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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:


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


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


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 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,  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  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

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: or enter on web site

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




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):

            or on-line at


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 or    Meet Manager:  Deb Maki, 1-800-688-7669, ext 8072 or e-mail

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 , or on website
Phone Adam Harju 218-370-1124 (if you have questions, no phone entries please!)

Snowflake Nordic Ski Swap

Posted by on November 13th 2013 in Events, Team Communication

Snowflake Nordic Ski Swap

4348 Rice lake Road, Duluth, MN 55811

November 16, 2013 9:00 am Start

Entry Numbers handed out starting at 8:00am

The schedule for the swap will be similar to past years:

Equipment drop off – Friday, November 15th  5:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m.

Ski Swap Sale – Saturday, November 16th  9:00 a.m. – noon

Unsold equipment pick-up – Saturday, November 16th noon-1:00 p.m.

2013-2014 Pre-Season Team meeting Announcement

Posted by on October 15th 2013 in Events, Team Communication

The preseason team meeting for the 2013-2014 season will take place in Mr. DJ’s room on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm.  All interested Marshall and LCA students in grades 7-12 are invited to attend.  The team is open to any student regardless of skiing experience or ability.  Marshall Nordic Sign Up Form

Joe Fairbanks Qualifies for State Tourney 3rd Year in a Row!

Posted by on February 9th 2013 in Races, Team Communication

Joe Fairbanks  Photo by Joe Bianco


Joe Fairbanks Qualifies for State Tourney 3rd Year in a Row!

Results found here

Photo Sets Found Here

Thursday, February 7, 2013    Marshall School senior Joe Fairbanks qualified for his third MSHSL State Tournament with a strong top ten finish in today’s Section Seven Nordic Ski Meet, held at Giants Ridge Nordic Ski Center.   In the first race of the day a 5 kilometer skate race on the Silver Trail, Fairbanks placed 10th.  Later that afternoon Joe moved up one spot to capture ninth place overall in the classical pursuit race held on the Cedar and Gold section course.  His finish placed him in the group of eight individual state meet qualifiers not on the winning team.  Fairbank’s teammate Senior Cody Johnson finished the day 13th in skate and 17th overall.  Johnson was satisfied with his performance in the grueling races having just recovered from a long lingering cold.

In team results the Ely boys captured first place in a hard fought battle with the Duluth East Greyhounds.  The Marshall boys team finished the day in 6th place out of the 11 teams competing in a very tough section.

The MSHSL State Tournament will be held on Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at Giants Ridge.  Racing begins at 10:00am and will be broadcast live by WELY out of Ely, Minnesota