Felicia Gesior, NCAA Championships, March 13, 2015 (Photo: Karen Brown)
Michigan Tech Opener classical races, December 7, 2014 (Photo: NMU)
Midwest Junior and Youth Committee Spring Meetings
April 6, 2016
The Midwest Junior and Youth Committee Spring Meetings are scheduled for Sunday, April 24, at Dooley's Pub in Eau Claire, WI. The meetings are open to the public, voting is limited to coaches who are licensed and represent a registered CXC club or high school team.
Bjorn Bakken Championships of America This Saturday
March 30, 2016
The annual Bjorn Bakken Championships of America is this Saturday, April 2nd in Duluth. The season-ending party on snow features some crazy backyard courses and colorful characters, and this year they have collected quite a bit of swag!
Video from Chris Parr: Course Preview
Recent Trail Report
2014 Bjorn Bakken Championships of America Coverage
2016 Collegiate Tally Board
March 19, 2016
We've begun tallying the collegiate choices for senior high school skiers -- let's know your plans for next season and we'll get them on the board.
March 16, 2016
The USCSA National Championships were last week, March 6-12, in Lake Placid, NY. Midwest skiers scored a number of top results: In the 15k classic, Leif Hanson (Northfield) was 2nd, Nora Gilbertson (Stillwater) 3rd, and Ellen Wiitala (Marquette, MI) 4th. In the 7.5k classic, Nora Gilbertson was 2nd, Ellen Wiitala 3rd, and Bri Paulsen (Eden Prairie) 6th. For the 1.5k skate sprint (technique changed due to conditions), Nora Gilbertson was 1st, Bri Paulsen 6th, and Leif Hanson 6th. The St. Olaf women took 1st in the sprint relay and the men took 4th, and in the overall competition the women were 3rd and the men 4th.
Video: Event Replays
Results: Event Results
USSA: Ketterson Scores Two Top 10 Results in OPA Cup
March 14, 2016
In the final weekend of racing at the U.S. Spring OPA trip in Toblach, March 11-13, Minnesota State High School Champ Zak Ketterson scored two top ten finishes in the U20 men category. Julia Kern led the U.S. team with two podium results!
Junior Nationals Coverage
March 13, 2016
A summary of the 2016 Junior Nationals coverage we featured. Find the final Alaska Cup and Club Championship scoring linked in with the hill climb results.
Junior Nationals: Hill Climb Coverage
March 12, 2016
Junior Nationals wrapped up Saturday with a new event, a team hill climb up to the top of Mt. Telemark. Skiers were sent off in groups of three, based on their relay team, and then were scored on the total time of the trio. Awards were also given to the top skier (King of the Hill) in each division. Midwest U20 women were strong again, taking 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th! U20 Men also made the podium with a 3rd place, just 8 seconds out of first, and the U16 girls rocked it, taking first. King of the Hill titles were earned by Midwest stars Kelly Koch, U16, and Michaela Keller-Miller, U20. Results linked in, along with photosets.
CXC: New England Claims Alaska Cup at the 2016 USSA Junior National Championships
NCAA Championships: Classic Race Coverage
March 12, 2016
The NCAA Skiing Championships held its classic mass start races on Saturday in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The NMU men had strong finishes once again, placing Ian Torchia in 4th and Adam Martin in 5th for the 15K race. NMU's Vivian Hett was the top Midwest woman, finishing 15th. Three Wisconsin natives had top ten finishes: Nichole Bathe 7th, Olivia Amber 9th and Kevin Bolger 7th.
CCSA: Torchia and Bathe Lead CCSA Skiers on Final Day of NCAA Championships
Junior Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
March 11, 2016
A long day of changing conditions challenged racers at Friday's Junior Nationals freestyle sprint competition. Midwest racers had their strongest finish in the women's U20 category, gathering the past 3 Minnesota State High School champions in one place, with Sarah Bezdicek skating to 1st and Abigail Drach 3rd. Teammates Mattie Watts and Margie Freed followed in 4th and 5th. Second place podium finishes also went to both Abigail Jarzin for the U16 women and Amanda Kautzer for U18 women. Other top Midwest results: Anders Sonnesyn 9th place MU16, Kelly Koch 7th and Siri Bohacek 8th FU16, Nick Gardner 4th and Tamer Mische-Richter 10th MU20, Michaela Keller-Miller 12th FU20. Results linked in, and nearly 900 photos posted.
