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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.

____________________________________________________________

 

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.

____________________________________________________________

 

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!

 

 


Week # 3 !
Nov 25, 2018, 12:53 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.

________________________________________________________

 

 

WAXING   WAXING   WAXING 

 

 

WEEK # 3 & things are smoothing out and rolling in the right direction! 

Everyone has classic ski equipment now and most of the skate equipment is checked out too. Waiting on a few sizes of poles & boots yet, but everyone is skiing and making progress. 

Ski technique is our number one game for everyone, from first year skiers to our veteran's.  We're always teaching, learning, tweaking. 

The big news, is TRACKS & GROOMING throughout the stadium. Both should be up & ready for our practices this week. Slipping into classical tracks will be exciting for everyone 

who hasn't experienced real cross country skiing. 

 

CLEARANCE SLIPS: NO SKIING for those who don't have slips in. 

Mesabi East skiers- check with Nikki - to see if you are cleared if you haven't already. Eveleth-Gilbert: only two skiers are cleared. VA- everyone is cleared. MIB- 3 out of 4 are cleared. 

COFFEE FUNDRAISER: orders are due to practice on TUESDAY, Nov. 27th

TRAIL PASSES: buy them this week at the latest. Talk to a coach if you need help with this. 

TEAM SKI BAGS: we're out, so let's play make a deal. IF you're skier has a team bag now, and would like a brand new DOUBLE SKI BAG, ski bags will be available to buy for $20.00 later this week at practice.  

UNIFORMS / TEAM WARM UP JACKETS: will be issued this WEDNESDAY.

BLACK PUFFY JACKETS- orders are due MONDAY, Nov. 26 if you are ordering one.  

 

Looking ahead a bit...

TEAM PICTURE DAY-is THURSDAY, DEC 6th

FIRST SKI MEET - SATURDAY, DEC 7th. TBD. 

 

 LET IT SNOW !!!

 


Updates: equipment, trail pass,ski wear, fundraiser & more!
Nov 15, 2018, 8:36 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.

________________________________________________________

 

Two days of practice = two days of great everything! 

 

We’re rolling earlier than usual for being on snow, and two groups have now gotten out the door on those skinny skis. The third and newest crop, will be putting it together also on snow today. The snow in the woods is "ok" and enough to slush around on. The man made snow in the stadium looks fantastic, but it isn’t pushed nor tilled up yet, but we’re making the best out of what we have. “Patience” is a daily key word. (for everything) 😊

 

I’m super excited to say we have around 60 kids out for the team right now! Wow! GO GIANT BLUE RANGER BEARS! And with that comes a “good problem” that we are encountering. Equipment is running low for our 1st & 2nd year skiers. I have some feelers out there, to find more classic skis & boots, and hope that will reduce some of our “now” needs. And if our numbers stay like this, we’ll be adding & looking for another coach. Anyone know anyone???

 

Moms & Dads of our 3rd & 4th year skiers, if at all possible it would be great if your skier could get their own personal classic skis, boots or poles. Any piece of equipment, is helpful, and certainly your skier is ready for it. If you have any questions or need any direction in this area, please let me know. I went to the Ski Hut last week with several skiers & parents, and can certainly line something like this up again, or give you verbal advice on how / what to purchase.

 

Team ski bags are running low, so we’re asking for parents to look into buying a ski bag. The bags need to be at least 210 cm in length. Mesabi Rec in Virginia carries bags for a local buy. These are a top necessity for skiers to store their skis & poles in the Chalet.

 

Giant’s Ridge Trail Passes will be needed after Thanksgiving when GR is officially open. Here is the link for information on fees. https://giantsridge.ltibooking.com/purchase-path/product-details/9093

 

Skiwear orders are out there. The red personalized jackets are at this link: http://borahteamwear.tuosystems.com/stores/mevaeg . The last day to order the jacket, hat or buff is Sunday, Nov. 18th. The online storefront closes on this day. Turn around time is about 4 weeks to receive the items. The black puffy jacket orders are due on Monday, Nov. 26th. Order forms are at practice and also on the team website to download & print. Both styles of jackets are available to try on for sizing at practice too.

