September Greetings NENSA Community~

We have officially turned the corner, with Labor Day behind us, and a full schedule of Fall rollerski racing, coaches clinics, and TD & Event Organizer trainings filling up our NENSA calendar. We hope you will take a look at some of the great options below coming up this month and join us - there is something for everyone ~ from BKL Leaders, coaches, juniors and masters ~ fall is in full swing here at NENSA and winter racing just a few months away!

Our NENSA High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Race Series continues in Lake Placid the weekend of September 14 & 15. There will once again be nice CASH prizes for the overall top male and overall top female in this NENSA rollerski series (best 3 of 6 races, to be awarded November 2nd, at the Trapp Invitational) . One race down, 5 more to go, and lots of chances to win that cash! This Adirondack Rollerski 2-day Mini Tour includes a Doubleday (prologue and a XCX) on Saturday, and the Climb To The Castle (hill climb) on Sunday. Like the App Gap, there will also be a Masters touring wave at the Climb the Castle race for masters wanting the challenge of a great training hill climb without the pressure of racing. We hope you will join us ~ sign up today on .

Also coming up soon, the weekend of September 21 & 22 ~ our NENSA Fall Coaches Symposium which includes: Technical Delegate & Event Organizer training weekend , a BKL Leader/parent training , a L100 Technique Clinic with US Ski Team Coach Matt Whitcomb , the L200 coach certification with Bryan Fish , AND, a great lineup of evening guest speakers - all be held at the Dublin School in Dublin NH. Registration is now open on . Hope to see you there!

Still looking for more coaches education this fall? NENSA will have two more regional L100 Technique Clinics - one on September 15th at Bowdin College in ME, and the second on November 9th at the Lincoln-Sudbury High School in Lincoln MA. See calendar listing below for full info on these two great clinics in ME and MA.

Accolades all around for five New England athletes who were nominated by the US Ski Team for the National Elite Group (NEG) Training Camp in Park City later this fall. And, a very well deserved congrats go out to John Broadhead, of Craftsbury Outdoor Center fame, who was nominated for the VT Ski & Snowboard Hall of fame (honors to be given on Saturday November 2nd in Stowe VT). Congratulations to these amazing NENSA members for all they have done and are still doing! Full story on both John, and the NEG nominees below.

Hope to see many of you at the Dublin School for our NENSA Fall Symposium!


Amie W. Smith
Executive Director
New England Nordic Ski Association

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NENSA’s High Peaks Cyclery Rollerski Series: 
Adirondack Rollerski Mini Tour: 
Doubleday (Prologue / XCX) and
Climb To The Castle (Hill Climb)

The New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF), the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA), the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and High Peaks Cyclery (HPC) invite athletes, friends, family and fans to a Rollerski race weekend in Lake Placid, NY.  

This is the second event of the  NENSA / HPC Rollerski Series , following the sensational App Gap Challenge at Mad River Glen on August 3rd. We are expecting a great turn-out of athletes from across the region, including the U.S. Biathlon Team for this mini tour.

On Saturday,  September 14th  the  2nd annual   Lake Placid Doubleday  will consist of a 3 kilometer prologue with an interval start, followed by a 1.5 kilometer cross-country ski cross (XCX) preliminary sprint. The Doubleday will begin at 9:00AM with an  Athlete Safety Meeting  and the  Course-Opening  for Inspection. 

Results from the Doubleday, will determine the starting order for day two of the event which is the legendary Climb to the Castle (C2C).  

NEW this year -  High Peaks Cyclery  will be hosting the C2C pre-registration / bib pickup from 6:00PM-8:00PM on Saturday night at their store in Lake Placid. Come get your bib early and socialize! Join us for smores, beverages and make new friends!

On Sunday,  September 15th , the  Climb to the Castle  freestyle race will begin at 8:00AM. The course will start at the Whiteface toll booth, climbing for approximately 5 miles with an average 8% grade up the Memorial Highway to the summit of Whiteface Mountain – New York’s 5th highest peak with an elevation of 4,867 feet.

John Broadhead to be in the VT Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Class of 2019
The Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum is proud to announce the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

John Brodhead skied four events at Vermont Academy ('62) - slalom, downhill, cross country and jumping, and raced at Middlebury College. In 1979 he began directing Craftsbury Outdoor Center's ski program. There he developed an extensive trail system and started numerous ski programs for youth and adults including the Bill Koch and summer training programs. He founded and organized the Craftsbury Marathon, one of the most popular ski marathons in the country. Today, winners of the Marathon are awarded the John Brodhead Award. Brodhead founded the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club in 1997, modeled on the Scandinavian multi-generational ski training design. For 38 years as Director of the COC, John touched the lives of countless skiers.

