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Wanna go to West Yelly this year ???
Oct 3, 2013, 4:15 pm

Hey skiers, families & coaches!   It is that time of year to start thinking… snow!  (but… just think about it…  please don’t ask the snow Gods anything- yet!)   


 2013 WEST YELLOWTONE SKI TRIP is now posted!! 



 *** All new / first time West Yellowstone skiers:   $100 scholarships are available to apply towards the fee.  Just let me know if you are attending. ***  cj


 This trip is scheduled for the last week of November, so the snow conditions should be better than ever this year!   This ski trip is geared towards 2nd year skiers & up, usually 9th grade and above.  Exceptions have been made for younger and experienced skiers.  Parents are welcome also!   The 2012 trip filled up very quickly, so if you are interested in attending this super fun ski camp, send in your deposit asap.  If you have any questions, please call or email me.  All 2013 WY forms were attached in a group email.  The trip is sponsored by the wonderful coaches at Duluth East Nordic, Bonnie & Dave Kask.  They have been conducting all of this for more than 15 years..!


Here is the link to WY Ski Festival -  http://www.yellowstoneskifestival.com/


btw – mark your calendars for our pre-season meeting: Sunday, Oct. 27, 6pm at GR in the sports dorm.  Team posters, flyers & brochures will be hitting your schools soon.  YOU SKIERS are the best recruiting tool we have!  Talk the team up- get a friend or current teammate to join the fantastic ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team!


and…..  keep going forwards with your fall sports!  Successful results are everywhere!  I am proud to say that each one of you is a member of the fantastic ME / VA / E-G Nordic Ski Team!





2013 West Yellowstone Ski Trip

November 22 to November 30, 2013
West Yellowstone, Montana
Cost $595 ($645 after Oct. 25)


Trip Leaders:

Bonnie Fuller-Kask (218) 724-2775
Dave Kask

Other Information:

  • This trip has filled up in the past. We will fill the busses on a first paid – first reserved basis.  Your seat will be reserved when we receive your down payment.
  • Leave Woodland Middle School (201 Clover Street, Duluth, MN 55812) at 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 22 (same place as last year (now used as Condon Elementary School)
  • Have a bag dinner with you - we will not be stopping for dinner.
  • We will stop for a quick breakfast on Saturday morning – indicate your preference on the sign up sheet
  • Arrive West Yellowstone Saturday afternoon.  We’ll have time to ski.
  • Leave West Yellowstone about 4:00 p.m. on Friday
  • Arrive Duluth about 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30. 
  • $595 Fee includes ($645 after Oct. 25):
    • Transportation
    • Breakfast Saturday morning at Perkins on the way out
    • 6 nights lodging at the Kelly Inn
    • Continental Breakfasts in West Yellowstone
    • 3 dinners and Thanksgiving dinner
    • Ski passes for the week
    • Coaching (by collegiate skiers)
  • Skiers should bring additional money for lunches and other dinners
  • There are grocery stores and restaurants within walking distance of the Kelly Inn.
  • Waxing benches, irons and waxing help will be available.  Bring your own glide & kick wax.
  • Skiers MUST bring the following kick waxes; Red Special, Blue Extra and Green plus a cork!  This is necessary to get out on the ski trails faster.
  • This is not a school-sponsored trip.  Parents will be required to excuse their students from school.  Permission slips, including Emergency information will be required.
  • Please keep the volume of bags to a minimum.  This means 1 ski bag, 1 small – medium duffle bag and 1 small backpack.  The bus will be full. If the bags are too big some may have to be left home.
  • No coolers, there will not be room on the bus.

To reserve your seat on the bus, get your $300 non-refundable deposit to Bonnie ASAP.  The seats will be filled on a first come first served basis.  Remaining trip fee is due to Bonnie prior to November 8, 2013 (we have to let the checks clear the bank so we can use the money in West Yellowstone)Please make checks out to Nordic Fitness & Adventures.

