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SKIING on Monday, Nov. 26 & more....
Nov 25, 2012, 6:32 pm

The REAL SKI SEASON is here !!!


We have lots to cover this week, but first and foremost is.... that  we will be skiing - starting tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 26 !! Bring your rock skis (if you have them) classic & skate.  If you don't have old skis, bring your current skis.  Snow / Grooming conditions will determine what technique for Monday's practice.


We will also be issuing team ski equipment - skis, boots, poles to those skiers that need them.

1st year skiers: no charge.  2nd year skiers & up: $ 25.00 deposit + $ 25.00 rental fee.  


Other hot topics:  Equipment Issue, Team Jackets, Team Hats, Trail Passes, MapleLag Ski Trip. 


Team Jackets

- Same jacket as in the past.  "Storm Creek" soft shell. Black & Gray. 

- Sizes will be available for trying on at practice this week.  Small, Medium & Large in both Women & Men's. 

-  Skier price: $ 40.00. (this is the cost after the booster club contribution of $ 25.00)

-  Parents price: (if you want one) $ 65.00 

     - payment at time of order.

     - make check out to ME/VA/E-G Nordic Booster Club 

- Order Deadline: Friday, Nov. 30th. 


Team Hats & Headbands

- no charge for new skiers 

- $ 12.00 each

- available to purchase at practice


Trail Passes:

-  Need to be purchased this week.  Buy in the ticket office at Giant's Ridge. 

- $ 90.00 + tax for age 13 & up.

- $ 40.00 + tax for 12 & under.  

-  Group purchase (w/out tax) is due: Tuesday, Nov. 27th.  See info under previous news. 



MapleLag Ski Trip: 2 days, 2 nights

- Sat. & Sun. Dec. 29/30th. Leave Sat. morning, and return early afternoon on Monday, Dec. 31. 

- Limited space:  about 20 skiers.  Varsity / JV has first choice, then open to Jr. High & new skiers.  Adults are needed for transportation. 

- Cost per skier: $ 65.00.  This includes 6 meals at the resort, trail passes & accomodations.  

- Resort website:  http://www.maplelag.com

- Sign up by: Friday, Nov. 30th. 


  Let the SKIING begin!     




(Thanks) week practices
Nov 18, 2012, 11:36 am

Greetings from Montana!! 



No official team practices this week for Mon & Tues & Wed- 11/19 & 11/20, 11/21.  


The plan: 

- Monday &Tuesday: hit up your school's fitness center for some strength training/core work 

- Wed. through the weekend: level 1 (easy) distance runs. Jr high: 30 min. Varsity / JV: 60-90 min. Add some core into it. 


Try to fit the plan into your holiday weekend of family, grazing & shopping! 


Be ready to go again on the 26th! 


Think snow! 



Trail Pass & Congrats
Nov 11, 2012, 11:25 pm

Congratulations to all of our ME / VA / E-G skier swimmers for their fine performances at the Section 7A finals on Saturday.   I know your success will continue on the ski trails too! 


And... Good Luck to Hailee J. who qualified for the MSHSL State Swim Meet in the 100 breastroke.  Hailee is the section champion of this event & also set a new school record for Mesabi East.  Way to own that race!  Show 'em what you got at the State Meet!




 Season Trail Passes: 


For those of you who haven't purchased a season x-c pass yet, we are trying something different this year.


If you want to buy your ski pass without paying the MN sales tax, send your check for $90 (ages 13 +), $ 40 (age 12) per skier, to Michelle Lovaas and she will get the money to Giants Ridge so your skier can get the discount rate. Make your check payable to "ME / VA / E-G Nordic Booster Club". Make sure to include your skier's name and a phone number for contact.  Mail check & info to the ski parent listed below by November 27th. 


Michelle Lovaas

109 N Norman Ave

Eveleth MN 55734


Let's Go !!
Nov 7, 2012, 3:06 pm

A big welcome back to our current team members- and a huge shout of WELCOME to our new ski friends!   Glad to have you on board, it is going to be a fun, fantastic and fulfilling ski season!


Just a few reminders for our first practiceTuesday, Nov. 13.  Bring the following:


  • Forms – physical / eligibility complete, bring your clearance slip to Tuesday’s practice.
  • Running shoes, layered clothing, HAT, gloves, etc.
  • Water Bottle
  • Blaze Orange clothing if you have it.  We will provide some also.
  • I Tunes !  for the dock
  • A good attitude and a proven method …   to make it SNOW !
  • Mesabi East:  ride bus # 5
  • Virginia:  door # 6 
  • E-G: check w/ your AD 



And to all of you (SWIM) SKIERS:  Anna J, Anna A, Kaitlyn B, Emma H, Rachel & Hailee       GOOD LUCK as you prepare for the section 7A swim meet!

