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Week # 10!
Jan 7, 2018, 6:22 pm

*updates as of Jan 13*



Monday 1/15:     Practice at 12pm. DRESS YOUR USUAL SUPER WARMEST! No bus for VA / EG skiers.

                           Please carpool.  

Tuesday 1/16:    Korkki Nordic ski race in Two Harbors. VA / EG / MIB skiers come to M.E. school

                            to board bus at 7:30 am. Check out race list on this site. 

Wednesday 1/17: Practice. Ends at 5:45 on Wednesdays.  

Thursdsay 1/18: Practice. 

Friday 1/19: Practice- SKI / WAX.

Saturday 1/20: Bemidji Pursuit at Beuna Vista Trails. See Race List for more info. *Bus loads at ME at 5:15 am. Picking up VA / EG / MIB skiers at 5:50 at Super 8 in Eveleth*. 


** Needed ** 

WAX GURU's for team wax nights. 

Our team is looking for more hands in the wax hut to help wax skis, during practice time, before a big meet. (Pursuits, Section Race, etc) We'd love to have a couple of new Dads (or Moms) who would like to get more involved with our team wax fests. No experience is necessary, all you have to do is follow some basic instruction from the others that help. The time committment is usually 3 hours or less. (3-6 pm, the day before a race). The dates needed yet this season: Friday - Jan 19, Thursday- Jan. 25, Wed - Jan. 31, Wed - Feb. 7. Currently our wax guru's are: Keith J, Jack G, Dan K, and some of us coaches. If you are interested, let Coach CJ know. THANKS for your support! 

Well, Mother Nature sure knows how to move our schedule around! But, we've GOT SNOW now! 



SMILES! That is what we've seen lately after last week's races!


Nice work everyone - at the Spirit Mtn. Meet and the ME Invite! Those finish places keep moving in the right direction - up, and as we always say... the first page of results is where you want to be!  :) 


That's a wrap for the 2018 ME Invite! 

Thanks to our team parents & Giant's Ridge volunteers for your support at the spaghetti feed & race day details.

Special kudo's to our key support crew at GR- "Pepsi" Deb Maki & Benji Neff, and booster club president -Sandy Tardiff. 

It was an awesome day all around!! 


The ritual of Captain's awards, (funny or serious prize offerings) are highly coveted and sought after from all team members. These super sugary, downright bad for you, and ultimately darn yummy, variety of candy handouts, are a hit- the day after a ski meet. Check in with your skier to see if he or she has been awarded a Captain's Award recently! 

THANKS to Captain's Kayla, Christine, Callie & Jared


WELCOME to our new volunteer Coach - Ms. Ashley Loe! See her in action at daily practices starting on Jan. 8th!!! 



ENTHUSIASTIC practicing and SERIOUS racing is our game plan this week.


Mon, Tues, Wed. PRACTICE





  *canceled*  (scheduled)  Thursday Jan 11, V/JV/JH/Newbies- CEC, Pine Valley in Cloquet. 4pm start Skiing under the lights! :) 

   *canceled* (added)      Saturday Jan 13, V/JV - at Beuna Vista in Bemidji. Pursuit Race.  Leave M.E. at 5:30 am. Pick up EG / VA skiers at  Super 8 in Eveleth at 5:45 am.  Start list will be posted Wednesday evening.  




WEEK 8 - practices & racing, cold weather, spaghetti feed, & the ME Invite!
Jan 4, 2018, 8:45 am

WEEK NO. 8. Looks like a repeat of 2017! 



 ** Mesabi East Invite Update **

  Due to cold temps, all races have been moved back an hour.

     Classic now starts at 12:00 pm. 




We are easing our way into a full race season now, and will strive for good things to happen. 

Concentrating on getting those "extra's" in that are talked about at practices, are at the top

of the list for achieving our goals.  


 PRACTICES: "Make it Count" is a team mantra. Get your head & body into the session.  It. Is. Up. To. You. 



- EQUIPMENT: Are your skis slow? Arms / hands not doing their thing with poles?

 GET.  YOUR. EQUIPMENT. CHECKED. At a ski shop and /or with a coach.  You may have grown! And things may be too small. 

-  RACING:  pay attention, to what works for you: pre-race routines, warm-ups, race strategies, cool-downs, etc. 

 TIME MANAGEMENT: schoolwork / projects, social life, work; these items are important, as is

   your commitment to the team. 

