Greetings NENSA Community!

It's November!! The perfect time to renew your NENSA Membership for this coming season. Here are the links to RENEW or JOIN . Memberships are an important part of our annual operating budget, and we thank you in advance for supporting NENSA with your annual membership today!

NENSA staff are busy preparing for our NENSA Fall Board of Directors meeting this Sunday (open to NENSA members, 12:15-4:30pm, Mozart Room, TFL) and our two big events in Stowe this Saturday. We extend an invitation to all to come cheer on our top NE athletes as they race 10k and finish at the Trapp Family Lodge. Race starts at 2pm. After the race we hope you will plan on joining us for our Winter KickOff Party at the von Trapp Bierhall rom 3:30-6pm. Registration for this party is on SkiReg.com . Come see friends, old and new, enjoy some von Trapp beverages, nibbles and a chance to bid on some really great Silent Auction items!!

Speaking of Auctions, NENSA's popular online annual Auction will be staring on 32Auctions.com on November 12th. If you or your business wants to donate an item for this Auction, please contact me at my email below. It's a great way to promote your business, and help NENSA fundraise, so we can keep providing New England with all the programing we do, from youth through masters! Thanks!

Despite the N'easter that hit New England last Saturday, including rain and sleet, we had a great group of hearty athletes Maine who showed up for our Maine Event ~ Agility Sprint Race. See box below for a full recap and photos.

NENSA is looking for 6 age group coaches and 4 wax techs to join our New England Junior National Team this coming March 8-17th in Anchorage Alaska, as NE defends our AK Cup win for the 6th year running! Applications are now being accepted ~ see box below to apply today!

The clock is ticking...this contest ends TODAY 11/1! Post now or never, on your social media re your "It's a beautiful journey". One lucky NENSA member will win a brand new set of Nokian Tyres (!) at our NENSA Winter KickOff Party on 11/3 at the von Trapp Bierhall in Stowe VT! See box below on how to enter this contest and start sharing your beautiful journey stories!

To read more about all these great events, and more, 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.

Hope to see you in Stowe this weekend!

Best,
Amie

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

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NENSA Winter KickOff Party
is this Saturday at the von Trapp Bierhall
Please join the New England Nordic Ski Association for our 3rd annual Winter Kickoff Party!  The Winter KickOff Party is from 3:30-6pm, immediately following the NENSA Trapp Invitational Rollerski Race (2pm start), will be held in the main floor of the von Trapp Bierhall. There will be an awesome Silent Auction and a Raffle, with many great prizes to be had! Appetizers and a von Trapp beer included with entry. Awards at 4pm for the NENSA Trapp Invitational Race, as well as the season overall winners for the NENSA Bag Balm Rollerski Race Series (cash prizes for top 3 females and top 3 males), and the Marty Hall College Cup. 

Please join us in bringing our Nordic skiing community together to celebrate the upcoming ski season, as we wrap up a very successful rollerski season. This is an opportunity to see old friends & meet new ones! 

(Note: there is a special under 21 student rate ticket available also, for anyone under 21 not racing in the NENSA Trapp Invitational Rollerski Race - KickOff Party admission is included in the rollerski race fee)

BEER * SILENT AUCTION * RAFFLE * AWARDS  COMMUNITY * NENSA * NIBBLES
THE MAINE EVENT: SPRINT AGILITY FESTIVAL
RECAP
Skiers from Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Gould Academy and Freeport High School took part in the first known open rollerski cross event this weekend in Maine. The course was designed to combine components of a technical agility course with a traditional sprint race – with the goal of emulating  FIS Cross Country Cross  on rollerskis. This progressive format will again take place on snow at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Laussane, Switzerland. Three ramp features were utilized to challenge skiers to perform maneuvers traditionally performed on snow. The event was made possible by the generous support of Kathy and Marty Hall who see this format as a way to further concepts of skill-based or games-based learning and draw attention to cross country skiing. 

Click HERE for full wrap up and photos!
Technical Delegate & Event Organizer Weekend December 1&2
Ever dreamed of becoming a TD?? Join NENSA and our crew of experienced TD's and TD wannabes, along with our NENSA Event Organizers for this coming season, for an informative weekend of learning and sharing best practices. Registration is now open on SkiReg.com (nominal $5 fee). This weekend is being held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and a speical room rate is available to all those attending this training weekend.
Call for Staffing for the 2019 New England Junior National Team
It’s that time of year! NENSA is looking to build the coach and wax tech staff for our New England Team, for the 2019 Junior Nationals to be held March 9th–17th In Anchorage, Alaska. Help support New England Juniors in their quest for individual and divisional success. We are looking for team players, both wily veterans and aspiring coaches, to create a fun and focused staff. Submit your application here.

For more information about the event: http://www.juniornationalsxc2019.com/
Win a free set of tyres in Nokian's
"It's a Beautiful Journey" social media contest with NENSA!!
Contest ENDS TODAY ~ Runs October 4th- November 1 st
A journey to a NENSA event, be it winter, spring, summer or fall. It’s not always about the destination, but the journey that got you there! Let’s hear the story behind a unique journey or experience you had to a NENSA event! What event were you heading to? Where were you? What happened? Share a photo or video to either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with your story. 

Tag your post: @nokiantyresna (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter handle)
Hashtags: #itsaNENSAjourney #itsabeautifuljourney

Winner receives a set of ANY Nokian Tyres!!
Second place: lift tickets to Killington 
Third place: a Nokian Tyres swag pack

For specific contest questions, email  Hello@nokiantyres.com
Drawing for winner at November 3 rd NENSA Winter KickOff Party in Stowe VT!

(And in case you missed the Breaking News ~ Nokian Tyres is also offering a 20% discount on tires to NENSA members! What better reason to renew your NENSA membership or join today!)
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.

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! 

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