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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.

Continued Commitment to CXC

We are pleased to announce that we will be continuing our STRONG commitment to CXC Skiing in the next year. Two Seasons ago we added a Strength Training Facility to help benefit our Growing CXC Masters Chapter, and we will be continuing to add additional benefits for the 16-17 Season. Along with Support of the CXC Hosted Junior National Championships  and Summer Programming with Masters & Jr’s. Stay Tuned for lots of Great Things happening Out There with CXC this season!

Chapter info:

CXC Master’s Programming ~ Rice Lake Chapter

Another Season of CXC Master’s is wrapped up. Look for info coming soon of Start Dates for the 16-17 Season!

Didn’t make it to the Intro Night? You can still sign up or if you would like to attend on of the coached sessions let us know. There is a $75/ night fee to attend Coached nights if you are not a VIP, Bronze, Silver or Gold Member

Chapter Coached Session Dates:

This will be our 3rd Season of a CXC Master’s Programming (Rice Lake Chapter) This is a great way to getting coaching and improve your level of skiing as well as contributing to an organization which is promoting, developing & growing Nordic Skiing in the MIDWEST. Last year just in our area CXC donated over 70 pairs of skis to the Tainter Elementary in Rice Lake & Birchwood Elementary in Birchwood. Fees from Master’s programming go direct to CXC which then in turn takes those funds to run programming, camps, Adaptive Ski programs & More. Check out our events page for event dates

To sign up:

Gold, Silver & Bronze Levels~

VIP Level ~


USA Nordic Has left the Launch Pad!

So this AM I received a message from a family member in Norway about a Norwegian NEWS outlet headline of the USSA Nordic Ladies Team  ( )

and how they are doing amazing at the 2016 Tour de ski! Minutes later Jessie DigginsWINS Stage 6! Sophie Caldwell hammered it out for a WIN on Stage 4. Folks this is CRAZY BIG NEWS! Email your local TV, Radio & Newspaper. These are days that will change the course of NORDIC in the USA for the future Generations. Do not sit by and let media discuss the wows of some of our other athletes or how some other country on the other side of the planet is going to screw up our economy ~ This is Positive Great Stuff! SPREAD THE WORD OUT THERE!
Also a HUGE Congrats to the USA Nordic Team and our Johaug Girls Jessie & Sophie on Amazing WINS!

Coaching News~

New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) U16 Trip Coaching Staff

Central Cross Country Ski Association (CXC) will provide an opportunity for qualified talented young juniors from the Midwest Division to compete amongst their peers at the 2016 NENSA U16 (J2) Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME, March 11-13.

Kelly Skillicorn, Head Coach & Trip Leader (Winona, MN)
Kris Hanson – (Rice Lake, WI)
Drew Holbrook – (Minnepolis, MN)
Steve Swenson – (Madison, WI)


CXC Thanksgiving Nordic Festival

Tentative Schedule:

Wednesday, November 25 – Open Public Ski
Thursday, November 26 – Open Public Ski and Ski Demo
Friday, November 27 – Open Public Ski and Ski Demo
Saturday, November 28 – Skate Sprint, Open Public Ski and Ski Demo
Sunday, November 29 – Classic Sprint, Open Public Ski and Ski Demo
Trail Pass will be required and available to purchase at or at Telemark Condominiums office.
Trails will be open to public after the festival.

The Igor Legacy ~ Developing the Next Generation Out There

Igor Badamshin Had a Great vision of getting Youth participating in Skiing thru games, movement, fun & hard work. This the 2nd year of the Igor Legacy Camps has proven that a NEW Generation on Nordic skier is embracing the ideals of this & TEAMWORK to create the Next Generation out there. This past weekend wrapped up the 2015 camp series in Ironwood Michigan at the Wolverine Nordic Center With Athletes from 10 different Clubs coming together to train and create a NEW Central Region Family & TEAM.


Overview of the CXC Igor Legacy Camps.

Igor Badamshin _For the Love of Skiing_ A History of the Igor Legacy Camps


Supporting Out There to the TOP……………..

Yes we are on a Mission to Grow the SPORT on Nordic. Be it thru Biathlon, Nordic, Nordic Combined, Jumping or other great sports Out There we make it our daily mission to drive forward and grow these great sports.

How do we do this? Well it is a joint effort of sorts. You our Loyal & Growing customer base shops with us in the store or online and generates sales. A good percentage of profits then goes back into supporting the Team Out There athletes around the World! From US athletes like Ben Saxton & Katrina Howe to others like Leandro Lutz, Vineta Petersone & others we work with.

Do we do this from straight money donations? No, we do this from working with the athletes to create Opportunity. Opportunities come in many forms, monetary, equipment, marketing, fundraisers & more.

Fasterskier article on Team Out There~

How does this affect me you ask? Our second goal is creating a Global Family Out There. With athletes and customers from around the world we strive to provide products & expertise to really make you apart of Our Out There Family! As appreciation for this we have discount programs like Team 10k, Youth Exchange programs to get more Youth involved in the sport, Masters Programming thru CXC and much more.

What can I do to help Grow the Out There Family & what it does? Get Out There, participate in programs that we offer, support us thru purchasing product that we sell, Contact us about things you may have to offer (from you or a company that you are affiliated with) to help support & grow the Team & The Sport around the World.


Kris, Per & I (Bjorn) Thank you for your business, support and being apart of the OT Family. From athletes at the World Jr. & World Championships this past season we hope that our Family continues to grow and achieve great things to grow the sport! Stop in, have a visit, support small business & Great Athletes all at the same time.

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