NENSA U16 Championships – Gore Mtn New York

2018 NENSA U16 Championships

We are super proud of our own Kris Hanson (USSA/CXC L200 Coach) will be the Head Coach & Trip Leader for the 2018 trip to Gore Mountain in North Creek New York! Supported by 3 other coaches from around the Midwest they will be taking 4 Female & 4 Male U16 Athletes to the event. In 2016 Coach Kris was an assistant to Coach Kelly Skillicorn & was Trip Leader & Head Coach for the 2017 Midwest U16 team that raced in Farmington Maine. Look for updates from this great event in the coming weeks!


Recap: https://cxcnewsfeed.wordpress.com/2018/03/23/nensa-u16-championships-2018/



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