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
The past weekend featured the fourth and fifth races on the CXC Youth Cup series at the new Birkie Start Trailhead. Although the crazy winter weather continues, the venue and the course made for an exciting weekend of racing for over 100 young skiers in the U10, U12, and U14 age categories.
Racing began with the Classic Individual Start event on Saturday afternoon; skiers raced a two-lap race, which created excitement for the spectators, as skiers lapped through the stadium area out the American Birkebeiner Trail. Sunday’s race was a Mass Start Freestyle event along the same course.
“Both events were fun and exciting for both spectators and participants. An award ceremony was held on Sundayafternoon under the torch of the American Birkebeiner to honor all participants. The Nordic smiles of these young skiers and their families were priceless.” – Said CXC CODP director Bruce Manske
CXC Youth Cup racing continues this coming weekend in Duluth (MN). We hope to see you at Marshall School trails!
One Northwoods school will branch out from the usual gym class activities by adding skiing to its curriculum. The Three Lakes School District received 30 pairs of skis after applying for a grant through American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation.
“It’s a lifelong activity that they can enjoy for the rest of their lives with their families,” said Three Lakes School District’s Athletic Director Charlie Volk.
The school found out it won the $1,500 to buy the skis in October. Volk expects to hold skiing lessons for students in third grade and up.
“Winter is here and it’s long, and if we don’t give [the kids] something to do during the winter then they spend a lot of time inside,” said Volk. “It’s just another way to get the kids outdoors and active.”
The school received the skis from the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools Program. The skis will be shared between the Sugar Camp School District and the Three Lakes School District.