Winter Junior Ski Camp


Join us for the last CXC Junior Camp of the season in Cable, (WI) at the Telemark Condos, Tuesday December 27th through Friday December 30th.

This camp will feature on-snow training with a focus on technique and tactical skill development to prepare junior skiers for the upcoming race season. Evening presentations will include race preparation, gear management and open discussions on ski training.

Lodging (3-nights), Meals (9), and Ski Passes (6 workouts/3 presentations): $380



Coaches and athletes were fortunate to ski on-snow at our recent November CXC Junior Camp in Ironwood (MI).

Athletes arrived to marginal conditions which quickly made a turn for the better, allowing the group to ski a total of 11 times over the six-day camp. With evening presentations regarding race preparation and a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner this camp proved a well-rounded gathering among Midwest junior skiers and the CXC coaches!

When preparing your calendar for next year, be sure to keep in mind that CXC Open Camps are held once a month beginning in June and ending in December. Each camp has a separate focus including volume, strength, technique, fitness testing, intensity, and race preparation. CXC Open Camps are a great way for junior skiers to meet and train with like-minded peers and learn from experienced coaches from across the Midwest!

For further information regarding the December Open Camp, contact Karmen Whitham.


CXC Team Kicks Off Ski Season

The CXC Team kicked off the season in high gear this past weekend at the Alberta Cup in Canmore, Canada.

The races definitely were a promising start to the season. We were just looking to put down some hard race efforts during a larger week of training. Coming away with 2 wins and another 3rd place finish is great to see.

– commented Andy Keller, CXC Team Head Coach


Kyle Bratrud has had a great summer and fall of training and he’s definitely looking to get back to where he was 2 seasons ago when he was national champion and went World Championships.

Just before coming out to Canmore Felicia Gesior was getting over some sickness which raised some questions on where she would be when the races happened. She’s trained smart and definitely showed that she’s on the right track.

Felicia has double poled a couple national championship sprint events before so we new she had the ability to do it. It was awesome to see her breakthrough in her first professional ski career race against some great competition.

For any inquiries or questions regarding CXC Team, please contact Andy Keller

New Year’s Technique Camp for Citizen Skiers

Join CXC coaches and fellow Master skiers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin for our focused technique training camp. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced.

December 30 – January 1 / Cable (WI)


During the days at the camp participants work on agility, balance, and skiing on snow. The camp is also a great opportunity to learn about training, technique, racing, recovery and more.


Current CXC Masters Team members RSVP-here

U.S. Paralympics Nordic Education Clinic

Join U.S. Paralympics and U.S. Paralympics Nordic National Team coaches at an adaptive coaches clinic aimed to facilitate growth of Paralympic Nordic athletes and programing throughout the Midwest.

Sunday, December 11 / Bloomington, MN


Nordic Coaches, volunteers, adaptive sport coordinators, instructors, parents, Nordic skiers and anyone interested in learning more about Paralympic Nordic Skiing are welcome to attend.


For any inquiries or questions regarding this clinic, please contact BethAnn Chamberlain

Fall-Winter Junior Camp Series

Available to Athletes Ages 14-19

Attend the November Open Camp in Ironwood, (MI) at Wolverine Village, November 22-27.

This camp is available to athletes ages 14-19, from any team or club. This camp will feature skiing (weather permitting), dryland training, ski-specific educational sessions presented each night by coaches and a Thanksgiving feast for the Holidays!



Historically, November camp in Ironwood has been a chance to log high volumes of early on-snow training.

Join the CXC coaches and athletes for an on-snow training camp this Thanksgiving, or come join the crew after spending the Holiday with family anytime between Tuesday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 27th with two camp options:

1. Lodging (5-nights), Meals (15), and Ski Passes (9 workouts/4 presentations): $475

2. Lodging (3-nights), Meals (9), and Ski Passes (5 workouts/2 presentations): $285



The final CXC Open Camp for 2016 will be a three-day camp held December 27th through the 30th in Cable, WI.

The focus of this camp will be on-snow technique and tactical skill development to prepare junior skiers for the competitive season. Evening presentations will include gear management and educational pieces relating to race-specific preparations.

