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AVSC RWM Ski Race(12/18-19) Snow Conditions Update

Please see the following information from August Teague and AVSC for an update on the current snow conditions for the upcoming JNQ races of the year scheduled for December 18th and 19th.
Hello Rocky Mountain Nordic-

We have been doing our Ullr snow dances and sacrificial ski bonfires but have yet to see the gods respond.

I am reaching out today to keep everyone updated on the Raul Wille Memorial Ski Race, Dec 18th and 19th (the first RMN JNQ of the season.) At this time, we have lost all our natural snow in both our start and finish stadiums. We have some snow in the woods, however much of our course is in the open and in desperate need of colder temps and precipitation. 

We met with the RMN executive committee last night to explore all options. It was determined that a date change was not within our calendar for this season, and that it would be best to host the races in the Roaring Fork Valley if possible. If not, the only two locations that currently have groomed Nordic skiing in the state are Rabbit Ears Pass and Grand Mesa. Should we not be able to host in our valley we will explore the Grand Mesa option. 

Looking at the forecast we can see that there is a storm lining up for the night of December 6th and throughout the day of the 7th. We can also see that there is a second storm now following it a few days after.  We will make the call as to if we can host at the AVSC club house on December 9th at high noon. We are exploring backup venues at Ashcroft, Ajax and will also announce if a new venue is possible at this time.

We realize the stress that this timeline presents and wish there was snow that we could all enjoy. We suggest that you double check your rooming cancelation policy and potentially change to accommodation that has a cancelation date after the 9th.  Should you have any questions or concerns please reach out to me.

Thanks for your understanding.

Kind regards,


Call for Coaches – Junior Nationals 2021
Please use the following Google Form if you would like to apply for the 2022 Rocky Mountain Nordic Junior Nationals Staff. Please distribute to any others that you know might be interested. Junior Nationals will be taking place March 2022 in Minneapolis Minnesota.
Deadline to apply – December 1st, 2021 at Midnight Mtn Time. Staff will be selected and notified by January 15th, 2022.

Winter Park Resort to host Cross Country Level 100 Coach Certification

United States Ski & Snowboard has designed a coaching certification program to prepare Nordic coaches to effectively develop beginning athletes in the sport of cross country skiing. The goal of USSS is to get the entire ski coach profession to recognize the training techniques at the National Team level, and to coordinate efforts on best practices and directives. According to Bruce Manske, Winter Park Competition Center Nordic Program Director, “We want coaches to be aware of what’s going on nationally, and to develop some similar language in terms of what skiers are learning all around the country.”

The Winter Park Competition Center will host the Cross Country Level 100 Coaching Certification Practicum at the Winter Park Resort on December 19th and 20th, 2021. During the on-snow or rollerski clinic, coaches will review the fundamental technical and tactical aspects of ski coaching and be assessed on their ability to teach, demonstrate, and analyze several fundamental skiing skills. Upon successful completion of the on-snow or rollerskiing assessment, coaches will complete a course survey and obtain their Level 100 Coach Certificate.

The L100 Certification will be a requirement of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Coach Membership starting with the 2022-23 season. The certification includes an online module with exam, as well as an in-person practicum with a USSS Coach Developers, who will lead the practicums. At this time, Manske is the only Cross Country Coach Developer in Colorado. “In my experience,” said Manske, “the L100 practicums have been great, coaches learn from each other, as well as being guided by experienced Coach Developers.”

For more information:

Contact Bruce Manske: bmanske@winterparkresort.com or 651-304-0647

Also, visit the US Ski & Snowboard webpage:


