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Nov 6, 2013, 5:14 pm

WELCOME to all our new skiers... & a big WELCOME back to our current team members!



At Sunday night's meeting, we covered a lot of ground - of the in's & out's of our ski team and ski season.  The only thing that is important right now, is that YOU come to practice with the same smiles, attitudes, enthusiasm and dedication that I saw last year! For all of you new folks- that is all you need to do also.  Us coaches (& mother nature) will take care of the rest!


Practice will start on Tuesday, Nov. 12th.  (No school for Mesabi East on Mon. 11/11) We will meet everyday at Giant's Ridge at 4pm.  Practice will run until 5:30 for now. Transportation for VA / E-G skiers is provided from the VA school.  E-G skiers - ride the bus to the Gilbert Jr. High, then the VA bus will pick you up and head to GR. After practice, the same for the return trip. The Mesabi East skiers will ride bus #5 out to GR, and parents will pick them up at GR on compeletion of practice.


The next two weeks (hopefully less than that!) will be dedicated to dry-land training which will consist of trail running, plyometrics, core sessions, InSanITy work-outs, etc. 


Please bring: clearance slip, running shoes, hat, gloves, tights, water bottle, etc.  If you have any favorite BLAZE ORANGE pieces, bring that also. (it is deer hunting season) We will provide a good number of orange vests also.


Some other notes:


-   Ski Equipment:  will be handed out in these next two weeks to those that need it.  Try to get a "Nordic" ski bag soon. (at least 210 cm in length, and a double bag is best). We have extra's that you can borrow short term also.

-   Ski Passes: will be bought as a group, so sign up on the list at practice. We'll need these once we are on snow.

-   Team Handbook: remember  to go over the this  (on this site) with your skier, and print out the last page.  Turn it in to a coach.

-   Team Jackets: sizes will be available to try on at practice, more info to come.


Good Luck to all our skier  / swimmers this week at sections!!


Looking forward to a super snowy & fun season! 


See you on Tuesday!






The upcoming 2013/14 SKI SEASON!!!
Oct 20, 2013, 11:51 am


(Sunday, Oct. 27)


CONGRATULATIONS to our  ME / VA / E-G SKI TEAM MEMBERS for their outstanding running performances last Thursday at the Section 7A CC meet!


Sam took 1st, Reed right behind him at 2nd, and Emma G. came in 6th on the girls side.


It was a super exciting day for our ALLof our ME / VA / E-G  runner~ skiers!  I was told many of you posted PR's - what a great way to finish out the season!  You will be ready to roll, once those skis are under you!


Good Luck SAM, REED & EMMA G. (& also to DANNY & our summer GUTS gal- ABBEY W.)










The snowflakes are falling!  Let's hope that is a sign for things to come for our ski season!  Early SNOW & lots of it!! Smile


A couple of items that the team needs to take in about our upcoming season...


- NEW SKIER RECRUITMENT:  Informational team flyers / sign-up forms are posted at your schools.  Brochures will be mailed out to you, pass them along to your friends & sport teammates.   If you know of someone who is looking for something to do this winter, tell them about your experiences on the ski team and how much fun we have!  Give them info, have them check out this website, find us on FACEBOOK, and have them come to our pre-season meeting.

YOU are the best recruiting tool- our team has!!! 



- PRE-SEASON MEETING Sunday, Nov. 3rd, at 6pm. Giant's Ridge in the training center / sports dorm.  (this has been changed from the previous date of Oct. 27) Please make every effort to attend this meeting.  We will be discussing our team's policies, practices, meets, equipment, ski trips, etc.  We also need to know who is joining the 2013/24 team, so we can verify the team member statistics.   This information is very important when rounding out our coaching staff.


- WEST YELLOWSTONE SKI TRIP: So far, there are  8+ skiers from our team that will be heading west on Nov. 22 for this great ski camp.  Early ski kilometers are at the top of the list, (and a whole lot-of fun to go along with it).  Still thinking about it?  There is still time to send in your registration! (but you need to do it ASAP) I'd love to see more skiers attending!  Remember there is a    $ 100 scholarship for first time WY participants.  (reimbursement checks will be available at our pre-season meeting)  All the WY info is posted on this website, under "News".  And the forms can be found on a previous email... Either way, if you have any questions / concerns about WY, let me know.


