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Jan. 5-10th. The BIG M.E. Invite... & Cold TRaining - but we are used to it!!
Jan 4, 2015, 7:42 pm



Christmas Break ski practice & trip, is now in the books.  I can't say enough about this team.  When asked-

they show up & put in 120 % !! 




 This picture is from Saturday's practice.   With all the snow coming down, it turned out to be a perfect ski day!



Tighten up those ski boots, because this is the month that we really start to see where our training and racing is at. 

This next week is a super busy one for the team and their parents with the big Mesabi East Invite (Varsity / JV meet) on tap for Saturday. 


Again, thanks to everyone who is lending a hand- from making meatballs on Wednesday, to serving up spaghetti to many high school ski racers on Friday and putting in the time on the course, at Giant's Ridge on Saturday.  With the recent snowfall, the trail conditions are in excellent shape! 


Besides staying warm.... Here is what we need to do this week, Jan 5-Jan 10.


Monday practice: Classic ski, everyone.  Wax prep for V / JV skiers.

Tuesday practice The ski meet at Mt. Itasca is canceled due to cold temps.  (Legal racing temp has to be above - 4 F. )

Wednesday & Thursday practice:  Classic & Skate ski.  Technique for ME Invite.   Jr. High-w/ Coach Paul

Friday practice:  3 pm.  Ski & wax prep for ME Invite.   Jr. High - Coach Paul

                         5:30-6 pm?   Spaghetti Feed at Biwabik Pavilion. Eat together, with our team- V/JV/ JH. 

Saturday ME Invite:  10:00am Race Start.  see meet line up page for more details.



Week # 8 , Dec. 29-Jan. 3
Dec 29, 2014, 7:11 pm



 PRACTICE UPDATES  for Friday Jan. 2 & Saturday  Jan. 3


FRIDAY:   9:30 am.  Meet at the Timing Building.   

                  *  5K  SKATE TIME TRIAL for Varsity & JV. *

                   *  Jr. High & Newbies - will be with Coach Paul. *


SATURDAY9:30 am.   V / JV  only


Team Ski Jackets are in- get yours at practice!


And this is the forecast for Saturday-   Let's hope it is right!!









We made it through today's real winter temps at practice,  but we'll move things indoor for Tuesday....  


Christmas break practices are going well, and we are finding the groove to ramp up our training for this next month.  January is the guts of our racing season, so skiers need to get plenty of sleep, good nutrition, and to find their time management skills to stay on top- of that pile of school work!   Remember- our time together is a very super charged, short & fast season, that ends w/ the State Meet on Feb. 12...! 



Equipment lease forms went home with some skiers today.  If your skier is in their 3rd year or more,  and using any team skis, poles, boots, please fill out the contract, pay, and return to one of the coaches.  

Also, the info for our  Spaghetti Feed (Jan. 9th) was sent home, so ask your skier about that if you did not receive it.  Any questions on that event, call Sandy Tardiff at 229-2199.  Thank you in advance,  for your help for the ME Invite weekend.


  Tuesday, Dec. 30 Practice :  


 ** Due to the extreme cold weather predicted for Tuesday, Dec. 30th, the team will be meeting at the Mesabi East School, 10:30 am, for an indoor- sweat - all- you- want " INSANITY " WORK OUT VIDEO !   **



 Wednesday, Dec. 31 Practice/ Potluck / Family Ski :


  ** 10 am.  Meet at Timing Bldg.  Bring a dish to share.  Sloppy Joes & Beverages will be provided. **




  Thurs.  Jan. 1 - no practice 

  Fri.  Jan. 2 - practice, 9:30-NOON

  The Sat.  Jan. 3rd Marshall Sprints are cancelled, due to the lack of snow in Duluth.  



Happy New Year !!


Dec 23, 2014, 1:42 pm



Hello Skiers & Families!


Here’s the update on our ski trip to Maplelag – it’s not going to happen- unless northwestern MN gets hit by a lot of snow in the next few days. 


So we’ve set up an  alternative plan  …  for a weekend ski get-away!


We are heading to  Ironwood, Michigan.  We will leave at 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 27 from Aurora, 8:30 from VA. Return -Sunday evening Dec. 28. 


  • Ski at ABR Trails, Wolverine, Valhalla, Brule, Birkie? – we have many choices.   Skiing & grooming reports are excellent for this area. 

  • Stay at the Americinn in Ashland, WI  – one night.   Waterpark, hot tub, sauna, is available.  Continental breakfast provided.  Group reservations are complete.

  • Cost per skier-  up front- $ 39.00 + money for 3 meals.   $ 30.00 for the hotel room, (4 skiers to a room) $ 9.00 for ski pass for ABR.  Money for meals:  Lunch on Saturday- bring your own, and/ or we’ll make a stop to eat.   Dinner on Saturday.  Continental Breakfast on Sunday at hotel, lunch after skiing on Sunday.

  • Adults- sharing a room, $ 112.00 tax is included.



** Let’s do the RSVP thing one more time,  email or call me by Thursday, Dec. 25th ,   so I can finalize rooms. **  



Practices at Giant’s Ridge during Christmas Break.  Meet in Timing Bldg.


