Greetings NENSA Community!

With September upon us, I really want to encourage you to RENEW (or JOIN) NENSA. Your membership support is a HUGE part of how we fund running this organization, and are thus able to bring you all the year round programing we are doing. We so appreciate you taking a few moments today to renew, and thank you!

Our NENSA Bag Balm Rollerski Race Series continues this weekend in Lake Placid, 9/15 & 9/16. Registration is open on . Then save the date for the 'NENSA Rossignol Fall Classic' in Jericho VT on 10/13 ~ Rossi has just added $400 in prize money for that race - $200 each for the top male and female in the Open category! Registration for that race opens this Friday. The fun will continue on 11/3 with the Elite Invitational Rollerski Race in Stowe VT, with the prize money awarded to the overall top three male and females for our NENSA Bag Balm Rollerski Race series this season. Mark your calendar now, and save the date for that race, and the NENSA Winter KickOff Party immediately following the race, at the Trapp Bierhall in Stowe Vermont.

On September 22 & 23 NENSA will be holding our annual fall NENSA Coaches Symposium . We have several great options for that weekend. On Saturday 9/22 from 2-5pm, we are doing a L100 coaches & masters technique clinic. This clinic will be run by Matt Whitcomb, USST Coach, assisted by three others. This will be followed by our evening Symposium where Matt will be our guest Speaker. We are also offering the US Ski & Snowboard L200 Coaches certification, with USST Devo Coach Bryan Fish on Saturday & Sunday, and it includes the evening Symposium program. There is something for everyone that weekend ~ we hope you will join us! See Box below for more information.

SO much going on in New England and around the globe in cross country skiing ~ please be sure to 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.


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 Fall Coaches Symposium
September 22 & 23
Dublin School, NH
On September 22 & 23 NENSA will be holding our annual fall NENSA Coaches Symposium .

We have several great options for that weekend, including doing the US Ski & Snowboard L200 Coaches certification on 9/22 & 9/23, with Bryan Fish, Cross Country Sport Development Manager.

On Saturday afternoon 9/22 from 2-5pm, we are also doing a L100 coaches & masters technique clinic . This clinic will be run by Matt Whitcomb, USST Coach, who will be assisting Justin Beckwith, NENSA Competitive Program Director, Kathy Maddock, Dublin XC and Rob Bradlee, CSU juniors, to teach this clinic - 4 clinicians total so we can accommodate all ablitiites!

Matt will also be our Keynote speaker at the Symposium that Saturday evening . Registration is on You will have the option to sign up for the L100 clinic only, or sign up for the L100 Clinic and stay for dinner and the evening program. The L100 technique clinic and symposium are open to all NENSA members - coaches, masters and interested community members. Or sign up for the L200 coaches certification with Bryan Fish, USST Devo Coach, which includes all meals and the Saturday evening program. This is such a wonderful opportunity to take a technique clinic with our USST coaches! There is something for everyone that weekend ~ we hope you will join us!
Join NENSA and USST Coach Matt Whitcomb on Saturday 9/22 for the L100 technique clinic and Symposium!
NENSA Coaches and Masters Education: Technique and Coaches Clinic at Bowdoin College THIS Sunday September 16th

Link to registration and info on calendar listing HERE
Four Eastern Skiers Named to National Elite Group
F our New England Club raised skiers have been selected to join the National Elite Group (NEG) due to strong performances at the Regional Elite Group camp this summer and their National Rankings. Adam Glueck (Ford Sayre/Dartmouth College), Elliot Ketchel (GMVS/Bowdoin College), Gabby Vandendries (CSU/Bowdoin College) and Rena Schwartz (Craftsbury/GMVS/Dartmouth College) have been nominated for this honor and invited to participate in NEG camp, held in conjunction with the U.S. Ski Team camp in Park City, UT in October. 