- $$$ FALL MAGAZINE DRIVE: With many thanks to all of you who helped gather & pre-pare for our fall magazine fundraiser!  Gracious kudo's to Tom Krog & family for this wonderful bi-annual opportunity, along with our booster club president- Brenda M, for getting the details together.  More thanks to those that emptied bags & boxes in Virginia on Friday, Sept. 27: Ian, Spencer and Jenna, Isaac,  Lisa,  Sandy , Karen , Reed, and to Sam & the Krog's for helping load the trailer at the Johnson's.  Our grand total was 8160 pounds of glossy paper!   Yeah for the ski team!!


- USED SKI EQUIPMENT:  outgrown your stuff?  Let me know what you have and I'll post it on this site- some type of selling board / forum.  What I need to know: sizes & brands of  skis, bindings, (NNN or SNS type),  boots & poles, along with your contact information & price.  Our team will also be providing equipment for the season to those that need it.  First year skiers- no charge.  Second year & up skiers may rent skate & classic equipment for $ 25.00 for the 2013/14 ski year. 


- GOOD LUCK:  to all ME / VA / E-G Cross Country Runners at the Section 7A meet this week.   Thursday is YOUR day!  Make it your BEST race of the CC season!




 We are on our way to the new ski season!  If you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please let me know! 


See you soon!


Coach Cheri J.

229-2413, 750-7904, kcj@frontiernet.net


Wanna go to West Yelly this year ???
Oct 3, 2013, 4:15 pm

Hey skiers, families & coaches!   It is that time of year to start thinking… snow!  (but… just think about it…  please don’t ask the snow Gods anything- yet!)   


 2013 WEST YELLOWTONE SKI TRIP is now posted!! 



 *** All new / first time West Yellowstone skiers:   $100 scholarships are available to apply towards the fee.  Just let me know if you are attending. ***  cj


 This trip is scheduled for the last week of November, so the snow conditions should be better than ever this year!   This ski trip is geared towards 2nd year skiers & up, usually 9th grade and above.  Exceptions have been made for younger and experienced skiers.  Parents are welcome also!   The 2012 trip filled up very quickly, so if you are interested in attending this super fun ski camp, send in your deposit asap.  If you have any questions, please call or email me.  All 2013 WY forms were attached in a group email.  The trip is sponsored by the wonderful coaches at Duluth East Nordic, Bonnie & Dave Kask.  They have been conducting all of this for more than 15 years..!


Here is the link to WY Ski Festival -  http://www.yellowstoneskifestival.com/


btw – mark your calendars for our pre-season meeting: Sunday, Oct. 27, 6pm at GR in the sports dorm.  Team posters, flyers & brochures will be hitting your schools soon.  YOU SKIERS are the best recruiting tool we have!  Talk the team up- get a friend or current teammate to join the fantastic ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team!


and…..  keep going forwards with your fall sports!  Successful results are everywhere!  I am proud to say that each one of you is a member of the fantastic ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team!





2013 West Yellowstone Ski Trip

November 22 to November 30, 2013
West Yellowstone, Montana
Cost $595 ($645 after Oct. 25)


Trip Leaders:

Bonnie Fuller-Kask (218) 724-2775
Dave Kask

Other Information:

