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July 28, 2011: Volume 12, Number 17




 Alpine vs. Nordic Wax


What is the difference between alpine and nordic wax?


In alpine

- the speed and friction is higher than in xc.

 - alpine manmade snow is more aggressive (minerals, crystal forms) than blended or natural snow

- higher speeds create more friction which creates more base abrasion and also more water between snow and base

- alpine is most often practiced at slightly higher altitudes to do the sports mountain location,which provides different snow crystal due to altitude, humidity and sun effect.


Due to these facts, basic alpine gliders are more greasy and a little bit softer but more viscous then the "drier" nordic gliders.


You could use both in alpine or xc, but alpine gliders are made to be more "durable" at the sacrifice of low speed breakaway. Alpine gliders are more like nordic base prepping gliders which deeply impregnate the base. In alpine the teams are using lot of base preparing gliders to prepare base for racing.


Harri Aaltonen- Start Finland


What it takes...



If you dream of winning an Olympic Gold medal, you are not alone. But when you turn that dream into a goal and set about achieving it, you are embarking upon a life-changing voyage few can say they have truly attempted. Chasing the goal of winning an Olympic medal has a value well beyond any riches that might come from realizing the goal itself. The value of this goal and this dream is the process of pursuing it. Only through extraordinary effort and sacrifice can such a goal be achieved.


The accompanying document outlines the most basic framework of what is involved. This goal is not for everyone; the path is not for everyone. It is only for those committed enough to do what it will take, those not afraid of taking the path-less-traveled, those not adverse to risk, and those who find hard work fun. Make no mistake; this is not the common voyage, this is not the easy path, and therein lies its value.


If you need help or advice along the way, we are here to help.




U.S Ski Team Coaches


Chris Grover , Bryan Fish, Pete Vordenberg, Matt Whitcomb


Read More at www.nccsef.org



Gold Medal Training/Dedication Starts Young 


If you dream is to win a Gold Medal at the Olympic Winter Games

in the sport of Cross-Country Skiing, here are a few things you need to know:


Training Volume:

Age 16 to 17: 500+ hours

Age 18 to 19: 600+ hours

Age 20+ 700+ hours

Majority of hours are skiing, roller-skiing, running, and strength

Minimum 500 hours yearly by age 17


Race Starts:

Age 18 to 19: 30+ starts per year

Age 20+ 30-40 starts per year

Age 16 to 17 4+ Top international starts per year

Age 18 to 19 6+ Top international starts per year

Age 20+ 8-12+ Top international starts per year

Includes 6-10 sprint starts per year for potential sprinters

Age 16 to 17: 20+ starts per year


Program Needs:


Purposeful and progressive training periodization and planning;

week to week, month to month, year to year.


Frequent recovery monitoring and evaluation of progress.


Training with a quality coach and a strong group of athletes,

6-12 sessions per week, 48 weeks per year.


Lets Get It Done


U.S. Ski Team Coaches


Read More at www.nccsef.org




USST Video Challenge


U.S. Ski Team womens video challenge: 24 training groups submitted their video entry to the contest! The U.S. Ski Team women voted for their five favorite videos. Now it is up to you to decide the winner from finalists posted below. Voting ends when the Women's Team comes down from Eagle Glacier on August 1. Prizes will be awarded to the most popular video. 

Vote Here



National J2 Talent ID Camp


Supported by NCCSEF


The 2 annual National J2 Talent ID camp is set to take place August 1-8 in Sun Valley, ID.  The top 22 J2 boys and top 22 J2 girls in the country (14-15 year olds) have qualified to attend this camp through selection from their best two races from the 2011 USSA Junior Olympics last March.

This camp is the first national step up the U.S.S.A. development pipeline and is designated a Level 1 Project within the NCCSEF's funded/fundraising Pillar Projects. 


j2 camp 2010


Originally the brainchild of Rick Kapala, SVSEF, the collaboration from regional coaches and continued support from NCCSEF (National Cross Country Ski Education Foundation) and USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association),  have enabled this camp to continue on after a very successful inaugural camp in 2010 hosted by Michigan Tech. This year's site at Sun Valley offers a spectacular setting for athletes with great roller skiing, hiking, training facilities, lodging and other fun adventures nearby! 