RMN Fall Meeting
October 7th – 11am-3pm
Frisco Day Lodge at the Frisco Adventure Park.
RMN Spring Meeting
May 21st 8am-11am
For a link to the virtual meeting please email Eric Pepper.
RMN Spring Meeting Agenda:
I am going to move the Original Agenda over to this Google Sheet Agenda as I hope it will be a little easier to work with having the multiple tabs available.
I am going to do as much as I can in advance to help facilitate speeding the meeting along. If you have any key items that are going to require lengthy discussion(criteria change proposals, schedule ideas, etc) please send them to me in advance so that I can get the conversation started via email.
Race Hosting:
If RMN is to continue with a 4 weekend race schedule for the 21/22 season it is likely that those 4 events will need to be hosted within RMN. Soldier Hollow will not be hosting the SuperQ next year as they have US Nationals, Biathlon WJs, and NCAA Championships.
If you are interested in hosting a JNQ weekend please let me know via email so that I can start putting together schedule ideas along with any considerations or if you have specific dates that may or may not work for you. If you have any thoughts on the forming said schedule please let me know.
Rocky Mountain Nordic is proud to announce this year’s recipients of the 2021 Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial Award – Elsa Perkins and Wiley Corra.

Elsa Wiley Awards.jpeg

This award was created to memorialize Zeke’s contribution to the Rocky Mountain Nordic skiing community. Both of these skiers have demonstrated leadership and excellence and exemplify the awards criteria of having a positive attitude, being inspirational, demonstrating great sportsmanship, are great teammates, and have tremendous love and commitment for cross country skiing.

RMN received the following note from Sherri Steeves, Zeke’s wife:

“Thank you for sharing these nominations for this year’s recipients of the Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial award. It is so inspiring to read the coaches’ summaries of these extraordinary young people. I am in awe of these athletes and the coaches who make such a difference in the lives of youth. Zeke would be very humbled by the sportsmanship, spirit, and commitment demonstrated by these individuals. The Rocky Mountain Nordic skiing community is such a foundational experience for promoting leadership, character, and community. We are very grateful to the collective organization for all of your contributions to the development of youth and honoring Zeke. Congratulations to Wiley Corra and Elsa Perkins as incredibly deserving recipients of this year’s award.”


Sherri Steeves and the Zdechlik Family

In addition to Elsa and Wiley, Rocky Mountain Nordic received an incredible list of nominees this year including Taiga Moore, Kate Oldham, and Sarah Bivens. It speaks volumes about these five individuals that each of them received a vote from one or more RMN club to be this year’s recipient.

Wiley and Elsa were both honored to be this year’s recipients, here they are in their own words:

Elsa Perkins Acceptance Video

Wiley Cora Acceptance Video

Unfortunately, RMN is unable to recognize the achievements of the individuals in a group setting this year. This award is especially poignant under the current circumstances, and we wish to honor the nominees and recipients for their leadership in a year with more challenges than usual. Each has a great story and through their time in RMN has made their mark. Please see the link to below to read each of their nominations.

To read the full nominations please visit:

2021 Nominations – Jon “Zeke” Zdechlik Memorial…

Male Nominees:

Taiga Moore – Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club – nominated by AVSC.

Wiley Corra – Durango Nordic Ski Club – nominated by DNSC, BNJRT and SSCV.

Female Nominees:

Kate Oldham – Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club – nominated by AVSC.

Sarah Bivens – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail – nominated by BNJRT.

Elsa Perkins – Ski and Snowboard Club Vail – nominated by SSCV.

Thank you to Sherri Steeves, the Zdechlik family and the Jortberg family for helping to support this award and remind us of these wonderful things that are important in our skiing community.

– Rocky Mountain Nordic


Rocky Mountain Nordic is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the development of Cross-Country Skiing in Colorado. RM Nordic has a strong youth program encompassing over 350 young skiers and over 15 different clubs across the state. RM Nordic is working to expand the scope of its programs to provide world-class development and support structures for youth and adult skiers.

The vision of Rocky Mountain Nordic is to advance the sport of cross country skiing in the Rocky Mountain Region as a healthy lifestyle choice for people of all ability levels while developing and supporting internationally successful athletes.

It is the mission of RMN to provide educational, financial, logistical and developmental support for athletes, coaches, clubs and events in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond.

The RM Nordic Web site provides information on the RM Nordic organization, races schedules and results, training camps, and other events.

RM Nordic relies on the generous support of members, private donors, corporate sponsorship’s, and grants. If you would like to be part of the RM Nordic sponsorship team please contact: rmnxcski@gmail.com

All donations are tax deductible.