  • This trip has filled up in the past. We will fill the busses on a first paid – first reserved basis.  Your seat will be reserved when we receive your down payment.
  • Leave Woodland Middle School (201 Clover Street, Duluth, MN 55812) at 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 22 (same place as last year (now used as Condon Elementary School)
  • Have a bag dinner with you - we will not be stopping for dinner.
  • We will stop for a quick breakfast on Saturday morning – indicate your preference on the sign up sheet
  • Arrive West Yellowstone Saturday afternoon.  We’ll have time to ski.
  • Leave West Yellowstone about 4:00 p.m. on Friday
  • Arrive Duluth about 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30. 
  • $595 Fee includes ($645 after Oct. 25):
    • Transportation
    • Breakfast Saturday morning at Perkins on the way out
    • 6 nights lodging at the Kelly Inn
    • Continental Breakfasts in West Yellowstone
    • 3 dinners and Thanksgiving dinner
    • Ski passes for the week
    • Coaching (by collegiate skiers)
  • Skiers should bring additional money for lunches and other dinners
  • There are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance of the Kelly Inn.
  • Waxing benches, irons and waxing help will be available.  Bring your own glide & kick wax.
  • Skiers MUST bring the following kick waxes; Red Special, Blue Extra and Green plus a cork!  This is necessary to get out on the ski trails faster.
  • This is not a school-sponsored trip.  Parents will be required to excuse their students from school.  Permission slips, including Emergency information will be required.
  • Please keep the volume of bags to a minimum.  This means 1 ski bag, 1 small – medium duffle bag and 1 small backpack.  The bus will be full. If the bags are too big some may have to be left home.
  • No coolers, there will not be room on the bus.

To reserve your seat on the bus, get your $300 non-refundable deposit to Bonnie ASAP.  The seats will be filled on a first come first served basis.  Remaining trip fee is due to Bonnie prior to November 8, 2013 (we have to let the checks clear the bank so we can use the money in West Yellowstone)Please make checks out to Nordic Fitness & Adventures.

Note: If signing up after October 25, 2013 the fee increases to $645.

Parents and other interested adults are welcome. 

The prices for adults are:

  • $595.00 - Quad occupancy
  • $645.00 - Triple occupancy
  • $745.00 - Double occupancy
  • $1040.00 - Single Occupancy

You must find your own roommates.  Add $50 if signing up after October 25, 2013.


Fall Team Magazine Drive - Set for Sept. 27 - please help!
Sep 18, 2013, 1:15 pm

Fall Women's Retreat at Giant's Ridge- Sept. 27-29
Aug 28, 2013, 8:19 am

A FALL WOMEN's Retreat at Giant's Ridge!



Check out the following info and grab some female friends to join in this first annual fall event at Giant's Ridge!  This retreat is hosted by- Marjory Woods- one of our skier's grandmother.  Looks like a super get-away- to experience Giant's Ridge in the Fall!  Spread the word!!





August 27, 2013


It’s almost Fall here in Minnesota’s Northland and just one month until “The Women’s Fall Fun Run/Walk  Retreat”. Make your plan now to join other adventurous Women who love the outdoors. This first Women’s Fun Trail Run/Walk is being held at Giant’s Ridge September 27, 28 & 29. Giant’s Ridge has over 60 kilometers of beautiful wide trails through the pine and hardwood forests.  Lodging for our women’s group is available in the Sports Dorm or at the Villa’s. The Sports Dorm can house up to 96 women. Each of the dorm’s 24 units sleeps up to four in two bunk beds and every room has a private bath and shower. The spacious dorm lobby and meeting room provides a convenient area for group activities plus a large kitchen is available for your food and snacks.  The sports dorm rate is an affordable ($65 per night) and is a fun lodging option. If you aren’t interested in sleeping in a bunk bed, lodging is also available at the Villa’s at Giant’s Ridge. Plus there is more fun available. Bring your golf clubs along if you golf since Giants Ridge is famous for its world class golf. The Mesabi bike trail travels past and through Giant’s Ridge so bring your bike if you wish. Kayaks are also available for rent. You won’t run out of fun things to do!



Registration Fee is $20 per participant.  Net proceeds go to help support the local (Mesabi East, Gilbert and Virginia) High School Cross Country teams. To properly prepare we need your registration by September 16, 2013 - Thank You !



Contact: Marjory Wood at marjoryjw@gmail.com 612-964-6321

or Gloria Jansen at gjansen612@msn.com For additional registration information.



Schedule for Friday 9-27, Saturday 9-28 & Sunday 9-29.


Check in Friday Night, Get acquainted with others, snacks, chatting ...

