2017 Snowflake Ski Swap

Posted by on November 5th 2017 in Events, Team Communication

The Snowflake Ski Swap will be held Saturday November 11, 2017 from 9am to 12pm, post-sale pick up (and unsold items) is Saturday afternoon, 12pm-1pm. Get your old skis dusted off and turn them into some cold, hard cash. Or pick yourself up a great deal on a pair of skis to help yourself enjoy the season! Proceeds from the swap are used to support youth and high school skiing at Snowflake. The swap is also an excellent time and place to purchase your season pass for Snowflake at the preseason rate: https://www.skiduluth.com/season-pass-form/


Check in to sell equipment is Friday evening 5pm-8pm.


Snowflake is located at 4348 Rice Lake Road, Duluth, MN 55811


2016 West Yellowstone Ski Trip

Posted by on October 20th 2016 in Events

2016 West Yellowstone Ski Trip

November 18 to November 26, 2016

West Yellowstone, Montana

Cost $610 ($660 after Oct. 24)



Trip Leaders:

Bonnie Fuller-Kask (218) 724-2775

Dave Kask


Other Information:

  • This trip has filled up in the past. We will fill the buses on a first paid – first reserved basis.  Your seat will be reserved when we receive your down payment.
  • Leave Ordean East Middle School (2900 East 4th Street, Duluth, MN 55812 in the back parking lot) at 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 18. (No cars can be left in the parking lot.)
  • 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 meal preference on the sign up sheet
  • Arrive West Yellowstone Saturday afternoon.  We plan to have time to ski.
  • Leave West Yellowstone about 4:00 p.m. on Friday
  • Arrive Duluth late morning on Saturday, November 26.
  • $610 Fee includes ($660 after Oct. 24):
    • Transportation
    • Breakfast Saturday morning 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
  • Skiers should bring additional money for lunches and two 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 duffel bag and 1 small backpack.  The bus will be full. If the bags are too big they 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 10, 2016 (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, LLC.

Note: If signing up after October 26, 2015 the fee increases to $655.


Parents and other interested adults are welcome.

The prices for adults are:

  • $605.00 – Quad occupancy
  • $665.00 – Triple occupancy
  • $765.00 – Double occupancy
  • $1075.00 – Single Occupancy

You must find your own roommates.  Add $50 if signing up after October 24, 2016.



Go to westyellowstone.dulutheastnordic.org for the sign-up forms, wavers and more information or e-mail coachdave (at) dulutheastnordic.org.

Ski Walking and Ski Bounding Video

Posted by on November 18th 2015 in practice, Team Communication, Training Information, Uncategorized

2015 Two Harbors/Marshall Classic Invite

Posted by on January 1st 2015 in Events, Races, Team Communication

2015 Two Harbors/Marshall Classic Invite Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

Mt. Itasca, Coleraine, MN

Technique: Classic


Distances: Varsity Boys/Girls – 5.5k

JV Boys/Girls – 5.5k

JH Boys/Girls – 3.2k


10:30 – coaches meeting

11:00 – Boys Varsity

11:30 – Girls Varsity

12:00 – Boys JV

12:30 – Girls JV

1:00 – Boys JH

1:30 – Girls JH


(These times are estimates and will depend upon the duration of the preceding races.) – Awards will be given to the top 10 in Varsity, Jr. Varsity, and Jr. High

- If you have beginner skiers, please feel free to enter them in the Jr. High Race which will be a technically ‘easy’ course. Only Jr. High racers who are 9th grade and below will be considered for Jr. High awards.

Entry Deadline: Enter online at www.boreal.org/~durfee by 5 pm on Sunday, Jan 4. Entry Fee: $7.00 per skier, make checks payable to “Mt Itasca Nordic Ski Association”   Please note the change in amount per skier!   Bring check with or mail check to:


Joann Roessler/MINSA

2808 Meyers Point Rd

Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Concessions will be available.