-  REST & NUTRITION: this sport requires complete dedication of a healthy routine. 

   Mentally & physically- what are your methods for optimal performance- before, during and after practices & races?

     Here are a few tips:  Get your sleep. Multivitamins / Iron supplements are important.

     Clean up your diets- no soda, extra sugars, bad foods, etc.  Hydrate.  

    Take your resting heart rate every morning.  Be a happy & kind person. 

-  FUN: always is the point of being on a team.  Skiing your best, everytime you put on those skinny skis, adds up to a

   successful & FUN season- for everyone! 


EXTRA COACH NEEDED for the rest of the 2017/18 Ski Season! 

We are looking for another coach to help out on a daily basis, 4-6pm to break up our large practice groups. 

Ski meets aren't necessary, but you are welcome to attend those with us also. 

A stipened will be provided. 

Contact Coach Johnson at 218 750 7904 for more info!  




The week ahead is exciting, as we enter into our home meet- the biggest high school nordic ski meet in the country! 

SKIERS & PARENTS- have a lot going on, and  the best part is that it is all a super fun time,  to do what we do best 

on & off the trails at Giant's Ridge!  


Wed, 1/3:    Practice. DRESS WARM! 

                    Classic & Skate for ME Invite skiers. 

                    Jr. Nordic Club begins. (see info on the Jr. Nordic Club page)


Thurs, 1/4 Practice. DRESS EXTRA WARM!! 

                    Classic & Skate dependent on your ME race. 

                    Jr H & Newbies- bring both sets of equipment.                     


Fri, 1/5:  Practice.  SKi / Wax / Spaghetti Feed  $5.00 per skier and/or family member

                              V / JV / JH  leave for feed after practice to eat togeather. Our time slot is 6:30.

                              The VA bus will drop our skiers off at the Biwabik Pavilion. The rest of team will carpool.

                              If your skier isn't helping, they will return to VA / EG school or ME.  

                               * PARENTS*  

                             Check your emails for spaghetti feed info, & call Sandy Tardiff at 229-2199

                             to reserve your favorite time slot for helping.

                             Bring a pan of bars or plate of cookies for your desserts. 


Sat. 1/6:  MESABI EAST INVITE, at Giant's Ridge. *12:00 pm* *START LIST IS POSTED ON RACE LIST PAGE* 

                 Classic skiers arrive at  10:00 am, Skate Skiers at 11:00 am 

                 Team Camp is in the Lodge. Come in main doors, go up the big open staircase. We have space there. 

                 Kinesio tape, Warm Skin will be on hand for the cold racing weather.  Bring your usual race food / water/ 


                 JR HIGH & NEWBIE TEAM: Get on the trail & cheer for your teammates! 



CHANGES. Sadly, we have them.
Dec 26, 2017, 5:00 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. 


Urgent Weather Update: Dec. 30, 2017  

Hey ski fans!
That plan to SKI this weekend... isn't gonna happen.
With these temps & windchill, it isn't safe. Find your groove with an indoor work out and...

Make. It. Count.

Stay warm & See ya'll on Monday!
#dang #mothernature  







Then be flexible & patient, warm & active, flexible & patient...  and smile as we coast along the ski trails to find our happy place of 1) SNOW 2) WARMER WEATHER


End of that sermon. 




We are looking ahead to some changes this week, so here we go...


The SKI TRIP to Hayward is cancelled, due to cold temps. The good news is that we didn't lose out on anything, and can use the reservation for another trip.  


PRACTICE will be held at Giant's Ridge- and take note of the times and groups.


WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27th, CLASSIC:  2-4pm. Varsity/JV/8th grade & up new skiers. (no 6th /7th graders)

Hand & Toe warmers & warm skin will be available. BYOB. (bring your own buff) BYOM. (bring your own music) Will be skiing lot's of K's with the coaches.  Hot chocolate and.. after. Meet in South Chalet. 



                                                             Nordic Warriors at the Summit 12/27! 


THURSDAY, Dec. 28th, CLASSIC:1-3 pm. V/JV/JH/Newbies

                                                  Similiar to day before, but with a twist. Cuz it's warmer.  :) 

                                                  Meet in Timing Bldg.


FRIDAY, Dec. 29th, CLASSIC & SKATE:  1-3 pm. V/JV/JH/Newbies

                                                *Mesabi East Invite Skiers & Technique will be announced at this practice.

