Trail Kids Summer Program

MadNorSki Trails Kids is a summer and fall program that is designed to promote outdoor active adventures for children ages 6-14 years old.

Youth outdoor enthusiasts enjoy activities including mountain biking, orienteering, canoeing, adventure running, and cross country skiing.

This program is affiliated with Trail Kids Midwest, the governing body of all Midwest Trail Kids clubs, and provides young outdoor adventure-seekers the opportunity to try a variety of summer endurance sport-based activities.

Dates: June 20-August 17
Locations: Seminole Bike Trails and Eagle Elementary School
Time: Tuesdays, 6-7 pm
Cost: $140

CXC Spotlight: CXC Summer Residency Program

For college and post collegiate skier with aspirations to further their skiing career, summer training is a critical element in reaching one’s full potential. Aside from the obvious components for effective dryland training – a solid training plan, an attentive coach and safe yet challenging training terrain, the summer residency program is unique in that athletes eat, train, live and even study together which creates a supportive, focused and overall positive training environment.

Often when skiers end the school year or graduate from their team they have a great training plan to follow, but more often than not, are left to do so by themselves. Without a group of like-minded peers to motivate, push and inspire one another, even the best training plan and intentions to put in hard work can be stifled.

The CXC Summer Residency Program takes this drawback out of the equation. 


Since 2007, CXC has held summer residency programs in conjunction with the CXC Team summer training in Cable, Wisconsin. After a successful transition in 2016, the residency program has been able to continue to Marquette, Michigan.

Switching the location to Marquette has allowed program members to live in a college town that is equipped with ideal training terrain for running, roller skiing, mountain and road biking while giving skiers the opportunity to continue their education and take classes for college credit if they desire. 

“Our goal is to fill the gap for athletes who are looking for an environment with support and resources that will prepare them for the college race season. The city of Marquette is home to a lot of strong athletes who work together to create a high level training environment…and the results in the winter show for it.” – said CXC Team Coach Andy Keller.

What really sets this specific program apart from others, not only in the Midwest, but also in the United States, is that it allows any athlete participating at the college level or taking a gap year to access a high level training group and provides everything they need to live a balanced lifestyle including food, lodging, continued college education at in-state tuition prices and Olympic training facilities all on one campus, without requiring a qualification process or special invitation. The goal of the program is to develop serious skiers so that they can reach their potential.

“This program will give individuals the chance to train at a top level with other high caliber athletes,” said Keller. “Through this program, athletes will find out what it takes and the training that needs to happened to achieve success.”


From June 13th through August 16th each athlete will be given a clear and concise training plan that caters to them individually in order to improve upon fitness, technique and strength, while complimenting any training plan they may already have in place with their respective club and/or team coaches.


If interested in registering or reserving a spot for this Marquette Training Group please contact Andy Keller at




Inaugural CXC Congress

April 28-30, Eau Claire (WI) – Central Cross Country Ski Association will host educational workshops for club leaders focused on fundraising, host sport committee meetings and recognize some of the organization’s top coaches, volunteers and community leaders at the Annual Awards Dinner.

Committee Meetings:

– Midwest Junior Committee
– Great Lakes Junior Committee
– Central Collegiate Ski Assn.

– WI Nordic Ski League
– CXC Youth Committee
– CXC Popular Events Committee

CXC CONGRESS: Schedule / Presenters / Registration

CXC Congress is scheduled to take place April 28-30, with special guests in attendance. All presentations and meetings will take place at the Metropolis Resort, Eau Claire (WI), free to attend and open to the public.

* CXC Congress Packet and tickets to Awards Dinner can be purchased online.

CXC Congress is an opportunity for organizational partners, coaches and officials to evaluate and plan for the coming season.



3:00 PM – Effective Fundraising Presentation: Donors & Stewardship
4:00 PM – Effective Fundraising Presentation: Grant Writing
5:00 PM – Effective Fundraising Presentation: Special Events
6:00 PM – Organizing Capital Campaign (Round Table Discussion)

8:00 AM – Presentation: Club Development and Key Elements of Successful Clubs
10:00 AM – Midwest Junior Committee Meeting
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:00 PM – Youth Committee Meeting (Learn to Train phase)
1:00 PM – Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) Meeting
2:30 PM – Trail Kids Meeting
3:00 PM – Popular Events Committee Meeting
3:00 PM – Officials and Technical Delegate (TD) Intro/Q&A
3:00 PM – CXC/USSA Technique Clinic (accepted for Level 100 Coaches Certification)
3:00 PM – Youth Committee Meeting (FUNdamentals and Active Start phases)
6:00 PM – Awards Dinner

8:00 AM – Popular Event Committee Meeting
8:00 AM – Great Lakes Junior Committee Meeting
10:00 AM – WI Skiwerx Award
10:00 AM – WI Nordic Ski League Meeting
12:00 PM – Lunch




Camps for Skiers Ages 14-19

Plan to Progress

The 2017 CXC Open Summer Camp Series schedule is set for the upcoming dry-land training season.

The camps are designed to bring committed athletes from collaborating teams and clubs together to train for extended periods during the spring, summer and fall.

