Welcome! Please explore our site to see how we promote Nordic Sports in the Brainerd Lakes Area!
CURRENT EVENTS, NEWS, and NOTICES:
Announcing summer roller ski lessons beginning Monday, June 29th! These lessons will run six consecutive weeks, each Monday. The class will be taught by Bill Meyer and will be both classic and skate style. We will meet at the Paul Bunyan Trail Head Parking Lot at 6:45 PM. Each lesson will run approx. 2 hours. Participants will be given instruction in both disciplines. The club has a few pair of both classic and skate roller skies. You are encouraged to bring your own, whither they are just one or the other, or both. Participants will be given the opportunity to share. Required equipment: helmet (bike helmet works), gloves and classic & skate boots. Optional gear: knee & elbow pads. Wear long pants, at least until you are comfortable. Roller skiing is a 'specific' training technique and is an addition to other training. It will help improve your winter technique. Cost of the lessons: $30.00. Payable to the ski club. Bill is donating his time.
Contact Mark Stadem at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: 218-839-1900. Class size is limited, so sign up soon!
MYSL ski lessons continued despite lack of snow! The Minnesota Youth Ski League met at Whipple Lake a few Sundays this past season where students, parents, and coaches found a few precious inches of snow along the east shore. The skiing was decent and the flat terrain actually helped with beginner instruction and practice. Our club arranged to have a 1/4 mile of Classic and kate lanes created in preparation of the classes. We would like to thank our volunteer coaches and Camp Vanasek Director, Vicki Foss, for making these events happen despite bare ground conditions across much of the surrounding area in January and February.
The BNSC would like to recognize and congratulate one of our young club members on an incredible achievement this past season in the world of Nordic Skiing/Biathlon. Cam Christiansen, from Pequot Lakes, training with Nisswa NW / MN Biathlon and coach Bill Meyer, was the top ranked athlete in the Youth Men (under 19) category at the US Biathlon Youth / Junior World Team Trails. There were 45 athletes that participated in the Youth/Junior World Team trials this year in both the Youth & Junior levels, men & women.
Early Grooming...Board member and volunteer ski coach, Kent Montgomery, is shown below grooming the Arboretum trails over Thanksgiving break. Kent was using the club's new 2014 Artic Cat Bear Cat Utility Snowmobile that is designed specifically for grooming ski trails. This kind of workhorse is a club first and comes equipped with an engine and transmission built for heavy pulling at slow speeds, front-end winch, a rear light bar with flood lamp for night grooming, and several other accessories. A 4-stroke engine sports better gas mileage, is quieter, and has less emissions.
Biathlete Training Continues: Video below from Youth and Junior Trials at Mount Itasca:
BNSC's Annual Trail Clean Up Day was another success! Dozens of volunteers showed up to prepare the French Rapids Trail System and partake in a chili feed in what some said may be the most beautiful setting in Brainerd.
The trails (French, the Arboretum, and Forestview) have been mowed. It took 23 hours of operating time to mow all three. A BIG thanks to new club member (and his wife Sue) Jim Natwick who helped club president, Mark Stadem, with the mowing. If you hike the trails please feel free to remove the small branches and debris that may have been scattered on the trails while mowing. If you should feel so inclined, bring a long handled pruner with you on the hike and cut back any overhanging branches, brush, etc. Think "snow load" when looking at branches. Watch for those "hat catchers"!!! Some of the mowing action:
The club is dealt with plenty of trail and lights damage from summer storms. Some photos from our repair crews:
More trail-clearing action below:
Photos of the big storm damage to Forestview taken by Committee Member James O'Hearn:
Last winter's Youth Ski League was another huge success! Check out the action below. More information on this great family activity under "Youth Skiing" heading.
- 2014 was also another great biathlon season! See photos below but please also check out our Biathlon page under "Youth Skiing".