CXC: 2016 USSA Junior Nationals Day Three: 1.3k Freestyle Sprint Victories
Junior Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Start Lists Posted
March 11, 2016
Junior Nationals will be hosting the rescheduled sprint races beginning early Friday morning at Telemark, with qualifiers beginning at 7:30 am and the first set of heats at 10 am.
Junior Nationals Live Video Streaming
Junior Nationals Results
Junior Nationals: Freestyle Races Coverage
March 10, 2016
The Junior National ski course for Thursday's events was in remarkable good shape, with fast conditions, after a herculean effort the last two days by organizers and an army of volunteers. The Midwest hit the podium again in the U20 women as Abigail Drach was 2nd and Mattie Watts 3rd. Other top Midwest results: Nick Gardner 5th U20, Tamer Mische-Richter 6th, Will Bodewes 7th U20; Xavier Mansfield 8th U18; Michaela Keller-Miller 4th U20, Sarah Bezdicek 6th U20, Margie Freed 9th U20; Kelly Koch 4th U16; Anders Sonnesyn 9th U16. Results linked in, along with photosets from all the events.
CXC: 2016 USSA Junior National Championships Day Two: 15/10/5k Individual Freestyle Victories
NCAA Championships: Freestyle Race Coverage
March 10, 2016
NCAA Skiing Championships held their freestyle races on Thursday in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The NMU men had a banner day as Ian Torchia took 2nd overall, Adam Martin 4th, and Jake Brown 9th! Felicia Gesior, NMU, was the top Midwest woman finishing 16th. Results linked in along with video coverage, as well as photos from Karen Brown.
CCSA: UAF Women and NMU Men lead the way for the Central Region on Day 1 of NCAA Championships
March 9, 2016
The NCAA Skiing Championships are going on at Howelsen Hills in Steamboat, Colorado, March 9-12. Thursday morning skiers will compete in 5K and 10K freestyle races, Saturday is classical 15K and 20K events. Live streaming of the races will be available on the web.
Video: Freestyle Races, Classical Races
Junior Nationals: Freestyle Start Lists
March 9, 2016
After two days of shoveling and rescheduling, the freestyle races are being run Thursday on the Telemark Trails. U20 boys will ski 4 x 3.7K course, U18 boys and U18/U20 girls, 3 laps, and the U16 kids will do 2 laps. Racing action is scheduled to begin at 9:30 am.
Junior Nationals Live Video Streaming
Junior Nationals Results
USSA: Ketterson Top 20 in OPA Cup
March 9, 2016
Julia Kern (Stratton Mountain School) led the USA with a third place finish as the first two races of the U.S. Spring OPA trip kicked off March 5-6 in Germany. Zak Ketterson (LNR Racing) finished 17th in the U20 division for the top American mens result.
Midwest Junior Championships Coverage
March 8, 2016
The Midwest Junior Championships & Festival went off without a hitch this March 4-6 at Theodore Wirth Park. Hundreds of youth skiers ages 15 & under came together for one last weekend of races, relays and recreational events. The last stop of the CXC Youth Cup series, the Championships were a sunny highlight of the season! Results and some photos from Karen Brown are posted.
Midwest Junior Championships Recap
Junior Nationals: Wednesday Sprints Rescheduled, Freestyle Races Moved Up
March 8, 2016
The sprint races originally scheduled for Wednesday at Telemark have been postponed until Friday, and distance skate races moved up to Thursday (interval start) in the hope for cooler temperatures and more time for course prep. Official training on the race courses have been canceled (skiers will use other trail systems), as organizers work on shoring up the base. Stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.
Junior Nationals Shoveling Help
Huskies Nordic Funding Project
March 7, 2016
Interested in trying to help the St. Cloud State University Nordic ski team? A GoFundMe page has been started to help fund with either restoring the varsity program or the formation of a competitive ski club.
Junior Nationals: Classical Races Coverage
March 7, 2016
Junior Nationals began their week long competition on Monday morning with the classical distance races. Colder than expected temperatures overnight put a glaze on the trails, generating a 30 minute delay. But temperatures quickly rose throughout the morning, making for some tough racing conditions (with plenty of snow still). The Midwest had a strong day with a number of podium appearances: Nick Gardner 1st U20; Xavier Mansfield 3rd U18; Abigail Drach 1st U20, Mattie Watts 2nd U20; Abigail Jarzin 3rd U16.
