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Week # 11- two regular season meets left!
Jan 19, 2019, 10:11 am

With a great week of racing and practicing, our team is heading into the home stretch of regular season ski meets.  Our bus & trailer is full to capacity- with lots of fun - & super race results- for everyone on the team! 

 

        Julianna is now a "2" ski pole skier!! 

                   Congrats Julie!                                                     Korkki Nordic - Vintage Style 

                                       

 

 

     Henrik's first ski race & ...his fans                                       Mak the TRex Manager 

         

       

The Duluth Inivite is Friday, Jan. 25th at Snowflake in Duluth, and the last meet is Jan. 31 in Ely.  Both meets conduct the Pursuit Race, and our V and along with some JV skiers will utilize everything they've got.  Our JV, JH & Newbie teams also race on these Pursuit days, as they have seperate races for these age divisions also. 

 

The racing season is a short one, and this is what is left to the high school nordic schedule...  the Section meet is Thursday, Feb. 7th, the JV / JH / Newbie Championships is Saturday, Feb 9th, CB State Relays is Feb. 13th, and the State Meet on Thursday, Feb. 14th.  Our end of Season Banquet is set for Sunday, Feb. 25th  at the Biwabik Pavilion. 

 

The best skiing is after that -  with more daylight & warmer temps!   Skiers & families - plug these two fun events into your calendar: 

 

Book Across the Bay- Sat. Feb 16th. A night time 10 ski tour / race across Chemaqueon bay on frozen Lake Superior. From Ashland to Washburn WI. (No hills!) :)  https://batb.org/

 

Pepsi Challenge at Giant's Ridge - Sat. March 2nd. There are many race distances to choose from! And our team booster club pays for most of your entry fee!     http://www.pepsichallengeskirace.com/pepsi.php  

 

Anyone interested in buying a New Black Puffy Team Jacket?  Two extra's are on hand, a small & a medium. (these run big) $64.00 each. Let coach CJ know if you'd like to purchase one. 

 

 

The week of # 11 looks like this.

 

Monday, Jan. 21st - Practice for V / JV & a few JH skiers.  10-1 pm. Pursuit TT practice. Bring food / beverage, etc. for your rest time in between the skate & classic portions.  Muffins & cocoa after. *Meet in the Timing Building with all your gear & equipment*.  All other team members are welcome to ski at this time, but there will not be any formal instruction for our young JH & Newbie teams. 

Tuesday, Jan. 22nd - Practice

Wednesday, Jan 23rd - Practice

Thursday, Jan. 24th - Practice, Ski & Wax. Waxing begins at 2 pm for anyone (parents?) that want to join the wax tech team. :) 

Friday, Jan 25th - Ski Meet at Snowflake in Duluth. 11 am start. RAce lists will be posted on Wednesday.  

Sunday, Jan. 27th - Giant's Ridge Youth Ski League, 2-3 pm. 

 

 

Stay warm & see ya on the trails! 

 

 

 

 


Week # 10 - Classy Korkki & Sprints
Jan 13, 2019, 7:27 pm

Week 9 ended with a great race at Pincushion Trails on Saturday - lots of great results from Varsity down to the Jr High, to our newbie group of ski racers! 

 

It was a really fun & scenic day, and good to be back in Grand Marias for the high school racing scene. 

 

The results of your favorite skier(s) are here: http://stevestiming.org/cchs_inv_1_12_19.pdf

 

                                                                                 

Thanks Moms & Dads for transporting your skier to Mesabi East for bus boarding, and hoping you are all willing to do it again this week. (this is the last trip East) 

 

Thanks also to our skiers who have volunteered their talent in helping out with the Giant's Ridge Youth Ski League the past two Sundays! Our team shines at this 

opportunity and contributes to future ski team members!  πŸ˜Š 

 

Week # 10 has this going on...

 

Mon. 1/13 - practice 

 

Tues. 1/15 - V, JV, JH, Newbies classical ski meet at Korkki Nordic, near Two Harbors. 11 am start. 