Each camp fee includes room, board, coaching, presentations and informational seminars with guest speakers. At each camp, skiers train with like-minded peers while receiving one-on-one attention from USSA/CXC Level 100 and 200 certified coaches to improve endurance, technique skills, strength, and overall fitness.

Each camp features two workouts each day along with other social activities and group games. In the past camps have integrated unique outdoor activities such as canoeing, biking, swimming and more.  

The goal for each camp is to have those in attendance leave with a sense of the requirements needed to improve their skiing skills, reach their performance potential and execute a smart training plan. Each camp will have a specific training focus including strength, volume and intensity while still maintaining all elements of ski training.

For further information regarding the Summer Open Camp Series, contact Karmen Whitham, (802) 733-6362.

Camps for Skiers Ages 14-15

Pursue the Next Level of Skiing

Now in its second summer the CXC U16 Camps are designed to specifically meet the needs of the skiers ages 14-15.

Three weekend long camps will be offered at exciting locations in Wisconsin and Michigan, and will occur in the first three-days of each CXC Open Camp.


The goal of each U16 Camp​ is to further promote the growth and development of junior cross country ski racers and to expose young athletes to the fundamental building blocks required for high-level cross country ski racing.


WISCONSIN May 26-28 / Fitness Testing, Madison (WI)

WISCONSIN June 10-12 / Cable (WI)

MICHIGAN July 16-18 / Marquette (MI)

MICHIGAN August 4-5 / Ironwood (MI)

Camp activities will include outdoor games, dry-land training, roller skiing, and cross training activities. The intention of each camp is to inspire and excite youth to further pursue the next level of skiing following the experiences gained at the Igor Legacy Camps, and before joining the ranks of the CXC Junior Development Team.

For further information regarding the U16 Camps, contact Karmen Whitham, (802) 733-6362.


In the Small Town of Cheboygan…

John Gravlin, an avid skier from Michigan, has taken the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to a new level.

John begins his elementary school lessons by introducing Nordic balance and movement skis indoors; during the second session, John heads outdoors, where students enjoy a true Nordic experience:

  • sliding, gliding, and playing on skis with the classmates and teachers

Over 150 Cheboygan Elementary students have tried skiing for the first time this winter. Thank you everyone who gave time to the Nordic Rocks program!

Hazel Fischer Elementary School, Arnold (CA)

Lowell Elementary School, Waukesha (WI)

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program is a three-way partnership between selected schools, community organizations, and Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC).

Special thanks go to the National Winter Sports Education Foundation for its support of this program!

With questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks” for Schools program, please contact Bruce Manske

With questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks” for Schools program, please contact Bruce ManskeSave


Midwest and Great Lakes Division Junior National Recap

The 2017 XC Junior National Championships held in Lake Placid, New York, is a competition series regarded as the pinnacle of the competition season for many junior skiers ages 15-20. The event has come to a close as skiers travel back home and settle into the spring season.

The National event encompasses 10 divisional teams from different areas of the country. Each team brings their best athletes to compete for the Alaska Cup and individual best performances.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Skinny Skis

After a lively opening ceremony at the Ice Arena where “The Miracle on Ice” happened at the 1980 Winter Olympics, the racing week began on Monday with an individual skate race, followed by Classic Sprints on Wednesday, a Classic Individual start on Friday and a Skate Team Relay event on Saturday.

This year, Great Lakes Division had outstanding top ten performances in the U20 Female category with skier Sarah Goble place 4th in the 5km Skate and 7th in the 10km Classic events. On the men’s side, U18 skier Mitchell DeLong placed 6th overall in the classic sprint event and helped the GLD team toward their 5th place in the team relay.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Skinny Skis

The Midwest team brought nearly 60 athletes to nationals this year, and was awarded numerous top-ten finishes.

Throughout the week special mentions go the Midwest’s top 10 finishers Alexander Nameth, Peter Moore, Sara Olson, Luci Anderson, Kelly Koch, Luc Golin, Xavier Mansfield, Margie Freed, Hannah Rudd, Abby Jarzin, James Schneider, Libby Tuttle, Mara McCollor, Erin Moening and Jenna Parent. In the relay event U16 Boys took home silver with 2nd place, U18 Boys and girls both received bronze with 3rd place finishes and the U20 girls took home gold with their first-place performance.

Photo Credit: courtesy of Skinny Skis

I felt the Mid West results got better every race-  with some really exciting results on Relay Day.   The Lake Placid JN’s organizers really did a great job managing the tricky snow conditions and weather.  I think the athletes REALLY enjoyed themselves outside of the racing time-  there were lots of fun social activities right across from our hotel.  This trip will be very memorable for the Minnesota/Wisconsin athletes.  JN’s represents an important goal for any junior xc skier- and the goal of qualifying and competing at JN’s provides a great carrot for our top juniors in the Mid West region.  Many are fired up to start preparing right away! Piotr Bednarski Midwest Junior National Head Coach

A special thanks goes out to the organizing committee, volunteers and coaches for their hard work and dedication in making a high quality event that the athletes will regard as one of the most outstanding opportunities in their skiing career!