Also scoring top results: Will Bodewes 4th U20, Corey Rouw 8th U20, Jake Ajax 10th U20; Margie Freed 5th U20, Allison Ternes 7th U20, Ingrid Thyr 9th U20, Kristine Keller-Miller 10th U20; Renae Anderson 4th U18, Erin Moening 6th U18; Kelly Koch 6th U16; Anders Sonnesyn 4th U16.
Results linked in, along with photos from all the races.
CXC: 2016 USSA Junior National Championships Day One: 10/5k Individual Classic Victories
Midwest Skiers at EISA NCAA Regionals
March 3, 2016
Last weekend the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) held their NCAA Regional Championships at the Rikert Nordic Center, Middlebury, VT. A number of Midwest skiers race for eastern collegiate programs, and Karen Brown has shared some images from the two days of racing. Top performers on the weekend were Alayna Sonnesyn (UVM) taking 2nd in skate and 3rd in classic, and Raleigh Goessling 8th in skate and Luke Brown 9th in classical.
Photoset from Karen Brown: Freestyle - 26 photos, Classical - 29 photos
Results: EISA Regionals
Junior Nationals Preview
March 2, 2016
Junior Nationals are being held in the Midwest this year, at Telemark, and fire up on Monday! We've got a full preview of the event, including a review of the courses, some of the Midwest favorites (with final team roster), and links for resources including livestreaming by CXC. Go Midwest!
BeFAST Poms Show Support for Midwest Junior National Team
Salomon: Jessie Diggins Junior Nationals Images Contest
St. Cloud State Cuts Nordic Skiing Program
March 2, 2016
St. Cloud State University announced Tuesday that it is eliminating their Nordic skiing program, as part of wide ranging cutbacks. Current team members are released to seek skiing opportunities at other institutions.
NCAA Championship Participants Named
March 1, 2016
The NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Committee announced Tuesday the 74 men and 74 women selected to participate in the 2016 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Skiing Championships, to be held March 9-12 at Mt. Werner and Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, CO.
NJC U18: Team Relays
February 28, 2016
The Nordic Junior Countries Competition (Scando Cup) wrapped up Sunday with relay races. The girl relay teams did quite well posting a 5th and 10th place results, finishing less than eight seconds off the podium in a very close race! The US boys fielded two strong teams, placing 5th and 8th overall.
Results: Girls Relay, Boys Relay
WJC/U23: Juniors Place Well in Relay Finals
February 26, 2016
The WJC/U23 Championships wrapped up Friday on an adjusted schedule do to the warm weather and tough snow conditions. The US womens relay squad was composed of Julia Kern, Katharine Ogden, Vivian Hett and Sarah Bezdicek which combined for an 8th place finish. The mens team featured Ian Torchia, Cully Brown, Henry Harmeyer and Zak Ketterson and skied to an 11th place result.
Results: 4x2.5K freestyle relays
NNF: Vivian Hett - Staying Up When Snow Levels are Down
NNF: Julia Kern - Warmth in Romania
WJC/U23: Ogden and Torchia Lead the US in Freestyle Races
February 25, 2016
As the warm weather continues in Romania, freestyle races were the featured event on Thursday. Katharine Ogden notched another 13th place, and the Midwest's own Ian Torchia scorched a 15th place for the top US results. Other Midwest skiers: Adam Martin 29th, Vivian Hett 30th, Felicia Gesior 38th, Nicole Schneider 40th, Kyle Bratrud 43rd, Kris Bourne 45th, Sarah Bezdicek 46th, Zak Ketterson 60th, Leo Hipp 74th. Competition concludes Friday (updated schedule) with 4x2.5K relays.
Results: 10K, 15K freestyle
WJC/U23: Martin and Odgen Post Top US Results in Classical Events
February 23, 2016
Another warm day of competition in Romania for the World Junior Championships and U23 competition. Wisconsin native Adam Martin posted the top performance for the US mens squad, finishing 23rd. Katharine Ogden cracked the top 15 for the US women, finishing 13th. Other midwest results: Kyle Bratrud 29th, Kris Bourne 40th, Felicia Gesior 42nd, Ian Torchia 43rd, Vivian Hett 48th.
Results: 5K, 10K, 15K classical
Midwest U16 Championships Team Named
February 23, 2016
CXC has announced the members of the Midwest U16 Championships team that will be participating in the events at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME, March 11-13.
