September Nordic Newsletter

Prep/Comp Team Update

With another summer training in the books, the Prep and Comp team at at large logged 81 training sessions and 130 hours of training all packed into three months. A special shout out goes out to the athletes that made it to 50 or more training sessions from the end of May up until August 25th.  Aurora Stiles , Birch Klomparens , Bridger Stiles- Natalie O'Brien-, Des Concannon-, Will Johnson , Kate Brigham, Sydney Wilmot,  and Josh Roubin all exceeded the 50 training benchmark. The top three attendees came in at 80 training sessions (Aurora Stiles), 79 (Birch Klomparens), and Bridger Stiles (75). 

As the team transitions into the fall training period and into the school year, training volume will decrease and the workouts will introduce more ski specific and explosive plyometrics exercises, slightly higher intensity intervals, and continued technical work on skate and classic roller skis. The team is also moving onto the period 4 strength routine, emphasizing low intensity power lifting technique, medium volume, low mental energy demands and focusing on fundamentals for jumping and landing, balance, body control and coordination. There are 6 periods of general strength training that start at the beginning of the summer and run up to the start of the West Yellowstone November camp. Some notable workouts that the team will prepare for throughout the fall on are all of the tests in the test week, the flat creek 5km skate time trial.

Coach Ali and Prep/Comp Athletes line up for the 5km skate time trial

Important Upcoming Dates

Team meeting dates are set for the Development, Junior, Prep and Comp teams. Each team will meet as a group (Coaches, Parents, and Athletes) prior to the ski season to discuss the training schedule, equipment, the race calendar and more. The meetings will take place at the King's Grill at the base of Raferty at 6 p.m.  The Prep/Comp team will meet on October 8th, the Junior team on October 9th, and the Development team on October 11th. Teewinot and Lollipopper team meetings will be held in December, exact date TBD, at the Trail Creek Cabin.

We are tentatively scheduling a program wide gathering/BBQ on October 15th, location TBD. This will be a casual get together and allow for an opportunity for athletes, coaches and parents to get to know each other. This will time will also act as an Nordic Program internal gear swap. Stay tuned for details in the next monthly newsletter.\

Other Dates

  • JHSC Ski Swap- October 19
  • Skinny Skis Team Discount Night - October 22

Development & Junior Dry-land Training

The Development team and Junior team will begin dry-land the week of October 14th. Both teams are designed to provide progressive training and new challenges for returning athletes, but also welcome newcomers to the sport. If you have questions about which team will best suits your kiddo, check out the Development Team Page, Junior Team Page, Nordic Program Manual, or contact Nordic Program Director Ben Morley- or Nordic Programs Development Manager Bria Riggs - Since registration has opened, retention has been strong and we have seen a lot of interest from newcomers. To register now go to 

Nordic Coaching Staff

We are happy to have all of our head coaches back and a handful of assistant coaches back for another season. Continuity in the coaching staff is incredibly valuable as the coach, athlete, and parent relationships develop over the years. Our goal is goal is to move forward with a consistent and reliable message and provide a dependable program that the community rely on. The coaches play the largest role in delivering on all of those fronts; so thanks a million to the coaching staff's commitment to the program over the years. As the program grows and as we continue to raise the bar of quality coaching, we are looking to hire a handful of assistant coaches. If you are interested or know of someone interested, please have them contact Nordic Program Director Ben Morley - We are currently seeking Development, Teewinot, and Junior Coaches.

Ben Morley
Program Director/Head Coach

Jon Filardo
Prep/Comp Coach

Calvin Wight
Junior Head Coach

Rob Murphy
Development Head Coach

Libby Hall. Lolli Coach


Ali Sehnert
Prep/Comp Coach

Bria Riggs. Junior/Prep Coach
Development Programs Manager

Sevi Hagen
Teewinot Head Coach

Ann Mackley Lolli Coach
Kathy Neiley. Head Lolli Coach


Moose Chase Update

The Moose Chase has been a part of the Jackson Hole Nordic culture for many years, and in many ways has been the Nordic program’s annual staple event. The event started at JHSC’s Trail Creek home venue and then transitioned to a point to point marathon style race much like the Boulder Mountain Tour. The 25km course started at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and ended at the Teton Pines Nordic Center. After the JHMR nordic center shut down and the course from Teton Village to Teton Pines became increasingly complicated to navigate with private land obstacles, the Moose Chase found it’s way back to Trail Creek. The marathon style race continued with 15km and 30km course on the very challenging Trail Creek trails. Moose Chase Update
In 2016 JHSC initiated the Intermountain Marathon Series with hopes of connecting other large regional races like the Boulder Mountain Tour and the Yellowstone Rendezvous to the Moose Chase. More time, energy and resources went into marketing, advertising and maintaining a high level professionally run race for local and regional competitors. 
In the wake of JHSC investing more time and energy the idea of creating a coveted regional Nordic race, participation from regional and local skiers gradually declined due to the difficulty of the 30km course at Trail Creek and conflicts with other large races like the American Birkibeiner. On the flip side JHSC athlete participation has increased as team enrollment has increased over the past decade and younger athletes look to the Moose Chase as one of their first opportunities to compete. 


JHSC Athletes Start the 2018 Moose Chase


This spring JHSC leadership took a good look at the Moose Chase and the Triple Crown Series in relation to our core mission and values as an organization. JHSC’s mission is to inspire and develop student-athletes through innovative and accessible ski and snowboard programs that provide opportunities to pursue personal excellence in snowsports and life. The core values- Fun, Teamwork, Commitment, Sportsmanship, and Competition. As we move forward as an organization our goal is to act in ways that best exemplify that mission and those values. As such JHSC has decided to transform the Moose Chase into an event that primarily focuses on it’s junior level programing. In essence this will eliminate the 15km and 30km and introduce a NordicX team sprint that consists of teams create by coaches with Lolllipopper-Comp team athletes. There will also be a mass start 1km, 3km, 5km and a possible 10km for masters and citizen racers. The daily scheudle of events will be very similar to the Intermountain Youth Championships with a mass start in the morning, break for lunch, and conclude with a fun and festive NordicX team sprint. Stay tuned for further details.


Snow King Intervals