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First & Second Ski Meets, Christmas Break practice & ski camp
Dec 17, 2015, 8:40 am


 (update- Sunday Dec 21)


Great ski races by everyone at the Ely Invite!  Good snow conditions & a beautiful race course was enjoyed by all!  


Results are posted by Steve's Timing.  Here is the link:  www.boreal.org/~durfee.  You'll find most of our Section 7 meet results at this site.  


Upcoming - is a short & busy week.  EG is done with school already.  VA finishes up on Tuesday.  M.E. lingers on till Wednesday. 


 * Our transportation needs look like this *

Monday, 12/21: EG skiers can pick up the bus at the Gilbert JH.

Tuesday, 12/22: Race day at Mt. Itasca

Wednesday, 12/23:  EG & VA skiers need to parent carpool.  Ski party / practice is from 3-5 pm on this day.  M.E. skiers - ride to GR on regular school bus route. (1:50 Wednesdays)   ** BRING T-SHIRT (in a gift bag) for T SHIRT GAME **




The snow has arrived, and we are all breathing a bit easier!  But, we do need more of the white stuff, along w/ colder temps.  

This has allowed us to venture into the woods, and to find our rythm for the rest of the season.  Once January hits, our schedule is unstoppable with many events, and our biggest weekend & home meet- the ME Invite on Jan 9th!

With our first official ski meet this Saturday, a few highlights are here along with a few dates for next week.  For all other upcoming ski meets, the info will be posted under these pages on this site: Ski Race LIne-Ups, Calendar, Bus Departures, Location. 

Christmas Break practices are a bit mixed up, due to the holiday, and our ski camp at Maplelag.  Team members 7th grade & up are expected to attend all practices at GR, and encouraged to sign up for the Ski Camp at Maplelag for Dec 28-30.

These are crucial training dates during this point of our season.  Skier's will be bringing home a schedule of our next practices / races from Dec. 21-Jan 2. 

Attention 6th grade ski parents: to set some consistency with this young & busy group, we are setting up a revised weekly practice schedule.  After Christmas break, 6th grade skiers will practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays.  Wednesdays are OFF.  Friday is an OPTiONAL Day, minus one exception:  If we have a Saturday Jr. High Meet, attending Friday practice is necessary. 

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Saturday, Dec. 19th: V / JV / JH / Newbies - SKI MEET in Ely, at Hidden Valley Trails.  Meet starts at 11:00 am.   Bus leaves ME at 7:30 am, VA school (door 6) at 8:00 am. EG skiers- come to VA school. Return to VA area around 4 pm.


Monday, Dec. 21st:  Practice 4-6 pm. 


Tuesday, Dec. 22nd: V/ JV/ JH / Newbies- SKI MEET at Coleraine, at Mt. Itasca.  Meet starts at 11:00 am.  Bus leaves ME at 7:30 am, VA school at 8:00 am. EG skiers come to VA. 


Wednesday, Dec 23rd:  Team Xmas SKI / PARTY at practice. Secret Santa's, games, Pizza, etc. 



** MAPLELAG SKI TRIP **  Dec 28-Dec 30.  Open to 7th grade skiers & up.  Leave Monday morning, with a return on Wednesday late afternoon.  The cost would be $ 85.00 for the whole trip. This fee includes all meals, lodging, transportation and trail passes. Scholarships are available, just talk to a one of the coaches. We are optimistic that this trip is happening! Sign up - at practice.  

**  ME / VA / EG JR NORDIC SKI CLUB **   info is now posted on this site. This club is open to 5th & 6th graders from the ME / VA / EG schools.  Meet once a week with our team, for 6 weeks. 

** SKI PASSES **  Need to have one.   There won't be any skiing, without one. 









Mini Meet, Captains, Jr. Nordic Club, Maplelag, Ugly Sweater Event
Dec 11, 2015, 8:34 am


 So this (might) of been some of our attitudes this week.... 




 But, this strange weather week is over, and we are moving on! We have a weekend of snow hopes & some real activity going on now, so we'll be watching for the white falling flakes!  Ski practices are 99 % unpredictable.

In. Every. Way.