Got a vintage or crazy ski suit? Wear it for this race, top 5 get prizes awarded for the best old school get-up.

*Everyone boards the bus at Mesabi East, 7:45 am. Bus leaves at 8:00 am.  Return to Mesabi East between 5-6 pm. We will stop to eat* 

 

Wed. 1/16- practice

 

Thursday 1/17 - practice 

 

Friday, 1/18 - practice, 4-6 pm. *Mesabi East does not have school. Our younger skiers need to find a ride to practice, there will not be any Mesabi East bus. 

 

Sat. 1/19 - CANCELLED DUE to COLD TEMPS. V, JV, JH, Newbie ski meet, Marshall Sprints at Marshall School, Duluth. Skate. 11:00 am start. More info to come. 

 

Monday 1/21- practice for V / JV / JH, 10-1 pm. *Newbie group can come out to ski if they'd like, there will not be any formal instruction for this group. 

 

 

Ski FAns / Moms & Dads / Grandparents - Your support and encouragement of your skier & the team shows! Thanks again for all you do! 

 

see ya on the trails.

 

 

 

 

 


Week # 9 - ME wrap up, Tuesday's CEC & Cook County 1/8 & 1/12
Jan 6, 2019, 11:57 am

Once again, we finished up with GREAT RESULTS from the ME INVITE - both skiers & parents! 

 

THANKS to all who helped pull off the largest nordic ski meet in the country! 

 

Our ski parent booster club, all the folks at GR, and coaching staff & extra's are top of the line at hosting a race like ours. 

From cooking the pasta to the fantasic desert table, the wax techs, all the outside volunteers, the groomers, and the back up timers, the 2019 ME Invite was a success.  

Bonus - a file of action photos of some of our skiers- thank you RON KUTSKI! 

 

                                      THANK. YOU. PARENTS. !!   

 

Our skiers definitley skied their race at super speeds - and their placement - as an individual & team, are going in the right direction. 

Lots of smiles and satifisfied ME / VA / EG / MIB racers, make for pretty happy coaches as well. We'll capitalize on all that energy and keep the momentum going! 

Results are here and also on the result page. Superior Timing was the company that timed this meet. https://my2.raceresult.com/113917/results?lang=en

 

Week # 9 is here already---  practice, race, practice, practice, practice, race. 

 

Monday, 1/7/19 - practice. (no waxing)

 

Tuesday, 1/8/19-  SKI MEET, Cloquet, Pine Valley Rec Area. 2:00 pm start. See "Race List" page for more info. 

 

Wednesday, 1/9/19 - practice

 

Thursday, 1/10/19 - practice

 

Friday, 1/11/19- practice & wax.❄️ See Race Start List❄️ 

 

Saturday, 1/12/19 - SKI MEET, Grand Marias, Pincushion Ski Trails. For this meet, all VA / EG / MIB skiers come to Mesabi East to board the bus. Leave time 6:30 am. Arrive back to ME 6:00 pm? 

 

Sunday, 1/13/19- Giants Ridge Youth Cross Country Ski Club 2-3 pm  

 

 

                                        Our new RACE wax headquarters & benches - for home & travel !! 

      


Week # 8, Proctor Invite, Jessie D & the big Mesabi !
Jan 1, 2019, 4:03 pm

There are only Three Rules on this Team.  

1. BE A GREAT PERSON.  2. BE A GREAT STUDENT.  3. BE A GREAT ATHLETE. 

In that order.

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Wednesday, Jan 2nd Ski Meet @ Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth. 8551 Grand Avenue Duluth, MN 55808  

   This race is now starting at 12:00 noon due to cold weather. 

      ** Start List for this race is posted - under Race List on this site ** 

   Bus leaves ME at 8:00 am, and picks everyone else up from the Mesabi Trail Station at 8:30 am 

 

Happy New Year! 

The best way to end 2018 was all that wonderful snow that fell last week! 

Christmas Break practices were a snowy force of everything, while the ski trip boasted incredible skiing at 3 different venues in WI & MI. We hit everything - just right. 

