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Friday, May 4, 2018

Summer Training Program

Two options for summer training.

1. Signup for Central MN Nordic Summer Training with Joe, Hunter, and Dan. Monday at 4:30 or 6:00 for canoeing/kayaking and Tuesday at 6:00 for rollerskiing.  Great, affordable, local opportunity for cross-training and a lot of fun!  

Sign up through Little Falls Community Services at the district office or ONLINE.

2. Coach: Kevin Brochman coaches at St Olaf in the winter.  He has worked with two skiers that have been NCAA Champions, Olympians and National Champions. He has worked with 13 skiers that have won gold medals at Junior Nationals.  Kevin has coached 4 Minnesota skiers to the Olympics (including Jessie Diggins), 3 who he worked with for several years.
  • 1984 & 1988 Olympic Team Member
  • 1989 World Championship Team Member
  • Member of the US Ski Team from 1982-1991
  • 25 Top 10 finishes at US National Championship Events
  • Junior National Champion, 1977, 4th Place at MN State Ski Meet
  • He has completed 4 marathons with a best of 2:39:59, best 10km 33:47
  • Four top 10 finishes in the Birkiebeiner, with a best place of 5th overall. That race he was 6.9 seconds from becoming the first American to win the Birke in 25 years.

He will be offering a summer training in St. Cloud again this year.  There will be two sessions per week:
  • Mondays from 10:15-Noon Classic with Kevin Brochman
  • Thursday nights with Issac Weiber from 6:-8PM.  
Both of those sessions are at the River Bluffs regional park, near AirMaxx Trampoline Park.  If you want to add a 3rd session there's a session at Elm Creek on Wednesday mornings from 7-9AM.  That would also be skate.  

More info and sign up at

Last summer three of our skiers participated in Kevin's summer training program in St Cloud.  Families coordinated car pooling to get them all there.  If you or your skier has any questions about the program, contact Jackson, Colton Y, or Cormac.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Flyer Ski Banquet - March 2

Our ski banquet will be March 2nd at the Ballroom. Social hour starting at 5 and dinner at 5:30 with our program to follow. It will be $10 per person to eat. 

Mattia needs to get a headcount to the ballroom so please email her with the number of people coming from your family. She needs numbers by the 28th. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Charlie Banks & State Meet 2018

We had 8 skiers participate in the Coach's Relay, 9 skiers participate in the state meet, 2 alternates and a group of skier/fans attend the two days at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.  The snow was great and the temperatures were pretty mild.  Walking around the course yesterday, I was thinking that it's crazy how long it's been since we've had knee deep snow anywhere in our area.  😕  The Flyer boys came in 9th as a team (up 4 spots from last year) and one place ahead of Mora, who won our Conference Meet!  Hunter was All-State for finishing in the top 25.  Congratulations to Hunter, Jonah, Colton, Colton, Cormac, Brett, Jackson, Alice and Molly! All of the skiers on both days should be proud of what they've accomplished this season.  Congrats to Mattia for not just surviving her first year as Head Coach, but for coaching kids all the way to the state meet, and to Jordan for a great first year as Assistant Coach.  Congrats to Joe for another year of bringing our kids to the state meet, waxing more skis than anyone can count, and for being named Section 8 Assistant Coach of the Year! 

State Meet Pursuit Results
Charlie Banks Relay Results
Brainerd Dispatch Article
Flyer Photos
State Photos
     Girls Skate
     Boys Skate
     Girls Classic
     Boys Classic

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Section Results & Photos

Skinnyski's Meet Coverage:  Jay Richards reports: Cold weather greeted racers in the Section 8 Nordic Ski Championships causing a delay in the start but temps quickly climbed along with sunshine to make for a great day of racing Tuesday. Strong performances in the classic pursuit by the top skiers in the girls race shook up the final results as Saidi Hamrin moved up from fourth to take the individual title and lead her team to a state berth and section title. St Cloud Tech's Gabbi Hennes took the runner up position as teammate Wren Scott-Lumbar round out the podium. Alexandria girls rode strong skate performances to earn the second team slot. St Cloud Cathedral's Alex Nemeth put on strong skate race besting last years champion Hunter Zupko by 17 seconds. Zupko would close the gap down to 10 seconds in the classic pursuit and settle for second. Hunter's teammate Colton Yorek rounded out the podium. All three skiers lead their teams to state berths, respectively. Results posted, along with photosets.

