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Team Photo

The team photo will be taken on Wednesday Dec 5 at 4:40 pm.   Remember to bring your race uniform to school.   Because of this conflict we will be going to on-snow on Thursday Dec 6 instead.

 

Updated Team Schedule

Now we are on snow after school practices have changed to keep the total hours roughly the same.

Monday (collab):  2:45 – 5:15 pm.   We are in strength/condition room 4:30 – 5:15 pm

Monday (non-collab) 3:45 – 6:00 pm.  We are in strength/condition room 4:30 – 5:15 pm

Tuesday:  NO PRACTICE

Wednesday:  On-Snow leave school 3:45 and return by 8:30.  Doodle sign-up required.   If weather or roads make on snow impossible we do dry-land till 6:00 pm.

Thursday: Dryland 3:45 – 6:00 pm.  We are in strength/condition room 5:15 – 6:00 pm

Usually an optional on-snow on Sunday morning.   Check Doodle for special on-snow trips.

 

On-Snow Practices

Snow

First on-snow practice is planned for Sunday December 2.   Please sign up on Doodle  if you plan to attend.   The tentative schedule through the end of term has been posted on Doodle.   We cancelled the original Friday evening on-snow because of forecast winds.   Until we get our new skiers comfortable enough to leave the stadium area it is not pleasant to practice in high winds.   The stadium area is the only part of the trail system that is lighted so a certain level of skiing ability is needed to train with just a headlamp.

An important reminder –  If you do not sign up you will probably not get a seat in a car,  If you do sign up but do not show up you will be placed in the lowest priority for future seats.  We try and find drivers to get the whole team to practice and if we ask a driver to drive and they are not needed we all get angry.

Team Calendar

As well as the off-campus events shown in Doodle there is also a general team calendar in Google.  You can find it on the team web-site or you can link it (read-only) to your own personal calendar.   It is generally updated as plans change, but may not show sudden changes caused by weather etc.   At present it does not show our on-snow schedule over the Christmas break.   We will try and choose 3-4 days over the break that suit the largest number of athletes.

Switch to On-Snow Practice Schedule

The storms this week have opened up on-snow training.   Once we switch to after school on-snow practices which do not return to NU until 8:30 pm we make Monday or Tuesday dry land practice optional.  You are welcome to come to both Monday and Tuesday but only one is required for attendance purposes.   As Monday is normally a collaboration day we get to practice in daylight till 5:00 pm.  Tuesday will remain one of our days in the Strength/Fitness gym from 5:15-6:00.  Monday will be focused on a distance roller ski workout over at Via Vista.   However, just because the practice is no longer mandatory does not mean we do not need to know whether you will be attending.   Please email or text Derek or Amy by the end of lunch if you are not attending a dry land practice.  It is impossible to plan a practice unless we know who will be there.

Practice Starts Monday Oct 29

First Practice
Our first practice is on Monday October 29 in Room B-3 starting at 2:45 sharp.  Be ready to work out and bring a helmet (and gloves) for roller skiing.   If you are still involved in a Fall sport please send an email so we know to expect you or make sure you select Nordic as your Winter Sport so we can add you to our roster.
Until the snow arrives the practice schedule is Mon-Thu after school  for 2hours 30 minutes.  So we finish at 5:00 pm on Collab Days and 6:00 pm other days.   On Tuesday and Thursday we are in the Strength and Fitness from 5:15 – 6:00 pm.  Otherwise we practice outside.  After Daylight Savings stops we will be in B-3 after dark on Wednesday.
Sports Clearance
We still have a lot of athletes who have not appeared in our roster.  The FamilyID database shows us who have completed the sports clearance procedure AND have selected Nordic Skiing as their winter sport.   We cannot let you practice with the team until both these steps are complete.  If you have not yet completed your physical, still do the rest of the registration on FamilyID so we know who is in the pipeline.  We will see that you are not approved yet but it helps a lot.
If you are cleared for a Fall sport please get your parents to log into FamilyID and select Nordic as your winter sport.   If you plan to ski and have not yet completed your physical you need to deal with this promptly.
Parent Meeting Slides
For those that did not manage to attend the parent meeting on Tuesday Oct 16,  I have posted a PDF of the slides that were presented.   The video slides are just shown as a snapshot but the rest of the slides are complete.   Remember that this presentation was aimed at both parents and athletes and sometimes a particular slide is aimed at one or the other.  It may have been clearer in person who the intended audience was!
Recruiting
If you have friends who you think may enjoy Nordic Skiing, please get them to contact me.   It helps tremendously to have beginners at the start of the season rather than later.    The weather is great now but the snow will come.   When the snow arrives things get a lot more hectic and do not have as much time to deal with new people arriving.
Beginner Roller Skiing
For those that are cleared for sport there are Beginner Roller Skiing Clinics scheduled.  Need a minimum of 2 athletes signed up for a session to take place.   Email me if you have any questions.   If there are other better times over the October Break for some sessions let me know.  With enough notice I am flexible.

