Greetings NENSA Community!

Hard to believe it is almost the end of October. Snow has already fallen on some of the high peaks in New England, and our on snow ski season is fast approaching! Take this time to RENEW your annual NENSA membership, or join (or re-join) NENSA! This season, we have a great deal for first time ever NENSA members - our NENSA GETSKIING Free Membership! See box below for all the details on this new membership category. We think once folks try NENSA programing, they too will get hooked on all that NENSA has to offer, all year round! Our GETSKIING free membership is perfect for first time BKL'ers, high school racers who might want to try one of our NENSA races, masters wanting to try a Citizen Race or our popular Women's Day, and every parent and grandparent of a nordic skier out there who just wants to show their NENSA pride, and get their own FREE membership. So if you know someone who has never been a NENSA member before - please encourage them to try our Free GETSKIING membership today!

This Sunday 10/27 NENSA will be hosting The Maine Event, at the Pineland Campus in New Gloucester ME ~ This is the second running of an open Rollerski Cross Country Cross event in the world. This exciting summer version of Cross Country Cross (XCX) builds on aspects of both sprinting and agility. New for 2019, the rollerski event will be preceded by a 5k run on the ski trails at Pineland Farms, as well as a learn to rollerski clinic. This event is also part of our NENSA High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series. Full schedule of the day and more info can be found HERE . Register today on I am planning on doing the 5k run and the rollerski course, and I look forward to getting some pro tips first from both our Competitive Program Director Justin Beckwith, and GMVS coach Colin Rodgers, at the rollerski clinic in the morning. This is a great opportunity for masters and coaches to jump in a great agility loop. And if I am going to give it a try - anyone can! Hope to see you there!

Next weekend, November 11/2 and 11/3 will be a full weekend for NENSA - with our 3rd annual Trapp Invitational Rollerski Race at 10am on Saturday 11/2, followed by an end of season Awards Party and ice cream social at the Trapp Family Lodge at 11:30am (see box below for full details). We are looking for volunteers to help with on the course road junctions and bib collection at the finish. Time commitment is 9-11am - if you are interested, please email Volunteer meeting will be at 9am at the Yurt. Thanks!

US Ski & Snowboard US Junior Nationals will be here before we know it. Team New England/NENSA has put the call out for both age group coaches and wax techs. Please consider applying for our trip, which will be Saturday March 7th to Sunday March 15th, in Truckee CA this year! See box below for more information and a link to our staffing application (due 10/31).

NENSA welcomes our newest Supporting Sponsor to our family of sponsors - UnTapped ! Check out their website for all their slopeside syrup all natural athletic fuel products to keep you naturally fueled for all your adventures! It is so awesome to have UnTapped join our NENSA family of sponsors ~ look for their signature red tent at our NENSA events and races this season!

For a listing of all of our NENSA sponsors go to:
For a listing of NENSA Member only offers from some of our sponsors go to: As always, please support the companies that support NENSA, and our sport - thank you!


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 Announces our GET SKIING
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!
This Sunday October 27th in Maine!
The NENSA’s Rollerski Series Continues with a 5k Run and an Agility Sprint Race!
NENSA Welcomes our newest Supporting Sponsor ~ UnTapped!
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naturally fueled for your best performance!
It’s that time of year! NENSA is looking to build the coach and tech staff for the 2020 Junior Nationals to be held March 7th – 15th in Truckee, California.   Submit an application on our google form here.

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. Please direct any questions to

Top American Cross-Country Skiers to Compete at TRAPP FAMILY LODGE November 2nd in an Invitational Roller Ski Competition
Stowe, Vt  – For the third year in a row the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) and the Trapp Family Lodge have partnered to create a roller ski race for an elite field of cross-country skiers including past and future Olympians. Upwards of one hundred athletes representing colleges and clubs from throughout New England will compete in a challenging 10-kilometer race that will finish at the top of Trapp Hill. Spectators are encouraged to park at the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center parking lot  before 10am  and cheer skiers to the finish. The event, which boasts a $200 cash prize for the top male and female competitors (sponsored by Rossignol), is the culmination of the six-race High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series. The overall winners of the Series are vying for $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd and $200 for 3rd place finishes. Series prize money is sponsored by Kathy and Marty Hall in a continued effort to support development in cross country skiing.