The who's who of Vermont's ski and snowboarding world will gather at  The Lodge at Spruce Peak  in Stowe on Saturday, November 2nd for a festive dinner and silent auction to celebrate the Induction of the class of 2019 into the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame. Recipients of the Paul Robbins Award and First Tracks Award will also be honored. One of the highlights of the evening will be the showing of short biographical films created for each inductee. The event is open to the public and usually sells out. Tickets are $95 and are available  here
US Ski Team Nominates 5 New England skiers
to the 2020 National Elite Group (NEG)
The US Ski Team nominated five New England skiers to the 2020 National Elite Group. Griffin Wright and Finn Sweet (Craftsbury Nordic), Nina Seemann and Charlotte Ogden (SMS), and Brian Beyerbach (Saint Lawrence). These skiers have been invited to take part in the NEG Camp to be held in Park City, UT October 7-13th to train with current USST athletes and staff. Congrats to these skiers, their clubs and all of our NE (East) athletes for pushing each other to such high levels & having so much FUN along the way!
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
U.S. Cross Country Athletes Racking
Up Summer Fitness & Victories
With less than 100 days until the FIS World Cup Cross Country season kicks off in Norway, U.S. Cross Country Ski Team athletes are ramping up their training intensity through a variety of camps and competitions both on and off the snow.
While Jessie Diggins (Afton, Minn.) and Julia Kern (Waltham, Mass.) are training at the Snow Farm in New Zealand, Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury, Vt.) pulled on a bib, laced up her running shoes, and won the Race to the top of Vermont recently in 41 minutes, 23 seconds over the four-mile route that climbs 2,564 feet to the summit of of Mt. Mansfield. Read full article HERE (by Tom Horrocks, US Ski & Snowboard)
A number of U.S. athletes and coaches made the trip to Norway for the Toppidrettsveka, including Andy Newell, U.S. Cross Country Team physical therapist Zuzana Rogers, U.S. Ski Team members Kevin Bolger and Erik Bjornsen, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation coach Chris Mallory, and U.S. Cross Country Team Coach Chris Grover. (U.S. Ski & Snowboard - Matt Whitcomb)
Seven Sites to Host 2019-20 SuperTour (including Craftsbury Outdoor Center!)
Top U.S. cross country athletes will join their Canadian counterparts at seven stops for the 2019-20 SuperTour. The tour is a series of International Ski Federation (FIS) sanctioned cross country events across North America produced by U.S. Ski & Snowboard together with its divisions and clubs.
“The SuperTour is one of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s longest-running event series, and we’ve seen quite a number of U.S. National Champions, World and Olympic champions compete in SuperTour events over the years,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Development Manager Bryan Fish.
The SuperTour is a vital component of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s development program. Leaders of the SuperTour series earn World Cup berths throughout the season. The SuperTour provides top-level racing at key cross country centers and providing a proving ground for club athletes with aspirations of qualifying for the U.S. Ski Team and competing on the FIS World Cup tour and in the Olympics. 
This season’s SuperTour features five stops in the United States and two in Canada, including the season opener Dec. 6-8 in Canmore, Alberta, and the SuperTour Finals in Vernon, British Columbia, March 26 through April 2. In between, U.S. stops will include Sun Valley, Idaho, Dec. 14-15; Houghton, Mich., Jan. 2-7; Craftsbury, Vt. Jan. 24-26; Minneapolis, Feb. 16-17 as a test event leading up to the Minneapolis World Cup in March; and the American Birkebeiner, in Cable, Wisc., Feb. 19 and Hayward, Wisc., Feb. 22.
A detailed SuperTour schedule, individual event information, and race results are available at  
Hot off the press from Jason Albert
Visioning with NENSA’s Justin Beckwith
Pull the curtain back, and the wizardry is revealed. Not always perfect, with growing pains like any other popular athletic event,  NENSA is trailbreaking when it comes to first class rollerski racing . In revealing the organizational fundamentals of NENSA’s rollerski series, we learned that leading the way is simple: it requires a can do attitude. This is no  The Wizard of Oz  chicanery – where the old man fumbles with a sci-fi device in creating what we know as Oz – it remains grounded in people simply taking the lead, some volunteering their time, and ensuring the cross-country community becomes ever more more slightly evolved
The NENSA rollerski series is a six race affair including the App Gap Challenge, the Adirondack Rollerski Mini Tour, The Fall Rollerski Classic, The Maine Event: Agility Sprint Festival, and the Trapp Invitational.
Read full article HERE .
Justin Beckwith (green hat) works the crowd at the 2019 App Gap rollerski race.
 (Photo: Reese Brown/
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:

Save these Dates ~ more info to come soon!

December 21 & 22: Eastern Cup Opener in Sugarloaf ME
January 24-26: Eastern Cup/Supertour/UVM Carnival in Craftsbury VT
February 7-11: Eastern Cup/Bates Carnival in Rumford ME
February 15: Eastern Cup Dublin Double Races, Dublin School, NH
February 16: Eastern Cup Cheri Walsh Memorial Race, Holderness School, NH
February 29 & March 1 : New England BKL Festival, at Great Glen, NH
March 7-15 : 2020, US Junior Nationals in Truckee CA
March 17 : 2020 World Cup Race in Minneapolis MN - USA!!!

Full Calendar Listing HERE
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