The Adventure Initiative Adventure Gap Semester
Posted: 08/06/2015

Michael Smith, MWSC Program Director / COO 

In late July MWSC’s Adventure Initiative program once again brought Maine high school students to the outdoors through a series of trips that included rock climbing, whitewater kayaking, canoeing and backpacking.  While these trips give students a taste of outdoor sport and adventure, the new Adventure Initiative Gap Semester program is providing a small group of Maine high school graduates an even more in-depth experience.

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MWSC Racing Program Hosts First Maine Team Camp of the Summer
Posted: 07/14/2015

by: Justin Fereshetian, MWSC Nordic Development Director

In the MWSC Racing Program summer training is fully underway. Last week athletes were gathered in the Carrabassett Valley for the first of two summer training camps known as the Maine Team Camps. This first gathering was a volume-focused camp where athletes logged some of their biggest weekly hour totals of the year thus far. Solid training sessions showed aspiring athletes handling it very well, which is important to see at this point in the summer season. Workouts included bounding up Sugarloaf Mountain, roller skiing technique work, and plenty of long runs and hiking surrounding peaks.

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MWSC’s Education Program Hosts Wilderness First Aid , June 27th & 28th
Posted: 06/04/2015

Once again this spring the Maine Winter Sports Center is hosting a series of training courses through our Education Program. By working with our partner school, Landmark Learning based in North Carolina, we are able to host both wilderness medicine classes through the Wilderness Medical Institute of NOLS and a swiftwater rescue class through the American Canoe Association. The emphasis is on providing a level of education appropriate for trip leaders, educators, program coordinators, volunteers and recreationalists across the state of Maine.

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Maine Winter Sports Center Announces Staff Moves
Posted: 06/02/2015
Mike Smith promoted to Chief Operating Officer and Justin Fereshetian hired to take over Cross Country program.
 
Caribou, Maine - Mike Smith joined the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) staff in November of 2009 and was soon promoted to Program Director. In that role he led the restructuring of the MWSC model to flow more effectively between the community development and competition programs and to be able to reach deeper into Maine communities. His new role will include continuing to refine that program structure, leadership of the field staff and liaison with the communities and volunteers. 
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The East Grand Adventure Race
Posted: 05/06/2015

What began as a creative way to get teens outdoors 12 years ago through East Grand High School's Outdoor Education Program in Danforth, has grown into the annual East Grand Adventure Race. Held the second Saturday every May, the race includes a 1.5-mile off-trail compass run, ten miles of mountain biking, and eight miles of paddling. Extra challenges in the field may include a mud crawl, two-person cross cut saw competition, tomahawk throwing, and log rolling.

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MWSC’s Active Maine Project Heads North For More Winter
Posted: 04/01/2015

Many Maine residents are dreaming of green grass and sunshine by the time late March rolls around, especially after a harsh winter like this one. There are those, however, that are willing to chase winter a little longer, and a little further north. Such was the case for the two groups of Mainers that made the trek last week to the Parc de la Gaspesie, in northern Quebec.  

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Historic Black Mountain of Maine honors Herb Adams
Posted: 03/24/2015

We want to thank and honor a distinguished figure in Maine Skiing. This individual is one of the great ski coaches of our era and he is, above all, a gentleman, our friend and a great advocate for the sport in all its forms. It is the great privilege of the Chisholm Ski Club to recognize our own Herbert L. Adams.

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WAGM TV Does 4 Part Series on MWSC
Posted: 03/20/2015

There has been a lot of confusion about the separation between the MWSC and Libra Foundation, and the impact on the nordic venues. WAGM TV’s Rene Cloukey did an excellent 4 part series that explains the separation. The Libra Foundation has retained ownership of the venues and the MWSC has ownership of the programming.  Check it out:
Part 1http://wagmtv.com/maine-winter-sports-venue-series-part-1/
Part 2:  http://wagmtv.com/maine-winter-sports-venue-series-part-2/
Part 3: http://wagmtv.com/maine-winter-sports-venue-series-part-3/
Part 4:http://wagmtv.com/maine-winter-sports-centers-mission/

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U16 Championships Start Today!
Posted: 03/13/2015

The NENSA U16 Championships start today at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center! Find start lists and live results all weekend here: http://www.barttiming.com/XCski/j2f2015.htm

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Maine Winter Sports Center athletes competing at Junior Nationals in California
Posted: 03/10/2015
Athletes from across Maine will compete for individual medals as part of the New England regional team.  They will be vying for the Alaska Cup, given annually to the fastest regional team in the country.
 