For full story and event detail click HERE
SafeSport Program
U.S. Ski & Snowboard, our National Governing Body (NGB) requires the following individuals complete training provided by the U.S. Center for SafeSport:

Individuals associated with Member Clubs (that means any NENSA club)

  • Adult athlete members of Member Clubs, except Short Term Athlete Members due to their limited participation and Master Athletes who do not i) have regular contact with minor athletes or ii) have authority over minor athletes
  • Adult members (who are not athletes) of Member Clubs who i) have regular contact with athletes, or ii) have authority over athletes
  • Employees and Board Members of Member Clubs
  • Individuals providing services to Member Clubs, including but not limited to contractors, volunteers, interns, who i) have regular contact with athletes or ii) have authority over athletes
  • More info here:

NENSA urges ALL New England coaches, parent volunteers, venue volunteers and anyone working with youth to take the SafeSport on-line course and get certified. NENSA requires this of all our staff and volunteer coaches and wax techs at JN's and REG Camps. 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
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Concept2’s  SkiErg World Sprints  

This year’s edition of Concept2’s  SkiErg World Sprints  takes place November 7–10, 2019. This is a virtual 1000 meter race—you can participate from your home, school or club—or you can join a physical event near you.

Here is a link to a blog post with all the details:

Mark your calendars and join the fun!!
Minneapolis World Cup Tickets on Sale
The 2020 Coop FIS Cross Country Ski World Cup Sprint Finals take place on March 17 at Wirth Park, just outside downtown Minneapolis, Minn. This event will mark the first time in two decades that the world's best athletes have competed on American snow.

U.S. Cross Country Ski Team member, and 2018 Olympic gold medallist, Jessie Diggins will lead more than 20 of her teammates and American competitors who are expected to start a World Cup race in the U.S. for the first time in 19 years. 

The Tuesday evening race will cap off the March 14-17 Fastenal Parallel 45 Winter Festival, which will include live music, craft beer, citizen races, and more.

Tickets are on sale and include everything from general admission, all the way up to unique VIP experiences. Be part of this historic moment celebrating worldwide winter sports by volunteering, purchasing a ticket, or becoming a partner, and coming out to Theodore Wirth Regional Park in March of 2020 for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Saturday, November 2, 2019 in Minneapolis
Parallel 45 Cup Rollerski Loppet
Rollerski with America’s Best ~

Featuring multiple past and present U.S. Ski Team members, the inaugural Fastenal Parallel 45 Cup Rollerski Loppet will be one to remember. Olympic Gold medalist Jessie Diggins will be joined in the Women’s Elite race by 2010 Olympian and World Championship Bronze medalist Caitlin Gregg . Notable names in the Men’s Elite race include 4-time Olympian Andy Newell and 2019 U.S. National Champion Kyle Bratrud .

Alongside Commons Park and in the shadow of US Bank Stadium, participants will race laps in criterium style around the block formed by Park, Portland, 3rd and 4th in Downtown Minneapolis. A total purse of $3500 will be given out to the top three finishers of the elite race categories. The race is open to all, with race categories of U14 on up to elite. That said, the course will be fast and the turns tight, so this should not be your first time on rollerskis.

At the finish line following the race, racers and spectators will have the opportunity to connect with the elite racers, including Minnesota’s own Jessie Diggins, just weeks before she and some of the others leave town for the 2019/20 World Cup Season. That season, of course, will culminate in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on March 17 with the  FIS Coop Cross Country World Cup Sprint Finals , which will be the cornerstone of the  2020 Fastenal Parallel 45  Winter Festival.
Upcoming Events
A Look Ahead at the NENSA Calendar
Upcoming NENSA Events:
October 27 The Maine Event: Agility Sprint Festival (A Sprint Agility XCX Race, a 5k run, and learn to rollerski ~ something for everyone!)
November 3 NENSA Fall Board of Directors and Committee meetings ~ Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT

Full Calendar Listing HERE