Harbor Springs, Michigan. – January 2, 2013 – Cross country skiers can gather each week at Nub’s Nob for a new nordic series created with fun, community, and skill building in mind. Happening every Wednesday night, this soon-to-be midweek staple offers a great reason to get out of the house and on the trails.
Whether you’re an avid racer or first-timer, Each weekly session will start with a skills clinic (20-30 minutes) and end with a non-guided group ski on the nordic trails. Skiers will be divided into two groups based on ability: beginner/intermediate and intermediate/advanced. Free instruction will be offered so that skiers may improve their efficiency and refine their technique no matter their ability level in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Josh Baker of The Outfitter of Harbor Springs will teach the beginner/intermediate group and Jim Harrington of Madshus will work with the intermediate/advanced group. Harrington, a top finisher in the North American Vasa, White Pine Stampede and American Birkebiner races, was head coach at Whitman Collage, University or Wyoming and College of Idaho. He has coached a NCAA Division I National Champion and numerous successful athletes. “We are so lucky to have a local in our area with this high level of expertise and experience who is willing to share his time and knowledge free of charge,” says Baker.
The series starts on Wednesday, January 8 and ends on March 12, alternating each week between skate and classic skiing. Skiers can attend any/all weekly sessions that fit their schedules. Registration is required and gear rentals are available both at The Outfitter of Harbor Springs and Nub’s Nob. Skiers should meet at 6:00pm outside the locker room by the purple chair for the skills clinic (20-30 minutes) with the non-guided group ski to follow. There is no fee for the instruction but a nordic ski pass is required; Nub’s Nob is offering passes for $8 at 50% off the regular rate.
The Cross Country Ski Series is sponsored by The Outfitter of Harbor Springs, Nub’s Nob, Bayside Family and Sports Medicine, Toko and Madshus. Ben Doornbos, Hiring Manager of Nub’s Nob, is excited to see this series launched: “At Nub's Nob we have 21 kilometers of groomed nordic trails which we are happy to see utilized for the Cross Country Ski Series. Our hope is that more people will discover this life-long sport and make some new friends in the process”.