August Nordic Newsletter

Prep/Comp Team Update

Prep and Comp team athletes are in the midst of the largest training period of the year with the goal of accomplishing between 30 and 55 hrs of training. This is the height of the team's base building period where long runs, long roller skis and more training days each week take precedence and enable the athletes to establish a foundation of fitness. This foundation is important because in the not so distant future (3-4 month) during the pre-competion phase, the team will be training on snow when the focus will shift to speed, technique, tactics, specific strength, and tactics. After a solid foundation of building up some basic strength in the last two strength periods, the team has transitioned into Period 3 Max Strength were the focus is high physical demands, high intensity/lower volume, heavy loading, higher mental energy demands and longer rest periods. The strength workout routine is continuing with a short warm up run, but starting to incorporate some basic yoga poses in the dynamic warm up routine.  Aside from the physical side of training, each athlete is honing in on seasonal summer goals, learning the basics of keeping a training log, and practicing on approaching each week and workout with a mind-set that will eventually transfer over to race day.

Cascade Canyon Run

Perfecting the Turkish Get Up

Junior Team Summer Training Update

Coaches Rob Murphy and Anna Gibson are continuing to hold Junior dry-land training sessions every Monday and Wednesday evenings at 5 p.m. As the summer training session winds down, this will be the last week that the Wednesday session is offered as Anna is headed back to school. Roller Ski sessions will continue with coach Rob on Monday, after which fall dry-land will resume in October.

Junior Athlete Tori Linger working on Agility

Recruiting and Sponsor the Nordic Program - A Call to the Nordic Community

It takes a village to keep the Nordic stoke alive through the summer months; parents, athletes, volunteers, coaches, donors, sponsors, the JHSC board of directors, the JHSC front office and the entire Nordic coaching staff are all essential contributors to keep the ship sailing. Athletes and parents can be the best recruiters and in the past have played a significant role in helping to grow the program into what it is today. If you value what the JHSC Nordic program offers to the JH youth, you can be one of our greatest allies in educating future athletes about our program and how their family can get involved. If you have the chance swing by our main office at Snow King to grab any promotional material including the JHSC strategic plan, and of course you can point anyone in the direction of our website. http:// Registration is open at, fees go up by August 31st, excluding Lollipopper and Teewinot program fees.

Every season we strive to elevate the level of coaching and service provided to each team and every athlete. Thanks to the leadership of Executive Director Brian Krill, the club at large has undergone a structural shift in elevating every facet of the organization to the next level. As a result JHSC has achieved U.S. Ski & Snowboard Silver Certification and at the program level we've seen a steady increase in enrollment, more and more athletes sticking with the sport all the way through to the highest level, and multiple top 10 finishes and podiums at Junior Nationals.

These successes and operating a program at such a level take a significant amount of resources, as such we're restructuring our sponsorship program for businesses and organizations alike to support our efforts. 

Take a moment to check out how your business or you personally can directly support the Nordic program through the following link.

Sponsor the JHSC Nordic Program

Thanks for your continued support!

Junior and Development Fall Dry-land Training

The Junior Team AND Development Team will start dry-land training on October 14th this year. This is a week earlier for the Junior team and two weeks earlier for the Development Team. We hope to coordinate with the Alpine program and offer a fun and dynamic training schedule that will include some roller skiing, running, games, agility, basic body awareness drills, ski imitation exercises, strength exercises and adventures away from the Middle School soccer field. We're happy that we can offer coaching continuity as both Junior Head Coach Calvin Wight and Development Coach Rob Murphy are returning and excited to build upon each athlete's and team's progressions.


Trail Creek Ranch

It goes without saying that the generosity of Trail Creek Ranch and Betty Woolsey’s will to keep the sport alive, well, and accessible is by and large why the JHSC Nordic program has been so successful. We are indebted to the ranch for providing a space and training venue with and incredible trail network. To show our appreciation the least we can do it help them with some summer ranch work as they prepare for the winter. The Prep and Comp team took an opportunity to help the ranch and at the same time got some good ol' Wyoming strength training in while bucking hay bails.The ranch is currently bucking hay bails this week and could use some volunteer help if anyone is able to lend a hand. Contact Alex Menolacisno at if you are willing and able. We can offer partial volunteer credit towards your work deposit, contact for more info.

2019/20 IMD and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nationals and Junior Nationals Competition Schedule Set

  • Super Tour, Sun Valley, ID December 14-15
  • US Senior Nationals, Houghton, MI January 2 -7
  • Junior National Qualifier #1, JACKSON! January 17-18
  • JNQ#2, West Yellowstone, MT February 1-2
  • JNQ#3 /Super Qualifier, Soldier Hollow, UT February 14-15
  • US Junior Nationals Truckee, CA March 7-14