Friday, Dec. 26th, 10:30 am – 1pm

Monday, Dec. 29th, 10:30-1 pm

Tuesday, Dec. 30th, 10:30. Mesabi East School. Large Commons. INSANITY WORK-Out Video.

Wednesday, Dec. 31,  10:00 am - ? New Year's Eve Practice, Potluck & Family Ski Day.  See previous email from Coach Mariah.

Thursday, Jan. 1- no practice

Friday, Jan. 2, 10:30 am – 1 pm








See you all on Friday!


Merry Christmas!



Cheri Johnson

Coach, ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team

218 229-2413, 218 750-7904


Week # 6 - xmas practice, party, ski trip!
Dec 20, 2014, 8:51 am


It was a big race last Thursday, and we found out, we have lots to work on!  Results are here: http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/index.htm



Over Christmas break, we will have scheduled and not scheduled practices.

On those days that we don't formally meet, get out and ski on your own, or call up your ski buddy.  IF you can't ski, go for a run or hit up your fitness center.

These next two weeks are critical for maintaining what you've accomplished in the last month.  Check out the calendar on this site, for team practices & times.



MAPLELAG SKI TRIP:  Still time to sign up- email me or put your name down at Monday's practice. 

                                        Checks payable by Friday, Dec. 26th to: ME/VA/EG Nordic Boosters, $90 for

                                         ski team members;  $144 for adults.                                        

                                         If there isn't enough snow, we will make up a different plan, to find snow...



Here is what Christmas week looks like.


Monday 12/22:   Practice & Xmas Party, 3pm.  Meet at Timing Building.   


                            All Skiers: Bring-  One of your favorite (or not favorite) event, race, meet, competition,

                           etc.  T-shirt for the T-shirt game. (wrapped or in a gift bag)  Ask a captain or

                            older skier for more info on this if needed.


                          Girls- Secret Santa gifts too.       


                          Pizza & beverages provided.  


                          ** Swimming & Hot Tub also available.  Cost is $2.50. Bring swim suit & towel **


      ***   Demo Rossi Skis! Alumni skier & Rossignol Rep- Nick Maki will have skis & boots for you to try out ! ***



Tuesday 12/23- Thursday 12/25:  No official practice.  But, get out and SKI somewhere! 


Friday 12/26:  Practice for everyone, 10:30 - 1pm.  Timing Building. 


Saturday 12/27-Monday 12/29:  Maplelag Ski Trip !!



Merry Christmas !!           

First Ski Meet of the season & Week 5 notes
Dec 10, 2014, 9:20 pm



              SKI RACERS of the 2014-15 ME / VA / E-G NORDIC SKI TEAM !!


                     Results from the Ely Classic Invite (and all races) are on this website: Steve's Timing. click on link.



                      Captain's Awards from this race went to:

                                      Ella - best attitude!

                                      Avery - best crash in first race!

                                      Nikki - no crashes in first race!

                                      Spencer  &  Anna J. - exact finishing times- 14:22.9 (secretly training together!?)

                     Great races from everyone! 

                     Thank you Ron Kutsi for the all the nice photos!



                      Notes for the week of Dec. 15


                      SKI  on the weekends!  More time on skis = better & faster skiers !


                            2nd Ski Meet of the season:  Thursday, Dec. 18, Mt. Itasca.  Skate Race.  Leave ME at 7:15, VA- 7:45.

                             See Race Line Up Page for more info.  


                            Maplelag Ski Trip is posted!  Get your name on the list asap!


                            Team XMAS party is in the works- Monday, Dec. 22 , 3pm - at practice. 

                                                                                   See your CAPTAIN's for Secret Santa's.


                            Your SNOW DANCE... get it on -  and get rid of this crazy, awful, unwinterlike weather !!! 



















Serious Snow & Training up next!
Dec 1, 2014, 8:12 am



(update as of Fri. 12/5) 

Exciting News! Our first ski race is happening on Tuesday, Dec. 9th at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine.  This takes the place of the scheduled Ely Meet on Sat. Dec. 13th.  Ely does not have enough snow, and the forecast isn't very promising, so they have moved their meet to this day / venue.  This is a classic ski race format.


The schedule change isn't uncommon, sometimes mother nature dictates what we can and cannot do.. hence our schedule will get revamped, at short notice.  


I have talked with our new skiers- and most of them said they are ready to race! If they aren't racing, they need to come and ski, and take it all in, while supporting their teammates. 


We will leave Mesabi East at 7:00 am, (in front of the pool) then Virginia at 7:30.  E-G skiers, please come to Virginia to load the bus on this day.  (door # 6)

We should be back in the Virginia area around 5-5:30.    

All other race details are on the Ski Race Meet Detail / Line-Up page on this site.




Structuring our practice training plan is underway this week.  With good groomed snow in the Stadium and a full team roster, we are ready to get things going.

And, our team has a new home as of today, we will be in Giant's Ridge Lodge, lower level. 


Weather wise, keep dressing warmly & hope for more snow!