Thank you parents & skiers- for your effort- in making it a fantastic break!  

 

Now, we're on to 2019 and ramping up our race season in true order.

The high school ski season radically ends in 6 weeks, so stay healthy and committed, to yourself and your team members, to make the most of all goals set- for this season. :) 

And while on that all important subject of (why we ski race) *Jessie Diggins'* most recent blog "Finding My Happy" has several key points and perspective's of the good & not so good ski days, which many of you will relate to. Check it out here: http://jessiediggins.com/finding-my-happy/   

 

                                                                 SKIING in MIchiGan! 

                                                                 

Week # 8

 

Tuesday, 1/1/19 - no practice

 

Wednesday, 1/2/19 - Ski Meet in Duluth at the Grand Avenue Nordic Center. Noon start.  

 

Thursday, 1/3/19 - practice.   V / JV skiers leave skis in Timing Bldg after practice. (for early waxing on Friday) 

 

Friday, 1/4/19 - practice & spaghetti feed - for everyone. (even those not racing on Sat.) We will all leave for the Spaghetti Dinner at 6 pm. The VA bus can drop skiers off at the Biwabik Pavilion, along with carpooling.    

                   

Saturday, 1/5/19 - Mesabi East Invite.  The racer list will be posted Wednesday evening. Team camp will be in a room on the lower level of the Lodge.  

 

                                                11:00   5K Classic   Varsity/Boys & Girls

 

 

                                                12:00   5K Classic                     JV/Boys & Girls

 

                                                1:00     5K Freestyle                  Varsity/Boys & Girls

 

                                                2:00   5K Freestyle                  JV/Boys & Girls

 

                                                MSHSL – STATE COURSE for both CLASSIC & FREESTYLE

 

 

Sunday, 1/6/19 - MYSL ski program for ages 5-12, begins at GR.  If you'd like to volunteer and help out, let coach CJ know. This program would love to have our team involved! The committment is 2-3 pm every Sunday afternoon until the end of February.  

 

It's gonna be a busy fast week of skiing! 

 

Make sure you bring your unicorn & sparkles ----  and see ya on the trails! 

 

 


Week # 7, holiday practice & Ski Trip !
Dec 26, 2018, 8:57 am

There are only Three Rules on this Team. 

 

1. BE A GREAT PERSON.  2. BE A GREAT STUDENT.  3. BE A GREAT ATHLETE.

 

In that order.

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Wednesday, Jan 2nd Ski Meet @ Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth. 8551 Grand Avenue Duluth, MN 55808  

   This race is now starting at 12:00 noon due to cold weather. 

      ** Start List for this race is posted - under Race List on this site ** 

   Bus leaves ME at 8:00 am, and picks everyone else up from the Mesabi Trail Station at 8:30 am 

 

 

Merry Christmas!                                                                            

Our practice days during the school break are not all inclusive, but geared towards the V, JV & JH. These are important practices to attend. If you are sick, out of town, or have some other legit reason that you aren't coming to Christmas Break practices, you need to contact a coach. Planning for the next two ski meets - Jan. 2 & the Mesabi Invite on Jan. 5th is key for the coaches and the whole team.

 

 Without the availability of bus transport, our newbie skiers are not attached to the practice schedule, but can come out to Giant’s Ridge to ski (on their own) at the same time slot as the rest of the team. The important thing is to JUST SKI. Somewhere!

 

*Black Puffy Jackets* are in! If you ordered one, they are available for pick up before or after practice on Dec. 26 & 27th at GR  and again next week. Coach CJ will have them.

 

Holiday Break Practice for V, JV, JH:

*If you arent attending practices during Christmas Break, you may not be racing at the upcoming ski meets: Jan. 2 at Spirit Mtn nor the Mesabi East Invite on Jan. 5th* 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 26th 10 am – 1 pm

 

Thursday, Dec. 27th 10 am – 1 pm 

 

Friday, Dec 28th – Dec. 30th: SKI TRIP! Leave Mesabi East at 9:00 am. Pick up all other skiers at the Super 8 in Eveleth, at 9:30 am. Return around 2-3 pm on Sunday.