Link to full story HERE
Save the Date ~ Prospect Mountain in Woodford Vermont is holding a special community meeting on Sunday 9/16 ~ all are welcome and encouraged to attend!
Come hear about Prospect's exciting future!
After 26 years of owning and managing Prospect, Steve Whitham and Andrea Amodeo have decided it is time for the ski area to have new owners. 
A local, non-profit group comprised of Prospect diehards, local business people, and the Vermont Land Trust has been working with Steve and Andrea for the past two years to facilitate a good transition. 
This group – Prospect Mountain Association – intends to purchase Prospect and run it as a community cross-country ski center, much as it has been for years. 
As a friend of Prospect Mountain, we would like to invite you to an informational meeting on Sunday, September 16 th at 2:00pm at the Prospect lodge.
We’d like to share information with you about Prospect’s immediate future and how you can help. This also will be a chance for everyone to catch up with old friends, sign up as a volunteer, and to get a special discount on your season pass! 
We know that almost everybody loves Prospect Mountain and that there has been a lot of concern about its future. Please join us to answer your questions and learn more about this exciting community-run effort. We are hoping for a robust turnout. 
We hope to see you on the 16 th but please be in touch if you are unable to attend and would like to be part of making this happen.

Best regards,
David Newell and Jon Cohen, on behalf of PMA 
Donald Campbell, the Vermont Land Trust
The NENSA Bag Balm Rollerski Race Series Continues ~ Join us in Lake Place
September 15 & 16 ~ Registration is on
Congrats to NENSA member & Ford Sayre Coach Dennis Donahue
on is upcoming induction into the VT Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame!
Biathlete Olympian Dennis Donahue grew up in Essex Junction, went to Middlebury College, and currently resides in Thetford. He raced internationally from 1968 to 1976, representing the Putney Ski Club. He competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. He participated in five World Biathlon Championships. After seven years teaching and coaching at the Holderness School, he spent 30-plus years dedicated to the development of competitive junior skiing in New England at the Ford Sayre program at both national and regional levels, and was actively involved with Junior Olympics.
Mark your Calendars & Save the Date ~ Saturday November 3rd ~ late afternoon into evening for the NENSA Winter KickOff Party at the Trapp Bierhall in Stowe VT
Food | Beer
Fellowship | Awards Silent Auction
Diggins & Saxton Win At Snow Farm
Jessie Diggins (Stratton, Vt.) and Ben Saxton (Stratton, Vt.) won the final 10k and 15k classic races of the Winter Games NZ in hard-fought battles with a small but strong field Thursday at the Snow Farm.

"The groomer was finished with course preparations by 11 p.m., so the tracks set up like steel rails and made for some fantastic klister skiing this morning," stated U.S. Ski & Snowboard Head Women's Coach Matt Whitcomb.

In the women's race, Diggins outlasted Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury, Vt.) in the end, but the race was exciting with Patterson challenging Diggins on every downhill, and Diggins regaining the lead through the striding sections. Ida Sargent (Craftsbury, Vt.) took third.

"It's been so awesome getting the chance to sharpen up our race skills here in New Zealand," Diggins said after the race. "It feels so good to be back on snow and hammering again. As always, a warm thank you to the volunteers and race organizers for putting on a great series and making us some challenging courses."

In the men's race, Saxton kept his cool within a six-strong pack and pounced at the end with a strong double pole sprint to beat Adam Martin (Craftsbury Common, Vt.) to the line. Ben Lustgarten (Burlington, Vt.) in third.

"The international field pushed the pace relentlessly, which made for an exciting race," Saxton said. "I felt truly lucky to have so many little breaks go my way throughout the race, and I was thankful my legs didn't feel like cement when we sprinted for the line."

Link to full story HERE
Jessie Diggins out-sprinted Caitlin Patterson for the victory in Thursday's 10k classic at the Snow Farm. (Winter Games NZ / Ross McKay)
We’re very excited to announce that our 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 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 , 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 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! 

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