Ski Racer & Weekend Warrior Update

We hope you, our membership, are staying warm during this holiday deep freeze and still able to enjoy some skiing. Hopefully, we will see above 0 temps for a whole day and night soon. For those of you not living in International Falls, MN take solace in the relative warmth you have. Let’s hope the New Year brings us fantastic skiing conditions in all corners of our region from Pennsylvania to the Dakotas.


Supporters, Parents and Spectators

We would like to remind you that at ski races the courses are usually closed to you skiing on them while the races are going on.  Please respect the training each of the racers has put in to prepare for race day and refrain from skiing on the courses while the race is in progress.  Being on foot to the side of the race course encouraging racers is welcome by all.  Bring all the cowbells you want.  Celebrate the race!!!  Do it right.

Two really important reminders for you:

  • Do not skate ski on a classic race trail with “best line tracks”.  Each race organization who prepares “best line tracks” has taken significant time to groom the race trails to give the racers a quality track, skating, even carefully over the course degrades the tracks.
  • Do not ski backwards on a race trail.  Those racing should not have to dodge spectators skiing at them.  Follow these two reminders and we should have better competition conditions.

For those of you supporting our athletes, a huge thank you to you!!!  As you are cheering, remember what the race is about, the racers on the course challenging themselves.  If you remember these things, it will help our race organizers give spectators more freedom to access the courses to cheer and reduce the need to tightly control race courses with a high security presence.



As we ease into 2018, we hope that many of you are enjoying some training for the CXC Marathon Cup and World Masters.

The World Masters, MWC2018 is coming to the the USA and the Central Region. For those of you over 30, this is a great chance to challenge yourself while having a great time in the Twin Cities in less than a month.

Here is some more information about the opportunity:

  • This the first Masters World Cup to be held in the USA since 2008, and it’ll be probably another decade before it returns.
  • Registation is open only until January 6. 
  • There is NO qualification process. The only requirement is joining American XC Skiers (via  which will provide benefits every master skier will enjoy all the way until Fall 2018 (so it’s a killer deal!).
  • Yes, there really are ALL abilities of skiers doing the MWC just like the Birkie. Everyone really is welcome.
  • You can register for any three races offered for your age/gender group. Some folks can do a full slate in just 2 days!
  • For serious racers, you simply can’t claim you’ve done it all in XC skiing until you’ve been part of Masters World Cup events. Unlike the Birkie or other Midwest marathons, this is going toe-to-toe with just the best guys nationally and internationally in your age group.
  •  For casual skiers, the MWC offers a chance to be part of a big international celebration without hassles. The starts are civilized, you meet skiers just like yourself from around the world, the distances give you lots of different experiences. You will be amazed how much fun this will be!



Besides Masters World Cup, get fired up and challenge yourself to a few CXC Marathon Cup races, or all 6.

The CXC Marathon Cup starts Jan 13th at the Seeley Hills Classic, continues with the Noquemanon Jan 27th, the City of Lakes Skate Loppet Feb 4th on Super Bowl weekend, the Mora Vasaloppet Feb. 10th, the Birkie Feb 24th, and culminates at the Great Bear Chase Mar 10.


If you make it to a CXC Marathon Cup Race, do not hesitate to say hello to the CXC staff on site. If you want to join a training group, the CXC Masters Team still has openings.

Coaching Staff Announced for 2018 Junior Nationals and NENSA U16 Trip

The Midwest Executive Committee wishes to thank everyone for their applications and interest in the Midwest Team and NENSA U16 trips. The following coaches have been named to the 2018 Junior National and NENSA U16 trip staffs.

2018 Junior Nationals
March 3-11 / Soldier Hollow, Midway (UT)

Piotr Bednarski – Head Coach, Loppet Nordic Racing
Chris Harvey – Trip Leader, Loppet Nordic Racing
Liz Peterson – Head Glide Wax, Endurance United
Scott Putman – Head Kick Wax, Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team
Kim Rudd – Loppet Nordic Racing / Armstrong High School
Julia Curry – Age Group Coach, Loppet Nordic Racing
Ted Theyerl – Age Group Coach, Chippewa Valley Nordic
Deno Johnson – Age Group Coach, Nordicwerks
Andrew Joda – Wax Tech, Loppet Nordic Racing
Thomas Kendrick – Wax Tech, MYSL/Skiwerx
Elizabeth Smith – Physical Therapist
Joe Haggenmiller – Central Cross Country Skiing

2018 NENSA U16 Championships
March 8-11 / Gore Mountain, North Creek (NY)

Kris Hanson – Trip Leader, 4591 Sports Development
Bjorn Hanson – 4591 Sports Development
Charil Reis – Rhinelander Nordic

New Year’s Training Camp for Master Skiers

CXC’s last Open Technique Camp of 2017 for master skiers is coming up in just a little over a week! The CXC New Year’s Training Camp is open to skiers of all levels, from beginners to advanced.

Participants will be divided in small groups based on their level to provide adequate personal attention.

CABLE (WI) / December 29-31 / View Schedule

REGISTER TODAY | Current CXC Masters Team members RSVP-here

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:

BethAnn Chamberlain with any questions: ; 720-627-9290

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

December Ski Events

Welcome to Winter, and a busy DECEMBER,

The first Junior Cup and Youth Cup races of the season are happening this weekend!


December 16 / Ice Age Nordic 6k Skate / Lodi Golf Course ski trail

MS & HS Races – Start at 10:30 AM

Contact: Dale Fanney,

December 19 / Lakeland Invitational / Minocqua Winter Park

Freestyle: 4k high school + 2k middle school

Contact: Ken Schoville,

December 28-30 / Houghton Christmas Ski Camp / hosted by the Ski Tigers

For more info: Mike Young,

AND then, the December Camp is planned for the Telemark Condos: December 27-31, 2017 — this camp includes TWO races!

Registration is open online:

Coaches & Clubs Update – December 6, 2017

Hello all,

I am now in the Canadian Rockies with Team CXC. It was great to connect with many of you in West Yellowstone!

I hear the Lake Superior Snow machine is kicking in up in Houghton. Conditions should be great for our inaugural CXC Cup event: our re-branded regional points races for all levels.

Remember, online registration for the Houghton (MI) event closes Tuesday at 11:59 pm.

CXC Youth Cup / CXC Junior Cup

Support Our Sport

We are in our 2017 Year End Challenge Grant. If you or any of your membership have the ability to help support us monetarily to continue to support the whole region, we would appreciate any donations going to the Challenge Grant!


As we start the racing season it may be a good time to have your athletes evaluate where they are at. Here is a Bi-Annual Goal Session Form to help you go through this process biannually with the junior and up athletes you may be working with.


The CXC Open Thanksgiving Camp had snow for most of it in Ironwood and Mr. Fun, Bruce Manske, had a blast getting the attendees out on the trails.

The CXC Open Camp in Cable over Winter Break (December 27-31) is coming quick. If you have an athlete that would like to register, please direct them to sign up.

Clubs, if you have not yet joined CXC, we would still welcome you.  Don’t miss out on the great benefits we offer.


Joe HaggenmillerFor further information regarding this Clubs & Coaches Update, contact CXC Director of Athletics – Joe Haggenmiller.

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