Can You See the Forest for the Trees?
As we approach the Fall season and the start for many folks in the Nordic Community their journey to a Winter Event like the American Birkie, Swedish Vassaloppet, World Masters or a local 5km. For some this journey begins in Late April or Early May, but many it begins in October or when the snow starts to fall softly from the heavens. Also during this time many local ski clubs start to put ideas together for the upcoming season, reflect on the past season, look at budgets equipment etc. With those thing happening I have been hearing some crazy thoughts being said to folks you are TRULY Out There to Support Nordic. (Don’t support that group, they have different goals than ours, or I don’t like so and so) As a community we all need to sit back and look at a number of things to ensure that our sport in the USA gains traction, grows programming and develops long-term sustainability.
1. Support ALL Clubs (USSA, CXC, LNR, NESNA, NANA, FAST & Female, etc) and the things they are doing, like them or not are things that are trying to grow the sport in YOUR community.
2. Support trail Systems. Be it your local 3km loop, 20km trail with a lite section, or the Birkie Trail. All places that are being maintained for skiing require funding! So if you are skiing at a number of trail systems, sign up for even the individual membership. Put your name in the ring and go to an event the trail is having or spread the word to others. Unlike many of the European countries Nordic is not a Federally supported activity in our country (we can dream).
3. Introduce someone to the sport. There are 2 ways to do this. 1.Take someone who has never skied and get them Out There on the snow this season. Ski 1km with them on a flat section of trail and see the joy it brings. Do not take them to some World Cup course and say come on. GO somewhere that seems so easy it hurts and see what introducing someone to our sport in a positive way can do to bring a NEW dimension to the sport for you. 2. If that is to much donate to an organization such as NNF, CXC, etc. These organizations are ones that give funding to athletes as well as run “Learn to ski” programs “Skis to Schools” and such where your monies can get NEW skiers started.
I will leave you with these 3 simple things. We are not asking you to get on a trail board or give 20 hours to trail work or coaching. Start small! If the Sport of Nordic is something that you find important to you, we must learn to work together, agree to disagree and say “What we are doing, is that growing the sport in some fashion?” If we as a collective group of Trail Board Members, Parents, Kids, Shop Owners, Teachers, Manuf. Rep., etc. do this we will see OUR sport grow to NEW Heights!
We challenge you to look Out There and SEE The Forest for the Trees!
The People who think they are Crazy enough to change the World~ Are the ONES who Do!
Original post from August 2014
Go Gumby! GMVS Summer Camp 19
4591 to Host CXC Igor Camp
IGOR MID-SUMMER ADVENTURE CAMP
July 19-21, 2019 / UW Eau Claire, Barron County, Rice Lake, WI.
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The focus goals of the three 2019 Igor Legacy Camps are to promote growth and development of youth-age cross country skiers and to provide exposure to the fundamental building blocks required for successful cross-country skiing, as well as summer training with teammates, and meeting new Nordic friends.
Dream Camp – Central Division
Once again our Coach Kris will be heading up the Central Regions “Dream Camp” for the top U14 athletes from both the Midwest & Great Lakes Divisions.
Six Clubs- ONE Team
This past week at the INN There at Out There we hosted a camp put on by our Coach Kris & 4591 Sports Development. We had athletes from Six Clubs across Wisconsin & Minnesota represented at the Five Day Training Camp. One of the highlights of this years camp was Guest Coach Tara Geraghty-Moats. Tara a long time Team Out There athlete join Kris & these great Juniors on workouts, giving tips and tricks to get better. From Rest & Nutrition to Racing. You NEVER know what opportunities lie Out There.
Tara Geraghty-Moats is currently on the USA Nordic Combined Team and was the Overall Winner of the Women’s Continental Cup for the 2018-19 Season.
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The Rollerski Moonwalk Challenge
THE Winner is Anita Korva of FINLAND- Video
The #RollerskiMoonwalk Challenge
Between now and June 29th get out and get YOUR best Rollerski Moonwalk posted to INSTAGRAM hashtag #RollerskiMoonwalk and we will select a Winner on June 30th!
The Winner will receive some Out There swag along with a $100 Gift Certificate
The Culture of Nordic
What hampers the Growth of the Sports we love in our Country?
Having Nordic be apart of my everyday life for over 40 years has given me the opportunity while here in the US, In Norway & other places to see it from many sides. When we look at Nordic Skiing as a Sport or by the way of a lifestyle the Norwegians have it knocked. No this is not a political rant, but in a country where you have a Socialized Democracy folks are often looking to the Overall and not the few. Occasionally our Rugged Independence may get the better of us as far as how to Growing Nordic.
We need to remember that we are are fortunate to be able to Dream, set goals and work towards them. Along the way there can be changes in the direction of those goals & dreams but that does not me the values at the core of those thoughts is not a worth one. Creating a Lifestyle based around the things we love will foster the sport to grow. Yes over time Coaches will work with promising young athletes who may decide to take a different sport or academic path. Does this mean they have failed as a coach? Hell no, it means they gave opportunity to that young person and helped them on their journey. Does it mean the athlete failed? MOST Certainly NOT! It meant that they were given the chance to see if skiing or hockey or running or band or math was what they are truly passionate about.
Remember that Culture is about it’s PEOPLE!
Make sure you represent it well!
Custom… It’s what we do!
So this is a slogan we have used in our other business Burnell’s Decor for over four decades. “Custom… It’s what we do!” For now over a decade (crazy to think it has gone that fast) It is something we do in the Nordic World as well. Be it from Customizing the Skis, Boots & Poles to best fit your needs as well as gear, training camps, etc. If there is something you as an individual skier, a Jr Team or beyond need to fill a niche you have… Then we are Out There to help make that happen.
Contact us with your Custom Request – Out There Nordic
Summer Training Gear
Summer Training Gear storefront is now OPEN! Look good, Be Visible & Comfortable
Check out our Google Doc list of Closeouts! Updated in Early April as we finished our 18/19 Season Inventory! The list is shrinking!