March, 2016

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Summer Roller Ski Nights

We will once again be running a roller ski night every other week this Summer Season. The intent of these will be some basics at the beginning and working into some longer OD skis as the season progresses. Can be Skate or Classic and we will note the location of each night on our events page~

Hope to see YOU Out There!

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Winter is wrapping up here, But Down Under it’s just getting Started!

As we roll thru March and the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere our thoughts begin to think of storage wax, roller ski tips, bike rides, trail runs and the off season. Well our Partners in the Southern Hemisphere are just starting to gear up for the Winter Season. We began a New partnership with Roller Ski Australia this year and along with various projects we are working on we have added some NEW Team Out There Athletes to the mix. First came Callum Watson. It was crazy how we were working on things with RSA and Callum contacted us not even knowing about the projects that were to be coming up with RSA. With opportunities to grow Nordic abounding Down Under the wonderful Ladies of RSA look to add some additional members to the mission. We are please to announce the addition to Team Out There of Kat Paul & Jess Yeaton! To learn more about them and ALL of our amazing Team Out There athletes visit the Team page!

Fantastic NENSA U16 Trip for Our Coach Kris

The 2016 New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) U16 Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford (ME) concluded March 13th, after three days of fun, tough and competitive competition.

Four U16 men and four U16 women from the Midwest Division, competed among some of the best U16 athletes from Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and New York. The Midwest Division came away with podium finishes, as well as several finishes in the top ten.

“Great experience for our skiers to travel and race in a different region. Said Coach Steve Swenson. “They got to experience “classic” New England skiing: narrow trails and Klister. The conditions taught skiers to roll with the punches, they had to be flexible and the kids did great.”

“This trip taught us how to figure out how to ski in tough conditions: Klister, fast rising temps, slow and sloppy snow.” Said a Midwest Team athlete.”

“I was amazed at the warmth and hospitality exhibited to our team by coaches, athletes, and parents across the New England area.” said Coach Kelley Skillicorn. “It was a great all round experience. We felt very welcomed, they kept telling us to come back!”

“I can’t say enough how beneficial I think this trip is to our aspiring young athletes.” Said Coach Kris Hanson. “The experience they gained by being on this trip will last their whole athletic career.”

The Midwest Girls Team: Leah Rudd, Kasia Bednarski, Val Hart and Olivia Dreger
The Midwest Boys Team: Ben Olson, Noah Bodewes, Joe Lynch and Alex Nemeth.



NENSA U16 Championships

For the sixth year, Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) will provide an opportunity for four U16 men and four U16 women from the Midwest Division to compete amongst their peers at the 2016 New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) U16 (J2) Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME, March 11-13.


The NENSA trip brings together the best U16 athletes in New England and has been a fantastic development trip.

Getting the opportunity to travel and compete with some of the best U16 athletes in our region along with top skiers from Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and New York, essentially becomes just like Junior Nationals but is a little more laid back, it is a shorter trip (three days of racing) and costs less.

“We’ve seen kids who went on the NENSA trip and come back and work hard over the spring and summer and a lot of those kids have gone on to make the Midwest Team the following year or even World Juniors,” said Chris Harvey, Midwest Junior National Team head coach. ” For example, Ian Torchia a skier at NMU currently, loved the NENSA trip and really got into skiing after that. Eventually he became the top American distance skier at World Juniors in Kazakhstan last winter. He is not the only example, there have been many other skiers who have become successful in their results after the NENSA trip that helped them progress.”

Midwest Team


Kelly SkillicornHead Coach & Trip Leader (Winona, MN)
Kris Hanson – (Rice Lake, WI) 
Steve Swenson – (Madison, WI)

“We’re very excited to be taking this group of athletes to the NENSA U16 championships which will be held in Rumford, Maine. It’s a great opportunity for the Midwest kids to be racing their peers in another region,” said trip leader and coach Kelly Skillicorn.

U16 Males 

Ben Olson / LNR

Noah Bodewes / Lakeland

Joe Lynch / LNR

Alex Nemeth / Minneapolis Ski Club

U16 Females

Leah Rudd / LNR

Kasia Bednarski / LNR

Val Hart / Endurance United

Olivia Dreger / Wausau Nordic United

Creating the #NextGenerationOutThere

We would like to extend a HUGE Thanks to CXC & The Loppet Foundation for this past weekend’s Youth Championships at Theo Wirth in Minneapolis. Great organizations creating Great events to get more Youth involved with Nordic Skiing!

2016 USSA Nordic Junior National Championships


The cream of the crop of American junior Nordic ski racers is coming to Cable, WI from March 6-13 for the 2016 USSA Cross Country Ski Junior National Championships. Fans will be treated to a glimpse of the future of Team USA as the best athletes under the age of 20 face off at historic Telemark Trail System in Cable, WI.

The Telemark Trail System has a rich history of hosting prestigious Nordic skiing events including: the first ever World Cup, North America’s largest annual race – The American Birkebeiner and the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships.