Sunday, January 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Trip to West Yellowstone

 Thanksgiving Dinner in West Yellowstone

Eleven members from the NDSU Men’s and Women’s Nordic Clubs spent Thanksgiving break in West Yellowstone for their annual week long ski festival. Amazingly, our two vans were packed and westbound by 6am Wednesday morning! With a few quick stops along the way, we pulled into our hotel, which was only a block from the trail head, just in time for supper at the Slippery Otter. The weather was unusually warm, but a thick base layer of snow made for super fast skiing on the Rendezvous Ski Trails. We made good use of the snow and got two days of hard training in before the race on Saturday. Many worked on technique and everyone worked on endurance at the high elevations. The team even hopped over to Idaho to hike in the mountains for a couple hours one afternoon before supper. Elite skiers and coaches from all over the world were on hand for classes and lessons. Social time was enjoyed around the trailhead campfire and ski expo booths. David also taught everyone some card games. Several members demoed new equipment and got a feel for different styles of skis. For supper on Thanksgiving, we all enjoyed a delicious feast at The Branch Restaurant adjacent to our hotel. Thanks to Jacob for finding us such great digs! The hotel was super fancy! For the ride home, everyone was good and sore, but all that fresh mountain air was worth it!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Winter Camp 2017: ABR Trails, Ironwood, MI

The NDSU Nordic Skiing clubs went to ABR in Ironwood, Michigan over winter break in January 2017. We spent three days skiing and raced at the Sisu Ski Fest! Even though it was really cold, everyone had a ton of fun. We are hoping to go back again this year!

NDSU Nordic Ski Club at ABR Trails January, 2017

David cutting up onions for our chili, which was dinner on the second day

Landon, David, and Matt skiing
Chris, Collin, Mitch (in background), and Hailey
Collin, Chris, and Amanda

Jeff, Matt, David, and Landon enjoying the trails at ABR

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Frostival Fun!

  This year the NDSU Nordic Ski Teams participated in Fargo's first ever Frostival Celebration. This event highlights all that winter and Fargo have to offer and that sometimes cold and cool go hand in hand. The Frostival features events like Snowga (Snow Yoga), a Snow Disc Golf Tournament, Cardboard Sled Races, a mobile sauna, and a Cross Country Ski Race! 
The North of Normal Cross Country Ski Races were held at Edgewood Golf Course and consisted of classic and skate, youth and adult races of varying length. Most of the NDSU Team members chose to ski in both 5k classic and 9k skate races. This race was also special because we were fortunate enough to compete with our adviser Kelly! 
 The night before the race we had our first ever pre-race spaghetti dinner at Tammy's apartment right after waxing. Tammy cooked up a delicious meal of spaghetti, salad, fruit, garlic bread, and Rice Krispie Bars. 

The team did really well at both races with NDSU Skiers taking the top spots in classic and skate races for the under 29 age group! Overall we had an awesome time and can't wait for next year's Frostival. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

2016 Holiday Camp!

This year our team traveled to Brainerd, MN for our annual holiday camp. We spent the Thursday through Sunday at Heather Yelle's family cabin on Lake Alexandria. Despite the cold temperatures we were able to spend some time skiing on the lake near the cabin and at the Northland Arboretum.
During the times we weren't skiing we played lots of board games, did some sledding, and ate lots of delicious food!
We also spent plenty of time messing around on our skis.
And trying to try some cool new tricks.
We also watched the Bison Game and cheered on our team in Frisco, Texas.
Overall we had an awesome time and we are super pumped for the 2016 Race Season to start!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Adam Kempenich Receives Student Organization Leader of the Year and Ben Koenig Receives Honorable Mention

Proud of the leadership in our clubs! Adam is being recognized for his leadership with the Bison Information Network and Ben for his leadership with the NDSU Nordic Skiing Clubs.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Nomination of the Women's Club for Student Organization of the Year


I would like to nominate the Women's Nordic Skiing Club as the Student Organization of the year.
The reason they should be nominated is because they have grown in membership and also competed at a high level this past season.

The 2013-2014 year was only the second year of the Women's Nordic team being in existence and they have already made great strides. They had twelve women deeply involved this year that participated in races.
Highlights from the race season includes one of their skiers placing third in the City of Lakes Loppet Puoli 20 kilometer race. This race takes place in Minneapolis, MN and had 92 other women competing.

At the Pepsi Challenge race located at Giant's Ridge Ski Resort in Biwabik, MN the women took the top three places in their 19-24 year age group. This was a 24 kilometer race.

The women also had a first place finisher at the Minnesota Finlandia in Bemidji, MN. This race is one of the oldest races in Minnesota and was a 25 kilometer race.

As a team the Women finished third in the inaugural Viral Cross Country Race League. The viral league is a competition made up of college skiing clubs located in the Midwest. The schools competing were University of Wisconsin, University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, University of Minnesota - Duluth, Michigan Tech, Carleton College, College of St. Benedict, and Winona State. This was a season long series in which points were earned based on the finishing place of skiers from their respective school.
Women's Nordic has competed well as a team but they also are made up of responsible members who take their school work very seriously. Leaving for races revolved around class schedules to make sure their members could go to class and accomplish their school work.

Please let me know if you need any additional information.

Ben Koenig