NEXT: Igor Legacy Camp, Ironwood (MI)

Second of 2017 Igor Legacy Camps a Success!

The Mora Vasaloppet Nordic Center in Mora, Minnesota was the host venue for the second 2017 Igor Legacy Camp on July 14-16. 36 boys and girls, ages 10-14, attended the Minnesota camp.

These U12 and U14 Midwest athletes, along with the coaching staff, represented 15 different Nordic ski programs from Wisconsin and Minnesota.

A special thanks to Azael Meza for his amazing photography! – VIEW PHOTOS

Following the theme of all Igor Legacy camps, “Keep moving, moving, and moving” and “Having fun outdoors,” the mantras of late ski coach, Igor Badamshin, coaches guided the development of the athletes’ through classic and freestyle roller skiing drills, dryland and rollerski agility courses, relays, pole hiking, and a variety of movement games!

Each evening, campers met to learn something about the world of Nordic skiing and ended each day with a campfire, complete with S’mores.

By Sunday afternoon, many athletes reported that they made new Nordic friends, they now have a better understanding of training progressions, and that Igor Legacy Camps are lots of fun. Although it is still summertime, most skiers are already looking forward to the upcoming Nordic ski season.

One more weekend camp in Michigan is set to host U12 and U14 skiers (ages 10-13) for an unforgettable three days of fun outdoor activities.

MICHIGAN August 11-13, 2017


The goal of each Igor Legacy Camp, is to promote the growth and development of junior cross country ski racers and expose young athletes to the fundamental building blocks of the sport.

* Coaches and parents are welcome to apply to attend the Igor Legacy Camps.

The camp will offer special features and activities including outdoor games, dry-land training, roller skiing, and cross training activities.

The Igor Legacy Camps are made possible by: Central Cross Country Skiing, Wisconsin Nordic Development Group, and the American Birkebeiner Foundation, along with several ski shops: FinnSisu (St. Paul, MN), Out There Nordic Sports (Rice Lake, WI), Gear West (Long Lake, MN) and Boulder Nordic Sport (Boulder, CO).

For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, contact Bruce Manske, (651) 304-0647

Clubs and Coaches Update – July 2017

Hello everyone,

From all of us at Central Cross Country Skiing, we hope the start of the 2017-2018 season has gotten off to a great start for you and your programs. Some of you may be completing your recharging from last season and planning for the coming season, while others have already been tackling this coming season with great zest for some time. Wherever you are in the ski-planning spectrum, we wish you well going forward with 2017-2018!

Coaches serve a vital role in our sport, as you are the “boots on the ground” providing the day to day needs of our skiers, from the young skiers making their first tracks through the woods to those who are butting heads with the world’s best. Certified coaches are also critical to keeping our athletes safe and building a culture of credibility to our community so that our sport is a trusted, safe and secure environment. Parents need to know cross country skiing will help their children to develop core life values, such as, excellence, respect, friendship and a joy for outdoor activities. If parents know their children are participating in a safe environment they will support their child’s choice of sport. Good coaches area critical element to this paradigm.

As you proceed with this season we would like to have you as an integral part of Central Cross Country Skiing and U.S. Ski and Snowboard. We trust that your enthusiasm and hard work for the sport of cross country skiing will line up well with investing in CXC’s vision to inspire and enable our members to achieve excellence in the sport of cross country skiing and in life.

Here are a few updates that may be of interest.

1. We are in full swing for the 2017-18 season. Online registration opened May 1. As a reminder, Central Cross Country Skiing and U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships for both clubs and individual members expire on June 30 annually.

2. We’re excited to bring a wide array of benefits to our coach members:
Don’t delay with your membership! Get these benefits coming your way as soon as possible to help you become a better coach and get a complimentary American Birkebeiner entry (if you are a certified Coach) before your wave fills up!

3. You can begin the process of renewing or becoming a CXC Club by contacting me, Joe Haggenmiller (, and requesting a PDF of paperwork for U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership either with or without CLIP insurance.

If you are interested in CXC Club membership only, please follow this link: Feel free to follow up with me if you have questions about what type of membership is right for your club.

4. U.S. Ski & Snowboard will again offer club liability insurance through its CLIP program. For more information see this link: This is a great option to protect your club and its membership.

5. The CXC Junior Cup Schedule has been set. Please mark your calendars to plan to attend:

6. CXC will be holding its annual Wayne Fish fall coaches symposium and certification opportunities October 20-22, 2017. Please put on your calendar and check in here to sign up and get updates:

7. CXC has a closed facebook page to our coaches/key club contacts to communicate with each other. It is on facebook as “Central Cross Country Skiing Clubs”. If you get an invite, please accept it.

8. The USSA Bi-Annual Coaches Symposium will be in Park City this year on October 27-29. If you can make one or both symposiums, you will find many useful insights to move your program forward:

Good luck with your programing and enjoy some fun this summer!