Parent Meeting

Parents of athletes planning to join the NU Nordic Team this winter season should attend the information meeting on Tuesday 16 October at 6pm in Science Lecture Hall.  (Athletes also welcome.)  Details of practice and race schedule will be covered.  For those new to the sport who have other questions, this is your chance to get answers.

Should be over by 7:00 pm.

Parent Meeting

There will be a meeting for parents (athletes welcome) on Tuesday October 16 at 6 pm.  Meeting is in the Science Lecture Hall and should be over by 7 pm.   This is the week before the October Break.   The season officially starts on Monday October 29 so there is not a lot of time.

If you are interested in skiing for the NU Nordic Ski Team this coming Winter Season please attend as there is a lot of information that needs to be communicated to parents and athletes.   Don’t wait till after the meeting to start getting cleared for sportdo it now.  Every year we have athletes who cannot participate at the start of the season because they have procrastinated on getting their paperwork (actually all on line this year) complete.

2017-18 Race Videos

Here are a collection of links to the broadcast videos from the Nordic World Cup and the Olympics.   The races where we have not found the broadcast are shown in red.  Note the World Cup race dates are in Day/Month format below.  Where two races are on one line the Ladies is first followed by the Men.  When a race has a C after the distance it is in classic technique and when followed by an F it is freestyle.

World Cup Period I

24.11. Fri Ruka FIN Sprint C

25.11. Sat Ruka FIN 10km C 15km C

26.11. Sun Ruka FIN 10km F 15km F Pursuit

02.12. Sat Lillehammer NOR Sprint C

03.12. Sun Lillehammer NOR Skiathlon Skiathlon

09.12. Sat Davos SUI Sprint F

10.12. Sun Davos SUI 10km F 15km F

16.12. Sat Toblach ITA 10km C 15km C

17.12. Sun Toblach ITA 10km F 15km F  Pursuit

World Cup Period II

Tour de Ski

30.12. Sat Lenzerheide SUI Sprint F  TDS1

31.12. Sun Lenzerheide SUI 10km C 15km C TDS2

01.01. Mon Lenzerheide SUI 10km F 15km F Pursuit TDS3

03.01. Wed Oberstdorf GER Sprint C  TDS4 Cancelled

04.01. Thu Oberstdorf GER 10km F 15km F Mass Start TDS5

06.01. Sat Val di Fiemme ITA 10km C 15km C Mass Start TDS6

07.01. Sun Val di Fiemme ITA Final Climb Final Climb Pursuit TDS7

13.01. Sat Dresden GER Sprint F

14.01. Sun Dresden GER Team Sprint F

20.01. Sat Planica SLO Sprint C

21.01. Sun Planica SLO 10km C 15km C

27.01. Sat Seefeld AUT Sprint Heats F Sprint Qual F

28.01 Sun Seefeld AUT 10km F 15km F Mass Start

World Cup Period III

Olympics PyeongChang

The Olympic Races were not uploaded to Youtube but were put on a Russian Server.  Be patient as they take a little longer to get started.  They do have English commentary.

 

World Cup Period IV

03.03. Sat Lahti FIN Sprint F

04.03. Sun Lahti FIN 10km C 15km C

07.03. Wed Drammen NOR Sprint C

10.03. Sat Oslo NOR 50km F Mass Start

11.03. Sun Olso NOR 30km F Mass Start

World Cup Final

16.03. Fri Falun SWE Sprint F

17.03. Sat Falun SWE 10km C 15km C Mass Start

18.03. Sun Falun SWE 10km F 15km F Pursuit

 

 

 

 

Beginner Roller Skiing

An initial schedule of Beginner Roller Skiing sessions has been posted  on Doodle.  Once you are cleared for sport and wish to attend sign up in advance.  The session will only be held if at least two athletes sign up.  You must bring your own helmet (bike helmet OK) that fits.  Also recommend you bring some gloves to protect your hands (bike gloves work OK, but anything to avoid skinned knuckles will work).  A water bottle is also useful.  On your first session please be on time as we need to find the right sized boots for you.

Some athletes are comfortable after a couple of sessions.  Others may need more practice.  These clinics will meet in Room B-3 and stay on the school grounds.   If there is demand we may schedule some advanced sessions that may go out on the roads.

Sign-Up for NU Nordic Team

If you plan to ski this winter please get the first two parts of the sign-up process started immediately.   Before you can take part in a team practice or clinic you must be cleared for sport by the school.   This requires physical exam which often takes a while to schedule.  Do it now.   If you are already cleared for sport please log in and add Nordic Skiing as your Winter Sport.  We do not see your clearance till you do this.