                                                Meet in Timing Bldg. 


SAT. & SUN. Dec 30th / 31st:  V/JV  

                                                 Ski on your own or with a group for ME Invite prep.

                                                 Skate - Silver, Classic - Cedar / Gold. 


MON. Jan 1st: Noon-3 pm.  Meet in South Chalet.  Waxing / Skiing. 


TUE. Jan. 2nd: Ski Meet in Duluth at Spirit Mtn. 11 am start. Freestyle 

                         *See Race List on this site for more info* 


ICYMI- the REMIND app code was changed in November, and a notice was sent out then. (Some of you may have entered the previous code at the pre-season sign up, that one was deleted)

Last minute updates via your phone, is super helpful with our ever changing weather conditions during the season.   

For Iphone / Android users: open your web browser and go to this link: rmd.at/349dk4. Follow the instructions to sign up.  

If you don't have a smartphone, you can get text notifications. Text the message @349dk4 to the number 81010

Sorry for the confusion! 


First Ski Meet, Ski Trip, Party, Practices & more
Dec 13, 2017, 9:10 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. 



Hey ski FANS!


The snow is slowly making it’s way back to us, and we are looking forward to getting on the awesome trails at GR.

In the meantime, the stadium has been our go-to home, and it has worked so far.

Our daily comment has been, “well at least we are on snow”.  😊


EVERYONE is skiing really well, and us coaches are always excited and satisfied after every practice, to see the happening improvements. This team is sporting 47 everyday smiles! 


A few notes & updates to what will be happening in the next few weeks..


Wednesday's practice sessions- will end earlier beginning today. Everyone is done & out by 5:45. (instead of 6 pm) Early departures for church are still the norm. Just check out with a coach. 


SKI TRIP- The deadline to sign up is Friday, Dec. 15th.  Hayward / Cable area is the direction we are headed to ski the Birkie trail & others.  Leave 8 am on Thurs. Dec. 28 & return mid afternoonish on Sat. Dec. 30th.  Cost is around $65-$75.00  for two nights of lodging, and a bit extra $25.00 ? for food. Open to all skiers 7th grade & up. And parents too.  We always love to adults with for driving, cooking, and just hanging with.  No skiing experience is necessary- but we’ll give you some equipment & lessons if you want!  So far, we have about 18-20 people signed up, and we can fill the lodge with 30.


FIRST SKI MEET (YAY!) -  Wednesday, Dec. 20th at Mt. Itasca. 11:00 am. Check the Ski Meet Line Up page for more info. First year skiers are included – either to race or just come to ski the warm -up & cheer. For meets, pack plenty of food & water. There is a concession that serves soup, cocoa etc. We will not stop to eat after this meet. 


SKI TEAM PRACTICE / CHRISTMAS PARTYThursday, Dec 21st, First day of Winter, Coach Jack's day, at GR during practice. Our team captains are planning this event. T-shirt game, Secret Santa’s, Ugly Sweater ski suit, ski relays, pizza & more are on their list of fun.


NO PRACTICE on these dates: Friday, Dec. 22 & 25.

PRACTICE will be held at 10:00 am on Dec. 26 & 27th & Jan. 1st (due to a ski meet on Jan. 2) There isn’t any transportation from the schools for any xmas break practices. Hopefully our skiers can carpool with other skiers & / or parents.


Noticeable THANKS to parents that have provided-

Lobster Mitts & Buffs: the kids are wearing them- great to see items to help keep the skiers warm during these stadium sessions. (it is warmer & less windy in the woods!) Mitts & / or super toasty gloves are necessary to keep the digits happy! 


Need some ski gift ideas???

Wrist or chest based heart rate monitor: a great training tool for your varsity skier / runner / all-around athlete.

Disposable hand / toe warmers:  these make great stocking stuffers, and we’ve used a lot lately!

Ski Socks: Wool / Poly blend is best to keep the feet warm.  Not too thick or too thin.  Regular socks … Just. Don’t. Work.

Glove / Mitten Liners: Thin glove worn under the mitt / glove help a lot. 

Ski Poles- they are a super helpful first piece of equipment for our skiers.

Team Hats- $20.00, available at practice. 


