Central Cross Country Ski Association invites talented and motivated athletes to apply for CXC Team.

CXC Team LogoCXC Team was officially established in 2007 as a way to provide support to the athletes who showed potential and drive to progress towards athletic excellence at the National and International level of competition.

Since that time, the CXC Team athletes won multiple U.S. National titles, National Nordic Foundation (NNF) Cup, SuperTours, American Birkebeiner, and other popular marathon races. Many CXC Team athletes have also represented the U.S. at the Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, World Cups, World Championships, Winter Olympic Games, – with a few climbing to the podium at these events and having been named to the U.S. Ski Team.

CXC Team has received the “Cross Country Club of the Year” Award by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (2007 and 2012).


CXC Team’s goal is to provide coaching, training and modest financial support to a select few individuals that possess the skill, drive and dedication to pursue a goal to represent the U.S. in J1 Scando Cup, Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, World Cup, World Championships and Winter Olympic Games.

The vision of the program is to develop athletes who are ambassadors and role models that spread awareness, knowledge and enthusiasm to promote a healthy lifestyle and increase cross country ski participation.

CXC Team has developed a camp training structure consistent with many national ski teams as well as professional cycling teams. This structure consists of one camp per month lasting for approximately 1-2 weeks in the months between May and November. The intent is to provide focused team training and support within camp and then provide athletes with the opportunity to go home and work on personal training components pointed out during the previous camp. This format provides a good blend of focused attention that revolves around organized training with other strong athletes and coaching support followed by the opportunity to go home and train independently.


-  Professional Coaching

-  Monthly Training Camps

- Race service to select competitions:

+ Western SuperTours

+ U.S. National Championships

+ Central SuperTours

+ American Birkiebeiner

+ SuperTour Finals/ U.S. Distance National Championships

- Training/Travel Stipend

This stipend is available to athletes ranked in the top10 on the end of the year NRL list (sprint or distance). Athlete are eligible to receive up to $1,500 in Training/Travel Stipend (on reimbursement bases) to be applied towards expenses that will benefit athlete performance and approved by the Head Coach.

- Sports Science

+  2-3 times a year sports science testing and biomechanics analyses on rollerski treadmill (VO2 Testing, Lactate Testing, Upper Body Power Output)

+  Access to and Individual use of rollerski treadmill for training and technique

+  Access to and Individual use of Power Pole for training, technique efficiency and testing

+  Training on rollerski treadmill with programedSki World Championship and Olympic Trail Profiles

+  Access to and individual use of CXC altitude tent.

-  Equipment (provided by CXC Team sponsors and suppliers)


Athletes who qualified to compete at the J1 Scando Cup, Junior World Championships, U23 World Championships, World Cup, World Championships, or Winter Olympic Games are eligible for stipends.

World Cup Stipend

Athlete can qualify to receive up to $2,500 on reimbursement bases towards expenses (travel, room and board) associated with participating in the World cup if approved by the Head Coach.

Pre World Championships/Olympic Games Training Camp Stipend

Athlete can qualify to receive up to $2,000 on reimbursement bases towards expenses (travel, room and board) associated with participating in the Training Camp prior World Championships if approved by the Head Coach.


Senior/U23 Athletes (100% funded):

-  top 3 at the SuperTour final list or U.S. National Championships

-  top 10 on the overall USSA final points list

-  member of World Championship or Olympic Team

- coaches discretion

U21 Athletes (100% funded):

-  member of Junior World or U23 World Championships Team

-  podium finisher at Junior National Championships

-  top 20 finisher at NCAA Championships

-  coaches discretion

U19 Athletes (100% funded):

-  member of J1 Scando Cup or Junior World Team

-  1 top 5 finish or 2 top 10 finishes at the Junior National Championships

-  top 5 finisher at the Junior Worlds trials

-  coaches discretion

IMPORTANT NOTE: athletes that do not qualify by the published qualification criteria can be accepted to the CXC Team but will be subject to the program fee based on their standing on the overall USSA final points list or coaches discretion. $3,500 program fee for the athletes in the top 30 on the overall USSA final points list (about 50% of training/racing expenses for a year). $7,000 program fee for all other athletes (about 100% of training/racing expenses for a year).






May 1, 2013


Head Coach – Igor Badamshin – 715.439.3879 – igor@cxcskiing.org

Assistant Coach – Andy Keller – 612.590.1739 – andy.keller@cxcskiing.org

Director – Yuriy Gusev – 608.385.8864 – yuriy.gusev@cxcskiing.org

California Training Camp


Enjoying the view from Point Mariah at Royal Gorge Ski Area.  I have skied in the Truckee area a fair amount but haven’t ventured much beyond the race courses.  The chance to explore has been a real treat.


The snow pack is pretty low here compared to normal. Usually the huts are at trail level.

Truckee, California was one of my favorite places to race and train in college.  Plenty of sun and snow was a nice break after some short days in Alaska.  Don’t get me wrong, Alaska is great but California is something special.  With our friend Karen watching our house in Minnesota we decided to stay high and come train in California to really prepare well for the final races of the season.  


