Summerlike weather has inspired lots of folks to join the fun of #25kinmay for the third year in a row. This challenge was originally a way for our community to be together when they couldn’t due the pandemic. Luckily the immediacy of a virtual challenge is not as pressing these days — yet the catchy nature of “K’s” in “May” might just be here to stay! It’s also a way to get folks stoked for another year of rollerski races and Learn to Rollerski clinics — which will be rolled out at the end of this month. If you take a look at our calendar you will see the summer is already full of opportunities to plug into in-person cross country skiing events.
Read on to learn more about few highlighted programs:
Forty two athletes have confirmed their attendance at the Eastern Regional Camp to be held at Craftsbury July 2-7. This U.S. Ski & Snowboard development project hosted in conjunction with NENSA and Mid Atlantic and will be supported by US Ski Team coaches Greta Anderson and Matt Whitcomb. We are also excited to be hosting the Lost Nation Roll (an open rollerski race) as a part of this camp.
Men: Ellis Slover, Micah Bruner, Tyler Watt, Benjamin Jenkin, Gordon Fagan, Anders Linseisen, Tabor Greenberg, Quinn McDermott, Sam Gallaudet, Jack Lange, Luke Rizio, Braden Bellizzi, Caden Cote, Fin Bailey, Janne Koch, Wyatt Teaford, Tzevi Schwartz, Andrew Scanio, Lucas Palcsik, Joe Graziadei, Elvis McIntosh
Women: Emma Page, Anika Leahy, Virginia Cobb, Amelia Circosta, Clara Lake, Emelia Jordan, Sofia Scirica, Cat Stow, Evelyn Walton, Hattie Barker, Emma Charles, Sophia Kelting, Aggie Macy, Julia Thurston, Ava Thurston, Quincy Massey-Bierman, Catherine Anzellotti, Isabelle Serrano, Francesca Kitch, Maggie McGee, Liza Bell
Regional Development Group (RDG) Camp:
RDG is a NENSA project that provides New England’s developing junior skiers with the opportunity to come together for several days of training, learning, and camaraderie. In addition to providing the obvious benefit of gathering motivated athletes in a shared setting, we strive to offer high-level coaching at excellent training venues as a means of introducing athletes to the next level of training and racing. RDG camp is meant to complement the longstanding Regional Elite Group (REG) camp and expand the number of athletes invited to attend summer regional development opportunities.
Athletes are selected to attend RDG based on the NENSA U18/U20 ranking list; NENSA U16 ranking list; New England Eastern High School Championship overall results, and New England U16 Championship overall results.
This camp will also take place at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center from July 29-31. Initial invitations were sent on May 16th – and a second round of invitations will be sent on Friday, May 20th based on acceptances.
U16 National Camp:
This U.S. Ski & Snowboard development camp is being redesigned post pandemic. There will now be two camps: one in the West and one in partnership with the Central and Eastern divisions. The top eight U16’s on the Junior Ranking lists (8 male and 8 female) will be invited to this project when the final details are confirmed by the US Ski Team. The hope is to host the camp at the end of July or beginning of August and it will be supported by Bryan Fish, USSS Cross Country Development Director. The proposed location is Lake Placid, NY with a backup of Marquette, Michigan. NENSA is hopeful the dates and location will be confirmed the week of May 23rd.
NENSA Rollerski Clinic at Gould Academy: June 11
Join NENSA and Gould Academy for the second annual Bethel-area rollerski clinic! All clinic participants will use NENSA’s Swenor Rollerskis, but remember to bring your own boots, poles, and helmet! We can accommodate SNS and Prolink/NNN bindings. Following the clinic, participants and their families are encouraged to explore the surrounding trails on foot or bike.
NENSA Learn to Rollerski Clinic at The Lost Nation Roll: July 3
Geared towards folks who have on-snow ski experience but little to no rollerski experience. Rollerskis provided. Bring your own helmet, boots, and ski poles!
U.S. Ski & Snowboard L100 Practicum and NENSA Technique Clinic: July 7
This is the first opportunity of the summer for coaches to gain USSS L100 certification. We will also have a general registration for folks not seeking certification.