Information: Dave Johnson, djohnson@marshallschool.org  218-348-1338

2014 Grand Rapids Team Pursuit

Posted by on December 12th 2014 in Events, Races, Team Communication

2014 Grand Rapids Team Pursuit

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Mt. Itasca, Coleraine



Varsity/JV Boys/Girls:

- 2 person teams

- Skier 1 skate, Skier 2 skate, Skier 1 classic, Skier 2 classic

- Single 2.5k loop

- Mass starts (JV will start 2 minutes after Varsity)

- Mixed boy/girl teams are welcome and will ski the Boys race.

JH Boys/Girls:

- 3.2k skate (2 lap course)

- Interval start (2 skiers every 30 seconds)



10:30 – coaches meeting


11:00 – Girls Varsity/JV Relay

(The following times are estimates and will depend upon the duration of the preceding races.)

12:00 – Boys Varsity/JV Relay

1:00 – Girls JH

1:30 – Boys JH


- One classic track will be set on the edge of the trail.


- Awards will be given to the top 5 Varsity relay teams and top 5 JV relay teams. Awards will also be given to the top 10 individuals in the Jr. High races.


- If you have beginner skiers, please feel free to enter them in the Jr. High Race which will be a technically ‘easy’ course.   Only Jr. High racers who are 9th grade and below will be considered for Jr. High awards.



Enter online at  www.boreal.org/~durfee  by 5 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 16.


Entry Fee: $5.00 per skier, make checks payable to “Mt Itasca Nordic Ski Association”.


Concessions will be available.


Questions: Contact Craig at (218) 999-9444 (h) or tcstertz@paulbunyan.net

Denfeld Champs

Posted by on February 5th 2014 in Events, Races, Team Communication

Denfeld Champs
Monday February 10, 2014
Spirit Mountain Nordic Trails   (Course Maps)
Duluth, MN

Photoset (Mainly videos)


Format: Freestyle (We will have a track set for skiers choosing to classic ski.)

Eligible skiers: Any skier who did not qualify for the State Meet

Bus leaves Marshall at 11:15 (11:00 release)

Bib Pick-up: 11:30 (In the Nordic Chalet)
Coaches’ Meeting: 12:30 (In the Nordic Chalet)

Order of Start:
1pm JV Boys  5.5K
JV Girls  5.5K
JH Boys 8th; JH Girls 8th  3.2k
JH Boys 7th; JH Girls 7th 3.2k
JH Boys 6th/5th; JH Girls 6th/5th -3.2k

Awards Ceremony: In front of the nordic chalet as soon as results are available for all races.

Awards: Top 10 boys and girls from each division.

Concessions: We will have a lot of goodies available inside the nordic chalet. Come hungry!

Please have your race entries to Steve by 6:00 p.m. Fri., Feb. 7th. Send to Steve Deschene by email: timing@boreal.org or enter on web site www.boreal.org/~durfee

Entry Fee: $5/skier.
Please pay at bib pick up. Make checks payable to: Duluth Denfeld Nordic Ski.
Denfeld High School 401 N. 44th Ave. W. Duluth, MN 55807

*** We will do our best to get as many busses as possible close to the start/finish area. School busses fit much better than coach busses in our small lot. Busses with trailers will need to park in the Timber Twister lot. If you have a small group coming and have the option of riding in a van or small bus that would be very helpful. If there are more busses than space allows some teams will need to park in the Timber Twister lot. Please inform your families that cars will not be able to enter the nordic center parking lot. If skiers are being dropped off they will need to be let out at the entrance or the Timber Twister lot.

Cars will be asked to park in the Timber Twister parking lot or Lot D. Lot D is approximately 0.5 miles away. Sorry, NO shuttle. If you park on the road you will be risking being towed.