When preparing your calendar for next year, be sure to keep in mind that CXC Open Camps are held once a month beginning in June and ending in December. Each camp has a separate focus including volume, strength, technique, fitness testing, intensity, and race preparation. CXC Open Camps are a great way for junior skiers to meet and train with likeminded peers and learn from experienced coaches from across the Midwest!



“Nordic Rocks” Skis in Over 100 Schools Across the Country

The CXC “Nordic Rocks for Schools” program, now in its 4th season, was developed to introduce new generations of children in kindergarten to 8th grade to the excitement found in the sport of cross country skiing.

During the first three “Nordic Rocks” seasons, over 10,000 children in 64 different Midwest schools participated in the program.


This year is special, not only will over 30 schools in the Midwest be getting skis, the program has partnered with the National Winter Sports Education Foundation and the United States Ski and Snowboard Association to enroll an additional 35 schools from California to Vermont into the program.

“It is truly exciting to see children experience skiing for the first time; and then telling their parents and siblings about the fun they had sliding, gliding, and playing on skis.” – commented Bruce Manske, CXC Community Olympic Program Director.

With the expansion of the “Nordic Rocks” program beyond the Midwest, 20,000 more children will experience the joys and benefits found in skiing with their friends and teachers during their school day.


CXC “Nordic Rocks for Schools” Program Locations



– Winterquist Elementary (Esko, MN)
– Otter Tail Nordic Ski Club (Fergus Falls, MN)
– Lake of the Woods Nordic Ski Club (Lake of the Woods, MN)
– Lake Harriett Community School (Minneapolis, MN)


– Summit Elementary School (La Crosse, WI)
– Longfellow Middle School (La Crosse, WI)
– Hurly School District (Hurly, WI)
– St. Margaret Mary Catholic School (Neenah, WI)
– Marengo Valley Elementary School (Ashland, WI)
– Washburn School District (Washburn, WI)
– Kettle Moraine School District (Wales, WI)
– Three Lakes School District (Three Lakes, WI)
– St. Marcus Lutheran School (Milwaukee, WI)
– Madison Waldorf School (Madison, WI)
– Holy Hills Ski Club


– VASA Ski Club (Traverse City, MI)
– Wakefield Elementary School (Wakefield, MI)
– Superior Hills Elementary (Marquette, MI)
– Houghton Elementary School (Houghton, MI)

With questions about the program, please reach out to Bruce Manske, CXC Olympic Community Development Program Director.


American Birkebeiner Training Plan With TrainingPeaks

CXC has partnered with TrainingPeaks to bring a quality training plan that leads through and up to the major marathon events in the Midwest this season.

Devised for the multi-sport master and citizen skier, the American Birkebeiner Training Plan is for anyone interested in an easy-to-follow training calendar to get ready for the most important races of the season. Each day is complete with coach’s notes that provide tips and tricks on how to maximize each workout or rest day, to reach one’s highest performance potential.

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



If followed correctly, this plan is designed to stress and/or recover the body at specific times throughout the season so racers will feel their best when it matters most. With additional information on how to execute a taper properly, skiers have access to gain all the resources needed to race fast at the most important races. With an easy-to-follow layout, TrainingPeaks allows the user to log workouts and plan or analyze training on iPhone, Android, tablet or a personal computer.


Demonstration videos accompany each session to help coach skiers through a number of workouts. This visual component enables the user to feel confident in executing each session efficiently. For further individual questions, a link to FAQs is available to answer questions around the clock.


The American Birkebeiner Training Plan builds from early November, and concludes on the Birkie, February 25th, 2017.

Though the plan has begun for the 2016-2017 season, it is not too late to join the program and still retain a training effect to prepare for the most important races of the season. Users who join the program throughout November, simply begin to follow the plan on any day of the week, and continue the season with the prescribed workouts. Users who wish to utilize the training plan starting in December should contact CXC to consult with a coach to alter the program in a way that will work best for the remaining season.

If a change in training plan volume is required due to some schedule, work or other conflicts, users are encouraged to make training plan adjustments and consult CXC coaching staff via email.