Note: If signing up after October 25, 2013 the fee increases to $645.

Parents and other interested adults are welcome. 

The prices for adults are:

  • $595.00 - Quad occupancy
  • $645.00 - Triple occupancy
  • $745.00 - Double occupancy
  • $1040.00 - Single Occupancy

You must find your own roommates.  Add $50 if signing up after October 25, 2013.


Fall Team Magazine Drive - Set for Sept. 27 - please help!
Sep 18, 2013, 1:15 pm

Fall Women's Retreat at Giant's Ridge- Sept. 27-29
Aug 28, 2013, 8:19 am

A FALL WOMEN's Retreat at Giant's Ridge!



Check out the following info and grab some female friends to join in this first annual fall event at Giant's Ridge!  This retreat is hosted by- Marjory Woods- one of our skier's grandmother.  Looks like a super get-away- to experience Giant's Ridge in the Fall!  Spread the word!!





August 27, 2013


It’s almost Fall here in Minnesota’s Northland and just one month until “The Women’s Fall Fun Run/Walk  Retreat”. Make your plan now to join other adventurous Women who love the outdoors. This first Women’s Fun Trail Run/Walk is being held at Giant’s Ridge September 27, 28 & 29. Giant’s Ridge has over 60 kilometers of beautiful wide trails through the pine and hardwood forests.  Lodging for our women’s group is available in the Sports Dorm or at the Villa’s. The Sports Dorm can house up to 96 women. Each of the dorm’s 24 units sleeps up to four in two bunk beds and every room has a private bath and shower. The spacious dorm lobby and meeting room provides a convenient area for group activities plus a large kitchen is available for your food and snacks.  The sports dorm rate is an affordable ($65 per night) and is a fun lodging option. If you aren’t interested in sleeping in a bunk bed, lodging is also available at the Villa’s at Giant’s Ridge. Plus there is more fun available. Bring your golf clubs along if you golf since Giants Ridge is famous for its world class golf. The Mesabi bike trail travels past and through Giant’s Ridge so bring your bike if you wish. Kayaks are also available for rent. You won’t run out of fun things to do!



Registration Fee is $20 per participant.  Net proceeds go to help support the local (Mesabi East, Gilbert and Virginia) High School Cross Country teams. To properly prepare we need your registration by September 16, 2013 - Thank You !



Contact: Marjory Wood at marjoryjw@gmail.com 612-964-6321

or Gloria Jansen at gjansen612@msn.com For additional registration information.



Schedule for Friday 9-27, Saturday 9-28 & Sunday 9-29.


Check in Friday Night, Get acquainted with others, snacks, chatting ...

Saturday: Breakfast at Wacootah Restaurant or Bunkers Snack Bar 

9:30 - 12:00 Run Walk explore the 10K Silver Trail which is the loop trail we will be running or walking on Sunday

12:00 Lunch time, Free Time ... to watch movies, bike, read, relax, nap, kayak, explore other trails

2:30 - Learn about Nordic Walking and try out some Nordic Walking Poles

4:00 - Ask Gloria:  a time to ask Coach Gloria Jansen your running questions 

6:00 - Dinner we have local restaurant options to choose from

8:00 - Relaxation and Free Time

Sunday Breakfast available at Wacootah Restaurant, Bunkers Snack Bar 

9:00 a.m. the first “Women’s Silver Trail Run / Walk at Giant’s Ridge”

12:00  Farewell coffee 




A Fun Evening for a Grand Ending
Jul 31, 2013, 9:03 pm
                          The shirts are on their way!!
What an ending! 
One last hike up Placid to take in our "summer" view, and reflect on what vision lies ahead of us once November rolls around...  followed by team 2 whomping team 1 in kickball.  It's been a ton of fun hanging out with all of you.... &  remember your G.U.T.S.  "Get Up & Train Smart".   And...it's (money) in the bank. 
Good Luck in your fall sport season!  
See you on the trails, at the pool, on the field, & on the courts.  cj   

Last week ( #8) of Summer Training 2013
Jul 29, 2013, 9:43 am

Another week of summer....  come & gone.  We will wrap everything up this week (#8) of summer training with a trail run today, and celebrate our endurance & fitness levels with a BBQ on Wednesday.  Our 2013 Summer G.U.T.S. - (get up & train smart) training shirts are underway, and should be done within the next week...