CHEERS to Benji N for providing great tracks & corduroy when needed,

& more CHEERS for our volunteer coaches that pitch in on short notice - Debby, August, Don, Jack, Paul, 



(PS- only 4 shopping days left… till Coach Jack J’s bday!) 😉


Week # 5 - ski meet, jackets, hats, ski trip, ski lease contracts....
Dec 5, 2017, 10:15 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. 



                                                        Fine looking Team!


This week's updates! 



Sad emoji face... 



ELY SKI MEET (12/9) is cancelled. They also missed the snow.  :( 





Open to skiers 7th grade and up.  Volunteer coaches & parents welcome too. 

Dec 28-30th. Depart 8 am on Thurs. Dec 28 and return on Sat. Dec 30. 

Looking into options in the Hayward WI & Ironwood MI area. 

Trip cost is usually around $65.00-75.00 per skier.  

*To guarantee your spot, sign up at practice, ASAP. Payment due Dec. 28th.   




Take a look at the care tag on these new jackets, as the instructions also apply to our team uniforms. 

- Don't wash with Velcro

- Wash Cold Water

- Hang Dry 



$20.00 if you want to purchase at practice.

Limited supply.



Are supposed to be in by Christmas. 



These went out to skiers who have been on the team for 3 years, 9th grade and up using any team equipment.  No charge to skiers for first two years, beginning at 7th grade. 

$50.00 for both classic & skate. $25.00 for one set. 

*Please turn in your contract and payment asap. Make checks out to ME / VA /EG Booster Club. 


 THINK SNOW !!!   




Dryland training = converted to Snow training!
Nov 22, 2017, 4:30 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 # 3 !


Thumbs up for our super sized group of nordic skiers! We are heading into week # 3, and we're putting all that 'beginning of season' stuff behind us. 


Ski equipment, team uniforms & warm-ups have been issued, a mini wax clinic is in the books, classic & skate bounding, pole running- check.  West Yelly skiers- check. Getting on ski's- check.  Skiing the Summit & Northern Lights at Giant's Ridge - double check! 


We'll roll with what we've got, but really hoping for SNOW & TRACKS, asap, to keep doing what we do best. 






Practices are now contained to being on skis.  Needed to bring daily to practice: 

Ski Boots. Cold weather gear - base layer / jacket / windpants.  Water bottle.  Ski bags remain at Giant's Ridge and are taken home on the weekends and the night before a race. 

Talked about at practice lately- are the best ski extra's to stay warm. Ask your skier about the below listed items - they can fill you in.  All are available at any ski shop or online. 

- Lobster Mitts

- Buff / Neck Gaiter

- Hand / Toe Warmers 

- Ski Socks - wool / poly combination 

- Personal ski poles - for 2nd year skiers & up. NOTHING beats a good pair of poles. 


Some upcoming deadlines & reminders:


Trail Passes - need to purchase this week, now that we are skiing. 

Black Puffy Jackets- orders need to be in by Tuesday, Nov. 28th 

Ski Bags- the team supply is out.  

Team Pictures - are set for Monday, Dec. 4th at Giant's Ridge 

First Ski Meet - V/JV/JH - Saturday, Dec. 9th in Ely 


Giant's Ridge Nordic Trail Passes: are required for all skier's. You may purchase them online, or have your skier buy one at the ticket counter during practice. The price for 13 and up: $106.30 (incl. tax) and up to age 12 $52.61 (incl. tax). Check / CC or cash. For an online purchase, there is a handling fee. Here is the link to the site: https://www.giantsridge.com/product-category/nordic-pass/


Black PUFFY TEAM JACKETS- are available to order for the 2017/18 season. Click on the Puffy Jacket Order Form tab (on the menu) for all the information. Deadline to order is Nov. 28th.  Return completed form & payment to one of the coaches. 


Ski Bags. Buy one soon.  Longer the better. At least 210 cm. Purschase at ski shops or online.  Ebags.com has a good selection like this one:  http://www.ebags.com/product/high-sierra/double-nordic-ski-bag/204872?productid=10110608

*We also have a limited quantity of team bags that can be borrowed for the season.


Thanks for supporting & encouraging your skier & our team!




Coach Cj 






First day of practice: TUESDAY NOV 14
Nov 6, 2017, 2:15 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 # 1: Starts Tuesday, Nov. 14th! 





It was really great to see so many new & veteran skiers at our pre season meeting! Can you 

believe this weather?  We may be able to get on ski's that very first day! Check back here for updates...