WJC/U23: Hanneman and Kern Lead U.S. in Freestyle Sprint
February 22, 2016
The FIS Nordic World Junior and U23 Championships kicked off on Monday with a 1.3k freestyle sprint in warm, wet and sloppy conditions. Logan Hanneman (Anchorage, AK, Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks), a U23, and Julia Kern (Waltham, MA, U.S. Ski Team D Team/Stratton Mountain School), a junior, led the U.S. men and women in 15th and 16th, respectively. Top Midwest skiers: Ben Saxton 25th, Sarah Bezdicek 36th, Felicia Gesior 39th, Zak Ketterson 51st.
NCAA Regionals: Classical Coverage
February 21, 2016
The NCAA Regionals competition at Al Qual wrapped up the Midwest collegiate racing season Sunday with classical format mass start races. Jake Brown, NMU, nearly swept the weekend series, coming in second to UAF's Michael Fehrenbach in a sprint finish to the mens 20K. Andrea Lee, MTU, took the womens 15K race ahead of a tight pack of three pursuers. Results linked in, along with photosets from Jennifer Brisbois.
CCSA: Fehrenbach and Lee Claim Titles on Day 2 of the CCSA/NCAA Regionals
CCSA: Andrea Lee and Jake Brown Named Athletes of the Week
NCAA Regionals: Freestyle Coverage
February 20, 2016
NCAA Regionals kicked off on Saturday with the freestyle races at Al Qual in Ishpeming, MI. NMU's Jake Brown posted the top time of the mens 10K, winning by nearly a minute. Sophie Schimpl, NMU, skated to the only sub-14 minute time to win the girls 5K. Results linked in, along with photos from Jennifer Brisbois.
CCSA: Brown and Schimpl Claim NCAA Regional Titles in Day 1 of Racing
Midwest Junior National Team Announced
February 15, 2016
Following the conclusion of the JNQ series on Sunday, the Midwest Junior National Team was announced. This first draft includes athletes that prequalified, and some that may have to decline because of other obligations (NCAAs, Euro trips, etc.). Watch for a final list next week, that should reflect a number of changes to the team composition.
Podiumwear Unveils Midwest and Great Lakes Junior Nationals Uniforms
Midwest Junior National Team Athlete Information and Forms
Great Lakes Junior National Team Named
Mayors Challenge JNQ/CCSA Freestyle Coverage
February 14, 2016
A light dusting of snow kept speeds a little slower on Sunday for the freestyle races on the man-made snow loop at Theodore Wirth. The mens 10K race turned out to be fairly close as the top six all finished within 30 seconds, with NMU's Ian Torchia first, David Norris of APU second, and Kyle Bratrud, CXC third -- and elite junior Zak Ketterson fourth. In the womens 5K, SMS stars Annie Hart and Erika Flowers topped the field with Rosie Frankowski, APU, third. U16 titles went to Kelly Koch and Anders Sonnesyn. Results linked in, photos posted, including sets from Karen Brown and Jackie Schneider. And, we've added some images from the SkiCross events.
CCSA: Northern Michigan takes CCSA Conference team titles, Markset and Torchia nab Sunday wins
CCSA: Markset and Torchia named Athletes of the Week
Joes Ski Shop: Birkie Buster
February 13, 2016
Joe's is breaking out the deals in advance of warm weather for the Birkie: Swix Cera Nova waxes at 50% off.
Bike Dr: Birkie Prep
February 13, 2016
The Bicycle Doctor has their full Birkie press going, with upcoming wax clinics, wax service, and weekend events.
Valentine's Day Tribute
February 13, 2016
On Valentine's Day, Jonathan Miller pays tribute to his love of collegiate skiing, and the connections formed that eventually led him to his fiancť.
Mayors Challenge JNQ/CCSA Classical Coverage
February 13, 2016
After delaying an hour due to cold weather, the mass start classical races at Theodore Wirth got underway as skiers competed for final JNQ points, as well as CCSA. In the mens 15K, Adam Martin, NMU, won a sprint finish over APU's David Norris and Tyler Kornfield. The womens 10K also came down to the line as red-shirt NMU skier Kris Bourne edged teammates Vivian Hett and Nicole Schneider. Margie Freed and Patrick Acton were the top high school skiers. Ryan Mead and Regan Duffy won the 5K events. Results linked in, plus great photos from Jennifer Brisbois, Jackie Schneider and Karen Brown!
