Clubs & Coaches Update – May 8, 2018

Hello all,

I hear that in most areas of the Central spring is upon us. (Even in the Keweenaw I hear that grooming has stopped for the year, although there may be opportunities for May skiing there.) I hope each of you were able to enjoy the extended winter.

Sorry it has been so long to update everybody. I feel like since Birkie week I have been in a whirlwind with me personally trying to keep my head above water between the Birkie, JNs, Canadian Nationals, Super Tour Finals, a family trip to FLA for a wedding, CXC Congress, and my first Level 100 Clinic instruction at the Minnesota HS Coaches Association Spring meeting.

So, here is a recap on the past 2+ months:


Wow, after a year with out racing, what great conditions. The Friday Korte seemed to be a success. The Birkie may have started out a little colder than forecast, but what a day for Marathon Racing. At CXC we are pumped to have put CXC Team athletes on the podium for both Men and Women. Great racing Caitlin and Kyle!!!


Amy Cichanowski and crew again put on a great event for our region’s up and coming skiers. If your club is interested in hosting this important long weekend event in the future, please reach out to Amy at


Our juniors got after it in some challenging conditions at Soldier Hollow. Overall the region was competitive skating, but may need some work on Classic skiing in transformed conditions. Despite the challenges, I think the athletes from both the GLD and MW had a good overall experience at the JNs and learned more about themselves. We will look forward to Anchorage next year.


There were a number of skiers from our membership who made the trek North and competed hard with the juniors ending their race season there. It was good that some of our skiers and coaches were able to make the trip. We found it was a valuable experience and our region will lead a trip to the Canadian National next year for twelve U18 skiers, similar to the NENSA trips we have been doing. (If you are interested in leading this trip for 2019, we could use an organizational cracker jack to make the trip a success. Let me know if you feel up for the task, or if you know of somebody I should recruit.)


Felicia Gesior and the CXC Ski Team gave it everything they had.


Mark your calendar for April 26-28 for next year’s Congress. Rick Kapala gave a great overview on developing and building your hometown club. (If you are interested in a copy of his power point, with may great ideas, drop me an email.) Pamela Lemons and Steve Cohan gave us some fantastic tips about club management and governance, as well as leading us through a regional SWOT analysis. Our overall Sport Committee met along with other subcommittees.

The awards at the awards dinner went to well deserving recipients:



We had a Level 100 Coaches Ed Clinic in Mora, MN with around 25 coaches working on certification or keeping up with continuing ed. We will offer the in the field portion of Level 100 at our fall 1 day clinics and the Wayne Fish Symposium this fall. Look for further updates on these through out the summer.


The CXC Cup schedule for next year is also set. Weather permitting, it is as follows:

1. CXC Cup Kick Off (Super JNQ) – Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center, Houghton, MI, December 15 and 16. (CL Distance and MS FS Distance) note: it is fall semester graduation weekend at Michigan Tech, make your reservations today.

2. CXC Junior Cup Holiday Sprints (MW JNQ) – Elver Park, Madison, WI, December 22 and 23 (Ski X FS sprint and CL SP)

3. CXC Cup Gitchi Gami Games (Super JNQ) – Birkie Start, Cable, WI, Jan 19 and 20 (CL MS Distance and CL SP)

4. CXC Junior Cup GLD Finale (GLD JNQ) – Traverse City, MI, February 2 and 3 (Distance FS, FS SP)

5. US Super Tour and CXC Junior Cup MW Finale (MW JNQ) – Wirth Park, Minneapolis, MN, February 16 and 17 (MS CL and Distance FS)

That’s a lot of info to catch up on. I’ll try not to be so long before our next update.

See you around the region this summer!!!


Joe Haggenmiller | Director of Athletics
U.S. Ski & Snowboard – Central Cross Country Skiing
Community Olympic Development Program

Phone: (906) 281-1214

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