Swim your best races!  






STATE CC QUALIFIERS & Pre Season Meetings
Oct 18, 2012, 10:45 am

CONGRATS to OUR TEAM SKIERS for their CC running performances at the (snowy & windy) Section 7A meet today!  (Oct. 25) 

These runner / skiers are State Qualifiers and will be lacing up their running spikes for one last time of the season at the State Meet on the grounds of St. Olaf College on Nov. 3rd. 


 Sam Johnson(ME) placed 4th, while Reed Mellicher (E-G) came in at 9th.


Pictured also are our (basketball) friends.... Wyatt Becicka (VA)- 10th, and Danny Radtke (ME) -2nd.


 GOOD LUCK to all of you!!













It's that time of year- to get back together with our ski friends from ME / VA / E-G and hopefully bring some new friends to the trails. 


YOU- our SKI TEAM MEMBERS - are the best recruiting tool we have - to get more skiers involved in what we love to do during the winter months.  Ski team posters are up at the schools, brochures and sign up forms are in the AD / Student Services offices.  TALK it up- and bring a friend or two to the upcoming meetings!  Then make sure you start the  **  SNOW DANCE  **  too!!   ( It won't be another Mt. Itasca season!)


Informational meetings for new and returning skiers will be held on the following dates at our cooperative schools.  Please keep a look-out for more info on this website, your daily school bulletins, and the Mesabi Daily News. 


Virginia High School- Monday, Oct. 22, 6pm at VHS in the Resource Center.  Enter through door # 3.



 Mesabi East HS- Friday, Oct. 26 during Jr & Sr High lunch hours. Meet in the small commons.



Eveleth-Gilbert HS- Monday, Oct. 29, 6pm at EGHS in room 132. 




*** TEAM / PARENT Meeting ***  - Sunday, Nov. 4, 6pm at Giant's Ridge in the Training Center.  Please make every effort to attend this meeting.



With the running season coming to an end... GOOD LUCK to all CC RUNNING TEAMS next week at the Section Meet on Thursday.  This is THE day!




See you on the trails.



Oct 11, 2012, 10:58 am

            West Yellowstone Ski Camp

                          Hosted by Duluth East Nordic Ski Team

Nov. 16-24 in West Yellowstone, Montana

The 2012 trip info is now posted .  Sign up early to reserve your spot!   Don't miss out on a fantastic opportunity to get your early ski k's on!


  We keep going back (year # 5) because -everything- from the crazy bus ride to the great skiing to the new people we meet, it is a ski event you want to be a part of!


  Many other skiers - from several northern schools participate- Ely, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Brainerd, Two Harbors, etc. 


Parents- you are welcome to come too. 


Check out the link below for all the necessary forms. 

2012 West Yellowstone Forms


Here is a link to the WY Ski Festival Website:




If you have any questions, let me know. 


** More info to come on our first team meeting at Giant's Ridge, along with info meetings at E-G, VA, ME high school **


See you on the trails.




Oct 7, 2012, 2:16 pm



ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team

Fall Magazine Recycle Drive


Help the Mesabi East / Virginia / Eveleth-Gilbert Nordic Ski Team collect 12,000 pounds of Magazines to Recycle. Anything "glossy" is acceptable - magazines, catalogs, flyers, etc. Visit your library, schools, dentist, physician, neighbor to collect magazines!



More poundage = more wax, ski trips, accessories!


Call Peggy at 865-6226 if you have any questions.



Drop Off locations & times:


Sunday, Oct. 14th: Virginia Mall Parking Lot (by Village Inn) 1-3 pm

Aurora Community Center Parking Lot 3-5 pm


at the Johnson's - anytime during the week of Oct. 7-13th.

Sep 20, 2012, 11:07 am

Congratulations to Mesabi East's swimmer / nordic ski team member - HAILEE JOFS !


Hailee was nominated this past week for the Mesabi Daily News  "Athlete of the Week" for her strong early season performances in the pool.  Keep rockin' those times Hailee!



Recently, I also had the pleasure of watching many of the ME / VA / E-G skiers in action in one single afternoon...


Last Thursday, at the Eveleth-Gilbert CC Invitational, I got to see Stephanie,Juliana, Reed, Simon, Sam, Ryan, Josh, Ian, Sophie, & Leila all run great races.  Nice outcomes for all of you- Good job!  (even that 6k race guys!)


Then back to the Mesabi East pool to take in the dual swim meet against Virginia. Lots of ski ladies shining at that event!  Way to go Rachel K, Emma H, Kaitlyn B, Anna & Hailee!  


To all of you fall athletes ..... Keep working hard!  


 And - as 3 time Minnesota State Nordic Ski Champion, now US Ski Team Member,  Jessie Diggins says... 




See you on the trails.




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