With a switch over to skate skis, our veteran skiers & newbies, are off to a great start- and we're finding some relief from the tricky waxing of late...  A wax clinic was thrown in for good measure, and a rainy day worked for conquering this activity.   


The College of St. Scholastica & the Ely T Wolves made their way to GR this week, and have made for some fun & different ski practices.  It was all good!  


A couple of upcoming notes :


- SAT. DEC. 12TH:   A home Mini Meet w/ Ely for our V / JV skiers.  2nd year skiers are also invited to race.  The format is a 2 person skate relay with each skier skiing 2 laps twice for a total of 4. 

Race starts at 8:30 am, arrive at GR at 7:30 am.  (we need to be off the alpine portion by 9:30 am) This is an informal event- no uniforms allowed.  Only fun & crazy garb needed.   :) Our new skiers are encouraged to come out if they want, get in an hour of skiing, and then cheer & watch these gals & guys.  


- TEAM CAPTAIN'S:  Are putting together some idea's for our a few things.  Wax mentors, big sisters / little brothers, Secret Santa's, and ideas for the tradtional Christmas ski party. Tentative date is Tuesday, Dec. 22.  during regular practice times. 


- NO SNOW, UGLY SWEATER FUN RUN:  With our lack of ground cover, some of our team members came up with the idea for having a pre Christmas Ugly Sweater Run / Fundraiser. The talk is to host something on the morning of Dec. 24th, on the bike trail crossing Wynne Lake. (by GR)

To keep it easy, there wouldn't be any timing or fees.  Just a way to show our team spirit with the communities of ME / VA / EG.  Donations of $ 20.00 gets a runner a team hat / headband.  More info to come. 


- ME / VA / EG JR NORDIC SKI CLUB:  info is now posted on this site. This club is open to 5th & 6th graders from the ME / VA / EG schools.  Meet once a week with our team, for 6 weeks. 


- MAPLELAG SKI TRIP: Dec 28-Dec 30.  Open to 7th grade skiers & up.  Leave Monday morning, with a return on Wednesday late afternoon.  The cost would be $ 85.00 for the whole trip.  That includes all meals, lodging and trail passes.  We are optimistic that this trip is happening! 

Sign up - at practice. 


- TRAIL PASSES need to be purchased. SKI BAGS are needed also.  





Dec 6, 2015, 1:01 pm


Week # 5, and Mother Nature is messing with us again!


We are on skis now, and trying to make the most & best of it!  We are so super grateful to have a facility like Giant's Ridge to practice at daily- especially when we don't have the natural snow.  We are in the stadium now, putting our skinny skis in an awesome classic track of man made snow.  We are aslo lucky to have fresh courderoy when we put our skate skis on!  A huge shout out to GR & staff for the fantastic grooming we encounter everyday! 


We have our first race this week (Saturday, Dec. 12 at Mt. Itasca) and we are hopeful that this event will take place.

*UPDATE as of Dec. 7*  RACE is CANCELED. Will be rescheduled.

Our first year skiers may or may not race, but we encourage everyone to come with - to see what a ski meet entails. 

Check back for more information, as the week progresses. 


Keep doing your SNOW & COLD dance! 

Bring ski boots (classic /skate) & running shoes to practice daily. 

We'll be creative with our ski training- that is for sure



     Our last 3 days of skiing... 


     Friday: Afternoon Practice - FRESH  :) :)                    Sat: Morning Practice- CRISP & trails were intact for rock skiing!  :) 


         Sunday: Morning Outing - golf course is melted, trails going too...   :(  


   * TRAIL PASSES:   are needed.    If you cannot purchase a pass, let one of the coaches know.  Checks payable to GR.    If you have a question about passes, call Giant's Ridge at: 218-865-8005  

   Total Fee for Adult, ages 13 & over:  (w/ tax) = $106.30.  

   Total Fee for Youth, ages 7-12:  (w/ tax) $ 52.61   

Cross Country, Individual & Family
1 Adult (13 yrs. & Over) $99
1 Youth (7-12 yrs.) $49
2 Adults (13 yrs. & Over) $198
Family Maximum $219
Child (6 & Under) FREE

   $20.00 + tax to add cross country to an Alpine pass



 Need Christmas Ideas for your skier ??  


