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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 

Let's get GLOSSY!!
Sep 28, 2015, 8:27 pm


   Spread the word!  Collect from your area schools & businesses!  

   This is one of our best fundraisers and you know where the monies go!

   SKI WAX, SKI EQUIPMENT, SKI WAX, SKI WAX.  Oh and an occaisonal ski trip too!   









End of Summer Picnic, West Yelly Video & Important Dates to know
Aug 7, 2015, 11:24 am



Fantastic job & great support for our local bike trail last Saturday! Six cyclists of the GUTS team signed up for the Mesabi Trail Tour and biked 72, 53 or 25 miles!  




Well, this team is busy! These skiers are either roller skiing, blading, biking, running, swimming, lifting,  (& ahem.. racing dirt bikes..) working, marching in parades, or lending a hand at a race or a fundraiser.


On top of that - they are great kids to hang with! All that garners a big SHOUT OUT & THANK YOU to the parents- who guide, encourage & support them, all year long, in ALL their endeavors !!


A couple of things to kick around, make a plan, and get EXCITED for:  


    2015 WEST YELLOWSTONE SKI TRIP / CAMP - Nov. 20-28th -  GET ON EARLY SNOW !!  This is sponsored by our friends of Duluth East Nordic Racing Team! 

   -  Info will be coming out in September for this super fun ski trip out west. 

   -  Need to be a member of the ski team for at least 2 seasons.

   - $100 scholarships are given to each skier that attends. (the cost is around $ 500 for the trip) 

   -  Watch this short You Tube video for a preview of the 2015 TRIP! (made by J. Christianson of Endurance United Ski Club)

       click on link:     https://youtu.be/epg-tX54n4A   


   FALL SPORTS start up - AUG. 17th -   GET in SHAPE for SKIING folks! Do your regular thing - OR try something NEW !!  Good Luck !! 


    SKI SEASON begins - NOV. 9th - Looking forward to another incredible season!  Recruit your friends of ME / VA / EG to ski with you-  and make it the best season ever! ** managers needed  too ** 




                                                  MOre agility work is on tap for our ski season !!! 




The GUTS shirts are in & the end of  SuMMeR PiCNic is here! 


If we didn't see your face this summer, now is the time to show up! ALL are welcome to the annual end of summer picnic / BBQ!  Here are the details...


WHEN:  Saturday, Aug. 15, at McCarthy STate Park / Beach.  


LEAVE:  10 am from the EG School Parking Lot.  (also leaving from the pool parking lot at Mesabi East, at 9:30 am if you need a ride) 


DRIVERS: Are probably needed.  Let Coach CJ, Coach Wagner or Coach Hawley know if you can help w/ carpooling. 


BRING:  Running shoes & Swimsuits.


QUESTIONS: Call one of the coaches.  CJ, Wagner, or Hawley. 




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