Introducing Universal Youth Ski Package

Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is committed to growing the sport of Nordic skiing for participants of all ages and abilities.

Today, we are pleased to introduce the “Nordic Rocks” Youth Ski Package – a touring equipment designed specifically for children (5-13 years old) who are new to skiing.

Having simple and affordable equipment is a critical component of our goal in building the base of the sport, and creating lifelong participants in Nordic skiing.

The “Nordic Rocks” package includes wood-core skis with fish-scales, a step-in binding system with three spring buckles that fits any size boot or shoe, and adjustable aluminum poles.

Ski Length: 120 cm
Pole Length: 90-130 cm

Best for beginner to intermediate skiers. Designed for in-track, out-of-track skiing, rolling hills and trail breaking.



Retail stores are the center of many Nordic communities, and play an instrumental role in developing the sport on a local level – creating a “culture of skiing”.

Several Midwest ski shops are now carrying “Nordic Rocks” ski packages. We would like to invite you to collaborate with us in our efforts to grow the sport of cross country skiing with a new generation.

CXC has a special “Nordic Rocks” Package available for retail purchase. The package is at a price point that will allow and encourage families to get involved with the sport.

In addition, each retail “Nordic Rocks” Package sold, – helps provide additional skis for use in the Nordic Rocks for Schools Program.



For ordering and retail information, contact:

Bruce Manske, Community Olympic Development Program Director
or 651-304-0647

Coaches and Clubs Update – November 8, 2017

The December CXC Cup event web pages are live. To get full info on the events, register, etc. – follow the links below.



High School Programs who are CXC Clubs, a training plan blue print for your programs is in draft form. It should go final next week.

If you would like a copy, please send a request to


CXC Open Camps in Ironwood (MI) over Thanksgiving Break and Cable (WI) over Winter Break are filling. If you have an athlete that would like to register, please direct them to sign up.


West Yellowstone has been grooming with the “big rig”.  Get the latest grooming reports here:

Keep thinking cold thoughts and doing your snow dances as we are nearing times where snow here in the Central Region can now stay for the season once the ground freezes.  Let’s hope for the best.

For further information regarding this Clubs & Coaches Update, contact CXC Director of Athletics – Joe Haggenmiller.


CXC Super Fit Weekend at BICYCLE DOCTOR

This is our LAST Super Fit weekend stop this year! Bicycle Doctor welcomes CXC crew Friday through Sunday, November 10-12.

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 Superfit Weekend is also about getting advice on technique, training and waxing.

CXC athletes and coaches will be on hand to complement the store’s staff and assist you with boots selection and fitting, poles selection and length, ski apparel and wax box insights.

Also that weekend: CXC will bring “Tinkerbell” Experience CXC truck  – a mobile museum showcasing the history of Cross Country Skiing.


Peak Nordic Ski Club is partnering with Bike Doctor Nordic Ski Shop for this year’s ski swap Saturday, November 11. Shop for new and used ski equipment at the Bicycle Doctor Nordic Ski Shop. *A portion of the proceeds of each sale will benefit the Peak Nordic Ski Team


16-Week Birkie Training Plan with TrainingPeaks

Available through TrainingPeaks, the American Birkebeiner training plan builds from early November, and concludes on the Birkie, February 24th, 2018.

Log your workouts, plan and analyze your training.
Accessible on iPhone, Android, or the web.

We’ve come up with a training plan to meet the needs of anyone who puts a premium on Birkie Fever.

The plan is designed for multi-sport master and citizen skiers interested in participating in the American Birkebeiner and other marathon events.

16-Week Amarican Birkebeiner Training Plan


Complementing each workout are coaches’ notes that provide tips, encouragement, advice and other additional suggestions to consider implementing during your training.

Coaches' Comments - Amarican Birkebeiner Training Plan

Current CXC Academy members, take 50% off your purchase. Message for a promo code.





Coaches and Clubs Update – November 3, 2017

Many areas in the region have seen enough snow to put on the skis and slide across golf courses fields and a few very well manicured trails. If you have been enjoying snow accumulation in your area, good for you and good luck continuing to enjoy it.

For those who have not had lasting accumulation, the word is that West Yellowstone is getting snow. If you are heading to West for the ski festival, the days are quickly counting down.

We wish you safe travels and great skiing when you get there!

Recently, I have been seeing many of you club leaders as I have traveled the region.  Some have asked for more information about our club or team membership.

This week I would like to focus the update on reminding each of your clubs/teams of the benefits of being a CXC member club or team.

Having your club or team a part of our organization helps us all be able to pull together in the same direction to improve our sport. Here are a few of our benefits:

  • Club development assistance and consultation, including a CXC “Hotline” (call or e-mail me to brainstorm and discuss issues facing your club)
  • Access to Central Cross Country Skiing and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Branded Training Apparel Including Club Logo
  • Use of CXC Center of Excellence High Performance Opportunities
  • Complimentary American Birkebeiner entries for your Club’s Certified Coaches
  • Fundraising swag packages
  • Regular Club news updates


Which benefits may be of great value for each club may differ, but all clubs will find befits in membership.

For those who have already become club members, thank you! For those of you who are part of a club or team who is not yet a CXC Member, we would encourage you to give CXC membership serious thought and join our ranks.

Whether you are a varsity HS team, a new community club or a long established thriving club we want you to be a part of what we are doing at CXC. 

For further information regarding this Clubs & Coaches Update, contact CXC Director of Athletics – Joe Haggenmiller.

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Coaches Education Clinic

Join U.S. Paralympics Nordic Development Coach, BethAnn Chamberlain, at her Paralympic Nordic coaches clinic, aimed to facilitate growth of Paralympic Nordic athletes and programing throughout the Midwest.

Who: Nordic Coaches, volunteers, adaptive sport coordinators/instructors, parents, Nordic skiers interested guides and those interested in learning more about Paralympic Nordic Skiing

Date/Time: Sunday, November, 5th 3 pm. –5 pm
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Boulder Nordic Sport, 8929 Penn Ave S.
Bloomington, MN 55431

Please register at
* There is no cost to this event, but registration is appreciated.

Contact BethAnn Chamberlain with any questions: 720-627-9290,

Purpose and Goals of the Training:

• Provide best practices for coaching sit skiing and visually impaired adaptive athletes in Nordic skiing, including guiding visually impaired athletes

• Provide an opportunity for local and regional coaches to become familiar with the latest developments in equipment and technique in adaptive skiing

• Provide a networking opportunity for Nordic programs, adaptive sport organizations, rehab facilities & potential athletes and coaches

There will be an opportunity for all those who attend this clinic to test equipment out on snow at a later date in December. Details on this will be provided at the clinic on the 5th.

**If you are interested in learning more about adaptive Nordic and how to integrate athletes into your programing but are unable to attend, please contact BethAnn to discuss alternative opportunities.

Update from Nichole Bathe – CXC Team Athlete

Hola, Hei, and Bonjour!

Since my last blog I have visited three different countries and have seen more mountains than I have in my entire life! The end of September I spent finishing up a training camp in Majorca Spain with the British National Team.

It was an amazing camp filled with lots of intensity and tons of sweaty hours spent on roller skis. I also was slightly forced to get over my fear of downhills at high speed, many of the roads we skied on were narrow and went straight up so you had to come straight down!

Being from the Midwest I haven’t had a lot of practice with that….but I am happy to report I came out of camp with all pieces of skin intact.

Nichole Bathe Great Britain Olympian in Majorca Spain The views in Majorca did not disappoint skiing with my British teammate Annika Taylor

The views in Majorca did not disappoint skiing with my British teammate Annika Taylor

After Majorca I spent a solid 3 weeks back at my new home in Lillehammer. It was nice to have some time to learn the rollerskiing routes as well as to just settle into my apartment some more.

I also got to jump in on some intervals with the local club which was a great learning experience!

Nichole Bathe Great Britain Olympian (Myself and Annika out on a long run in Lillehammer

Myself and Annika out on a long run in Lillehammer

I am now in Tignes France for the next three weeks at an altitude and glacier skiing camp.

We have been here for a few days and have seen all sorts of weather from snow to wind as well as some amazingly gorgeous sunny days.

Nichole Bathe Great Britain Olympian Skiing on the glacier, it almost looks fake 😉

Skiing on the glacier, it almost looks fake 😉

We got to ski on snow for the first time yesterday!!

It was some of the most beautiful skiing I have ever done which helped make the 3 hours of waiting, train riding, and chair lifting a tad less inconvenient. I am looking forward to spending some quality time here before the season starts up in the middle of November!

Happy Fall Training,