We will be watching the forecast of the potential snowstorm, and hoping for the best- SNOW & SKI TRIP. 

 

Monday, Dec. 31st 10 am – 1 pm V/JV/JH & newbie team if you can come.  Ski & Wax - for Wednesday's race. 

 

Tuesday, Jan 1st no practice

 

Wednesday, Jan 2nd Ski Meet @ Grand Avenue Nordic Center, Duluth. 8551 Grand Avenue Duluth, MN 55808 

                         

 

                                                               Annual Christmas T Shirt Swap 

 


Week # 6! LET IT SNOW!! ASAP !!!
Dec 16, 2018, 7:03 am

 

There are only Three Rules on this Team. 

 

1. BE A GREAT PERSON.  2. BE A GREAT STUDENT.  3. BE A GREAT ATHLETE.

 

In that order.

____________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

WEEK # 6 !!

 

Let’s get right to the important stuff…. SNOW! WE NEED IT! Put it on that Christmas list at number 1 folks!

 

The second item on that Santa list…. SKI POLES! Oh, the sweetness of a nice, lightweight pole, that swings rhythmically to our skis, is so important for fast racing. Give coach CJ a shout if you have any questions about purchasing poles. (our team supply is lower than low this season)

 

Racing was tops for everyone this past week, and it was great to be back in the groove.

 

 

Super results from the V/JV/JH team at Ely, and the Newbie team’s practice race was equally as exciting. All ski results & ski meet line ups / starting times are listed at  & also on this website.

http://stevestiming.org/

 

Great things are happening on the trails with learning & skiing. Some days begin with constant chaotic doings, but the smiles that walk back in the door after practice- are amazing!

 

THANK YOU to all of our team’s coaches – John F, Josh P,  Chaz, Jacob, Don, Jack G, Jack J & Austin - that make this happen! As the saying goes… it takes a village. 😊

 

We’re rolling and staying steady as we head into the holiday season.

 

Monday, December 17 – practice, Classic

Tuesday, December 18 – practice, Classic

Wednesday, December 19- practice & wax night.

Thursday, December 20 V/JV/JH/ Newbies Ski Meet at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine. Classic. Check the location page on this site for directions. Races begin at 11:00 am. See the “Meet Line Up Page” for race info etc. Racer times will be posted on this page on Wednesday morning. ** BUS LEAVES MESABI EAST AT 7:30 AM, PICKING UP VA / EG / MIB SKIERS AT THE YMCA 8:00 AM.  RETURN TO THE YMCA 4:30-5:00 PM **

Friday, December 21THE Practice before Christmas.  SKi in your best Ugly Sweater, T-Shirt swap, Secrete Santas (girls) & Pizza (Fundraiser bonus!) Details to be given out at Monday’s practice. ** JUNIORS & SENIORS bring a large container / jug of JUICE each 

 

** Always bring both sets of ski boots (if you have 2 pairs) to practice – everyday **

 

see ya on the trails & THINK SNOW !!


Week # 5, practice, practice, wax, race, practice
Dec 10, 2018, 9:54 am

There are only Three Rules on this Team. 

 

1. BE A GREAT PERSON.  2. BE A GREAT STUDENT.  3. BE A GREAT ATHLETE.

 

In that order.

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WEEK # 5 !!

 

What are we mostly doing out there at Giant’s Ridge?

Skiing, learning, fine-tuning & perfecting everything we know so far. WHY? To be the best we can be for the upcoming race season and beyond.

 

Us coaches are thrilled to see most of our skiers giving it their best effort, day in & day out at the daily practice - and that is when progress happens!

Missing a day here or there, really affects technique level (learning) and ultimately performance.

Keep showing up guys & gals - and the results will follow!  

