December Nordic Newsletter

Trail Creek Passes & JHSC Nordic Supporter Merchandise

Trail Creek is open and even though conditions are early season like, we couldn't be more excited to get the season underway for all of our teams! If you would like to receive Steve's daily grooming report email His report can also be viewed on the JHSC website at Please remember to purchase a season pass or daily pass to help support our operations. If you would like to further support the program you can purchase a "JHSC Nordic Supporter" hoodie at the cabin for $50 or a hat for $20. 

Introducing JHSC Nordic Winter Carnival 

February 8th - Trail Creek

Sponsored by:

The JHSC Nordic Winter Carnival is a new event and designed to engage all of our JHSC Nordic teams.  Along with standard 1,3, 5, and 10km mass start races, there will be a team NordicX sprint. The coaches intend on organizing sprint teams early in the season. One team will consists of (1.Lollipopper or Teewinot. 2.Development. 3.Junior. 4.Prep or Comp). Teams will have the opportunity prior to the event to train together, talk tactics and technique during regular practice times at Trail Creek.

The Carnival is designed to be a festive event and to celebrate the JHSC Nordic program. For many athletes on the Lollipipper, Teewinot, Development, and even Junior team, it will be their first opportunity to compete. It is the goal of the coaches and event organizers to make the event as low pressure and inviting as possible for newcomers to the sport.


  • Race entry is open for all JHSC athletes, and all are highly encouraged to participate. 

    • Entry fee-$10 for JHSC ahtletes and includes the distance races and the team sprint. 

    • Half km Mini Moose Chase is free.

  • Masters, Alumni, Coaches and Citizen Racers are invited to participate in the 5km or 10km skate mass start and/or the team sprint relay. 

    • Individual 5km or 10km Mass Start Fundraiser Entry-$50

    • Team Sprint Relay (4 participants) Fundraiser Entry  - $200

    • Team Sprint Relay (4 participants) & 5km Mass Start Fundraiser Entry - $300

Schedule of Events

  • 10 a.m. 5km & 10km Skate Mass Start

  • 10:20 a.m. 3km Skate Mass Start

  • 10:30 a.m. 1km Skate Mass Start

  • 10:45 Half KM Mini Moose Chase

  • 11:15 Catered Lunch - $10

  • 12:45 Skate NordicX Team Sprints

  • 1:45 Awards Ceremony - Top 5 for 5km, 3km, 1km, Team Sprints. 

Race Categories

  • 5km - Open to JHSC Teams Teewinot - Comp Team

  • 5km & 10km - Open to JHSC Teams Teewinot - Comp Team Masters, Alumni, Citizen Racers

  • 3km- Open to JHSC Teams Lollipopper- Junior Team

  • 1km- Open to JHSC Teams - Lollipopper-Teewinot

  • NordicX Team Sprint 

    • JHSC Athletes - 4 Person Team Designed by JHSC Coaches. Consists of (1.Lollipopper or Teewinot. 2.Development. 3.Junior. 4.Prep or Comp)

    • Masters, Alumni, Coaches, Citizen Races - 4 person team of your choosing.

West Yellowstone Camp

With less than ideal conditions on the Rendezvous ski trails in West Yellowstone, the Prep and Comp team made the most out skiing on the 12km plateau forest service road above town. 30 minutes of driving each direction for two training sessions per day meant the athletes had to manage their recovery time such that they could still meet their training goals. Despite the early season conditions, the quality of training, focus, and stoke to be on snow made for an all time West Yellowstone training camp. Athletes logged 15 to 30 hours, mostly on skis with some roller skiing and some running. Evening team meeting focus topics included nutrition talks, seasonal goal setting, mind-set discussions, technique video review and seasonal race planning. By the end of the week with the recent snow storm,  the 27 Prep and Comp team athletes, 3 Junior athletes and 5 coaches were skiing on the Rendezvous ski trails in town on.

Prep/Comp Team Update

With the West Yellowstone camp in the books, athletes are continuing to focus on technique development, transitioning from general strength to ski specific strength workouts, honing in on finding speed on skis, and remaining mindful of getting the required rest and recovery as early season races are approaching. Some of the athletes will be racing a 5km skate and classic relay this weekend at the first High School race in Casper. The following weekend Junior, Prep and Comp team athletes will travel to Sun Valley for the first Super Tour race of the season. This year, the Sun Valley Super Tour serves as an Intermountain Opener before the first Junior National Qualifier in Jackson on January 17th and 18th. Comp team athlete Elijah Weenig will be using the Super Tour race as a means of earning some FIS points in preparation for U.S. Nationals in Houghton Michigan during the first week of January. Elijah has an opportunity to pre-qualify for Junior Nationals and the U18 Championships held in Sweden later in the season. Coach Jon Filardo will be joining Elijah for his first Nationals experience.

Junior Team Update

The Junior Team has been enjoying some awesome on snow skiing since Thanksgiving. We just got back from West Yellowstone, MT where Alyosha Billamoria, Ellie Wheeler, and Will Putnam all skied at the Rendezvous Trail system in mid winter conditions. This past week we have been out at Trail Creek where Steve the groomer has done an excellent job maintaining the trails so that we can hold our practices on snow. The juniors have been working on getting their "ski legs" back under them and working on fundamental body positions and movements for both skate and classic techniques. We have been doing most of our training on the Field Loops, Woolsey Woods, and Homesite. We have seen some phenomenal improvements from the athletes comfortability on skis, spanning from first time nordic skiers to long time participants in the Nordic program. We look forward to the next week where we will add in some distance work exploring the further out trail systems, and add in a time trial on the Woolsey Woods loop. 

-Coach Calvin

Development Team Update

With the first week of skiing underway at Trail Creek, the Development team athletes have been exploring the trails, focusing on fundamental body position, weight transfer and keeping things light and fun with some agility work and games. With a roster of 29 athletes, the Development team is now the largest team in the Nordic program. A special thanks goes out to head coach Rob Murphy and assistant coaches Will Wicherski and Mark Newcomb for keeping the athletes focused, attentive and engaged. The future is bright for the JHSC Nordic program!

Lollipopper & Teewinot Parent Athlete Meeting Dates

 Each team will meet as a group (Coaches, Parents, and Athletes)  to discuss the practice schedule, equipment, the race calendar and more. The meetings will take place at the Trial Creek cabin, and will also serve as an opportunity for athletes to check out their lease equipment for the season.

Lollipoppers Team - December 9th. 6 p.m.

Teewinot Team- December 18th. 6 p.m.