*  TEAM SKI HATS & HEADBANDS:  Hats are $ 28.00, and headbands are $ 23.00. These fit super nice!  

*  SKI BAGS:  We have 3 new bags still available for purchase at practice.  $ 20.00 each. 

*  SKI POLES: for 2nd year skiers & up. Always nice to have your own personal set of sticks! Get a size 160 - and we'll cut them to the correct fit! 

*   WATER BOTTLE WAIST CARRIERS:  We have extra TOKO belts for sale!  $ 30.00 for the Thermo pack, $ 24.00 for the Bottle carrier pack. 


Week 4- Skiing, Team Hats / Headbands / Jackets / Sweats, Trail Pass, Picture Day, Ski Bags....
Nov 29, 2015, 7:54 pm


UPDATE (as of Friday, Dec. 4) 

V/JV practice on Saturday Dec. 5th, 8:30 am. Classic. Rock Skis.




We are rolling into week # 4, and are hitting all the right spots for getting a team together!


And...  the good news is that the ground will be white at Giant's Ridge from here on out!  The snow-making guns are in full force, and the stadium is where we'll be skiing for now.  Let's keep the snow dances going to encourage the skies to drop the natural stuff we want ,so we can take on that first race set for Mt. Itasca - Dec. 12. 


New faces are still arriving on the team, please complete & return all forms asap.  :) 


The 2015/16 Team Roster will be complete this week and handed out at practice.  A roster will also be posted on this site, on the TEAM page.


EG Bus Transportation has been approved by the school administration!! ( and should be in effect for Monday Nov. 30th. )  I will pass along the information, as I receive it. 


A current snow model for this Tuesday...  let's hope it is accurate!  Get more details at Skinnyski.com -  http://www.weather.gov/crh/weatherstory?sid=mpx&embed=#.VlpHKXarSHs






Now that we have (some) snow- here is a must for practices:


- SKI BOOTS (brought home daily) 

- SKI BAG (this is left in the equipment shed at GR) 

- CLOTHING: layers are best 






Upcoming TEAM EXTRA's: 


*  PICTURE's:  Tuesday, DEC 1.  Forms were sent home.


*  TEAM SKI HATS & HEADBANDS are in.  These are a new style and made from the BeFAST company in Minnesota. They will be available for purchase at practice. Hats are $ 28.00, and headbands are $ 23.00.  


*  SKI BAGS:  We have 10 new bags available for purchase at practice.  $ 20.00 each.  We also have used team bags skiers can use until they get one of their own. 


*  TEAM JACKETS:  Order deadline is extended until Tuesday, Dec. 1.  $ 50.00 for skiers, $ 84.00 for parents.  Forms available on Facebook page & at practice. 


*  TEAM SWEATS:  Captain's K & K have put together an order for ski sweatshirts, sweatpants, t-shirts from Inked Graphics Plus.  Online store is set up.

                              Go to:  1) igp321.com,  2) click on stores, 3) click on Mesabi East Cross Country SKi .  

                              Info on FB page & at practice.  Online orders due by Friday, Dec. 4th, -midnight.   


* PAYMENTS: for ski bags, jackets, & hats:  ME / VA / EG Nordic Boosters. 


         (all items, except ski bags, are an optional purchase) 



* TRAIL PASSES:    Should be purchased this week from the GR office.   If you cannot purchase a pass, let one of the coaches know.  Checks payable to GR.    If you have a question about passes, call Giant's Ridge at: 218-865-8005


   Total Fee for Adult, ages 13 & over:  (w/ tax) = $106.30. 

   Total Fee for Youth, ages 7-12:  (w/ tax) $ 52.61



Cross Country, Individual & Family
1 Adult (13 yrs. & Over) $99
1 Youth (7-12 yrs.) $49
2 Adults (13 yrs. & Over) $198
Family Maximum $219
Child (6 & Under) FREE

  $20.00 + tax to add cross country to an Alpine pass.



















Week 2: Winter is here!
Nov 15, 2015, 8:29 pm


 Update as of Sun Nov 22


  Hello from West Yellowstone! The snow is incredible & the skiing - fantastic! 


  Two things in regardS to WY. 1) make a plan to come next year! 

                                                   2) Snow - we'll bring some back! 