Going to state next week:  Alice and Molly, and the Boys team

Flyer Photos
Girls Skate 
Boys Skate
Girls Classic
Boys Classic
Brainerd Dispatch
St Cloud Times

Saturday, February 3, 2018

2018 Section 8 Nordic Ski Meet

Bus Load Time: 5:45 am
Departure Time: 6:00 am
Estimated Return: 7ish pm


Date of Event: Tuesday February 6th
Location of Meet: Maplelag Resort, Callaway MN

Schedule of events:

9:00    Coach’s Meeting
10:00  Girls Varsity - Classic
11:00   Boys Varsity - Classic
1:30     Girls Varsity - Freestyle
2:30    Boys Varsity - Freestyle
4:00 (approx) Awards Ceremony

Starting Procedure:

  • The Classic Race will be an Interval Start with one skier departing every 15 seconds out of 2 start lanes. Odd numbers starting in the left lane and even numbers starting in the right lane.
  • Order of departure for the interval start race has been determined by a list randomizer for each of the starting positions. Any unused stating spots will be removed prior to the race start.
  • The Freestyle Race will be a pursuit start with 3 starting lanes. Each skier is responsible to know their departure time and start their race at the correct time. Gatekeepers will be at the stating line to ensure a skier does not leave early. Each starting lane will have a poster listing bib numbers and departure times. There will be a large display clock with the running race time.
  • Coaches will not be allowed at the starting line for any races and are not allowed to countdown the start for their skiers. All Skiers are responsible for their own time start.
  • Each racer will be issued a cloth race bib for their race. The bibs will be collected sorted and reissued between the morning and afternoon races.

Timing, Scoring, and Tie-breaking procedures:

  • All timing will be to the tenth of a second using chip timing. 
  • Pursuit race places will be determined by the order in which the skier crosses the finish line. 
  • A skier must complete both races to receive team points. 
  • A skier must complete the first race in order to compete in the pursuit race. 
  • The first place skier will be assigned 100 team points and each subsequent finisher will be assigned one less point than the finisher ahead of them. 
  • The tie breaking procedure to determine the advancement to the state meet by an individual will be by a coin flip. 
  • The tie breaking procedure for team placing will be determined by adding the times of the top 4 pursuit skiers from each team. The fastest combined team time will win.

Uniforms and Equipment: 

  • Coaches are responsible for ensuring their athletes are in the proper legal clothing and using legal equipment. 
  • Classic Pole Length must not exceed 83% of skier’s height in ski boots on flat surface from the tip of the pole to the highest attachment of the strap.
  • Additional Rules: See the 2018-2019 NCAA Skiing Rules book, MSHSL Rules and Policies, MSHSL Nordic Ski Racing Rules Modifications, and MSHSL By-Laws

Jury: Alexandria, Brainerd, Little Falls. Alternates: St. Cloud Tech and Moorhead

Race Course:

  • The section race will be skied on two separate race courses. 
  • The freestyle course will be roughly 4.7km in length. 
  • The classic course will be roughly 5.3km in length.


  • Spectators are welcome to attend the races. 
  • Spectators are not allowed to ski on the course during the race. 
  • Once the race has started, until the completion of the race, spectators are asked to remove their skis while they watch the race.
  • Spectators are not allowed to walk on the groomed ski trails.


  • Each team will have an area located in the lodge to prepare for the races. 
  • It has been requested the skiers remain in the basement of the lodge to limit the disruption to the daily operations of Maplelag. 
  • The coaches meeting and timing operations will be located on the main level of the lodge.