Midwest Adaptive Nordic Festival

December 27 & 28, 2017

The goal of this clinic is to introduce those that are interested in Paralympic Adaptive Cross Country skiing and provide an opportunity to try out equipment, ski with other adaptive athletes and learn about more opportunities to enjoy this awesome sport, and, of course, to have fun!

  • Lunch is included
  • Free hat for all volunteers and participants
  • We will provide equipment – but if you have your own please bring it.

Any interested person in Paralympic sit, standing or visually impaired cross country skiing. ALL ages welcome!

Hyland Park Visitor’s Center – Jan’s building; 10145 Bush Lake Rd. Bloomington, MN 55438. NOTE: we will be based out of Jan’s building, located in the back parking lot of the visitor’s center.

Because haven’t you always wanted to learn how to cross country ski? This a perfect opportunity to try it out!

There is NO cost to this clinic, but it is requested that you register ahead of time so we can be sure to have enough volunteers and equipment for everyone.

Register here: https://www.zapevent.com/reg/personalinfo/15265

BethAnn Chamberlain with any questions: Bethann.chamberlain@gmail.com ; 720-627-9290

Please contact BethAnn if you are interested in helping out at this event.

CXC Team Announced

The CXC Team is a regional program and we are looking forward to supporting athletes on the team and clubs they represent on their journey to qualify for the Winter Olympic Games in Korea this coming February.

It is our pleasure to announce the CXC Team for the 2017-2018 season.


“I am excited to support the CXC Team in this year’s endeavor.

We are ready to learn from each other and cooperate to the best results of the whole group!”

Eliska Albrigtsen
CXC Team Head Coach



“This is a very exciting time for the CXC Team and for the Central Region with new coaches joining the team in September and with Brian and Caitlin Gregg returning back to the CXC Elite Team to represent the Central Region.”

Joe Haggenmiller
CXC Team High Performance Advisor




2017 U.S. National Champion
2010 Olympian
2015 World Championships bronze medalist

CLUB: Loppet Nordic Racing / Minneapolis, MN


2017 Distance National Championships second place finisher
2014 Olympian

CLUB: Loppet Nordic Racing / Minneapolis, MN


2017 U.S. National Champion
2017 World Championships team member

CLUB: Loppet Nordic Racing / Minneapolis, MN


2017 U23 World Championships Team member

CLUB: Madison Nordic Ski Club / Madison, WI


2016 U23 World Championships team member

CLUB: Peak Nordic Ski Club / Waukesha, WI


Northern Michigan University graduate

CLUB: Endurance United / St. Paul, MN



Introducing Universal Youth Ski Package

Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) is committed to growing the sport of Nordic skiing for participants of all ages and abilities.

Today, we are pleased to introduce the “Nordic Rocks” Youth Ski Package – a touring equipment designed specifically for children (5-13 years old) who are new to skiing.

Having simple and affordable equipment is a critical component of our goal in building the base of the sport, and creating lifelong participants in Nordic skiing.

The “Nordic Rocks” package includes wood-core skis with fish-scales, a step-in binding system with three spring buckles that fits any size boot or shoe, and adjustable aluminum poles.

Ski Length: 120 cm
Pole Length: 90-130 cm

Best for beginner to intermediate skiers. Designed for in-track, out-of-track skiing, rolling hills and trail breaking.



Retail stores are the center of many Nordic communities, and play an instrumental role in developing the sport on a local level – creating a “culture of skiing”.

Several Midwest ski shops are now carrying “Nordic Rocks” ski packages. We would like to invite you to collaborate with us in our efforts to grow the sport of cross country skiing with a new generation.

CXC has a special “Nordic Rocks” Package available for retail purchase. The package is at a price point that will allow and encourage families to get involved with the sport.

In addition, each retail “Nordic Rocks” Package sold, – helps provide additional skis for use in the Nordic Rocks for Schools Program.



For ordering and retail information, contact:

Bruce Manske, Community Olympic Development Program Director

or 651-304-0647

16-Week Birkie Training Plan with TrainingPeaks

Available through TrainingPeaks, the American Birkebeiner training plan builds from early November, and concludes on the Birkie, February 24th, 2018.

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

We’ve come up with a training plan to meet the needs of anyone who puts a premium on Birkie Fever.

The plan is designed for multi-sport master and citizen skiers interested in participating in the American Birkebeiner and other marathon events.

16-Week Amarican Birkebeiner Training Plan


Complementing each workout are coaches’ notes that provide tips, encouragement, advice and other additional suggestions to consider implementing during your training.

Coaches' Comments - Amarican Birkebeiner Training Plan

Current CXC Academy members, take 50% off your purchase. Message support@cxcacademy.com for a promo code.





U.S. Paralympics Nordic Coaches Education Clinic

Join U.S. Paralympics Nordic Development Coach, BethAnn Chamberlain, at her Paralympic Nordic coaches clinic, aimed to facilitate growth of Paralympic Nordic athletes and programing throughout the Midwest.

Who: Nordic Coaches, volunteers, adaptive sport coordinators/instructors, parents, Nordic skiers interested guides and those interested in learning more about Paralympic Nordic Skiing

Date/Time: Sunday, November, 5th 3 pm. –5 pm
Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Boulder Nordic Sport, 8929 Penn Ave S.
Bloomington, MN 55431

Please register at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/122649
* There is no cost to this event, but registration is appreciated.

Contact BethAnn Chamberlain with any questions: 720-627-9290, Bethann.chamberlain@gmail.com

Purpose and Goals of the Training:

• Provide best practices for coaching sit skiing and visually impaired adaptive athletes in Nordic skiing, including guiding visually impaired athletes

• Provide an opportunity for local and regional coaches to become familiar with the latest developments in equipment and technique in adaptive skiing

• Provide a networking opportunity for Nordic programs, adaptive sport organizations, rehab facilities & potential athletes and coaches

There will be an opportunity for all those who attend this clinic to test equipment out on snow at a later date in December. Details on this will be provided at the clinic on the 5th.

**If you are interested in learning more about adaptive Nordic and how to integrate athletes into your programing but are unable to attend, please contact BethAnn to discuss alternative opportunities.