Opportunities in Nordic Skiing

Nordic skiing can be a serious aerobic workout or a nice relaxing way to get out on secluded trails and enjoy nature. Whatever the reason, we have plenty of opportunities to brush up on your Nordic skills or learn a new sport. We can always use more patrollers at the big cross country ski races, and Alpine patrollers are more than welcome to participate in providing medical coverage for these races.

Nordic Instruction

We will be holding a Western Region Nordic Workshops at Elm Creek Park Preserve (Maple Grove, MN) on January 13, 2018, and also at Giants Ridge (Biwabik, MN) on February 3rd, 2018.
Contact: Tom McConville, Western Region Nordic Advisor

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2017 Nordic SES at Elm Creek

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2017 Nordic SES at Giants Ridge

There is a Central Division Nordic workshop on January 6-8, 2018, at the Minocqua Winter Park, located just outside of Minocqua, Wisconsin. This is a 3 day event, with a combined SES and senior testing on Saturday, a Sunday Nordic work shop giving by Nordic Skiing guru, Dan Clausen, and a Telemark SES on Monday, also conducted by Dan
Contact: Peter Wollan, Central Division Nordic Supervisor -

Periodically check the Region Events Calendar for other Nordic Events this season.

Nordic Patrolling

Viking Nordic Ski PatrolViking Nordic Ski Patrol provides medical coverage for Nordic races many weekends between January and March. All NSP patrollers are welcome to help. It is a good opportunity to watch some great skiing technique and improve your own
Contact: Tom McConville, Western Region Nordic Advisor

Become part of the famous Birkie Patrol

The Berkie patrol is an Event Patrol that provides medical coverage for the American Berkebeiner in Hayward WI, on February 24, 2018. You can have non-skiing positions or you can ski half of the race course. We also will need patrollers for the Kortelopet on Friday the 23th. That race will be run on the Birkie course from OO to Hayward. It is a great weekend of patrolling, and we always welcome Alpine patrollers
Contact: Mark Loesch

Minocqua 2018

From Peter Wollan's Division report

This year the Division Nordic Workshop will be January 6 and 7 at Minocqua, Wisconsin, and January 8 at Bessemer, Michigan. The Saturday clinic includes testing, for both Basic Nordic Patroller and the skiing portion of Senior Nordic Patroller, as well as a skate and classic technique workshop run by PSIA-certi?ed patrollers. We'll also devote some time to building and using emergency toboggans. Sunday is a group lesson by Dan Clausen, again covering both skate and classic technique. The workshop continues Monday, moving up to Indianhead in Michigan, for telemark technique, again taught by Dan. Dan is an exceptional instructor, and it's hard to ?nd a better way to improve your technique. The rest of us try to do a good job too, but he's de?nitely the main attraction. The Minocqua area has lots of good restaurants, which adds to the fun. There are reasonably-priced motels, but we also rent a cabin for the weekend; it has beds for 9, and ?oor space for more if needed. Let me know if you'd like to stay at the cabin, so that we don't promise more beds than we have. It's a good weekend -- you'll have a good time, in a beautiful area, and you'll learn to ski better. Come join us! Peter Wollan

For more information on the Nordic Program

Please contact:
Tom McConville, Western Region Nordic Advisor
Bob Iverson, Assistant Western Region Nordic Advisor