Participating athletes will be provided with an excellent week of dryland training alongside their J2 peers.  The camp will have 2 to 3 athletic training sessions per day and will also provide participants with up-to-date information on nutrition and health management, current international ski technique, goal setting, and training planning and execution.  All sessions have 3 goals: 1) Help athletes understand various physical and technical skills need to succeed in the sport 2) Provide the athletes with appropriate training stimuli 3) Afford the staff an opportunity to assess the abilities of the athletes.


The camp is staffed by an array of Coaches including Bryan Fish-USST, Rick Kapala - Camp Director and Head Coach of the SVSEF Program, Janice Sibilia - NENSA Director of Competition Programming,  Ali Deines- Head Coach Jackson Hole Ski, Josh Smullin & Eric Pepper-Head Club Coaches from RMD, Nancy Fiddler - 2 Time Olympian, Multiple US National Champion and now Mammoth Team Coach, Dan Simoneau - 2 Time Olympian, Multiple US National Champion and Nordic Director of MBSEF. This staff is supplemented with 5 collegiate coaching interns from across the U.S.


NCCSEF will invest $3,000 in funding this year to help offset the camp costs, while USSA is donating coaching staff time, all of which help to ensure some of the top coaches in the country will be guiding these young athletes.  The NCCSEF exists to raise money to support key Pillar Projects in the Nordic skiing disciplines of Cross-Country and Nordic Combined. These Pillar Projects, such as the National J2 Talent ID camp, are specifically chosen to facilitate consistent long term athlete progression up the USSA Development Pipeline from local to international stardom.


The biggest developmental hurdle facing young American Nordic racers is gaining consistent access to quality coaching, training, and racing experiences.  Unlike their European counterparts, America's top athletes are spread throughout our vast country and live an ocean away from the center of Nordic racing in Europe.  Providing the next generations of U.S. Nordic athletes affordable and straightforward access to a progression of international quality experiences, such as this National J2 Talent ID camp, represents our nation's greatest development opportunity and funding need. 


Follow all the National J2 Talent ID Camp action at www.NCCSEF.org  or at NCCSEF on Facebook 


Starting August 1 join the National J2 Camp Facebook contest by liking your local J2 Camp participants to help them podium and win USSA/USST Swag.  


Donate to NCCSEF here!



 USSA Coaches Education  Clinic


Thursday, August 4th 1:00 to 3:00 PM

White Clouds Golf Course. Sun Valley, ID


White Clouds is just off Sun Valley (Trail Creek) Road across the street from Sun Valley Golf Clubhouse/Nordic Center, Sun Valley, ID


The L100 Coaches Certification clinic is free to all USSA licensed coach. The clinics include dryland technique drills as well as drill progressions on classic and skate rollerskis. All ages and levels of coaches are welcome. The clinic is outdoors and active participation is encouraged, but coaches are welcome to observe if not comfortable on rollerskis.

The L100 Coaches Certification technique clinic is one part of a four-part comprehensive Coaches Certification.

Participants should bring the follow to the clinic:

  • Active apparel
  • Running shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Bike Helmet
  • Bright shirt for rollerskiing
  • Classic Rollerski equipment
  • Skate Rollerski equipment

Further questions on the clinic contact Bryan Fish - bfish@ussa.org


  • Participate in a US Ski Team- approved technique clinic.
  • Purchase the USSA Cross Country Level 100 ski-specific course manual ($110) and take the free on-line test (http//:educationshop.ussa.org then click on "Online Exams").
  • Complete Basic Coaching Principles certification from American Sport Education Program (www.ASEP.com).
  • Furnish current proof of first aid/ CPR certification to USSA Sport Education (www.redcross.org)

Further questions on the USSA Coaches Certification process contact:

Chelsea Steinbach - USSA Sport Education Coordinator - csteinbach@ussa.org   

Bryan Fish - US Ski Team Cross Country Development Coach - bfish@ussa.org

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