Questions: (218) 340-6505 or dawnmiller07@me.com




Posted by on February 1st 2014 in Events, Races, Team Communication




1-800-688-7669 – Deb Maki’s ext 8072

Updated on Monday, Feb 3, 2014

Just came from a meeting with John Filander and he is calling a 2 hour delay because of the winds on Thursday.


Race Schedule:

Noon                    Boys Skate Race

12:30 – 12:45     Girls Skate Race

3:00 pm               Boys Classic Pursuit Race

3:45 pm               Girls Classic Pursuit Race

4:45 – 5 pm         All Coaches meet to approve results

5:15 pm               Awards Ceremony
Please read carefully all information sent in this packet.  All coaches are encouraged to visit the MSHSL’s web site for any section/state info.  Section Meet Manager’s Guide is attached to e-mail – gives info for coaches “Navigating MSHSL Web for Coaches”.


Please fully complete in duplicate the 48 hour section entry card.   Send one copy to Deb Maki, P O Box 505, Biwabik, MN  55708 or e-mail to Deb @ address below

All entries should clearly state name, grade, school and gender.

Send your entries to:

Steve Deschene, 170 Linnell Road, Grand Marais, MN   55604

E-mail (preferred method):  timing@boreal.org

            or on-line at http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/


Entries are due before 6:00 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 4th, 2014.

You may make changes until 8:30 am on race day.  At 9:30 am race day, a start list will be given to all coaches.


There will be a race jury.   Giants Ridge requires trail passes if you are skiing the day before – $10.00 @ Chalet front ticketing counter.   Non-participants skiing on race day are also required to have trail passes – $10.00 @ Chalet front desk.


All participating schools are asked to bring 1 warmly dressed ADULT Volunteer to help with running the race (bib removal, etc).  They should meet with Deb Maki @ 8:45 am in the timing bldg.    We will also need a few sharp, quick students to help Steve in timing booth.  Sometimes, student managers help with this.    Let me know if you have someone for Timing booth or working outside.


Payment -   All checks should be made to:  Region 7A – payment must be made at 9:00 am – before bib pick up at coaches meeting

Price – $75.00 per boy’s team, $75.00 per girl’s team or $15.00 per indiv. skier


Results will be posted at http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/ or http://www.skinnyski.com    Meet Manager:  Deb Maki, 1-800-688-7669, ext 8072 or e-mail pepsichallenge@giantsridge.com

2014 Cook County Invitational Pursuit Race

Posted by on January 27th 2014 in Events, Races, Team Communication, Uncategorized

  2014 Cook County Invitational Pursuit Race



Date: Friday, January 31, 2014.
Where: Pincushion Mtn Ski Area On the Gunflint Trail.
(Co. Rd. 12 is the Gunflint Trail  go through ‘downtown’ Grand Marais, turn left onto the Gunflint Trail, go about three miles to the Pincushion scenic overlook (Pincushion Drive) and turn right. Warming house and primitive toilets on site.

Coaches meeting & bib pickup 9:30 AM at Pincushion warming house.

ORDER OF START (Enter as many skiers as you want)
10:30 am start running clock. Racers double start at 30 second intervals, with some gaps between events to prevent unnecessary crowding.
Boy’s Varsity Freestyle 5K
Girl’s Varsity Freestyle 5K
Boy’s Jr. Varsity Freestyle 5K
Girl’s Jr. Varsity freestyle K
Boy’s Jr High Classic 2.5K
Girl’s Jr High Classic 2.5K

2:00 pm restart running clock
Boy’s Varsity 5K Classic Pursuit

2:40 pm(?) restart running clock after last Boy finishes
Girl’s Varsity 5K Classic Pursuit

NOTE: The Jr. High race is for classical technique only and shall be for up through the 9th grade. Varsity skiers can ski both races (pursuit), or just the freestyle 5K, but varsity awards shall be given only for the pursuit. The classic varsity pursuit skiers will begin in the order of their freestyle finish at the interval they finished behind the leader. Note that we have eliminated the individual varsity classic only skiers and instead have introduced the JV Freestyle only event. Note also, that skiers entering only one race will not count for the team score. Only pursuit skiers will count towards team scores