A few notables for the week of Dec 1-Dec 6...


- Attend Practice Daily.  If you are in school, and not at practice, you need to notify a coach on your absence.  


Mesabi East skiers: Due to the early dismissal on Wednesday's, our Varsity & JV team members will provide a homework session on this day, for all M.E. skiers that would like extra assistance.  This "Nordic Homework Club" will meet every Wednesday at 1:50 in the small commons.  The practice bus (#15) picks up skiers from the large commons at 3:15.


- Ski Jacket order:  Due this Wednesday, Dec. 3.


- Ski Hats: are available to purchase at practice.


- BentleyVille / Ski Hut Wax Clinic Trip Friday, Dec. 5th.  Leave M.E. at 3pm, arrive at VA at 3:25, & E-G school at  3:45.  We will attend BentleyVille first, and then go to the Duluth Ski Hut for a Wax Clinic. This is followed up by dinner & and shopping at the mall.  Sign up by Wednesday.  Parents that are driving, please call Coach Johnson, 229-2413 after 7 pm.


Saturday - Dec. 6thpractice  for V / JV skiers.  11 am.



Ski info for Week 3, Nov 24
Nov 23, 2014, 2:01 pm


With one week of skiing underway,we are enjoying the snow- on the practice range, and the Summit Trail. The kinks are getting worked out, and we are starting to find a groove to the season! 


A couple of updates for the week:


-          Practice on Monday & Tuesday only 


-          BentleyVille is one of our  team outings.  The date is set for Friday, Dec. 5th.  (no practice)  Leave Mesabi East at 3 pm, stop at VA school at 3:30, E-G school at 3:40.  Tour BentleyVille, dinner & shopping at the mall.   Parents- we need you for drivers!  Please let me know if you’d like to join & help us on this evening.



-          Buffs / neck gaiters are helpful -it’s been unusually cold for November. Ask your skier- they know what they are.  Sold at all ski shops, including the Snow Shop - at GR.


-          Ski Bags are being shared right now, but are needed by Monday Dec. 1st.  We will be storing skis / poles in the equipment shed at the Ridge.  Please make sure names are on the bags.  


-          Ski Equipment Lease Contracts were emailed. (for 3rd year & up skiers)  If your skier is using any item of ME / VA / E-G team equipment this season, please complete payment asap.  The information for skis, boots, or poles can be filled out at practice.


-           Team Ski Hats- If anyone wants one, we have 11 left from last season, they are $ 22.00.


-          Ski Team Jackets- are available for sizing. Forms due Dec. 3


-          Parent Ski Volunteers- we could use some help on the trails with our younger skier groups at practices.  If you don’t know how to ski, we’ll teach you! No big commitment, just come whenever you have time…  J  



* The VA ski bus is back in session, starting Monday. Still no answer on if this bus is stopping in Gilbert to pick up EG skiers...


 THANKS again, to all who have driven our skiers to GR & back lately.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving and let it snow! 



2nd Week of SKi PraCTice!
Nov 15, 2014, 11:24 am


Enough of this!  Short but sweet memories of last week's dry - land training!        



How LUCKY are we- to have the recent COLD weather & SNOW (making) at Giant's Ridge this early in the season?!! 


Get your ski clothing & equipment ready, we will be on skis at Monday's practice! 


** If your skier has outgrown any of their equipment, we could certainly re-use it within our team inventory, or a skier may be interested in purchasing.  Bring to a practice, w/ a price you'd like to get.  **


VA / E-G parents, I can't say thanks enough to all of you, for providing transportation last week.  The car-pooling has worked out so far.  Cross your fingers & call your school - about that ski bus!  :)



Here is what we have going on this next week... 


SKI EQUIPMENT will be fitted for our new skiers, and theirs to use for the season.


- SKI BAGS:  need to start thinking of purchasing one... doesn't have to be fancy. Just make sure it is at least 210 cm long. Double bag will have more room for 2 sets of skis & poles.  Single bags will do the trick, it is just a bit tight.  The Giant's Ridge snow shop has them, (15 % discount). Or check out a favorite online site for disounted wares:  Sierra Trading Post.com .  Here is a link to a great bag.   http://www.sierratradingpost.com/high-sierra-double-nordic-ski-bag~p~8278j/?filterString=s~ski-bags%2F&colorFamily=01  We also have some odd & end bags within our team stuff.  Ask for one from a coach.  Remember to put some sort of name tag on your bag.


- SKI STORAGE: our team does have a shed at Giant's Ridge to store skis / poles, so the kids do not need to transport them everyday.  Need ski bags to contain them.  Ski boots are brought home daily.


- WAIVERS: from Giant's Ridge- these are a must for skiing- Get them in asap!


- PASSES :  check your emails for the group purchase option.  See Coach Johnson if a scholarship is needed.


- SKI CLOTHING:  baselayer, hats, mitts, windpant / jacket.   socks- should have some wool in them.  Dressing in layers is always best.  You can peel them off if you get warm!


- CLEARANCE FORMS & HANDBOOK signature page:  get em in!


Let me know if you have any questions!

Coach Cj




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