Greetings NENSA Community!

We hope you will plan on joining us for our Winter KickOff Party at the von Trapp Bierhall on Saturday November 3rd from 3:30-6pm. Please take a moment and sign up today! Registration for this party is now open 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!! Be sure to come early to cheer on our amazing Elite athletes (Sophie, Ida, Simi, Katharine, Julia, Kyle, Caitlin, Adam, Ben, Kaitlynn, Ben x3, Patty...have all signed up, and the list keeps growing!) in the 2nd annual Trapp Invitational rollerski race starting at 2pm that day, and ending at the Trapp Family Lodge just before 3pm.

Looking for something to do this weekend?? We have The Maine Event ~ Agility Sprint Festiv al this Saturday 10/27 at Pinelands in New Gloucester ME; a L100 coaching and technique clinic in Sudbury MA also this Saturday 10/27; and our annual BKL Coaches & Parent Leaders Symposium this Sunday 10/28 in Holderness NH. Between this weekend and next - we've got events going on in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and in Vermont!

NENSA is so pleased to welcome two new sponsors this week! Salomon has just joined us at the Contributing Sponsor level, and Holderness School joins NENSA at the Supporting Sponsor level. We so appreciate both Salomon and Holderness for coming aboard, and all our NENSA sponsors for the support the give us to run the programing we do for you all, our NENSA members.

Applications are now being accepted for the New England Junior National Team staffing, for both age group coaches and wax techs, for US Junior Nationals in Anchorage Alaska in March 2019. See box below to apply today!

The clock is ticking...just one week left to posted on your social media on 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 jam packed events calendar at the bottom of this eNewletter.

Hope to see many of you in New Gloucester Maine this weekend, or in Stowe Vermont next weekend!

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
This Saturday October 27th NENSA will be hosting the first open Rollerski Cross Country Cross event in the world. This exciting summer version of  Cross Country Cross  builds on aspects of both sprinting and agility. The event will take place at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine.
The course will be set on a 400 meter loop  including 3 ramps (Bicycle, Speed Whoop and Step Down Jump) and other agility components including: 180 into backwards skiing, stop and start, Nokian Tyres – Figure 8, one-legged balance, grass skiing and several turning features including slalom. Skiers should be prepared for a course under 2 minutes in length – with sections of open skiing including a finish straight. All skiers will participate in instruction and qualification. The top 16 Open and Junior skiers will advance to single elimination rounds – advancing by heat time.
Video of Ramps including insight from Jessie Diggins .  Stratton Mountain School XC Camp.
Video of the Celebrity Duel at Lake Placid.  Newell v. Jensen and U16 National Camp.
To view full schedule and read more info on this great event click HERE .
NENSA's 2018-19 Citizen Race Schedule for Zak Cups and Marathons is Out!
NENSA is pleased to announce the 2019 Zak Cup and Club Cup schedule and the New England Marathon Series. October is treating many of our touring centers with a wintery tease this week and several clubs and individuals are posting footage of their first tracks. We love seeing elite racers being creative in their training – having fun on skis – and hope it inspires you to get out there this winter. Whether you are new to skinny skis or a diehard racer there is an event for you! Read full story HERE .
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.
Stowe Nordic Club enjoyed a hands on
rollerski technique clinic at their
Annual Meeting held this past week
Trina Hosmer and Carol van Dyke go head to head!
Justin Beckwith, NENSA's Competitive Program Director leads the rollerski clinic in Stowe
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 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!)
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

We’re very excited to announce that our NENSA Youth Skiing Symposium will be held at Holdnerness School in Holderness, NH on Sunday, October 28! This is a one day workshop aimed at Bill Koch League club leaders, coaches, and parent volunteers. The schdule will consist of morning speakers, afternoon team building exercises, and brunch in Holderness School’s dining hall. We are very happy to be working with Dr. Cheryl Coker, an expert on the subject of long term athlete development, who will be our keynote speaker for the day.

Click HERE for more information.
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! 

Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
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New England Nordic Ski Association
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