link to registration and info page HERE.\
Woman's Day Registration is OPEN! January 20th in Waterville, NH
Sign up now! Go to SkiReg.com to register! Go to NENSA.net for more information on this very popular event!
WORLD CUP UPDATE
Sadie Bjornsen finished 10th overall in the Lillehammer Triple mini stage race Sunday in Lillehammer, Norway. (Getty Images - Trond Tandberg)
Bjornsen's Lead U.S. In Lillehammer Triple
Erik Bjornson (Winthrop, Wash.) had an outstanding race on the final day of the Lillehammer Triple, finishing third for the day in the 15k classic pursuit. Bjornsen finished the weekend in 32nd place for the mini-tour leading the U.S. men. Norway swept the men's mini-tour podium with Didrik Toenseth taking the win followed by Sjur Roethe in second and Emil Iversen in third.

“I'm really excited about the time of day result and hope that I can continue to build through the season,” said Erik Bjornsen. “The goal is to consistently be skiing in the points. The margins are so small that I know if I can ski top 30 every day, then the top 10 finishes start appearing. I love the pursuit start classic races because there are always a bunch of skate specialists to pick off throughout the race. Nothing feels better than passing a guy with a super low number.”

Erik Bjornsen was clearly dissatisfied with his performance in Saturday’s skate race and came out charging Sunday. He and Jean-Marc Gaillard from France were able to work together to move up the standings significantly, and Jean-Marc went on to have the second fastest time of the day, one second ahead of Erik Bjornsen.

On the women’s side, Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) finished 10th overall in the three-day Lillehammer Triple on a very challenging wax day with a wintry mix of precipitation in the final stage 10k pursuit. Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) closely followed in 13th with Rosie Brennan (Park City, Utah) finishing the weekend 15th overall.

Click HERE for full story.
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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.

The USOC provides a wide range of SafeSport resources, including  online education and awareness . All coaches and those in a position of authority over athletes are required to take the online SafeSport course. To create an account with SafeSport, please use the following access code and follow the instructions on the SafeSport registration page. 
Go to usskiandsnowboard.org , scrool down to the bottom of the home page, and under Governance, click on the SafeSport link.
  • US Ski and Snowboard SafeSport Access code: NBUD-E6QB-WGT3-BW7Z
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:
December 9 Quarry Road Opener
December 15-16 Craftsbury Sprint Openers
January 13 The Stowe Derby
February 10 Flying Moose Classic

Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
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