Last week in our neighboring town of Stowe, Vermont, Trapp Family Lodge played host to several hundred of the fastest junior cross country skiers in the country. They were here for the annual Junior Nationals—a week-long series of races contested by teams from each of the 10 US regions in skiing. Each region’s team is determined through a series of regional races earlier in the winter, leading up to this championship. For most of these junior skiers, ages 14–19, the goal of making their regional team is the focus of their training all year long. We congratulate all of these young skiers! From this bunch will come the Olympians of the future.
Concept2 CTS was a sponsor of the event, and we raffled off a SkiErg. There were two ways to enter the raffle: by skiing 500 meters on the SkiErg or making a $5 donation to the National Nordic Foundation (NNF). NNF provides funding and support to numerous development programs in XC skiing, including a number of competition trips to Europe for qualifying skiers.
The tent was busy, and the raffle was a success, with 220 entries, about 40 of whom made donations to NNF. The winner was Marit May of the Rocky Mountain regional team. Congratulations to Marit!
After four different races spread over six days, the points were tallied for each of the regional teams. The Alaska Cup, awarded annually to the region accumulating the most points, went home with New England. Second place went to Midwest, and third to Intermountain.