Joe Haggenmiller | Director of Athletics
Central Cross Country Skiing
Community Olympic Development Program

Phone: (906) 281-1214


“I have now been with CXC for over two months. Learning more about all the initiatives CXC is working on has been exciting. Many of our membership I have known for years, others are new faces for me. Either way, I look forward to getting to know each of you better and helping your programs achieve their aspirations. I know each club’s goals and needs are unique. My experience of 30 plus years in cross country skiing programing run by both clubs and educational institutions and my experience working with all levels and ages from youth to masters, whether it be first time skiers looking to enjoy some time in the woods or elite junior and senior racers looking for ways to race their best, involves so many different aspects of our sport.

This experience should allow me to be a helpful resource for each of you and your programs. Do not hesitate to reach out with questions. I’ll try to get you answers as quick as I can.”

– Joe H.


Scholarship Opportunities to Wisconsin Nordic Teams or Clubs

by Bruce Manske, CXC Community Olympic Development Program Director

I am excited to announce that the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP is offering three scholarships of $750.00 each to Wisconsin Nordic teams or clubs that connect with their community and schools with the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools Program.

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program has a proven history; the program is truly the very first step in the Nordic pipeline; the skis are easy to use during a typical school physical education class, and introduce children to skiing in a safe environment with their friends and teachers. One of the 2017-18 program goals is to connect Nordic teams and clubs to the ‘Nordic Rocks’ schools. This connection will assure skill progression and development, as well as support the growth of teams and clubs.

Thanks to the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP, schools are able to enroll in the ‘Nordic Rocks’ program at a very affordable cost.

If you are interested in bringing the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to your community, please contact Bruce Manske for additional information.

The 2017-18 ‘Nordic Rocks’ skis will be 120 cm long; the skis include an upgraded binding/buckle system and an anti-slip strip below the heel area. New for the upcoming season is an addition of adjustable aluminum ‘Nordic Rocks’ ski poles (90-130 cm) for schools and clubs interested in after-school programs and club development, and taking the next step in teaching the skill and technique progressions of cross country skiing.

Due to the upgraded in ski quality, the value of a classroom set of 30 pairs of skis will be $3,300.00 during the 2017-18 season; poles can be added to a program for $25.00 per pair. To help keep the Nordic Rocks program sustainable, I typically suggest each school to pay $1,500.00 – $3,300.00 to meet the CXC matching grant commitments; sometimes, this funding comes from PTA’s, local businesses, clubs, or grants.

The WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP will provide three scholarships of $750.00 each to Wisconsin Nordic teams or clubs that connect with their community and schools with the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to help offset funding concerns.

Bruce Manske will coordinate the scholarships, the club and school connections, and the delivery of the “Nordic Rocks’ equipment and resources to selected communities.

For more information, and to apply for the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPENT GROUP scholarships, please contact Bruce Manske.

Coaches Roundtable at Central Regional Elite Group (REG) Camp

Join us along with USST Development Coach, Bryan Fish at the 2017 Coaches Roundtable Discussion where we will discuss athlete and program development as it relates to the central region and the national as a whole.

Those who RSVP before Thursday July 6th will receive a complimentary CXC polo. Please email your name, club affiliation and t-shirt size.

Coaches, assistant coaches, and enthusiastic participants are encouraged to come with questions and matters concerning the progress and improvement of our current skier development pipeline.


Bryan Fish
U.S. Ski Team Development Coach

Joe Haggenmiller
CXC Director of Athletics

Andrew Keller
CXC Team Coach

WHEN: Saturday July 8th from 6:30-7:30 pm followed by a coaches social from 9-10 pm

WHERE: Magers Hall is located at the corner of Tracy Avenue and Wright Street, – NMU Campus, Marquette (MI)

TOPIC: Athlete and Program Development

The ‘Nordic Rocks’ Program is Ready to Roll into your Community

Thanks to Dahl Automotive, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program will roll into communities with a van dedicated to promoting health, wellness, and nutrition to children and families.

Now, in its fifth season, the Nordic Rocks for Schools program is in over 125 schools across the country from California to Vermont.

To date, with the support of Dahl Automotive, there are two schools in La Crosse, Wisconsin and five schools in Winona, Minnesota participating in the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program.

Dahl Automotive, in La Crosse, Wisconsin is one of the oldest family-owned Ford dealerships in the nation.

According to Andrew Dahl, the president of Dahl Automotive and CXC Masters Team member:

The ‘Nordic Rocks’ program provides children an opportunity to enjoy the sport of cross country skiing at school. In many cases, the children then become involved with school teams and community clubs, as well as experience the benefits of exercise and outdoor wither fun.

Bruce Manske

For further information regarding these events, contact Bruce Manske
(651) 304-0647


NEXT: Igor Legacy Camp, Mora (MN)

First of 2017 Igor Legacy Camps a Success!

21 junior athletes joined in rollerskiing, agility, obstacle course racing, refreshing swimming, good food eating, tent sleeping, smiling, hill bounding, strengthening, fun having, friend making, and morning running.

Find pictures for free download here.

Two more weekend camps to go in two exciting locations across the Midwest: Minnesota and Michigan are set to host U12 and U14 skiers (ages 10-13) for an unforgettable three days of fun outdoor activities.

The Igor Legacy Camps are filling quickly, and some athletes are making plans to attend more than one camp. Each camp has a space allotment for only 50 athletes.



For further information regarding the Igor Legacy Camps, contact Bruce Manske, 651.304.0647.