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

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Nordic Rocks – The Original Idea

Getting Kids Outside

The original idea for the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, was developed by the late John Hugus, an avid cross country skier and the founder of the Knicker Nordic Ski Club in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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His goal was to introduce a new generation of children, Kindergarten through 6th grade, to the excitement found in the sport of cross country skiing.

By providing elementary and middle school students an opportunity to experience Nordic skiing during the school day, with their teachers and classmates, they will quickly learn health and lifestyle benefits associated with exercise and outdoor winter fun.

– John Hugus

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

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The partnership creates an opportunity to teach skiing during the school day: physical education class, recess, and after-school programs.

Students are able to ski right behind their school on any surface covered with a minimum of two inches of snow. 

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During the inaugural season (2013-2014), the National Winter Sports Education Foundation awarded CXC a grant to initiate the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program in 15 schools throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. During the second season of programming, the National Winter Sports Education Foundation awarded another grant to further expand the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program throughout the Midwest.

Other organizations have pledged their support for future expansions of the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, including the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, Sawyer County Outdoor Programs and Education, Madison Area Sports Commission, and the Aspirus Health Foundation, along with many community ski clubs and school programs.


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Now, in its fourth seasons, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program has made an impact on thousands of new skiers, and has enrolled over 125 schools across the country from California to Vermont.

Besides skiing, these programs aim to connect students with history and science, by teaching them about Midwestern Scandinavian heritage and sports.

bruce-manskeWith questions about the CXC “Nordic Rocks for Schools” program, please contact Bruce Manske.

Nordic Rocks in Schools Across the Country

Over 5,000 Midwest elementary aged children have recently tried skiing for the first time as part of their physical education classes this winter. 

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Thanks to the generous support of the National Winter Sports Education Foundation and the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program continues to grow at a steady rate, including 95 schools in the Midwest, and over 40 schools across the country.

In four short seasons, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program, along with the Knicker Nordic Ski Bumps program in Wausau, (WI) have made an impact on thousands of new skiers.

Your program is reaching 120 kids in a community that has an abundance of trails but a scarcity of use. When asked: 119 of these 120 kids had never been on cross-country skis. That all changes with Nordic Rocks. Outside next week!

– John Gravlin, The Top of Michigan Trails Council

There are over 3,500 elementary schools across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan with an interest in teaching children the joy of winter sports.


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

Third Weekend of CXC Youth Cup

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.
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“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

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CXC Youth Cup racing continues this coming weekend in Duluth (MN). We hope to see you at Marshall School trails! 


Additional updates will be posted here athttp://www.duluthxc.com/hilltop-invite-jnq

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Nichole Bathe of CXC Named to U23 Worlds Team

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has named a team of 10 athletes to represent the USA in the upcoming Under 23 Cross Country World Championships, Soldier Hollow (UT).

Women’s team member Nichole Bathe (Fitchburg, WI) of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and CXC Team is on the 2016 U23 Team Roster.

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Nichole Bathe sprinting to 3rd place at the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Championships at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. (Photo: Bert Boyer/http://bertboyer.zenfolio.com/)

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Taking Home National Title

For the first race of the 2017 US Nationals Championship in Soldier Hollow (UT), CXC Team athlete Kyle Bratrud took home his second national title in the 15km Skate Individual Start. Kyle fought hard to close out his biggest competitor Tad Elliott of Ski Club Vail, by 21.6 seconds.

“This race has been circled on my calendar for the whole summer and fall as (the 15km) is a strong event for me. My training has been good leading up to nationals and I felt like I was able to execute my “race plan” perfectly,” stated Bratrud.

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As a result of winning on Saturday, Bratrud has put himself in the top distance spot for domestic selection process for World Championships this year in Lahti, Finland.

The team continued racing on Sunday with the Classic Sprint Competition. Once again, Felicia Gesior found herself in the top of the field in the qualifier, placing 12th overall. With weather changing throughout the day Felicia decided to forgo kick-wax and instead double poled the qualifier.

CXC Team athlete Nichole Bathe, now racing as a senior at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks is showing her strength at the Championship series taking home the top U23 female title and 16th on the day.

Three Lakes School District Gets 30 Pairs of Skis Through Grant

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.

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“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.”

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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.

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