Monday- July 29th, Giant's Ridge, 4-5:30 pm

Wednesday- July 31, Run / Swim /Kickball/Wiffle ball /BBQ: 4-6 pm, Giants Ridge. 





A (vintage) GIANT domination, with a Mora imposter for the top 10 at the 2013 Fisherman's Point 5K! Sam Johnson- 3rd, Bennett Maki- 4th, Adam Stainiger- 5th, Dan Radtke- 8th. Other summer training members / skiers rounding out the field of 190 were: Austin Lovaas- 22, Paul Meloche - 28, Stephanie Madzey- 40, Lynnette Crosby- 45, Abbey Whiting- 62, Ian Ramfjord-65, Amelia Wagner- 75, Spencer Walchuk-87.  Complete results will be posted soon at www.northlandrunner.com .  This race was a good measure of what you all have been doing for 8 weeks.  Keep it going - the fall sports season is right around the corner!






A huge round of THANKS to all ski team members & parents for your continued support of the Fisherman's Point 5K race. And... a shout out to Coach Jon Wagner - for providing his timing services & race course markings all these years! This race would not be as successful as it is, if it weren't for ALL of you giving up your Saturday morning every 4th weekend in July! This completed year # 8 for our team and the funds raised will be a bonus for ski trips, equipment, etc.  Team roller skis are at the top of my list for next summer!  





See you on the trails!

















Week # 7 summer training
Jul 21, 2013, 7:30 pm

We had lots of togetherness last week- with 3 solid days of training & our unload / load party for the MS Tram Tour in Biwabik.  A huge shout-out of THANKS to everyone that made the early trips to Biwabik on Wed & Thurs.  "Natural strength training" at it's best with... (900 cyclist bags / gear)!  I know some of you ran the "Color Run" & it looks like it was a super fun time!   Nice support for the YMCA too!




                                   lots of gear!                                         94 degrees...  did you run first ?



 We're winding down our training, with this week & 2 days next week... here is what we are up to...


Monday, July 22, 4-6 pm.  Giant's Ridge. Trail run. Strength / Core.  


Wed., July 24, 4-6 pm.  Mesabi East.  Long distance run- trails / creeks / woods with an ice cream finish at the A & W- coaches treat!  


Thurs., July 25, 4-6 pm.  Hoyt Lakes Arena.  Run the Fisherman's Pt. 5k route, set up a few things, eat at the community picnic. (bring $5.00)


Saturday, July 27, 7 am.  Fisherman's Pt. 5K Run / Walk, Hoyt Lakes Arena.  Set-up, registration (starts at 7:30), food / beverage prep, etc.  Race begins at 9:00.  Still need volunteers for race help!   Let me know asap if you can lend a hand!  







Week # 6
Jul 14, 2013, 6:51 pm



Whew- last week was full of great accomplishments!  Running 5 1/2- 6 (very hilly) miles with a hiccup of rock strength training on Monday, then upper body / core of  kayaking / sup / (coach canoe dumping) on Wed, while wrapping our Thursday with a partner deal of a run / bike event.  Nice job everyone!!!


  OOps- I accidentally deleted the last home page, (week # 5)  I'll try to recoup some of that info within this next week.... anyway, here is what is shaping up for week #6 of our summer training plan...


Monday, July 15th -  Nordic walking / hill bounding, Giant's Ridge.  note time change: 4-5:30. 