Short Week for the Team for # 3 


Monday, Nov 23 regular practice   * EG school board meeting, 5 pm *

Tuesday, Nov 24 regular practice 

Wednesday, Nov 25 - Friday, Nov 27: NO PRACTICE 

(keep your fitness routine going) 





Week 1 is done, and we are tyring to keep up with all the nuances a new sport season brings!  

Remembering names is on the list for us coaches!  Our roster is being compiled yet, and every school is shining bright with skiers.

ME - 30, VA - 16, EG - 13.  


The snowfall was a hit- we were all suprised at how much accumulated on the trails.  


With that being said, it was a wake up call, that winter is coming.  Being prepared for practice (hats, gloves, jackets, woolies,etc.) is a necessity for skiing.    

We are outside 99% the time, so that is the daily gear to bring.  YOGA will happen on Wednesday, but we'll do our outside thing first.  

Giant's Ridge Chalet is our practice meeting place from here on out. 



* The transportation for the EG skiers is still in limbo.  We're hoping for asap answers from our sport cooperative representatives. *

*FORMS of every kind, still need to be turned in.  Please check w/ your skier on this * 


This week will also bring about:

- Equipment Issue to new skiers

- Race Uniforms & Warm-ups


Some misc. info: 


- Ski Bags: (needed sooner than later) The team ordered in some bags. If you'd like one, they are $20.00 each. Checks payable to ME/VA/EG Nordic Boosters. You can buy them online, and at any ski shop, including the GR Snow Shop.

The bag should be a Nordic / Cross Country bag (not Alpine) & at least 210 cm. in length.  The bag will contain your skier's skis & poles, and left at GR in locked storage, and transport to & from ski meets.

 Ski boots need  to be brought home daily.  If you cannot purchase a bag, please let one of the coaches know.


- Waist  Water Bottle Carriers:  Skiers were given an order form for 2 types of TOKO brand water bottle systems- Thermo Drink Belts & Water Bottle Waist Belt.  

 This is an optional purchase, orders are due Wednesday, Nov. 18th.  


- Team Jacket Orders:   New style / design for our team this season.  Black puffy (down) jackets that will have the ME / VA / EG  logo / embroidery on the back.

 Cost per jacket:  $ 50 for skiers, $84 for parents.  Sample sizes XS-2XL are available to try on at practice. This is an optional purchase also.  

 Order forms will be sent home with your skier on Tuesday, and in your emails this week.   Orders & payment are due on Tuesday, Nov. 24th.




Thank you for emailing & calling with questions.  There is a lot of information to take in! 






We're off & ... hope to be skiing SOON!
Nov 6, 2015, 8:04 pm


   Welcome to the  2015 /16 ME / VA / EG NORDIC SKI TEAM!


    Ok, we can cross the preseason meeting off our list and move on to the first week of practice!                                 

    It was great to see so many new & veteran skiers! 

    We are all looking forward to a super fun & successful season!                                        

    IF you do your snow dance on a daily basis, the less dry land training we'll all endure...! 






  For a couple of weeks, our practice schedule will be listed here, so everyone can get a feel for what we do.


  Changes & short notice updates will be listed more frequently on the team Facebook page , and with the App   "Remind 101".


  Emails are also a needed communication tool.  Please include parents & skiers emails- on the info forms.


  Dryland Training will be a mixture of trail running, heavies, bounding, Yoga, Insanity, Ultimate Frisbee, etc.




  1) running shoes

  2) water bottle

  3) hat, gloves, tights, jacket, etc.

  4) your smiley face



  Practices are held at Giant's Ridge, 4pm -5:45 pm.  There are a few exceptions.  Meet in the Chalet.

  Transportation to Giant's Ridge:  VA skiers will board the bus outside door # 6 after school.  EG skiers go to the Gilbert Jr. High School, and get picked up by the VA bus.  (EG- check w/ your AD, to confirm this plan) This bus will make the same return route  after practice. ME skiers will ride bus # 5 to Giant's Ridge and arrive there around 3:20.  ME parents need to pick up their skier from GR.

 * Transportation UPDATE * :  As of Tuesday, Nov. 10th, there will not be any bus service for the EG skiers.  An agreeement / solution is being addressed by the ME / VA / EG administration.  Please be patient.