 

The Coffee Fundraiser is on! Check with your skier, as packets were handed out at Tuesday’s practice. Got questions on this? Email August Galloway: agalloway@isd2711.org. (thanks August!)

Wednesday practices are back to the original schedule of 4-6 pm. (bus driver issues at VA school) If your skier needs to leave early for church night, just let a coach know. 

 

Whew! This is exciting stuff all around, and whatever happens, we'll make it work!

 

THANK YOU to all of you parents for encouraging & supporting your skier & our team!

It’s gonna be a fantaski season!

LET IT SNOW!! 

 

 

Cheri Johnson

Head Coach, ME / VA / EG / MIB Nordic Ski Team

218.750.7904, ccjskier@gmail.com

www.mesabieast-virginia-eveleth-gilbertnordicskiteam.com


Season start up- Tuesday, Nov. 13th!
Nov 6, 2018, 1:25 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.

_____________________________________________________________________

Update as of Monday, Nov. 12th.

* VETERAN SKIERS: Bring classic rock skis for first day of pratice- Tuesday, Nov. 13th.  Bring running shoes too. 

* NEW & 2ND YEAR SKIERS:  Equipment will be issued.  Bring running shoes too.  

* EG SKIERS - still pick up the VA ski bus at the Gilbert Jr. High, even though school has been canceled for you on Tues / Wed. 

* EVERYONE - bring your CLEARANCE slips from you school AD's. Bring other forms for us coaches. 

*WEDNESDAY PRACTICES - will now be from 3-5 pm for all skiers. 

 

 

Welcome to the 2018 / 19 ski season!

 

It was wonderful to reconnect with familiar faces and exciting to see so many new future skiers from ME VA EG MIB & NER!

The stats work out like this - 26 new skiers & 27 veteran skiers for this season's roster - fun times are ahead! 

ME - 12 new, 18 returning skiers  VA - 7 new, 4 returning skiers  EG - 4 new, 3 returning skiers MIB - 3 new, 1 returning skier

1 new skier from NER  

                               

                                                  Many mascots - but ONE TEAM ! 

                              

 

 

FIRST DAY of SKI PRACTICE is TUESDAY NOV 13th.  

*MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR SCHOOL ELIGIBITY FORMS TURNED IN to one of the COACHES.

NO FORMS = NO PRACTICE. 

 

FIRST WEEK of PRACTICE - DRYLAND TRAINING 

 

Bring to practice: Running shoes, water bottle, classic ski poles - (veteran skiers), *FORMS*

Wear: Blaze Orange item, jacket, windpants, hat, gloves or mitts, etc. 

Transportation: 

 VA / MIB / EG Skiers: 

Leave door #6 from the VA school at 3:15-3:30. The bus then stops at the EG Jr. High for EG skiers.

Return route is same, bus arrives back at VA at 6:30. You'll be sharing the bus with the VAAST team. 

ME Skiers: ride bus # 8, parents pick skiers up at GR at 6:00 pm. 

 

 

 JACKET / HAT / BUFF  ORDERS

 

Our team offers a couple of team clothing options for your skier. All are optional. 

 

1) Black Puffy Jacket - see order form on the menu of this site. Casual wear type jacket. Orders & payment due on Monday, Nov. 26th. TEXTILES PLUS out of Eveleth is our designer & distributor. 

 

2) Personalized Nordic Jackets hats, and buffs through Borah Teamwear will be available to purchase online from the Mt. Borah website's storefront. These jackets are perfect for skiing in - at practice and for meets.  The store will open on Tuesday, Nov. 5th and close on Sunday, Nov. 18th.   These are designed & produced by Mt. Borah in Coon Valley, WI. 

There is a 4 week production time, with jackets being shipped on or around Dec. 22.

Here is the updated link: http://borahteamwear.tuosystems.com/stores/mevaeg

 

 

*It is your option to buy anything. We also have and supply, school issued team warm-up jackets that can be used for ski meets* 

 

 

These photos reflect the updated version of the 2017/18 jacket, and new this season, a buff.  

          

THINK SNOW & see everyone on Tuesday, Nov. 13th.  

 

Cheri J.

Head Nordic Ski Coach

ccjskier@gmail.com

(218) 750-7904 

 

 

 


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