Greetings NENSA Community!

NENSA is very pleased to announce that High Peaks Cyclery, in Lake Placid NY, is joining our NENSA family of sponsors, as both the new named sponsor of our 2019 Rollerski Race Series, and, as a NENSA Contributing Sponsor. Check out our new ad for the start of the NENSA High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Series below ~ the AppGap Challenge set for August 3rd. Free 10th year commemorative t-shirts to the first 100 to register! Don't delay - register today on SkiReg .

We continue to roll out our annual NENSA Awards this month ~ Congrats to Frost Mountain Nordic for being named the NENSA Club of the Year, and, to Patrick Weaver from UVM for being named NENSA's Coach of the Year! See their full stories below.

A reminder that June is the official start of our membership year for 2019-20, and this season we are introducing something new - a FREE GET SKIING Membership to anyone who has never had a NENSA membership before. Read all about at the bottom of this newsletter. This is for youth, juniors, seniors, masters, parents and grandparents! We want to introduce everyone to the joys of XC skiing and we are offering this first year GET SKIING free membership as a way to get folks out and trying our programing, and to just GETSKIING.

It's not too late to register - Saturday morning June 29th, USST WC Coach Matt Whitcomb will be teaching an awesome technique clinic in Lake Placid, following our week of Eastern REG. This is an amazing opportunity for Coaches, Masters and anyone wanting to improve their ski technique to attend. It will also count as an L100 technique clinic for anyone wanting to get their L100 coaching certification. NENSA Swenor rollerskis will be available to use for free! See box below for link to SkiReg registration for this NENSA clinic.
Be sure to check out the full summer (into fall & winter) calendar below ~ there is something for everyone, and more being planned everyday!


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
Registration is OPEN for the AppGap Challenge,
the first of our NENSA High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series this season!
Join NENSA for the 10th annual AppGap Challenge Rollerski Race on Saturday August 3rd. We have both a touring class and all the usual open & masters classes, or come spectate or VOLUNTEER. First group goes off at 8:30am, with a fun BBQ, music, beer and awards to follow at the Mad River Glen base lodge. Thanks to our AppGap sponsors/supporters so far, including High Peaks Cyclery , our presenting media sponsor SkiTrax , Salomon , and Lawson's Brewery ~ who are offering a App Gap Saison post race, to all participants over the age of 21+ Register today on SkiReg
2019 NENSA Club of the Year Award:
Frost Mountain Nordic
NENSA is pleased and excited to award the 2018-2019 Club of the Year Award to Frost Mountain Nordic! The club did an amazing job this year hosting both an Eastern Cup and the New England Bill Koch League Festival. Both events were well organized, inclusive, fun, and celebrated the spirit of Nordic skiing and the joy of going fast on skis!

Frost Mountain Nordic always strives to put on the best possible events – the combination of exciting trails, hardlined snowmaking, the Rikert staff and volunteer force always make for memorable days up on the mountain. Perhaps the most striking attribute is the knowledge that they bring to the table as an organizing committee – folks genuinely like gathering at the Breadloaf Campus to act as one large skiing family!
Read full story HERE
2019 NENSA Coach of the Year Award:
Patrick Weaver from UVM
For those of you who follow collegiate skiing you will not be surprised to hear that the University of Vermont’s Patrick Weaver is the 2019 NENSA Coach of the Year. The ever humble Weaver had to get used to winning this winter — to be exact his skiers won 15 of 20 individual EISA races, and topped the team scores of 16 of the 24 EISA cross country team events including winning both of the season’s relays. The Catamounts continued to mount a hardy fight at NCAA’s, finishing third in Nordic competition, en route to a overall second place team finish at the 2019 Championships – and oh yeah, they hosted the event too. UVM skiers received many end-of-season accolades, including Lina Sutro being named EISA Skate Skier of the Year and Bill Harmeyer earning the title of both the Classic and Skate Skier of the Year. Freshman standout and EISA Rookie of the Year, Ben Ogden, was also a member of the historic 2019 FIS Junior World Ski Championship gold medal relay team. All of this success under Weaver’s leadership equated to earning the honors of both EISA and NCAA Coach of the Year for 2019.
Read full story HERE
Weaver at 2019 NCAA Championships. Photo Pennie Rand
Congrats and THANK YOU to Stowe Nordic Club for being our Club Challenge Winners
during our April Fund Drive!
"Stowe Nordic is happy and proud to support NENSA for all the great work they do. In particular we appreciate NENSA’s outstanding support of youth and junior skiing which is the future of our sport and also two of the most important platforms for Stowe Nordic with our BKL program and junior racer subsidy efforts."
June 29th is just a week from Saturday ~ don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Please join NENSA for our first of the season L100 Technique Clinic with USST WC Coach Matt Whitcomb. Saturday morning 6/29 in Lake Placid NY. Click HERE for more information and full details
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. Please take time this season to be sure all your club volunteers and coaches are SafeSport certified. Do it today. Go to:

