The CSU Junior Nordic Ski Team trains in the greater Boston metropolitan area and has a home base at the Leo J. Martin Ski Track in Weston, MA. The program is tailored for cross-country skiers aged 14 through 18 who have a year-round passion for Nordic ski racing.
- What athletes does the CSU program serve?
The program serves athletes who don’t have a school ski team or who are interested in additional coaching beyond what they receive in their high school program. It accepts up to 50 skiers for the year-round program. CSU has students from Acton-Boxborough, Andover, Concord-Carlisle, Lincoln-Sudbury, Dover-Sherborn, Reading, Wellesley, Belmont Hill, Wayland, Newton, Brookline, and other schools. CSU graduates have gone on to ski for Williams, Dartmouth, Colby, University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, Bates, Middlebury, Saint Lawrence, Harvard, Bowdoin, and others.
- What types of athletes is CSU looking for?
CSU skiers tend to be highly motivated athletes who are passionate about cross-country ski racing and willing to make a commitment to the sport year-round. As the CSU motto says: “We have fun working hard, and work hard at having fun.”
- What kinds of coaching do CSU athletes receive?
CSU coaches provide instruction in both classical and freestyle (skate) racing techniques, and the CSU program gets results: most CSU athletes qualify for the Massachusetts U16 and Eastern High School teams, which compete in the regional U16 Championships (ages 14- 15) and Eastern High School Championships (9th – 12th grades). Some CSU athletes also regularly qualify for the New England team at the Junior National Championships and beyond.
- What kinds of skills does CSU help its athletes develop?
CSU believes the key to success in winter races is a year-round training program beginning in the spring. The program has the goal that each athlete will acquire and master the following knowledge and skills as part of the training process:
- – Setting goals
- – Planning training
- – Logging training and physical measurements
- – Ski technique (both skate and classical styles)
- – Nutrition for health and fitness
- – Physiology of training
- – Ski waxing
- – Ski equipment selection, use, and maintenance
- – Personal organization
- – Self-reliance
- – Confident and sportsmanlike performance in competitive events
- What kinds of events do CSU members participate in?
CSU Juniors skiers participate in a variety of Nordic ski races in New England every winter, including the Eastern Cup series and others. CSU provides year-round opportunities for ski training with Saturday rollerski workouts in Littleton, MA (as well as elsewhere), double-pole time trials in Concord, hill-bounding in Waltham, and more informal training.
CSU skiers also compete in the off-season as well in such events as the Mt. Washington hill climb, the “Climb to the Castle” at Whiteface Mountain in New York, the Kearsarge Hill Climb Rollerski Race in New Hampshire, numerous other road and trail races, as well as holding the annual CSU Fall Classic Rollerski race in North Andover, MA, every November.
CSU athletes also train year-round. From weekly rollerski workouts to training camps to orienteering to camping trips on Cape Cod to hiking outings and much, much more, CSUers always seem to be on the move and looking for ways to get fit and have fun with their teammates.
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