Caribou, Maine - The 2015 Cross-Country Junior Nationals are currently happening at the Auburn Ski Club Training Center in Truckee, California. A number of MWSC athletes made the New England team: Austin Huneck (Rexford, NY), Dustin Ramsay (Hampden, ME), Ben Allen (Portland, ME), Daniel Streinz (Hersey, ME), Kaelyn Woods (New Gloucester, ME), and Lance McKenney (Fort Fairfield, ME). 
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Lessons from the High Peaks
Posted: 03/04/2015

Michael Smith, MWSC Program Director

The drive from the High Peaks Wilderness of upstate New York back to Maine is a lengthy one.  As we eased across Rt 302 in New Hampshire, ready for home and hot showers, the conversation amongst the students we’d spent the week with on our recent Adventure Initiative trip flowed from one topic to another.  We’d had seven days of adventure in the winter backcountry.  These Maine high school students had taken their February vacation to learn the art of backcountry ski touring, and learn they did.  From fundamental skiing skills, to carrying packs, repairing equipment, managing body heat, and proper nutrition – these students had put in a big week.

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Class B Maine High School Ski Results
Posted: 02/17/2015

 Check out Class B ski results from the race at the Nordic Heritge Center on 2/16/15.

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Maine Winter Sports Center Kicks off $20 Million Dollar Endowment Campaign with Major Gift
Posted: 02/09/2015
Presque Isle native, Mary Barton Smith, has given a gift that, when matched, will generate $8,000,000.
 
Caribou, Maine Mary Barton Smith, whose $500,000 matching gift in February of 2014 kicked off a successful $1.4 million dollar fundraising campaign and gave the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) new life, has given a $2,000,000 gift and an additional $3,000,000 matching gift to kick off MWSC’s $20 million dollar endowment campaign. Fully matched, Smith’s gift will represent $8 million dollars in endowment contribution. 
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The MWSC Video Blog
Posted: 02/06/2015

by: Mike Smith, MWSC Program Director

If you’ve happened across our website recently you may have noticed our new video blog, which we’ve been steadily uploading entries to over the past few months.  Why a video blog?  At MWSC, we are constantly looking for ways to share the amazing people, places, and work with which we are involved.   Our new blog is another tool to help do just that. 

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Association of Maine Outing Clubs Winter Skills Weekend… a Success!
Posted: 01/15/2015
~ Program by Teens To Trails, Maine Winter Sports Center, and Maine Huts & Trails ~
 
BRUNSWICK, MAINE / January 12, 2014 – On January 10th and 11th, Teens To Trails (T3), Maine Huts & Trails, and the Maine Winter Sports Center (MWSC) teamed up to offer members of the Association of Outing Clubs (AMOC) a weekend of learning and building on valuable winter skills and playing in the outdoors. A total of 30 Outing Club advisors and student leaders/members representing 7 high school Outing Clubs across the state of Maine, showed up at the Long Falls Dam Road Trailhead early on Saturday morning ready to ski into the Maine Huts & Trails’ Flagstaff Hut on the eastern side of Flagstaff Lake in New Portland. Many of the participants were able to try backcountry skiing for the first time with the help of skis, boots, and poles borrowed from the MWSC and L.L.Bean Healthy Hometowns program equipment trailer. 
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Youth Development Program Sends Out 2014 with Frosty Skiing in Greenville
Posted: 01/07/2015

by: Lauren Jacobs, Youth Development Director

GREENVILLE – It is tough to think of a better way to send out a year than by cross-country skiing on some of the beautiful trails Maine has to offer. The MWSC Youth Development Program recently spent a couple days at the end of December in the Moosehead Lakes Region running a ski camp for local kids.