Individual top 10 in pursuit: Medals. Individual JV freestyle and Individual Jr. High classic: Medals 1-5,Ribbons 6-10. Varsity Pursuit Team plaques 1-2-3, boys and girls.
Award presentations will be at Pincushion warming house immediately following race.
The Grand Marais Municipal Pool has closed down. There is a new YMCA pool. Contact the YMCA directly for pricing (218)387-3386. It is my understanding that members of the Duluth YMCA get in for free.

Cost: $5 per skier. Make checks payable to North Superior Ski & Run Club.
(Race fees must be paid before race start to participate!)
Start Lists must be received by 6PM Wednesday, January 30, 2013.
Send to: Steve Deschene timing@boreal.org , or on website www.boreal.org/~durfee.
Phone Adam Harju 218-370-1124 (if you have questions, no phone entries please!)

Duluth East Invitational Pursuit Race

Posted by on January 15th 2014 in Events, Races

Duluth East
Invitational Pursuit Race
Friday, January 24, 2014.
Snowflake Nordic Center
4348 Rice Lake Road, Duluth, MN  55811

Bib pickup: 10:00 a.m.     Marshall Start List
Coaches meeting: 10:30 a.m.

ORDER OF START        Duluth East Invite Course Maps
11:00 am start running clock.  Racers start two every 30 seconds

Boy’s Varsity Freestyle 5K
Girl’s Varsity Freestyle 5K
Boy’s Jr. Varsity Freestyle 5K
Girl’s Jr. Varsity Freestyle 5K
Boy’s Jr. High Freestyle 3K
Girl’s Jr. High Freestyle 3K

At about 2:30 pm restart running clock

Boy’s Varsity 5K Classic Pursuit Starts
(About 20 minute gap between last Boy/first Girl)
Girl’s Varsity 5K Classic Pursuit Starts

NOTE: The classic pursuit race will be limited to the top 100 skiers from each of the boys and girls Varsity freestyle race.  Only pursuit skiers will count towards Varsity team scores.

Cost: $5 per skier.  Make checks payable to Duluth East Nordic Ski Team.
Send to: Duluth East Nordic Ski Team, Duluth East High School, 301 North 40th Avenue East, Duluth, MN  55804 or bring to the race.

Individual awards to the top 10 in the Varsity pursuit, Junior Varsity freestyle and Jr. High freestyle events.
Award presentations will be immediately following race.

Concessions will be available

Entries must be received by 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
Send to:  Steve Deschene timing@boreal.org ,
or on website http://www.boreal.org/~durfee/entry_form.htm.

Phone Dave or Bonnie @ 218.724.2775 if you have questions (no phone entries please!)

Dave Kask
Nordic Ski Coach
Duluth East High School
(h) 218.724.2775
(w) 218.628.5228

Two Harbors Invitational

Posted by on January 1st 2014 in Events, Races

Two Harbors Invitational
@ Korkki Nordic
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Date Changed to Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Korkki Nordic Ski Center News


Come join us for a fun, old school race

through the beautiful single track at Korkki Nordic! 

This will be an individual start classic race with one skier starting every 20 seconds.  Varsity and Junior Varsity will ski ~5 Km; Junior High skiers will ski ~4 Km.  Dig in your attic and find some old school spandex to race in!



9:30 a.m.         Bibs available for pick-up
10:30 a.m.       Coaches Meeting (in front of the warming house)
11:00 a.m.

Races start…there will be 10 minutes between the races and a 20-30 minute break before the JH races.

Boys Varsity

Girls Varsity

Boys JV

Girls JV

Boys JH

Girls JH

Awards when results are in

Awards will be given for the top ten skiers in each race and for the best vintage spandex/outfits (any era).


There will be concessions! 

Coaches Information:

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