 

We’re throwing our first race out there this week, and since it is still early season, we’ll be skiing everyone but our newest skiers, and those that not been able to attend practices on a regular basis. And, because the ski meet is on a school day, all the newbies will stay back, instead of attending and watching. The next opportunity for this group will be skiing and / or racing at the Dec. 20th meet (changed from Dec 19) at Mt. Itasca, in Coleraine.

 

Moving on to this week’s agenda.

 

Monday, December 10 – practice. SKATE. SPEEDS.

Tuesday, December 11 – practice. SKATE. DISTANCE / FARTLEKS. 

Wednesday, December 12 – practice. Waxing for ski racers, everyone else skis.

Thursday, December 13 – Ski Meet in Ely @ Hidden Valley, 11:00 am start. SKATE. See the “Meet Line Up Page” for race info etc. Racer times will be posted on this page on Wednesday morning.

                                          *NO PRACTICE* on this day for skiers who are not racing. 

Friday, December 14 – practice for everyone - skate or classic to be determined.  

                                    ** Always bring both sets of ski boots (if you have 2 pairs) to practice – everyday **

 

 

SKI BAGS –are availbable to purchase at practice. ($20.00) 

 

The CHRISTMAS BREAK SKI TRIP dates & location has changed. The trip is now Friday Dec. 28- Sunday Dec. 30th. Our ski location will be in the Ironwood Michigan area. The cost of the trip is $50.00 that includes two nights lodging, breakfasts. Lunches & trail passes will be provided by our booster club. Extra money for two dinners – (pizza joint / casual restaurant) V / JV / 3rd, 2nd year skiers have first choice. We will take 7th grade skiers providing there is room available. Sign up & pay by Friday, DECEMBER 14th to hold your spot. Two school vehicles are reserved, but we may need additional transportation via parents. Parents- if you are interested in driving and skiing with us, please contact Coach Cheri J.

 

 

See you on the trails!

Keep doing that SNOW dance!


Week # 4, SKATE! Lots of PRACTICE! PICTURE DAY! SKI TRIP info!
Dec 2, 2018, 5:23 pm

There are only Three Rules on this Team. 

 

1. BE A GREAT PERSON.  2. BE A GREAT STUDENT.  3. BE A GREAT ATHLETE.

 

In that order.

____________________________________________________________

 

WEEK # 4

 

Last week we had Great Practices with Great Weather with Great Grooming and Great Kids with Great Attitudes! We’ll be looking for a repeat this week! 😊

 

SKATE skis will be our choice of equipment beginning on Monday, as we set aside our classical tools for now. But, the similarities between skate & classic technique, are on point. Both techniques are driven from the same dynamics – body position, motion, timing, power.

 

What were looking at for Dec. 3 – Dec. 7No ski meet on Saturday Dec. 8th. It looks like our first meet will (hopefully) take place on Dec. 13th.

 

Monday- Practice

Tuesday – Practice

Wednesday – Practice

Thursday – Practice + PICTURE DAY

Friday – Practice

 

Other updates:

 

The COFFEE FUNDRAISER was a HUGE success! Thanks to all who participated and congrats to Ellie for being the lucky raffle winner, while the TEAM PIZZA PARTY is slated for Friday, Dec. 21 at our CHRISTMAS PRACTICE.

 

SKI BAGS – will be available this week to purchase. ($20.00) Ten were ordered, and four are sold so far.

 

The CHRISTMAS BREAK SKI TRIP dates & location has changed. The trip is now Friday Dec. 28- Sunday Dec. 30th. Our ski location will be in the Ironwood Michigan area. The cost of the trip is $50.00 that includes two nights lodging, breakfasts. Lunches & trail passes will be provided by our booster club. Extra money for two dinners – (pizza joint / casual restaurant) V / JV / 3rd, 2nd year skiers have first choice. We will take 7th grade skiers providing there is room available. Sign up & pay by Friday, DECEMBER 14th to hold your spot. Two school vehicles are reserved, but we may need additional transportation via parents. Parents- if you are interested in driving and skiing with us, please contact Coach Cheri J.

 

 

See you on the trails!

Keep doing that SNOW dance!

 

 


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