May Nordic Newsletter


April is always a quiet month for the JHSC Nordic Program, and this year was no exception! Athletes have been recovering, doing Spring sports, and taking time off from Nordic to reset for the upcoming year. Coaches have been doing the same and spent some time dispersing throughout the world to mostly warm places for the off season. JHSC Nordic coaches have gone to Baja, Spain, Moab, and Lake Powell among other places to take some time and reset before the summer.  Hopefully all of the athletes have also taken some intentional time off from Nordic skiing to give their bodies a good chance to recover and get ready for the start of the training season on May 1!  

Coach Ann distributing awards to the Lollipoppers!

End of Season Awards

The JHSC Nordic Program had our end-of-season banquet in March at Jackson Elementary School. It was a fantastic day that saw all of our program participants together under one roof! The banquet is a great time to recognize the participation and achievements of every single member of the Nordic Program and also recognize the season's standout performers with special awards. We present different awards to members of each group to recognize different age-specific aspects of sport. For example, we do not select a skier of the year in our younger programs but instead recognize the "Tough Cookie" for Teewinots. The list of all JHSC Award recipients is below:



Most Improved Boy - Arrahlee "Juice" Van Gelder

Most Improved Girl - Posy Smith

Nordic Spirit Boy - Adrian Preheim

Nordic Spirit Girl - Olivia Pollard



Most Improved - Hadley McDonnell

Nordic Spirit - Cormac Valenstein



Most Improved Boy - Duncan Cameron

Most Improved Girl - Amelia Miller

Nordic Spirit Boy - Max Bell

Nordic Spirit Girl - Eva Cranston

Head Coach Kathy Neiley and the Lollipopper Team



Tough Cookie: Dash Robinson

Tough Cookie: Ellie Kuszak

Nordic Spirit: Tal Fitz

Nordic Spirit: Liza Mayer

Most Improved: Miles Filice

Most Improved: Sawyer Munro

Head Coach Libby Hall and the Teewinot Team


Most improved - Cooke Dawes

Most improved - Chloe Mower

Skier of the Year - Lucas Fitz

Skier of the Year - Annika Stanley

Nordic Spirit -  Finn Hoath

Nordic Spirit - Emerson Walles

Head Coach Rob Murphy and the Devo Team


Most Improved: Anabell Rosales

Most Improved: Gael Morillon

Spirit of the Ositos: Luna Carillo

Spirit of the Ositos: James Checker

Skier of the Year: Annie Melendez 

Skier of the Year: Justin Mojica Ninasivincha



Most Improved: Zach Baker

Most Improved: Callie Cavallaro

Nordic Spirit: Charlie von Maur-Newcomb

Nordic Spirit: Atten Aronowitz

Skier of the Year: Matthew Finkel

Skier of the Year: Anna Baxter

Head Coach George Cartwright with the Junior Team


Med Bennett Award: Kaya Kandolin

Med Bennett Award: Peter Warner

Most Improved: Abigail Murphy

Most Improved: Sam Sinclair

Skier of the Year: Lucas Wilmot

Skier of the Year: Lena Poduska

Head Coach Will Wicherski and the Prep/Comp Team



Summer Training Schedule

While the Nordic training year traditionally starts on May 1st, the Prep/Comp team will start holding practices with Bend Camp from May 13-21. We will have training opportunities for Junior Team athletes and older all summer! Junior Team training will start on June 19th, right after school gets out, and will be every Monday and Wednesday morning from 8-10 AM throughout the summer. Prep/Comp training will be every weekday morning and Monday/Wednesday afternoons throughout the summer. Please contact Will Wicherski if you have any questions or would like more info about summer training!  

We will not hold any travel summer camps for the Prep/Comp team after Bend Camp.  However, we are going to support many JHSC athletes in going to summer development projects put on regionally and nationally. JHSC athletes have qualified for National U16 Camp, Western Region Elite Group Camp, and the National Training Group camp this summer.  More details will come in subsequent newsletters, but we are proud to have had so many athletes qualify for elite camps based on their outstanding performances this Winter!!

May 13-21:  JHSC Bend Camp at Mt. Bachelor, OR

June 11-18: National Training Group Camp in Park City, UT

July 6-12: Western Region Elite Group Camp in Bozeman, MT

July 24-31: National U16 Camp in Lake Placid, NY

We are looking forward to another amazing summer of ski training in the Tetons!