CXC Junior Adaptive Program Milestones

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We are looking for coaches with a passion for helping adaptive athletes throughout our region. If you know of a coach, or are interested in coaching adaptive skiing yourself, please reach out to us:

2014-2015 Programming Milestones

  • Certified 5 Adaptive Coaches at the CXC Coaches Certification Clinic
  • Provided equipment (sit skis with mountain-boards and poles) to 6 new adaptive junior skiers
  • Providing weekly adaptive ski practices in Madison, WI
  • Hosted first junior adaptive camp in September
  • Integrating adaptive skiing into the Wisconsin State High School Meet
  • Hosting West Yellowstone junior adaptive ski camp
  • Introduced and providing programming for 16 children with physical disabilities and visual impairments.

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The CXC Junior Adaptive Program works to make cross country skiing accessible to children with physical disabilities and visual impairments. With a little ingenuity and determination, we can get anyone out skiing. We all know the benefits of our sport. We utilize nearly every muscle under our control. Cardiovascular fitness and strength are tested. We recreate, train and compete outdoors. Adaptive skiing is no different, and we believe that reaching out and including people of all abilities strengthens the ski community as a whole.

Winter belongs to everyone!

- by Andrew Poffenberger, CXC Para-Nordic Coach

CXC Super Fit Weekends

Bring your old skis to test if they have a good fit for you, learn what conditions they will ski the best and compare them to new skis side by side.

Each CXC Super Fit weekend is about getting advice on ski gear, technique, training and waxing. CXC Team athletes and coaches will also assist in finding your best pair of skis from the store stock.


Fontana Sports Weekend
(Madison, WI)

Bike Doc Weekend
(Dousman, WI)

Joe’s Ski Shop Weekend
(St. Paul, MN)


Come and see the exciting new tools that CXC has developed to further sport science in nordic skiing. The power pole is a wireless device developed to monitor force output from each poling motion. By collecting this data, athletes and coaches are provided with feedback allowing them to adjust cadence or the amount of force being applied on each pole.

CXC has also developed a new double pole erg system. The new system employs a rail system that very accurately simulates double poling on snow and utilizes actual poles.  Instead of pulling on a rope, the user pushes on poles which track both horizontally and vertically.  Help us test it out!

Level 100 Coaches Certification Opportunities

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Saturday, October 25 / 1:00pm – 5:00pm / Mora, Minnesota

Bryan Fish – U.S. Ski Team Development Coach

1:00 PM – Technique Clinic
3:00 PM – Classroom Session
4:30 PM – Test

Mora Nordic Center, Mora, MN




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Sunday, November 16 / 8:00am – 5:00pm / Minnesota, MN

Loppet Foundation HQ
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55422


– 2014/15 CXC Coaches Membership
– 2014/15 USSA Membership (upgraded to USSA Coach Membership if participating in the USSA National Events or USST Trips)
– USSA Level 100 Cross Country Coaches Education Manual
– Technique Video Files
– CXC Academy Subscription (
– Level 100 On-Line Test
– First Aid and CPR Certification


7:00am – Check-In
8:00am – Level 100 On-Line Test
9:00am – First Aid and CPR Certification
12:30pm – Lunch (on your own)
1:00pm – Level 100 Technique Clinic
5:00pm – Adjourn

– Notebook
– Laptop (if taking o n-line test)
– Training outfit
– Running shoes
– Classic and skate rollerski equipment



Custom Eriksen Road Bike Drawing

Kent Eriksen Cycles, HED Cycling and Sram are partnering to support CXC’s Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairment by giving away a dream bike!


The winner will receive a custom designed, hand crafted, titanium road frame built with HED Jet 6 aero wheel set and Sram Rival 11 speed component group. Total MSRP of the bike and included components is $8,500.00.

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We are selling 200 tickets for $100 each, keeping the odds in your favor! Delivery of complete bike by April 1, 2015. Need NOT be present to win.

The Details:

The winner will be selected at the drawing on November 1.


Adaptive Skiing Partnerships

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I was honored to receive an invitation from the US Association of Blind Athletes to attend their fall conference as the biathlon expert at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.  Over four days, attendees visited six stations to participate in adaptive sports for athletes with blindness or visual impairments. The participants were all VA staff members or from adaptive sports organizations from all over the country. The purpose of the conference was to enable and educate participants so that they would be able to introduce any of the six sports to their daily programming.

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 1.29.40 PMAlong with biathlon, attendees were broken into teams to try out tandem cycling, judo, track and field, rowing, and goalball (a sport developed specifically for blind athletes). While each session was designed to be educational, participants also had to practice in preparation for the USABA Championship.  Teams went head to head on the final day of the conference to compete in rowing, biathlon marksmanship and goalball. In the end, the competition was all for fun, but that didn’t stop the teams from getting fired up!

I have to thank the USABA for all the work they did setting up the event.  The attendees of this conference serve thousands of injured and disabled veterans. I have no doubt that this conference empowered them to connect with their participants in new and exciting ways through sport. The President of USABA, Mark Lucas, opened the week by asking us what constitutes greatness. This conference was great. Well done USABA.

by Andrew Poffengerger, CXC Para Nordic Coach

Sponsorships available for Cable 2015

Organizers for the International Paralympic Committee Nordic Skiing World Championships seeking major sponsors to partner with for Cable 2015.

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Organizers of the 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin, USA, from January 22- February 1, launched their sponsorship program on Friday September 19th aimed at recruiting the revenue and corporate sponsors needed to host such a prestigious international event.

Cable 2015 is expected to gather around 150 athletes from 20 countries less than one year after the most successful Paralympic Winter Games ever took place in Sochi, Russia.

London 2012 and Sochi 2014 provided the ultimate springboard for media coverage and public interest in Paralympic sport. Current global interest in Paralympic sport is unprecedented. A cumulative TV audience of 2.1 billion people watched the Paralympic Games in Sochi this past March. Having the Nordic World Championships in the U.S is noteworthy because half of all the medals for the Winter Games come out of the Nordic sports.

Yuriy Gusev, Chairman of the Organizing Committee for Cable 2015 put it this way. “The 2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships will be the first gathering for these elite athletes since Sochi 2014 and will provide a world-wide platform for our corporate sponsors. Nordic sports are growing in popularity within the U.S and is widely popular overseas. Our sponsorship packages provide partners not only with a great return on investment but also a global outreach that is very attractive to sponsors”.

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Those interested in partnering with Cable 2015 can view the sponsorship package at:

Cable 2015 kicks off January 23rd with Opening Ceremonies and competition runs from Saturday January 24th through Monday February 2nd.

For questions related to Cable 2015 please contact: