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.

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ATTENTION RETAILERS

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.

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Bruce Manske, COMMUNITY OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM DIRECTOR

For ordering and retail information, contact:

Bruce Manske, Community Olympic Development Program Director

bruce.manske@cxcskiing.org
or 651-304-0647

Scholarship Opportunities to Wisconsin Nordic Teams or Clubs

by Bruce Manske, CXC Community Olympic Development Program Director

I am excited to announce that the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP is offering three scholarships of $750.00 each to Wisconsin Nordic teams or clubs that connect with their community and schools with the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools Program.

The CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program has a proven history; the program is truly the very first step in the Nordic pipeline; the skis are easy to use during a typical school physical education class, and introduce children to skiing in a safe environment with their friends and teachers. One of the 2017-18 program goals is to connect Nordic teams and clubs to the ‘Nordic Rocks’ schools. This connection will assure skill progression and development, as well as support the growth of teams and clubs.

Thanks to the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP, schools are able to enroll in the ‘Nordic Rocks’ program at a very affordable cost.

If you are interested in bringing the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to your community, please contact Bruce Manske for additional information.

The 2017-18 ‘Nordic Rocks’ skis will be 120 cm long; the skis include an upgraded binding/buckle system and an anti-slip strip below the heel area. New for the upcoming season is an addition of adjustable aluminum ‘Nordic Rocks’ ski poles (90-130 cm) for schools and clubs interested in after-school programs and club development, and taking the next step in teaching the skill and technique progressions of cross country skiing.

Due to the upgraded in ski quality, the value of a classroom set of 30 pairs of skis will be $3,300.00 during the 2017-18 season; poles can be added to a program for $25.00 per pair. To help keep the Nordic Rocks program sustainable, I typically suggest each school to pay $1,500.00 – $3,300.00 to meet the CXC matching grant commitments; sometimes, this funding comes from PTA’s, local businesses, clubs, or grants.


The WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP will provide three scholarships of $750.00 each to Wisconsin Nordic teams or clubs that connect with their community and schools with the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program to help offset funding concerns.

Bruce Manske will coordinate the scholarships, the club and school connections, and the delivery of the “Nordic Rocks’ equipment and resources to selected communities.

For more information, and to apply for the WISCONSIN NORDIC DEVELOPENT GROUP scholarships, please contact Bruce Manske.

The ‘Nordic Rocks’ Program is Ready to Roll into your Community

Thanks to Dahl Automotive, the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program will roll into communities with a van dedicated to promoting health, wellness, and nutrition to children and families.

Now, in its fifth season, the Nordic Rocks for Schools program is in over 125 schools across the country from California to Vermont.

To date, with the support of Dahl Automotive, there are two schools in La Crosse, Wisconsin and five schools in Winona, Minnesota participating in the CXC Nordic Rocks for Schools program.

Dahl Automotive, in La Crosse, Wisconsin is one of the oldest family-owned Ford dealerships in the nation.

According to Andrew Dahl, the president of Dahl Automotive and CXC Masters Team member:

The ‘Nordic Rocks’ program provides children an opportunity to enjoy the sport of cross country skiing at school. In many cases, the children then become involved with school teams and community clubs, as well as experience the benefits of exercise and outdoor wither fun.


Bruce Manske

For further information regarding these events, contact Bruce Manske
(651) 304-0647

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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.

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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