The first week is crazy busy with lots of details, here is a list of items that pertain to it. 




  • Activity Forms- these are posted on your school websites or pick one up from your AD’s office.  Complete and return to your AD, before the first day of practice. 


  • Clearance Slip- bring to practice. No Clearance slip = no practice. 


  • Skier ID info cards, Medical Consent forms, Skier Handbook page.  


  • Bus Transportation for practices:  ME students ride bus # 8, a regular school bus route.  Arrive at Giant’s Ridge about 3:45.  VA / EG skiers:  Bus leaves VA school at door #6 at 3:15, then stops at the Gilbert JH to pick up EG skiers.

The VA bus will return skiers to Gilbert JH, and to VA school by 6:30 each day. 


  • Practice: runs 4-6pm, M-F.     


  • Bring: running shoes, water bottle, some sort of BLAZE ORANGE.  Veteran skiers: bring classic equpiment - rock skis, boots, poles.   
  • Needed to wear: Outdoor gear for cold weather. Layers, tights, pants, jackets, wool blend socks, hat, gloves. etc.  


 *We also have a limited quantity of team bags that can be borrowed for the season.


Giant's Ridge Nordic Trail Passes: are required for all skier's. You may purchase them online, or have your skier buy one at the ticket counter during practice. The price for 13 and up: $106.30 (incl. tax) and up to age 12 $52.61 (incl. tax). Check / CC or cash. For an online purchase, there is a handling fee. Here is the link to the site: https://www.giantsridge.com/product-category/nordic-pass/


Black PUFFY TEAM JACKETS- are available to order for the 2017/18 season. Click on the Puffy Jacket Order Form tab (on the menu) for all the information. Deadline to order is Nov. 28th.  Return completed form & payment to one of the coaches. 


*Please talk to one of the coaches if there is ever a financial situation, for anything team-related.   


 And, if you know someone or have a bff that is interested in joining our team- bring them along to our first week of practices! 


Any questions? Call, text or email Coach CJ. 

Looking forward to a super snowy, great fun and successful season!


Preseason Updates !!
Oct 16, 2017, 7:18 pm

  A couple of updates, for the pre season side of things....


Roller Ski / Dryland Clinic!

Join the mystery pro skier (watch this short video for more info) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0gJxtgZuYs

this SUNDAY, OCT. 29TH, 3PM at Gian'ts Ridge for a roller ski / dry land clinic of all things- good! 
Bring: ski boots, running shoes & work out gear.  

Experience a great way to kick off the ski season w/ your besties from ME / VA / EG! 



Pre Season Meeting! SUNDAY, OCT. 29TH 6pm at Giant's Ridge in the South Chalet

for all current & new skiers & parents. This meeting will include: Sign up, Policies & Procedures, Forms & more. 

Bring your parents, friends, suggestions, ideas & questions. 



Team Jackets & Hats!

Our team jacket and hat are ready to order! 

(This is all optional, we will still have school issued jackets available


Borah Team Wear has set up a storefront, so placing an order is quick and easy.

The storefront is open now until Oct. 30, 11:59 pm.   

The Pro XC jackets are $125.00 + $5.00 for name. 

 The hats are $20.00

Our booster club is subsidizing our jackets at $50.00. The final cost to each skier and coach will be $80.00.

Pay for everything up front, and reimbursement will take place the first week of practice- or around there.

If you need help with sizing, a size chart is attached. Use the Men’s size chart for all guys & gals.

*Personalization is available for the back of the jacket. Recommended – last name. 

Here’s the link to the Borah / Mesabi East storefront:





Friday Nov. 17th - Sat. Nov. 25.  

The info is out, hit up the Duluth East Nordic Team website for all the forms & more. THIS TRIP FILLS UP SUPER FAST! https://www.eteamz.com/denordic/news/index.cfm?cat=256937

This trip is open to any skier who has been on the team for 2 years.  This trip is all about getting on "early" snow. Skiing lots of k's with friends and technique sessions with experienced coaches is the main theme.  Then there is the extra fun factor - just ask any skier who has gone on this trip, & they'll fill you in on why they keep going back year after year!  A $100 voucher towards the trip fee, is given out to all skiers who attend this trip. Courtesy of your fundraising & our great booster club.  If you have any questions, call / text or email Coach CJ. 




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