When I finished my ski at noon it was 65 degrees. Pretty psyched that I packed a pair of workout shorts

Caitlin and I struggled at the end of the season last year so we decided to take these next few weeks and focus on training rather than heading over to Europe to race.  It is nice to be able to get in some good hard training and quality time on snow.  Testing skis has also been really great.  In our two weeks here we have had a lot of different conditions.


Enjoying a clinic post workout with the Tahoe Donner Thursday morning training group.


Razorback Ridge. Thanks Noah, for recommending my new favorite trail at Royal Gorge. After some solid climbing the trail rewards you with a few kilometer literally on the ridge with drop offs on either side. Pretty cool. 


We have been testing a lot of skis which has been fun. I know my cold skis super well but it has been fun to play around with structure, flexes and pockets on our warm skis.


Caitlin and Uncle Kelly in the last snow storm. Coach Kelly and Fran have been fantastic hosts in Truckee. Kelly has been coaching many of our sessions helping with timing, video, lactates, waxing, strength, meals and more. The Aunts and Uncles have been a huge help this season.


I am one lucky and grateful guy.  It is so nice to have the opportunity to train and race, but it is even better to be able to do so with your wife.   It always make me smile.  Thank you to CXC and our sponsors.

Tomorrow we race the Sugar Rush Race at Royal Gorge a local 16 km freestyle race.  For the next big race we will meet back up with the rest of the CXC crew at the Whisltler Olympic Park for the Canadian National Championships.

Norway Trip for Junior Nationals in Lillehammer


Headed across the pond

This last week I had the opportunity to race in the Norwegian Junior National  Championships. Pete Phillips, a coach at the Burke Mountain Skiing Academy in Vermont worked with Bjorn Ilsemann, who coaches a club in Oslo, to form an exchange program between the US and Norwegian junior nationals. 11 other american juniors traveled to Lillehammer in late February to compete with Norwegian skiers under the age of 20.

After the sprint racing in Madison, I departed for Oslo, Norway. My trip over was pleasantly uneventful with all of my connections working out. In Oslo, I met up with the rest of the crew and drove to our cabins near Lillehammer.


Not a bad view from our cabins in Skeikampen

We stayed at a skiing resort, called Skeikampen. Out of our front door there was a very impressive network of cross country trails that wound around the surrounding valleys and up on top of the Alpine mountain. Our first night, I went for a night ski with two of the guys and checked out some of the trails that wound around our cabins; there was just enough moonlight to see where we were going and take in the surrounding hillside dotted with evergreens.

We raced three consecutive days skiing a 20k freestyle, a 10k classic, and a 4x5k relay. The course was just recently created for the world cups that Lillehammer will hold next fall, so there were no lack of climbs to stretch out the field. My races were consistent with the rest of my season, but I was very pleased in working into a large accumulation of lactate on some of the climbs.

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

After the weekend of racing, we spent another day in Lillehammer, before we drove back down to Oslo. Here we spent two days before returning to the states.

Coincidentally, a biathlon world cup  was going to take place the following weekend, so we got to see the stadium in fully working order with famous biathletes zooming around the course in preparation. It was pretty incredible to ski through the course and do finishing sprints in the same stadium where the likes of Petter Northug won his medals at the 2011 World Championships.

I was definitely sad to leave such a great place, but I had a bit of luck that brightened up my trip home. Over the 8 hour flight back from Europe, one of the flight attendants, who was from the upper peninsula of Michigan, recognized my Northern Michigan shirt. She was so pleased to see someone from her home that she gave me all of the first class food service back in my economy seat. It seemed that every time she walked down the aisle, she had another meal, drink or treat that she would give me; at the end of the flight she even gave me a little bag with snacks for my trip up to Wausau.

On the whole, the trip was a great experience seeing a society where Nordic skiing is the most popular winter sport and recreation.


Norwegian Wax trailer:
The Norwegian techs really spread themselves thin when it comes to comfort.




Holmenkollen ski jump behind the Biathlon range

Snow, Better Late Then Never


Snow conditions in the Twin Cities are finally good.  The past few weeks skiing has been incredible because all the local trails are groomed and ready to go.  My favorite place to ski when there is enough snow is Murphy.  It is just down the road and offers great terrain.









  • It has been sweet not having to drive to ski in circles on a man-made loop.  There is not a  ton of snow but hopefully it will stick around for a while .

20130213_094738The massive old school grooming equipment at Murphy always amuses me.  They are just stupid big.  It is hard to imagine how much snow they were originally designed for. People keep claiming winters used to be snowy and this is all the proof I need.  So they sit and rust and a little Tidd Tech is pulled by a snowmobile instead when we get a few inches.   Luckily that has been enough to allowed for some really good skiing recently.


Good snow also allowed the City of the Lakes Loppet to run their full point to point course  starting at Wirth and finishing in Uptown.  It was a fun race and a great atmosphere finishing on the streets of Uptown.


This weekend the CXC Team is headed to Madison for Winter Fest and Supertour city sprints around the capital!