CCSA: Martin and Hett Take Wins on Day 1 of the CCSA Championships
Michigan Tech Invite: Classical Coverage
January 31, 2016
Rising temperatures made for some nightmare classical waxing conditions at the Michigan Tech Invite on Sunday. Vivian Hett led an NMU sweep of the womens 15K podium with Felicia Gesior second and Sophie Schimpl, who edged out Andrea Lee in sprint finish for third. The mens 20K grind came down to a double-pole sprint as Kyle Bratrud topped NMU's Ian Torchia, with the NMU club taking the next four places to boot. Results linked in, along with some great photos from the parents.
CCSA: NMU Sweeps Again
CCSA: Athletes of the Week
Michigan Tech Invite: Freestyle Coverage
January 30, 2016
The CCSA returned to Houghton this weekend, running some freestyle races Saturday under warm conditions on the MTU trails. Ian Torchia powered to victory in the mens 10K, besting former teammate Kyle Bratrud by 12 seconds, with Adam Martin another 16 seconds back. Felicia Gesior continues her run of strong results this season, besting the womens field, with Vivian Hett second, 17 seconds back, and MTU alumni, now Team CXC, Alice Flanders posted third, just 3 seconds behind Hett. Sunday will be mass start classical races. Photosets from a number of parents have been added.
CCSA: NMU Sweep Menís and Womenís Podiums
St. Mary's University Establishes Nordic Ski Club
January 28, 2016
St. Mary's University in Winona is taking the first step toward a competitive collegiate team by announcing a new Nordic Ski Club with the intention of competing on the race circuit next season.
CCSA: Northern Michiganís Martin and Gesior named Athletes of the Week
January 25, 2016
Adam Martin and Felicia Gesior of Northern Michigan University were named athletes of the week after posting impressive results at Telemark last weekend.
Telemark JNQ/CCSA: Freestyle Coverage
January 24, 2016
The Telemark JNQ/CCSA series wrapped up Sunday with mass start freestyle races. The womens 10K proved to be an exciting battle with a half dozen skiers in the mix right into the big downhill. In the end, it was a sprint finish between MTU's Andrea Lee and redshirt NMU skier Kristen Bourne, Lee taking it by a tenth of a second, with UAF's Anne-Tine Markset collecting third. In the mens 15K, the trio of NMU skiers Jake Brown, Adam Martin and Ian Torchia broke away by mid-point and finished together, Martin - Torchia - Brown. Abby Jarzin took control of the U16 girls race and skied in solo for the victory with Kelly Koch holding off Rana Kraftson to round out the podium. The U16 boys was much closer with Peter Moore taking over the lead from Ryan Mead in the last 1/2K for the win, Kieran Mullen third. Results linked in, lots of photos now online.
CCSA: Martin Wins Again While Lee shines for the Huskies
Telemark JNQ/CCSA: Classical Coverage
January 23, 2016
Beautiful conditions Saturday for the first distance JNQ of the season, racing on the tough trails at Telemark. Adam Martin narrowly edged out NMU teammate Ian Torchia for the mens 10K classical victory. Felicia Gesior, NMU, strided to the front of the womens 5K classical field. Racing continues on Sunday with mass start freestyle events. Results linked in, along with photosets from the 10K and 5K races.
CCSA: Martin and Gesior Take Wins on Day One of the Telemark Chase
Wausau JNQ: Classical Sprints Coverage
January 16, 2016
Despite the crisp temperatures, Greenwood Hills Golf Course was home to the first JNQ event of the season as juniors racing for classical sprint titles. Zak Ketterson dominated the U18/U20 boys field, with Tamer Mische-Richter taking second, Russell O'Brien third. The U18/U20 girls field provided some top notch competition with a star packed finale as Hannah Rudd came in first, followed by Erin Moening and Dottie Anderson. U16 titles went to Anders Sonnesyn and Abigail Jarzin. Results linked in, plus photos from Mindy Benton.
USSA: U23 and Junior Worlds Teams Named
January 13, 2016
USSA has posted their official announcement of the U23 and Junior World Teams, which include five skiers from Northern Michigan University (six if you include next season's member Zak Ketterson).
