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Week # 9- practice, race, practice, race!
Jan 8, 2017, 10:11 am

 ME Invite UPDATE:   (update as of Jan. 13) 

 Classic Skiers arrive at 10am, Skate Skiers arrive at 1pm.

 Team Camp in Fitness Center in LODGE. 


WEEK # 9!


Let's hope for a stable, predictable week of team togetherness! 


Wrapping up the most recent edition of  (hope-it's-over-for-the- season) terrible temps last week,

we crossed a few neccessary items off our "gotta do it today" list.

Two show & tell topics were: 

1) Theory & Application: Kick Wax, & 2) Technique Video's for Classic & Skate Skiing. 

It was great to review these important measures of ski racing! 



                                   (Kind of spot on??!!) 




Serious practicing & enthusiastic racing is our forecast

for Week # 9!



Sunday 1/8 - 1:45 pm - 3 pm.  Giant's Ridge Youth Ski Leauge volunteer.  V / JV skiers are encouraged to help.  :)   

Monday 1/9 - practice

Tuesday 1/10- Ski Meet; CEC Invite at Pine Valley in Cloquet.  V / JV / JH Skate race. 4pm. 

Wednesday 1/11 - practice

Thursday 1/12 - practice 

                      - Jr. Nordic Club 

Friday 1/13  -  Practice.  SKi / Wax / Sphaghetti Feed 

Jr. High: No skiing. Go to Spaghetti Feed. 

V / JV leave for feed after practice.  

* 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. 


Saturday 1/14 -  MESABI EAST INVITE;  V/JV - at Giant's Ridge. 1 pm. 

Classic Skiers arrive at GR at 10:00 am.  Skate Skiers arrive at 1 pm. 

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! 



See ya on the trail. 




WEEK 8 - practices & racing, cold weather, spaghetti feed, & the ME Invite!
Jan 2, 2017, 8:02 am

     ** Thursday, Jan 5th UPDATE **

      The Mesabi East Invitational has been postponed and rescheduled to:  

      SATURDAY, JAN 14th. 1 PM.  



Week # 8!


 Christmas break- seems like a long time ago already... and our routine was different, but we got it done! 


 Most of the team headed to Michigan for a 3 day / 2 night ski camp and brought back several meaningful insights! 

 Thanks parents - for letting your skier attend.   Lots of good memories were made! 


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's up to you.

-  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 committment 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! 




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!  



Mon, 1/2: 10-1 Practice- everyone. Skiing / Waxing.

                        Newbies & Jr. High will end at noon. 

Tues, 1/3: V / JV SKi Meet at Snowflake in Duluth, 11 am. Everyone boards bus at M.E. Leave at 7:30 am. 

                JH & Newbies, & others not racing: Practice: 4-6 pm.  Coaches Mariah & Paul will there. 


Wed, 1/4:  Practice.  DRESS WARM!!


Thurs, 1/5: * All Practices & Groups canceled due to cold weather *  (updated 1/4)

                     Practice. DRESS EXTRA WARM!! 

                     *JR NORDIC CLUB* begins! 


Fri, 1/6:  Practice.  SKi / Wax / Sphaghetti Feed 

                             Jr. High will ski until 5, & then leave to help out with Spaghetti Feed.

                             V / JV leave for feed after practice.  

                            * 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. 1/7:  MESABI EAST INVITE, at Giant's Ridge. 11:30 am.

                 Classic skiers arrive at 9:30 am, Skate Skiers at 11:30 am. 

                 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! 


Again - THANK YOU - for your support & encouragement for your skier, and the whole team.  

Our ski season wouldn't happen without you! 






Dec 18, 2016, 7:44 am


Week # 6!


Got that first meet done.  It was fun to be back with all of our Section 7 skier- friends, and good to know what

the coaches and skiers need to work on!  :)  Also seen were many smiles, and our newbie skiers were at the

top of that list- WTG to all first year skiers! 

All the results (& official start lists) for our ski races can be found at "Steve's Timing".  Here is the link: 


And... lots of new photos are posted on our team FB page from the Ely Invite- check it out!  




Up next is race # 2, on Tuesday Dec 20th at Mt. Itasaca. (rescheduled from Dec 10)  Get those details

on the Ski Meet Line Up page.  


After that, we resume some practices, have a ski Christmas party, and take a few days off to enjoy

the holiday and our families.  We'll be back at it on Monday, Dec. 26 with a 10 am practice.  



There is still room available, we rented another facility, so if you want to come with, let Coach CJ know asap.

Currently, 22 skiers, 3 coaches & 1 parent are on the list. 

We are going to Ironwood Michigan and will be skiing the trails at ABR, Wolverine, and Brule.  (lots of great snow everywhere!)

Our lodging is a big house  + cottage, so we are all together.  Leave M.E. school at 8:00 am on Tue. Dec 27.

 All skiers need to come to ME to load and leave. Return on Thursday Dec. 29 to M.E. late afternoon.   

Cost: $80.00 - make check out to ME / VA / EG SKi Boosters. Pay by Wednesday.

