Happy 2019 NENSA Community!

It has been an exciting time here in New England for cross country ski racing this past week with the Craftsbury Outdoor Center playing host to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Ski US Nationals. A variety of National Champions were crowned, and the racing, volunteers and venue were in top form! See box below for links to all the days recaps and photos.

I want to personally thank all the donors who participated in our year end matching gift campaign ~ the "Sprint to the Finish" of 2018! NENSA received $10,560 in donations, that were then matched by our wonderful matching donor, for a total of $21,120 to NENSA in this year end fund drive! THANK YOU!!

Time to get psyched for a full January calendar of citizen, Zak Cup and Eastern Cup racing! We have the Bogburn Classic coming up this Saturday 1/12 as well as the Stowe Derby this Sunday 1/13. NENSA's ever popular New England Women's Day is next Sunday 1/20 in Waterville, the Silver Fox Trot is on Saturday 1/19, and the 46th Annual Geschmossel Classic ski race is on Monday 1/21 at Bretton Woods. Our next Eastern Cup weekend, which is combined with a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Supertour, in Lake Placid NY is 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. There is no DOR for that EC/Supertour weekend ~ on-line registration closes on Weds. 1/23 at 5pm.

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


Amie W. Smith
Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association

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NENSA News from the Field
Highlights and Notes from NENSA and the Nordic World
RECAP of U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Nationals at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center,
Presented by LL Bean
Ben Saxton and Julia Kern won the fresstyle sprint on the final day of the 2019 L.L.Bean U.S Cross Country Championships at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Craftsbury, Vermont (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Reese Brown)
Day One Recap: The Interval Start Classic Races 10k/15k
  • US National Women's Champion: Caitlin Patterson (GRP)
  • US National Men's Champion: Kyle Bratrud (SMS T2)
  • Para-Nordic National Men's Champion 7.5k: Dan Cnossen
  • Para-Nordic National Women's Champion 5k: Oksana Masters

Day Two Recap: The SPRINT Classic Races
  • US National Women's Champion: Ida Sargent, (GRP)
  • Overall men's winner: Julien Locke (Canada), so...
  • US National Men's Champion: Ben Saxton (2nd overall) (SMST2)

Day Three Recap: Paralympic Nordic Nationals SPRINT Races
  • Para-Nordic National Men's Champion Sit-Ski: Dan Cnossen
  • Para-Nordic National Women's Champion Sit-Ski: Oksana Masters 
  • Para-Nordic National Men's Champion Standing: Jesse Bachinsky (Canada)
  • Para-Nordic National Women's Champion Standing: Grace Miller
  • Para-Nordic National Men's Champion visually impaired: David Collins

Day Four Recap: The Freestyle Mass Start Races 20k/30k
  • US National Women's Champion: Caitlin Patterson (GRP)
  • US National Men's Champion: David Norris (APU)
  • Overall junior girls winner 7.5k: Kendall Kramer (Fairbanks)
  • Overall junior boys winner 10k: Johnny Hagenbuch (Sun Valley)

Day Five Recap: The Freestyle Sprint Races
  • US National Women's Champion: Julia Kern (SMS T2)
  • US National Men's Champion: Ben Saxton (SMS T2)
15k Classic Race Men's Podium:
Kyle Bratrud (SMS T2) 1st, Adam Martin (GRP) 2nd, and Kris Freeman (Caldwell Sport) 3rd
(photo John Lazenby)
Dan Cnossen, men's Para winner x2! (photo John Lazenby)
10k Classic Race Women's Podium:
Caitlin Patterson (GRP) 1st, and Kaitlynn Miller (GRP) 3rd overall, (2nd American)
(photo John Lazenby)
Classic SPRINT Women's Podium:
Ida Sargent (GRP) on top of the podium in the classic sprint, with Julia Kern (SMS T2) 2nd and Hannah Halvorsen (APU) 3rd
(photo John Lazenby)
Men's Classic SPRINT Overall Podium:
Julien Locke of Canada won the A final. SMS T2 skier Ben Saxton crossed the line less than a second back, followed by APU’s Logan Hanneman in third. Since the overall podium featured a Canadian, fourth-place finisher Peter Holmes (Sun Valley) moved up to third for the U.S. National Championships podium, and Ben Saxton claimed the title of classic sprint national champion.
Junior boys lining up for mass(ive) start. Photo: John Lazenby
NENSA's Women's Day is coming up on January 20th in Waterville NH ~ 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
Links to recaps/photos for each day of racing ~ Enjoy!

And a HUGE Congrats to Ben Lustgarten (GRP), who was the only American man to finish the Tour de Ski, finishing 42ed overall. And to Sophie Caldwell (SMS T2) for her 2nd place PODIUM on New Years Day ~ what a way to start the year! And of course, to Jessie (SMS T2) for her amazing stamina and grit and fantastic finish of the Tour de Ski!
Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins celebrate in the finish going 2-3 in a photo finish in the stage 3 sprint Tuesday January 1st. (Getty Images - Trond Tandberg)
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 back issues of KickZone
Full information on this FUN event HERE The short course perfect for BKL'ers!
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 9 VT Qualifier Races
February 10 Flying Moose Classic

Full NENSA.net Calendar Listing HERE
New England Nordic Ski Association
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