Greetings NENSA Community!

Happy Snowvember!

I hope you all enjoyed some time with family & friends over the Thanksgiving holiday, and got a ski in too! I got out for my first ski of the season last Saturday at Prospect Mountain in Woodford VT. The conditions and the weather were spectacular! I have been jealous seeing all the wonderful fb and Instagram posts with all the great snow up North these past few weeks, and now (being I am Boston based).

We are counting down to the final days of NENSA's popular online annual Auction ~ it ends this Sunday 12/2 at 9pm. Click HERE and start shopping today! Tons of great items - including 29 of 76 items that do not have a single bid yet ~ what are you waiting for??! Take a peak at some of the items available below, and start bidding! Thanks in advance for supporting our annual online Auction, so we can keep providing New England with all the programing we do, from youth through masters!

November is the perfect time to renew your NENSA Membership. 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!

If you are in the Freeport Maine area, be sure to check out the LL Bean Team Night tomorrow, Thursday 11/29. There is still time to join NENSA for our TD & Event Organizers weekend in Craftsbury this coming weekend, 12/1 & 12/2. And, registration has opened for our popular New England Women's Day on 1/20/19, as well as for all our Eastern Cup weekends. See boxes below for more information on all these events and how to sign up.

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.

With early season snow on the ground, I look forward to seeing you out on the trails soon!


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
NENSA Online Auction Ends this Sunday 12/2
NENSA's annual online 32Auctions site is open with great items from LL Bean, SWIX, Rossi, Trapp Family Lodge, Highland Lodge, Hosmer Wines, VT Plank Flooring, private coaching sessions, USA Olympic swag from PyeongChang, a Maine island getaway, and so much more! Bid early and bid often!
Check out a few of the great items below!
Hosmer Wines - one case
Hosmer wines have been recognized consistently over the years at both regional and international competitions, as well as by highly respected publications including the Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast, USA Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Magazine and many more. 
Camp Cody is a premier traditional New England summer camp in Freedom NH founded in 1926. Cody’s campers and staff attend from across the USA and a dozen other countries.
Auction Gift Card bids start at $300, and get you a $1,850 Gift Card CREDIT, to be used towards the purchase of a 2-week session only available for Session 1 (June 23 - July 6) and Session 4 (August 4 - August 17)
Gender: Boys or girls Ages: 7 - 15
Omer & Bob's Hot Box Tune
Give your skis or boards the ultimate treatment. The hot box treatment gets the most wax possible into the bases giving them long lasting speed and a durable base to put your race day wax onto. 
Service will take place in Lebanon, NH.
Coaching Session with Kris Freeman
You've watched him race in person and on-screen, followed his blogs and marveled at his successes around the world, this is your chance to ski with Kris on the trails of Waterville Valley. 90 minutes that will change your life.
Birdbath, made by USSA/NENSA TD Jim Rodrigues
Handsome granite birdbath, nature given a little helping hand to attract birds to your yard. Crafted by NENSA member, Technical Delegate Jim Rodrigues. Delivered free within 50 miles of southwestern NH.
In just over 20 days the 2019 NENSA Eastern Cup Series begins with a freestyle race weekend at the Craftsbury Opener, December 22nd and 23rd. With plentiful early snow, and racing already happening at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center this November, a large and talented field is expected for the Opener – register early as the event might need to be capped. Competitors will include aspiring junior racers from throughout the Eastern US and Canada, elite skiers prepping for the 2019 U.S. Cross Country Championships, and master skiers looking to race on expertly groomed trails. There is something for everyone and Craftsbury is, “excited to welcome any and all to the trails at the Outdoor Center, whether you want to race, spectate, or volunteer.” Come join us and be a part of what could be the most attended race in the East this winter! (FIS, NRL).....