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Visit our auction and place some bids
Posted: 11/20/2014

Our on-line auction ends on November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, and I hope everyone will get a chance to check it out. We have some once-in-a-lifetime items like the night with NHL Hall-of-Famer, Ray Bourque. It starts with dinner at his restaurant in the North End of Boston and finishes with a Bruins game at his luxury suite at the TD Garden. We also have $25,000 worth of leadership and talent development consulting from internationally respected Osprey Leadership Consulting. Then there is the Biathlon Fantasy Camp at the 10th Mountain Center in Fort Kent, a chance to get coaching from our Olympic Development staff and athletes, a catered lunch and two nights at the Inn of Acadia, northern Maine's newest luxury inn. There are also pieces of apparel, beautiful art, gear and vacations.

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Program Update, Fall 2014
Posted: 11/04/2014

If there was any doubt that the seasons were changing, this last nor’easter should have solidly confirmed that winter is on the way in.  While many people across Maine see this as a time to head inside and hunker down for the long, cold months ahead, we’re busy as ever gearing up for another beautiful season outdoors.  With that in mind, here are four brief program updates you should know about from the Maine Winter Sports Center:

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Fundraiser for MWSC Olympic Development Team Athletes
Posted: 10/30/2014
We'll be holding a fundraiser for MWSC Olympic Development Team athletes Saturday, November 8th from 5-7PM at the Portland Art Gallery on 154 Middle Street in Portland. We have the funding to support our athletes training and competition schedules in the US. Your support will help ensure every athlete that qualifies to compete at World Junior Champions, World Cups, or any other international competition can do so. 
 

 
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Youth Development is Long-Term Development
Posted: 10/01/2014

October 2014 Community Update
Lauren Jacobs, MWSC Youth Development Director

We have all probably heard it before: human adolescence is a time of rapid brain and body development, second only to growth during infancy. For those of us not currently living it, we can certainly think back and remember what it was like (some of us may want to do more or less remembering than others). Most likely we will remember trying to figure out who we were, where we fit in, and what our passions were. We were able to look beyond ourselves and understand the greater world in more complicated and nuanced ways. Much, though certainly not all, of our sense of self and place in the world was formed during these years.

 

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MWSC Announces New Board Members
Posted: 04/21/2014
The Maine Winter Sports Center is creating a new company, focused exclusively on programming, while the 10th Mountain Center and Nordic Heritage Center will now be under the direction of a new entity, Aroostook Nordic Inc. 
 
As a result of this reorganization, the MWSC is creating a new board to oversee its programming operations. We are still in discussions with a couple more candidates, but this is the MWSC’s new board as of April 21. We are honored and excited to have such strong leaders join the effort.
 
Our new members are:
 
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Echoes Magazine Features Aroostook County on the World Stage
Posted: 04/02/2014
The front cover of Echoes features daytime at the Maine Winter Sports Center in Fort Kent,  an 18" x 24" oil painting by Dolores Dumont of Fort Kent. INSETS: U.S. biathletes trained at Aroostook County's Maine Winter Sports Center compete in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Front cover: Russell Currier of Stockholm, Maine. Photo by Paul Phillips/Competitive Image. For more go to Echoes website at: http://www.echoesofmaine.com
 
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Penobscot Valley Ski Club – Maine’s largest—recognizes impact of Maine Winter Sports Center in greater Bangor area with donation to fundraising campaign.
Posted: 03/06/2014
$5,000 gift will be matched, creating $10,000 in donations
 
Caribou, Maine -The Penobscot Valley Ski Club (PVSC), based in the Bangor area, announced a $5,000 gift to the Maine Winter Sports Center’s fundraising campaign. That campaign is looking to raise $900,000 by April 30th in an effort to keep the MWSC programs available to Maine.  
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NBC OLYMPICS AND USOC TO PRESENT UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF SOCHI 2014 PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
Posted: 03/05/2014
NBC Olympics to Present 52 Hours of Paralympic Winter Games Coverage Across NBC and NBCSN
 