Bring: Your fav. cereal, bagels, etc. breakfast food. Snacks.  We'll provide bread, PB, Jelly, Milk, Juice, Fruit, Veggies

            & dinner one night.

            Bring extra money for dinner on 2nd night. (probably pizza) 

            Bring both sets of ski equipment, ski clothes, swimsuit, etc. 



THE SCHEDULE for Dec 19- Jan 2. 


Monday 12/19 - Practice. 

Tuesday 12/20 - Meet at Mt. Itasca. Bus leaves M.E. at 7:15, VA at 7:40.  

Wednesday 12/21 - Practice.

Thursday 12/22 - Team Xmas Party & SKi. 

Friday 12/23 - No Practice. 


Monday 12/26 - Practice 10- noon.  

Tuesday 12/27- Thurs 12/29 - SKI TRIP 

Friday 12/30 -  PURSUIT TT for Varsity / JV only, 10 am.

                        Bring classic & skate. 

                        Race entries for the Mesabi East Invite to be decided.


Monday Jan 2 - 10:00 - 1 pm  practice for everyone. 

Tuesday Jan 3 - SKI MEET at Snowflake in Duluth. V/JV teams only. 

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Great snow, great practices, great things going on!!
Dec 11, 2016, 8:55 pm


Week # 5


We are all very thankful & happy to see SNOW! And the timing was perfect. At every practice- it SNOWED.   :) 

Our ski practices are starting to gel, and what a treat to see so many skiers on Saturday & Sunday at GR, putting in the time & effort!!








We'll keep things going with a big finish for Friday, the first meet of the season, in Ely. Get the details for this race on the

" Ski Meet Line-Up" page on this site.  Check back for your skier's start time.  These will be posted on Thursday.   


Practices:  12/12-12/15 

Meet:  at Hidden Valley (Ely) 12/16, 11:00 am.  


Looking ahead:


-  Ski team Xmas party Thursday, Dec. 22 during practice.  

-  Christmas Break ski practices will be posted.  Dec. 26, 30, Jan 2. 

-  Christmas Break SKi Camp / Trip is Dec 27-29th, place to be determined in a few days. Either Michigan or Wisconsin. 

      Trip is open to skiers in 7th grade & up, and parents too! 

      $80 includes lodging & trail passes for 2 days & nights.  Breakfast / lunch / dinner will be provided

      and prepared by all who attend. 

- The Jr. Nordic Club begins Thurs. Jan 5.  This is open to all 5th & 6th grade students of ME / VA / EG.

       All the information is on this site, under the Jr. Nordic Club. 


The skiing has been terrific, and everyone is improving daily!


Looking forward to another great week! 






Week # 4! Lost - SNOW! Found- first ski meet of the season!!
Dec 3, 2016, 11:55 am

 **  Saturday's Dec 10th ski meet has been canceled and rescheduled to Tuesday Dec 20th**



Check out the technique videos on classic & skate- refresh your key points to skiing.

TECHNIQUE is what it's all about! 



Week # 4!


It's been a unpredictable week of ... everything!  We lost all the recent snowfall, and gained an addition of icy, wet, muddy, glop-covered hills & trails.  :( 

But .. the smiles seen at practice are worthy of all the daily unknown happenings! :)  


Some of our highlights were:  


- A very nice donation to the team from the East Range Rotary!



- Group "Insanity" work out- this was fun to do.

- Popcorn / technique video practice- a good way to wind down our week.

- Ski Hut & Bentleyville outing = Team Bonding & more! 


Week 4 looks like this:


Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri; Dec 5-9th.

Conditions change frequently, bring all ski equipment & running gear daily.

Hats, gloves, outwear is always a must. 


Picture Day is Friday, Dec. 9th- bring your team uniforms, ski boots, ski hat, warm up jacket & some sort of black pants. 


Saturday Dec. 10th-  first SKI MEET of the season at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine, 11:00 am.   (snow dependent)

Our 2nd year skiers & up will race.  All of our newbie skiers are encouraged to come along to ski the warm up, and cheer for our team.  No racing yet for them.  More details to come on the ski meet line up page on this website. 



For Sale at practices:

        Water bottle belts & holders - TOKO brand:  insulated belt is $30.00, single water bottle belt is $ 24.00. 

        Team Ski Hats- last year's style available for $20.00.  New team hats are in the works! 

        Baseball style Team Hat- $ 20.00 (makes a great gift!) 


Keep up-to-date on pics & more on our Facebook page too!



Here's to a SNOWY & productive week of ski practice! 







Week # 3! SKIING, Trail Passes, Team Trip, and ...
Nov 27, 2016, 3:31 pm


Week # 3 !


Glad to have things coming together like: 


- we've GOT SNOW!

- Skiers & coaches are back from West Yellowstone!

- Ski equipment- CLASSIC is mostly distributed, and we'll get the SKATE stuff out this week too! 

- New skiers are still joining the team  - great to see! 

- SKIING every day!! 


Here is what we have going on this week! 