US Nationals: Mass Start Freestyle Coverage
January 7, 2016
Thursday at US Nationals in Houghton, MI, featured the exciting mass start freestyle races. Warm temperatures made for fast conditions and enjoyable spectating. In the first race, Ian Torchia and Zak Ketterson pulled away for a 1-2 finish in the Men's 10K. Lars Hannah of Denver followed in 3rd. A pack of 10 skiers led the men's 30K for much of the race, with Tad Elliott breaking away in the final 2K, chased by Brian Gregg. Elliot and Gregg finished 1-2 followed by Canadian Michael Somppi. Adam Martin was the 3rd American finisher (4th place overall). In the women's 20K, the field fractured early with a group of 4 breaking away in the last 5K. Caitlin Patterson, Chelsea Holmes, and Katharine Ogden posted the top 3 finishing times, with Anne Hart skating to 4th. In the final race of the day, Hannah Halvorsen led the pack to the finish, followed by Vivian Hett (2nd) and Julia Kern (3rd). Nicole Schneider (4th) missed the podium by 3 seconds. Results linked in, along with photosets from all the races.
USSA: Patterson Doubles Up at National Championships
US Nationals: Freestyle Sprints Coverage
January 4, 2016
Monday brought the competitors right back to the Michigan Tech trails for a long day of freestyle sprint qualifying and heats. The womens sprint final brought a surprise challenger as Annie Hart narrowly missed upsetting reigning champ Jennie Bender, with Caitlin Patterson taking third. The mens final was equally exciting as sprint specialized Dakota Blackhorse Von Jess was beaten by Reese Hanneman with Julien Locke third. Other top Midwest results: Brian Gregg 7th, Michael Somppi 8th, Zak Ketterson 2nd junior; Sarah Bezdicek 2nd junior, Vivian Hett 3rd junior. Results posted, along with some photosets.
USSA: Bender and Hanneman Grab Sprint Titles
U18, World Juniors, and U23 Trip Points (after two events)
Midwest Junior Nationals Crew Announced
December 21, 2015
CXC has announced the 2016 Junior National coaching staff, along with the waxing techs. Leading the crew again this season is Chris Harvey as head coach, and Andy Keller as trip leader. Wax techs are Jason Kask, glide, and Scott Putman, kick.
NENSA U16 Trip Coaching Staff Announced
Mt. Itasca Invite Sunday Coverage
December 20, 2015
Due to problems with grooming equipment, the Sunday race at the Mt. Itasca Invite was changed from classical to freestyle, with all skiers going 10K. Annie Hart repeated as the womens champion with Abby Drach and Nicole Schneider rounding out the podium. In the mens race, Chris Parr took the victory with high school skiers Xavier Mansfield and Anders Sonnesyn placing second and third as some of the collegiate skiers opted for a double-pole workout. Results posted along with photos from Jennifer Brisbois and Jackie Schneider.
Mt. Itasca Invite Saturday Coverage
December 19, 2015
Utilizing the snowmaking loop at Mt. Itasca, along with some fresh snow from this week, Midwest collegiate skiers held their first competition of the season Saturday. Northern Michigan's Adam Martin scored the victory in the mens 10K freestyle, edging out former teammate Kyle Bratrud by just four seconds, with Jake Brown in third. Annie Hart topped the womens 5K field by over 30 seconds in a strong performance as NMU teammates Vivian Hett and Sarah Bezdicek took second and third. Racing continues Sunday with classic distance events.
Hoigaards Relays Coverage
December 12, 2015
The Hoigaards Relays salvaged a tough winter by moving the event to the Afton Alps downhill area, a move which proved to be quite popular as a near record field participated on Saturday morning. The masters race started before sunrise under the downhill lights, with the young duo of Tamer Mische-Richter and Zak Ketterson scoring the victory in a tough battle over Andrew Brown and Nick Powers. The Mische-Richter/Ketterson tandem decided one race wasn't enough, and jumped the junior field for their second victory. Results are posted along with video recaps of both races.
National Nordic Foundation Allocations
December 10, 2015
Wondered where your National Nordic Foundation donations are being spent? The NNF outlines some of the major allocations for this season.
Zak Ketterson Signs Intent Letter with NMU
November 19, 2015
Top junior prospect and Minnesota state high school champion Zak Ketterson, Bloomington Jefferson, has signed a letter of intent with Northern Michigan University. He'll be joining up with two other Minnesotan friends: last year's state champ, Leo Hipp and another of the top US juniors, Ian Torchia.