Live Coverage Begins with the Opening Ceremony Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCS

TeamUSA.org to Provide Comprehensive Live Streaming Coverage
 
STAMFORD, Conn. – NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee will present an unprecedented 52 hours of coverage of the upcoming Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games across NBC and NBCSN including 27 hours of live coverage, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, March 7 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.TeamUSA.org will live stream all events from the Paralympic Winter Games
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Annual BKL Festival a Success in Wateville
Posted: 03/04/2014

The Maine Winter Sports Center was well-represented at the New England Nordic Association's BKL Festival at the Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville on February 22 and 23. 

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Maine Winter Sports Center Announces Major Gift
Posted: 02/27/2014

Presque Isle native, Mary Smith, has given a gift that, if matched, could generate up to $900,000, enough to guarantee continuation of programming.

 

Presque Isle, Maine - A little over three weeks ago the Maine Winter Sports Center announced a reorganization that would require it to secure a new source of funding for its programs beyond April 30, 2014. Since that time we have been working to secure that new funding and committed to ensuring the programs continue.

 

“The Libra Foundation has been a remarkable partner for 15 years,” said Andy Shepard, President and CEO of the MWSC. “The legacy of that support can be seen in the worldclass venues that continue to bring the world to Maine and in the world-class programs that are impacting thousands of kids and their families across the state. The time has come for Libra to focus on other initiatives around the state and for the MWSC to define a new funding model for our programming. Mary’s remarkable gift is a major step in that direction.”

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Event Schedule of IBU Youth/Junior World Championships & Other Events in Central Aroostook
Posted: 02/21/2014

Check out these links to the schedule and other events happening during IBU Youth/Junior World Championships in Presque Isle, Maine

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Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT Needs Assistance
Posted: 02/13/2014
Our friends at Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont will be hosting Junior National Cross Country Ski Championships at the end of the month and need some help. They are looking for someone willing to pick up a brute sled (large plastic sled that tows behind a snowmobile).  It is located in Jackman, Maine at Jackman Powersports. They would comp the individual, or couple, with a 2 night stay at Trapp Family Lodge and even throw in some meals!  
 
If you are able to help please contact Paul McNeal at pm@trappfamily.com
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MWSC Launches its Fundraising Campaign
Posted: 02/12/2014

Please donate now to help us continue making a difference.

The Maine Winter Sports Center has developed a global reputation for the quality of our programming and the impact we are having in Maine. For the past 15 years the financial support of the Libra Foundation has made that all possible, but now it is time for us to develop a new funding model.

Our award-winning programs are in over 140 communities across Maine, from Eliot to Fort Kent and Farmington to the outer isles, our Youth and Olympic Development race programs are having unprecedented success and our events are bringing the world to Maine. If you value the work we are doing, or have been affected by our programs and would like to see us continue making a difference in Maine, please help by giving generously. We need to raise at least $550,000 by March 31 and you can help make the difference.

Click here to DONATE TODAY!

 

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Penobscot Ski Bash a Smashing Success
Posted: 02/11/2014

 With a cloudless sky overhead on Sunday and plenty of snow underfoot, more than 300 people participated in the second annual Penobscot Ski Bash at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course. The goal of the event was to get families outside and active on cross-country skis and snowshoes, and to showcase what the Bangor region has for outdoor winter facilities. 

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Downtown Ski Fest Highlights Community Spirit
Posted: 02/10/2014

CARIBOU – Friday evening, while most people were wrapping up another workweek, crews from the City of Caribou, Soderberg Construction, Caribou Parks and Rec, and the Boreal Outdoor Club were just beginning the ambitious task of transforming downtown Caribou into a Nordic ski arena.  Hauling over 90 truckloads of snow from the surrounding area, crews worked late into the night to turn Sweden Street and the adjacent parking area into a winter wonderland for the weekend’s line up of cross-country ski events.