  SWIMMERS - We know you're still swimming! Good Luck at Sections.  We'll see you after the swim season, and after you take a breather...


  These incoming weeks will also consist of more forms (trail passes, team jackets, hats, etc.)  along with equipment & race suit / warm-up issue.


  Bring a piece of BLAZE ORANGE to wear.  We will also have some on hand.


  Tuesday,    Nov. 10th. - opening day of practice.  Giant's Ridge. Be ready to hit the trails.

                                     **  CLEARANCE slips are needed  **

  Wednesday, Nov. 11th - 4 pm, at Mesabi East School. YOGA. Mat or towel needed.

                                       Also running shoes & outside gear.


  Thursday,    Nov. 12th -  Giant's Ridge. 

  Friday,        Nov. 13th - Giant's Ridge.





YES! It's time to SKI & West Yelly UPDATE !!
Oct 30, 2015, 7:30 am






Meet the team, coaches & NEW SKIERS at Sunday's Pre-Season Meeting. Nov. 1, 6pm

in the Mesabi East School Commons. 
No experience? NO problem. We'll teach you everything you need to know about skiing on Skinny Skis. 
No equipment? NO problem. We have everything you'll need! 
Come find out how much winter fun we have!  

Questions?  Call Coach Johnson: 218.750.7904 


** West Yellowstone Trip Update **

Due to the huge repsonse of skiers, the 2015  trip has expanded to 3 busses! 

The late fee has been waived, so (get on the bus) if you if you were thinking about it - ASAP.

  Trip is open to 2nd year skiers and up.

Here is the link for the info/forms: http://www.dulutheastnordic.org/







Things to do NOW, Pre Season Meeting, WYelly ....
Oct 9, 2015, 9:34 am



 (update as of Oct. 11, 2015)


The WEST YELLOWSTONE Ski Trip info is now posted!  

An email regarding the trip & all forms was sent to your parents.  You can also access the info at this link on the Duluth East Team site:  http://www.dulutheastnordic.org/

If you are interested in attending this super fun ski trip (Nov. 20-28), sign up & get your deposit to Coach Bonnie ASAP.  This trip fills up very quickly! 


            Rendevous Ski Trails, West Yellowstone Montana  (A 5 min. walk from our lodge)


                          And yes- This is what it looks like during ski camp!



                          One of our fav trails on the Rendevous- "Dead Dog"




2015 Fall Magazine Drive 

14,000 pounds !!!hit the scale at last week's weigh in!  That is 5,000 more than last fall's magazine drive. 

Nice job collecting & unloading to all of you.  This fundraiser works so well, because it is a great service for everyone- recylcing & repurposing - for 

NEW PAGE PAPER & our environment.  THANK YOU to  NEW PAGE & the KROG family for allowing our team to access this opportunity! 





Friday Oct. 9, 2015 


                                          The ski season is getting closer!  




The 2015/ 16 ski season info- is being collected and distributed.  Look for posters & sign up sheets at your schools, cards in your mailbox, and visits from your coaches.  

Need a reminder of last season's fun??  Check out our 2014/15 ME / VA / EG SKI TEAM video on You Tube. Here is the link -    https://youtu.be/aRva4FqTpvs    






 - getting good grades !! 

 - establishing a healthy routine for sleeping & eating !

 - making your fall coaches happy- by putting in that extra effort !

 - recruiting a frirend or two to join you, on the ski team this season! 

 - thinking of snow, & doing your snow dance...  (but not till NOV. 10th) !! 




Our pre season meeting is scheduled for SUNDAY, NOV. 1.  6pm at Mesabi East School in the commons.  This meeting is for all new & current skiers & parents.


Our first day of ski practice will be TUESDAY, NOV 10th.  Location to be determined. 


WEST YELLOWSTONE ski trip info - should be out - by this weekend. I will send it out in an email.

This trip is open to skiers who have been on the team for 2 years.  The dates of the trip is Nov. 20-28. 



The most current UPDATEs can always be found on our team Facebook page.  Like our page - to stay informed! " Mesabi East / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team"




Got questions? Send an email or give me a call !


Looking forward to November 10th !


Coach Cheri J.

(218) 750-7904, kcj@frontiernet.net 

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