Kevin Brochman Named as New St. Olaf Nordic Ski Coach
October 26, 2015
St. Olaf has announced Olympian Kevin Brochman as their head Nordic ski coach. Brochman returns to the program after coaching it from 2003 to 2007.
USSA Seeking Coaches for the U18 and WJC/U23 World Championships
October 16, 2015
USSA is looking for coaches to help with the U18 Trip (NJC) in Estonia late February, and the WJC/U23 Championships in Romania, also late February. You'll be working with the best juniors the US has to offer.
- Feb 22-29 Nordic Junior Countries Competition (JNC - U18 Trip)
- Feb 18-29 Junior World / Under-23 Championships (WJC/U23 Trip)
Application deadline is Nov 8th!
St. Olaf Nordic Ski Coach Opening
September 23, 2015
St. Olaf College in Northfield is encouraging coaches to apply for the head Nordic ski coach position. This salaried position will work with both the mens and womens teams, and is a full 12 month commitment.
More Job Postings
Midwest Wax Coaches for 2016 Junior Nationals Announced
August 25, 2015
In charge of the Midwest fast skis for the 2016 Junior Nationals, Head Kick Wax Scott Putman and
Head Glide Wax Jason Kask were announced recently by CXC Skiing. Applications are still being taken for the six coaching positions. The 2016 Junior Nationals will be in Cable, WI.
International Junior Camp 2015 Recap
August 16, 2015
Zak Ketterson provides an extensive recap and some commentary on his two weeks in Scandinavia, participating in the elite International Junior Camp and training with some of the best juniors in the world.
August 8, 2015
Kris Bourne, top skier from Northern Michigan Univ, has been training with Alayna Sonnesyn and a couple dozen other skiers out west this summer, as part of the Bend Endurance Academy. Kris shares some of her experiences as the program winds down.
Heroes of Tomorrow: International training camp in Norway
August 5, 2015
One of the biggest training camps for junior skiers is taking place in Norway, Aug 6-14, with 135 athletes and 25 coaches from 15 nations. Included in the group are Midwest stars Zak Ketterson and Alayna Sonnesyn, as well as development coach Bryan Fish.
Video from Hailey Swirbul: Training Camp - Day 2, Training Camp - Day 3
MacDowell Hired as NMU Assistant Nordic Skiing Coach
July 31, 2015
Northern Michigan University head Nordic skiing coach Sten Fjeldheim has announced the hiring of Shane MacDowell as assistant coach. MacDowell joins NMU after being an assistant coach at Green Mountain Valley School.
REG Camp Coverage
July 7, 2015
The Midwest Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp is going on this week in Cable. We dropped in Tuesday to catch the group for their agility testing in the morning, as well as the strength testing in the afternoon.
Photoset: Agility Testing - 206 photos, Strength Testing - 101 photos
Photoset: Top Picks (high res)
Photoset from CXC: Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Strength, Midwest REG Camp - Day 3 Agility
July 2, 2015
Regional Elite Group training camps are happening across the nation this summer. CXC spotlights these special opportunities, with the Midwest REG Camp being held next week in Hayward.
2017 Nordic Junior Worlds Coming to Utah
June 30, 2015
The International Ski Federation (FIS) has awarded the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships and FIS U23 World Cross Country Championships to Utah's Olympic venues in Park City and Midway. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association put forward the joint bid with the Utah Olympic Park and Solider Hollow, both of which will host events throughout the championships.
NNF Funds International Junior Camp
June 17, 2015
The National Nordic Foundation (NNF) has announced financial support for the International Junior Camp, August 6-14, in Norway. The new junior camp is designed for rising cross country skiers, with Midwest stars Alayna Sonnesyn and Zak Ketterson earning spots on the roster.
USSA Expands Membership Options
June 15, 2015
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is rolling out a new expanded membership structure. The new structure will diversify the existing membership base with a host of new categories designed to make the sports more affordable and accessible. USSA membership pricing has also changed, with general and entry-level memberships starting as low as $15.
Midwest Junior National Wax Techs Application
June 10, 2015
The Midwest Junior National Committee is seeking candidates for the positions of head glide and kick wax coaches for the 2016 Junior National competitions next March in Cable, WI. Application deadline is July 14th.
2016 Junior Nationals
2014-15 Season Highlights
May 1, 2015
Catch highlights plus full results and photos from the 2014-2015 collegiate racing season.