 

Saturday showcased the newly evolved Downtown Ski Festival.  The event was a collaborative effort of several organizations including the City of Caribou, the Boreal Outdoor Club, the Parks and Rec Department, the Caribou Rotary Club, the Maine Winter Sports Center, Cary Medical, and other area businesses.  Taking the annual Aroostook Youth Ski Festival, Middle School Ski Sprints, and the Aroostook Cup citizen race series, the group combined these events into a one-day festival in the downtown.  To top it off, participants and spectators at the festival had the chance to view homegrown Olympian Russell Currier compete in his race debut in Sochi, Russia on large screen televisions thanks to local dowtown business, Options RTO.    

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Bangor Daily News - Letter to the editor
Posted: 02/09/2014
Outdoor lifestyles
 
I want to express how much I value the work that Maine Winter Sports Center has done in Maine communities as well as in my own life. This nonprofit organization has inspired active, outdoor lifestyles in countless Mainers. MWSC’s Healthy Hometowns program has generated enthusiasm in all ages about playing outside. The competition program helps athletes in Maine take their pursuits to the next level, all the way from regional skiing competitions to the Winter Olympics.
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Watch Senator Collins speech celebrating Russell Currier and the MWSC!
Posted: 02/08/2014
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important! Libra Foundation announces they will end funding to the Maine Winter Sports Center
Posted: 02/05/2014
Please help us continue making a difference in Maine
 
The Maine Winter Sports Center has developed a global reputation for the quality of our programming and the impact we are having in Maine. For the past 15 years the financial support of the Libra Foundation has made that all possible, but now it is time for us to develop a new funding model.
 
Our award-winning programs are in over 140 communities across Maine, from Eliot to Fort Kent and Farmington to the outer isles, our Youth and Olympic Development race programs are having unprecedented success and our events are bringing the world to Maine. If you value the work we are doing, or have been affected by our programs and would like to see us continue making a difference in Maine, please help by giving generously. We need to raise at least $550,000 by March 31 and you can help make the difference.
 
At this moment the Maine Winter Sports Center is in the process of setting up a new operating entity and cannot accept any donations until complete. Please check back soon and please stand by for our fundraising campaign. Thank you for your support and we look forward to hearing from you!
 
Have questions? Call 207-492-1444 or email mwsc@mac.com.
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Caribou Historical to Honor the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival and Ski Sprints
Posted: 02/04/2014
“The Caribou Historical, is going to have a display at the Historical Center & Museum during the month of February.  The display will be up for the month of February to honor the Caribou Downtown Ski Festival and Ski Sprints and the Henry Anderson Ski DAG as well as the biathlon taking place at the end of the month in Presque Isle.
 
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MAINE WINTER SPORTS CENTER’S OMAR BERMEJO NAMED TO US PARALYMPIC SKI TEAM
Posted: 01/30/2014
Former marine is seventh MWSC athlete named to represent United States at the Sochi Games 
 
Caribou, Maine—Omar Bermejo (Grand Rapids, MI) was nominated today to represent the United States as a member of the Cross-Country and Biathlon Teams at the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  Bermejo, who lost his right arm in a motorcycle accident, previously served the U.S. through five tours of Iraq with the Marine Corps.  Sochi will mark his Olympic debut. 
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Family Ski Program Begins in Freeport
Posted: 01/30/2014

 FREEPORT – This past Saturday families from the greater Freeport area participated in the first session of the Freeport Family Ski Program at the Hunter Rd. Fields in Freeport, ME.  Despite cold temps and blustery winds, over fifteen participants ranging in age from 6 to 60 came out to enjoy a morning of learning and fun on Nordic skis.   The Freeport Family Ski Program is the result of collaboration between RSU 5 Recreation and Community Education, the Maine Winter Sports Center and community volunteers.  It is designed to provide opportunities for families to get outside together while developing Nordic skiing skills and experiencing different Nordic skiing venues throughout the community. 

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