Saturday: Breakfast at Wacootah Restaurant or Bunkers Snack Bar 

9:30 - 12:00 Run Walk explore the 10K Silver Trail which is the loop trail we will be running or walking on Sunday

12:00 Lunch time, Free Time ... to watch movies, bike, read, relax, nap, kayak, explore other trails

2:30 - Learn about Nordic Walking and try out some Nordic Walking Poles

4:00 - Ask Gloria:  a time to ask Coach Gloria Jansen your running questions 

6:00 - Dinner we have local restaurant options to choose from

8:00 - Relaxation and Free Time

Sunday Breakfast available at Wacootah Restaurant, Bunkers Snack Bar 

9:00 a.m. the first “Women’s Silver Trail Run / Walk at Giant’s Ridge”

12:00  Farewell coffee 




A Fun Evening for a Grand Ending
Jul 31, 2013, 9:03 pm
                          The shirts are on their way!!
What an ending! 
One last hike up Placid to take in our "summer" view, and reflect on what vision lies ahead of us once November rolls around...  followed by team 2 whomping team 1 in kickball.  It's been a ton of fun hanging out with all of you.... &  remember your G.U.T.S.  "Get Up & Train Smart".   And...it's (money) in the bank. 
Good Luck in your fall sport season!  
See you on the trails, at the pool, on the field, & on the courts.  cj   

Last week ( #8) of Summer Training 2013
Jul 29, 2013, 9:43 am

Another week of summer....  come & gone.  We will wrap everything up this week (#8) of summer training with a trail run today, and celebrate our endurance & fitness levels with a BBQ on Wednesday.  Our 2013 Summer G.U.T.S. - (get up & train smart) training shirts are underway, and should be done within the next week...



Monday- July 29th, Giant's Ridge, 4-5:30 pm

Wednesday- July 31, Run / Swim /Kickball/Wiffle ball /BBQ: 4-6 pm, Giants Ridge. 





A (vintage) GIANT domination, with a Mora imposter for the top 10 at the 2013 Fisherman's Point 5K! Sam Johnson- 3rd, Bennett Maki- 4th, Adam Stainiger- 5th, Dan Radtke- 8th. Other summer training members / skiers rounding out the field of 190 were: Austin Lovaas- 22, Paul Meloche - 28, Stephanie Madzey- 40, Lynnette Crosby- 45, Abbey Whiting- 62, Ian Ramfjord-65, Amelia Wagner- 75, Spencer Walchuk-87.  Complete results will be posted soon at www.northlandrunner.com .  This race was a good measure of what you all have been doing for 8 weeks.  Keep it going - the fall sports season is right around the corner!






A huge round of THANKS to all ski team members & parents for your continued support of the Fisherman's Point 5K race. And... a shout out to Coach Jon Wagner - for providing his timing services & race course markings all these years! This race would not be as successful as it is, if it weren't for ALL of you giving up your Saturday morning every 4th weekend in July! This completed year # 8 for our team and the funds raised will be a bonus for ski trips, equipment, etc.  Team roller skis are at the top of my list for next summer!  





See you on the trails!

















Week # 7 summer training
Jul 21, 2013, 7:30 pm

We had lots of togetherness last week- with 3 solid days of training & our unload / load party for the MS Tram Tour in Biwabik.  A huge shout-out of THANKS to everyone that made the early trips to Biwabik on Wed & Thurs.  "Natural strength training" at it's best with... (900 cyclist bags / gear)!  I know some of you ran the "Color Run" & it looks like it was a super fun time!   Nice support for the YMCA too!




                                   lots of gear!                                         94 degrees...  did you run first ?



 We're winding down our training, with this week & 2 days next week... here is what we are up to...


Monday, July 22, 4-6 pm.  Giant's Ridge. Trail run. Strength / Core.  


Wed., July 24, 4-6 pm.  Mesabi East.  Long distance run- trails / creeks / woods with an ice cream finish at the A & W- coaches treat!  


Thurs., July 25, 4-6 pm.  Hoyt Lakes Arena.  Run the Fisherman's Pt. 5k route, set up a few things, eat at the community picnic. (bring $5.00)


Saturday, July 27, 7 am.  Fisherman's Pt. 5K Run / Walk, Hoyt Lakes Arena.  Set-up, registration (starts at 7:30), food / beverage prep, etc.  Race begins at 9:00.  Still need volunteers for race help!   Let me know asap if you can lend a hand!  







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