Further information on SafeSport, and important updates made as of 4/15/19 to the SafeSport Program, can be found on our NENSA website HERE
More NEWS from our NENSA Partners
Laughter, Culture, Fitness, Fatigue Come Together
at Bend Camp
Fitness, technique, and speed are key attributes to becoming a world-class cross country skier. But culture, laughter, and fun are what make a great team! Fortunately, all those attributes came together May 18-31, as the U.S. Cross Country Team hosted its first on-snow camp of the season in Bend, Ore., at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.
Read full story HERE
Sadie Bjornsen (left), Hannah Halvorsen, Jessie Diggins, and Hailey Swirbul share some laughs recently at the first U.S. Cross Country Ski Team camp of the season at Mt. Bachelor, Ore. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Matt Whitcomb)
U.S. Cross Country Women’s Coaching Fellowship
Male cross country ski coaches outnumber female coaches by a 2:1 ratio in the United States. When observing head coach and other leadership positions, this ratio becomes even more exaggerated. To help address this disparity, the U.S. Cross Country Team is creating a fellowship to provide female coaches an opportunity to share experiences alongside U.S. Ski Team coaches and athletes.
Who: Four female cross country coaches, accepted through the below application process.
What: A one-week coaching fellowship to take place at the October U.S. Cross Country Team training camp. Accepted applicants will work alongside U.S. Ski Team coaches to assist and learn from athletes in a camp setting. All expenses will be covered thanks to the generosity of the HerRay! Foundation. 
Where: The October U.S. Cross Country camp will be split into two locations, Lake Placid, NY and Park City, UT. Two fellowship applicants will be selected to attend the Lake Placid camp and two fellowship applicants will be selected to attend the Park City camp. 
When: October 7-13, 2019 (for both locations)
How: Please submit:
  1. Your résumé
  2. One area you believe U.S. Cross Country Skiing could improve, and how that issue should be addressed (1 page maximum).
Applications from female coaches of all experience levels will be considered. Please submit the listed materials to  by 7/31/2019.
From Capitol Region Nordic Alliance Club ~
Looking for and calling on all Clubs that offer
Adaptive/Paralympic Winter Sports
Individual organizations often join together to form a greater singular entity that creates a greater impact on not only those it serves but to achieve greater capacity to serve more. Organizations like NENSA achieve that in addition to many other goals established by its BoD and Executive Director. Capitol Region Nordic Alliance is looking to gather information and resources from the individual clubs all around New England now offering paranordic and adaptive programming within their capabilities.
Conversations between various clubs and athletes are focusing on reviving the network consortium of paranordic/paralympic clubs to do such wonderful collaborative programming initiatives as:
  • Share equipment (sitskis, nordic rental equipment, biathlon, snowshoes, timing equipment, etc)
  • Develop and share staff for clinics, camps, regional/national events etc.
  • Implement a series of training/competition events supporting both NENSA Adaptive as well as US Paranordic
  • Develop and implement a strategy to have financially healthy and growing adaptive programs and venues throughout New England
  • Work with NENSA, CXC, US Paranordic, WPNS and above all to offer those with disabilities/special needs the same opportunities to be joyful on snow
If you and your club are interested in exploring how New England Adaptive Nordic can be as prominent and important as it can be, please contact Russ Myer, Executive Director, Capital Region Nordic Alliance at , 315-396-9967
Once gathered, NENSA will also list these Adaptive Resources on their website.
NENSA Announces
FREE Membership
for First Time Members
Good for First-Time NENSA Members only
Yes, you heard that correctly ~ we want everyone to  GET SKIING , so we are offering anyone, of any age ~ Youth, juniors, seniors, masters, parents, grandparents, a FREE membership to NENSA  (if you have never been a NENSA member before) . This is a great way to try our NENSA programing this coming season and join in all the summer, fall and winter fun! You can try out that rollerski race, BKL program, an Eastern Cup race, a Citizen’s race or a coaching clinic, and your NENSA membership is FREE! 
Click here to   JOIN NENSA TODAY
If you are already a NENSA member ~ THANK YOU! Click here to  RENEW   your membership today. June is the official start of our new membership year, so take a few minutes to renew, or join for free, and GET SKIING today!
Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Upcoming Events:
June 29 NENSA Regional Technique and Coaches Clinic with Matt Whitcomb
July 7-12 CSU Summer Camp , Winchendon MA
July 29-August 4 GMVS XC Summer Camp
August 12-15 SMS BKL Camp
August 15-18 SMS Junior Camp

Save these Dates ~ more info to come soon!

September 21-22 : Technical Delegate & Event Organizer Training Weekend (in conjunction with our NENSA Coaches Symposium Weekend, Dublin NH)

February 29 & March 1 : New England BKL Festival (location to be announced soon)
March 7-15 : 2020, US Junior Nationals in Truckee CA
March 17 : 2020 World Cup Race in Minneapolis MN - USA!!!

Full Calendar Listing HERE
New England Nordic Ski Association
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