Click HERE for full story, and links to all the info on all the EC weekends this winter, as well as: Detailed Eastern Cup Event Pages, Eastern Cup Race Rules, New England Junior National Qualification, Registration for all events are live on, and even a Printable Eastern Cup Schedule Poster!
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 (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.
NENSA receives Grant from Share Winter Foundation
We’re super excited to announce that we’ll be partnering again with Share Winter Foundation (formerly NWSEF) to get more kids in schools outside on skis this winter through the Nordic Rocks program!
Be sure to give them a follow and stay tuned for what’s in store this winter! @sharewinterfoundation
Woman's Day Registration is OPEN! January 20th in Waterville, NH
Sign up now! Go to to register! Go to for more information on this very popular event!
Bjornsen Leads U.S. in Ruka Distance 10/25
It was a furious first distance race on the FIS Cross Country World Cup circuit in Ruka, Finland on Sunday. Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) led the U.S. Cross Country Team, finishing eighth in the women’s individual classic. 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) was close behind in 14th. Erik Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.) led the U.S. men in the in 31st in the 15k classic. Click HERE for full story.
Bjornsen Leads U.S. In Ruka Sprint 10/24
Sadie Bjornsen (Winthrop, Wash.), Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) and Ida Sargent (Orleans, Vt.) all advanced to the World Cup classic sprint finals in Ruka, Finland on Saturday, with Bjornsen leading the Americans in 11th place.
“It sure was fun to fire the engine for day one of World Cup racing this winter,” said Bjornsen, who was the fifth overall qualifier. “I am excited to get that first sprint race of the season in, and looking forward to building on this start.”
“Today we saw the first hints of great coming seasons out of Sadie, Sophie and Ida, all qualifying in comfortable fashion,” U.S. World Cup Coach Matt Whitcomb said. “We wanted more from today, but we aren’t discouraged. Wanting and expecting are two different things, and we can’t expect a huge day for the team unless we come to Europe three weeks in advance of the World Cup. We need more time on snow, as well as more racing.”
Looking for more current Cross Country Ski News?? Check out these links on our 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 , 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
L.L. Bean Nordic Team Night
Coaches, Teams and Parents
Thursday, November 29th, 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
L.L. Bean Bike, Boat and Ski Store
 57 Main Street, Freeport, Maine
Information – 207-552-7670 
3:00 p.m.
Ø    Roller Ski Demo with NCAA Colby College Racer Lilly Naimie & Bowdoin College Head Nordic Ski Coach Nathan Alsobrook. (Parking lot behind store)

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. - Clinics 
Ø Athletes: 
·        Dryland Training with Lilly Naimie *See Bio (Parking lot behind store)
o   Athletes must bring signed Participant Agreement or have a coach present to sign
o    Post Dryland Training stretching co-led by Joel Hinshaw,  Freeport High School Nordic Team Head Coach & L.L. Bean Wellness Employee.   While Lilly and Joel lead stretches, they will also discuss the importance of hydration and nutrition.
o    Snacks, energy bars, and drinks provided after workout
Ø Coaches and Parents (Pick one):
1.       Fundamentals of Efficient Classic Ski Technique with Nathan Alsobrook, Bowdoin College Head Nordic Ski Coach (Ski Store)
o   A detailed analysis of Classic ski technique for Junior level skiers and beyond. 
2.      Bill Koch Ski Leagues: Developing Skills Through Games and Agility with Tom Weir, NENSA Youth and Introductory Program Director
o   Learn how to promote team culture, build lifelong skills, and focus on long term athlete development through deliberate play.

5:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
·       Waxing Clinic by Swix & Toko Professionals (Service Shop)
§   Learn skate and classic waxing techniques that will help improve your performance and enjoyment this season
·       1000 Meter Ergometer Head to Head Sprint Races (Ski Shop 1 st Floor)
§   Challenge yourself against your teammates and World Championship results
·       Get Sized Up- Factory Reps will help you select all the gear you’ll need for a successful season. 
o   Sales reps will be available from Salomon, Rossignol, Fischer, Craft, Swix, Toko, Darn Tough Vermont, Smartwool, Redd Energy Bars & L.L. Bean
o   Special team pricing for team members only on this night!
o   Special deals offered by Craft, Darn Tough Vermont, and Smartwool. 
o   Coaches, this is the time to get your wax order in for the season! Special team night pricing will be available from Swix & Toko. 

L.L.Bean Nordic Ski Team Cards will be distributed to all eligible athletes.   Each card entitles the athlete to 1 free hotbox and a 20% discount throughout the ski season.

There will be several door prizes and raffles. You could even win a U.S. Ski Team hat!!
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 to see the latest offers!

Questions about renewing your membership?? Email  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:
November 14-December 2 NENSA online Auction on 32Auctions
December 15-16 Craftsbury Sprint Openers
January 13 The Stowe Derby
February 10 Flying Moose Classic

Full Calendar Listing HERE
New England Nordic Ski Association
49 Pineland Drive, Suite 301-A, New Gloucester, ME 04260
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