We are a team of Nordic skiers composed of members of all ability levels. We practice together three nights a week during the winter season, and travel to ski races throughout the Midwest from January to March. Races include the Noquemanon in Marquette, MI; the American Birkebeiner in Hayward, WI; and the Great Bear Chase in Calumet, MI. Members sign up individually for races they want to ski, and then the team provides lodging, meals, and transportation for the weekend. Races are a great way to get out and ski during the winter, and socialize with your fellow team members! Races range from 10k to 56k, classic or freestyle techniques. Members are not required to have a certain ability level or racing experience to join the team; practices and races are as difficult or competitive as the individual chooses to make them!
The Nordic Team is now a part of the USCSA Midwest Collegiate Skiing Association (MCSA). Race team members who choose to be a part of the MSCA will now have the opportunity to participate in scoring points towards a conference championship in three races during our regular season: The 24k Noquemanon, the 21k Pursuit Ashwabay Summit, and the 50k or 55k Birkiebeiner. They can then choose to race at a two-day regional championships where we can qualify as a team for the USCSA Nordic National Championships in early March.
During the fall, the team has dryland practices from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. Practices continue until the end of the Fall Semester. Over Winter Break, the team travels to Cable, WI to ski the Birkebiener Trails for Training Weekend.
Once Spring Semester starts, the team practices every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 6-8 p.m. The Nordic Ski Team travels to Elver Park on the west side of Madison for winter practices. Transportation is provided to practices.
Winter Break Trip
During winter break we give the opportunity for skiers to come on what we call our Training Weekend. This 4-day trip includes housing and food and many many kilometers of skiing in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, typically on the Birkie trails. People typically group ski on their own for a large chunk of the trip but we also hold technique workshops throughout the long weekend.
Team members are required to pay the $45 Hoofer fee, and then team dues as well. Members that just want to practice pay dues of $100, while racing members pay $225 in dues. Dues go towards transportation to practices and races, lodging, and food for training weekend and race weekends.
For more information, contact the Nordic Director at firstname.lastname@example.org!