Wednesday, July 17th - EXTREME & SUPREME TOTAL WORKOUT:  Run, Weights, Pool Workout at Mesabi East, 4-6 pm.

Thursday, July 18th- LSD. (long slow distance), followed by a cool dip in Lake Ore Begone, Gilbert,  4-6pm.

Saturday, July 20th- The Color Dash 5k, YMCA, 9:00 am.  http://www.thecolordash5k.com/virginia-minnesota.html



 And... our fundraising efforts continue!


Two events have arrived on our calendar....



  • The MS TRAM Bicycle Tour will be spending the day & night in Biwabik on Wed & Thurs. of this week. (7/17 & 7/18).  We are called into duty on both days, at 7:00 am, with an ending time of 10:00 am.   This is a great community service project and our team will receive a nice stipend for helping out!  And you all know where that fun money goes...   SKI TRIPS !!   Remember way back (in May) when I asked who could all lend a hand to unload and reload gear for this group?   Well, skiers, it is time to perform.  So... let's put on our  "Minnesota NORDIC Nice" for the 900 cyclists that are raising money for Multiple Sclerosis! 


When: Wed: July 17- 8 am. Thurs: July 18- 6am

Where: Biwabik Soccer Fields

Who: all skiers who are available- and bring a friend- it'll be fun!  



  • The FISHERMAN'S POINT 5K Run / Walk is our biggest team fundraiser and- our team has been hosting this race for 8 years now! Registrations are coming in, t-shirts are on order, awards are being finished, and door prizes collected. ( know some organization or business that would want to donate an item? – most do, if just asked! )  Laughing


When: Saturday, July 27th starting at 7am

What: set-up, registration, course control, finish line postings, & tear-down help. The race is at 9am, with everything winding down by 10:30-11:00 am.  

Where: Hoyt Lakes Arena


** Parents ** Please let me know if you are able to lend a hand, email me by Monday, July 22. I need to know how much help will be available.


** Skiers **    come set up before you run the race…. and if you aren’t running or walking, you need to work the race in some capacity, in order to receive reduced fees for the 2012/13 ski trips. (West Yellowstone & Maplelag)   Registration for all team & family members is $ 10.00. Download an entry form off this website.



THANK YOU in advance!! None of this is possible without a great support crew- like the Nordic Skiers & their Families!


See you soon!




Jun 16, 2013, 11:00 am

Week # 2 Summer Training


It was a fun first week of training- good food, old & new friends, sunny skies, and cold lakes! 


A blending of programs has come into play, as Coach Jon Wagner (E-G CC / Track) & I have decided to mix our fitness interests together to make it easier for all athlete's involved from Mesabi East, Virginia & Eveleth-Gilbert.  The more kids- the more fun! Come as often as your and your parents' schedule allows!


Here is what the schedule looks like for week # 2.

 All sessions run 4-6 pm unless noted otherwise.


Monday, June 17th: Giant's Ridge. Silver Trail Run. Roller Boards / Core.

Wednesday, June 19th:  Mesabi East. Distance Run through Forest & Creeks.

Thursday, June 20th:  Big Aspen.  Fartlek Loops.  Meet at YMCA.  Bring money for Dairy Queen stop after.



                                       Wednesday's 5 1/2 mile forest run with a mine pit "de-bug" & cool off.




- Always remember to bring a WATER BOTTLE.

- Carpooling from Mesabi East, at 3:30 in the pool parking lot.  Stops at Honk the Moose in Biwabik.


** For Carpooling: Call, text, or email me to let me know when you need a ride so I can plan drivers accordingly.  Parents- I may ask for a driver every now & then....**


And a couple of other notes.... 

GOOD LUCK to all who are running the William Irvin 5K Race in Duluth on Friday!  

LIKE us on Facebook!  Our ski team has a page- click on:    https://www.facebook.com/#!/MesabiEastVaEGNordicSkiTeam



Coach Cheri J. 

229-2413, home (218) 750-7904, cell








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