Hayward Rhythm

Over the past few days I’ve been putting in some solid training with my teammate, Adam Martin and FAST team skier, Zack Goldberg. Fortunately the weather and snow has been consistent and all of the local groomers have been working hard to produce quality trail conditions. I always look forward to this time of year in Hayward because the training is so ideal. There is a certain atmosphere in this area that is very unique. With so many people interested in skiing it is never hard to find motivation as well as an appreciation for a nordic lifestyle.

Just yesterday afternoon we headed out to the OO trailhead for an easy classic ski. Upon arriving we were greeted by swarms of high school skiers and their parents. The place was an absolute zoo in the middle of rural northern Wisconsin. There was a announcer on a microphone, pop music blasting, and teenage girls screaming bloody murder.  Some folks probably would’ve been turned off by the situation but it instantly brought a smile to my face and got me stoked for the ski. This is just one example of the Hayward rhythm.

That’s all I’ve got today. I’m heading back to Minneapolis this weekend to race in the City of Lakes Loppet. This is one of my favorite races and I’m pumped to hear they will be using the full point to point course. Check back soon! 

Tour de Twin Cities


Timing building at Wirth sitting on a solid base of man made snow. Trails are looking good.



Nothing but ice on the outer, natural snow loops at Elm Creek.

Snow conditions in the Midwest have been far from ideal but the trails at Wirth are looking good for the up coming Tour de Twin Cities Supertour races.  What natural snow there was in MN took a beating when it rained and now almost all trails are closed because they are glare ice, like this pic from the outer loop at Elm Creek, or because the coverage is simply too thin.  Fortunately, Wirth has been making snow and conditions are solid.  All  5 of the upcoming Tour de Twin Cities Supertour races will now take place at Wirth.   Details on the races can be found at http://www.tourdetwincities.com/.


Waxing set up in the garage. Skis zeroed and ready to test.

With 5 races in 9 days I have been doing some prep work so I am ready when things get busy.  A big part of this is getting skis figured out.  The temperature has been all over the place so testing has been a little bit of a challenge.  It looks like it will be in the high 20′s Saturday and then O Sunday.  Additionally, the course is a mix of old transformed man made snow, sharp new man made snow, and icy old natural snow.  To do any accurate testing, all ski must have the same wax for fair comparison.  With the rapidly changing temperature and various snow conditions that meant getting a lot of different skis ready.

Snow conditions throughout the state are poor but thanks to the hard work of Wirth we should have great conditions for racing.


By Jennie Bender
                                                                                                       Old Quebec

On Saturday night a couple weeks ago, post the Bozeman sprint, the house was a bustle with packing and  making plan B travel arrangements. I decided to head home early to Vermont, but wanted to watch the Quebec races, especially since home is only an hour from the Canadian border. I was elated when I called my home club coach of NorthEast Nordic, Fred Griffin, and found out that he was taking his group of highschool skiers to Quebec for a school trip, and to experience a World Cup. I couldn’t have thought of a better group to raise my spirits, and to spend that bittersweet weekend with.

After a long day of absurd air travel (MT, NC, FL, PA, to Quebec…what’s your priority, time or money?), I landed in Canada, ready for an adventure.

                                                   6:30 am to 10:45 pm airport day. Polaroid with Santa? Why not…

I have been to Quebec a few times, but have never stopped by the church Sainte Anne-de-Beaupre. You don’t need to have a religious affiliation to appreciate its grandeur.  As you sit and listen to the silence, the surrounding art is mesmerizing and full of detail and history.


If you have ever gone to a NE Nordic camp, you’ll know that it’s custom to hit the ground running. Our first excursion was a 3 hr run along side an icy river bed trail. Fred teaches his kids to embrace challenges, but proceed at your own risk, and  to be smart about the situation.  One day, when I’m coaching a horde of athletes, this will be my approach too.

Due to lack of snow, the rest of the long weekend was packed with a choose-your-own-path hike up the mountain for about 3 hrs, a group strength session, a bounding technique workout, and lots of morning yoga.  However, these excursions don’t hold a lit candle in  the memory bank filled with images of our 4am ski. As thirty groggy highschoolers stumbled into the parking lot, the buzz of excitement to ski in the dark on the nearby golf course grew. Scattered headlamps tromped into the field, and the moon lit the untouched snow blanket for the rest of us. Why 4am? Why not! There was finally enough snow to classic ski, and we had to leave late that morning, so 4am gave us the option to ski again at 8:30am. Not something I would usually do, but I will remember it forever. Needless to say , many kids pass-out in between workouts.

Time spent watching the World Cups was of course very exciting. You have read all about it already, so I won’t go into detail, but it was awesome seeing those girls kicking some Euro butt. ‘Merica.

Picture by Julia Snyder
Kikkan during the team sprint
As an elder on CXC, I failed at teaching Diggs how to open a Champagne bottle. Then again, I don’t think I know how to properly open one either. Kikkan, please, show us your ways. That was one of the best things I have ever seen. (Reader: if you dont know what I am talking about, just look for pictures of Quebec awards ceramony.)

I am now in Vermont, enjoying my short time here as time flies before I head to Utah for US Nationals. It finally snowed, so I can now sing Christmas carols without feeling misplaced.

Merry Christmas Everyone (:

Thank you Joel Woodward for taking some great pictures in West Yellowstone!