Monday 11/28-Thurs 12/1

  Skiers need to bring their ski boots to & from practice daily. Skis & poles need to be

  in a ski bag and these are left at Giant's Ridge in the equipment shed. Water Bottles - are a must too. 

 * Ski Bags are needed now.  Let a coach know if you need to borrow a bag from the team. 

 * Ski Lockers are available to rent for the season if your skier is interested.  These cost $ 90.00 and are located in the chalet where we meet for practices. 

 ** Trail Passes need to be purchased this week**  The cost is $99 for age 13 & up, $49 for age 12.  To not pay sales tax, you can buy as a group. 

    Contact Heather Jones at  jones.heather@outlook.com for more information about the group pass sale.  Contact a coach if your skier cannot buy a pass.  



Friday, 12/2                        

Team trip to Duluth to SKI HUT, Bentleyville & dinnner.  Leave ME at 3:30, VA 3:50, EG at 4:10. 

Be back in the VA / EG area around 9:30.  Using school & personal vehicles. 

* Parents are welcome! (and we may need an extra driver or two) * 

 SKI HUT - Wax Clinic / Shopping : need any equipment?  This is a great time to check out various items-

boots, skis, poles, wax, clothing, etc.  

Sign up for this at Monday's practice. If you are going on this outing, you'll need to bring money for dinner, 

& an item for the food shelf for Bentleyville.  


Sat. 12/3

Varsity / JV practice, 9-11. 



Other need to know items for the week:

- Team Jacket orders are due Tuesday, Nov. 29th.  If you need an order form, email Coach Cheri.

- For Sale at practices:

        Water bottle belts & holders - TOKO brand:  insulated belt is $30.00, single water bottle belt is $ 24.00. 

        Team Ski Hats- last year's style available for $20.00.  New team hats are in the works! 

        Baseball style Team Hat- $ 20.00 (makes a great gift!) 



Let's have a GREAT week! 


Cheri Johnson, coach- ME / VA / EG Nordic Ski Team








First Day / Week of the 2016 Season! • Activity Forms- these are posted on your school websites or pick one up from your AD
Nov 13, 2016, 2:38 pm


 update as of Mon. 11/14


It was wonderful to see everyone at today’s first practice! 

As always, it’s never enough time to get everything done, and it will take a bit of time to find our routine.


A couple of changes are on tap for this week and next week practices:


-          Wednesday 11/16, practice will end at 5:15, instead of 6pm.  Coaches have a meeting at ME at 5:30.

-          Friday 11/18, skiers will work out at their respective schools instead of coming to Giant’s Ridge.

           NO PRACTICE at Giant’s Ridge.  

-          Mon 11/21 & Tues 11/22. practice 4-6 pm at GR.

-          Wed & Thurs 11/23 & 11/24, 11/25 no practice. Happy Turkey Holiday.


** VA / EG SKIERS **

VA / EG skiers need to ride the bus to practice as much as possible. 

If something comes up, and they aren’t riding the bus, they need to notify one of the VA / EG (bus) captains.  The bus driver will have a roster of skiers, starting tomorrow.

The main issue, is not knowing who is riding, and who isn’t.   


Please get your skier’s Activity forms / clearance slips in asap.


Thanks & THINK SNOW!! 


First day / week of  practice- and here is a list of what-to - bring & what-to-know !   


  • Activity Forms- these are posted on your school websites or pick one up from your AD’s office.  Complete and return to your AD. 


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


  • Skier ID info cards, Medical Consent forms, Skier Handbook page, Team Jacket order form turn into coaches.


  • Bus Transportation for practices:  ME students ride bus # 6, 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.  Wednesdays for ME students: Bus will pick you up in front of Commons at 3:30.


  • Practice: runs 4-6pm, M-F.    


  • Bring: running shoes, water bottle, some sort of BLAZE ORANGE.  Veteran skiers: bring classic ski poles.  


  • Wear: outdoor gear. Layers, tights, pants, hat, gloves. etc. 


  • Ski Bags. Buy one soon.  Longer the better. At least 210 cm.  Hoping to get team skis out soon.  Purschase at ski shops or online.  Ebags.com has a good selection like this one: 


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


  • Know someone who is interested in skiing? Bring ‘em with!


  • Snow dance- do it!  No one enjoys dry land training!!



Any questions? Get ahold of Coach CJ. 

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








Cheri Johnson







See you on Sunday, Nov. 6th !
Oct 31, 2016, 8:50 pm




Hot of the press!  

There are still available seats / spots open for the ski trip to West Yellowstone Montana!   Nov 18-26. Open to Varsity / JV skiers, and others with ski team experience!

Get on the bus, and get on early SNOW!  Lots of our skiers have been atttending this ski festival for 5 + years.

Our fabulous booster club offers $100 scholarship to each ME / VA / EG skier.  Call Coach CJ for more info! 





 2016 / 17  PRE SEASON MEETING! 











Check out our non- skiing new team hat! For those days, when you just have to cover up that ski hat mess on your head!

$20.00 each, and available for purchase at the team meeting.  Makes a great gift too!! 



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