The Lodi Area XC Ski Club was formed in November, 2005, with the
mission of providing and promoting local cross-country skiing through
high school and middle school teams that compete around the state.
The club has also developed a youth ski program and adult training
groups. On top of that, the club promotes easy access to groomed trails
located in the center of Lodi as well as affordable programs and events
ICE AGE NORDIC SKI TEAM
TRIP TO IRONWOOD,MI 12/5-7
LODI INVITATIONAL 12/13
WAUSAU JOHN HUGUS RACES 12/20
RHINELANDER RACES 01/3-4
WAUSAU SNEKKEVIK 01/10
FINN SISU RACE
MADNORSKI RACE/ELVER 01/13
JNQ/HS RACES/ TELEMARK 01/17-18
NORTH KETTLE MORAINE 01/24
SOUTH CONFERENCE MEET 01/29
BADGER STATE GAMES ? 01/31
STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS 02/6-8
STATE RELAYS/CAPITAL SQ 02/14
NORWEGIAN BIRKIE 03/21
contact HEAD COACH DALE FANNEY AT
ATHLETE'S SPOTLIGHT: Thana Zoske
Thana is an ninth grade high school skier for Ice
Age Nordic. She took 10th place in the classic
pursuit race at State and finished 13th overall last
year in middle school. Thana also plays soccer in
the fall and spring and participates in Forensics.
She is a great student-probably gets straight A's!
She is strong as an OX and fast as a GAZELLE!
Ski Team News
The winter ski season is looming on
the horizon with frosts already up
north and temps in the 30s-40s at
nite in the Banana Belt. Most kids
are in Fall sports, but we have
begun our strength testing program.
We have also been rollerskiing.
We are actively recruiting for the
high school and middle school
teams. Quite a few skiers graduated
over the last 2 years and our current
group of skiers are young.
Ski team practices start on Tuesday
2014 Birkie pushes Skiers to their limits
The 2014 Birkebeiner will go down as one the hardest ski Marathons in recent times. By Friday morning, one day before
the race, over 15 inches of new snow had fallen on the 33 mile race course from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin. As groomers
tried to pack down the snow, winds up to 40 miles an hour dried up the snow and dropped temps to zero degrees by race
morning. As the race started, racers found themselves skiing on slow soft snow. Local ski coach Dale Fanney comments,”
The top skiers get to ski on a flat smooth surface, but as you get to even the third wave, the snow starts to break down into
mashed potatoes”. He adds,” Usually you can glide along and rest on the downhills, but this year there was no rest!”
Local skiers Paula Tonn, Katie Kratcha and Dale Fanney completed the 54 kilometer classical course with Tonn finishing in 4:
57 and taking 5th in her age group. Ski Team Alumni Syd Endres , Elliot Statz and Mike Conway skated the 51 kilometer
course with Endres finishing in 4:24.
Ten Lodi skiers raced the 23 kilometer half-marathon (Korteloppet), many for the first time including mother-daughter team of
Julia Edwards and Allie Gorton. James Saager led the high school skiers with a great classical race finishing 13th in his age
group with time of 1:44. Other Korteloppet racers were Aidan Campbell,Chelsea Buchanan,Rachel and father Larry Porter,
Matt Saager, Cory Conway, Ken Detmer and Fred Hofmann. Altogether, over 30 skiers associated with the Ice Age Nordic ski
team competed in the events.
“This ski season will be always remembered as the coldest toughest winter on record. There were virtually no ski races held
at temperatures higher than 15’F degrees and most of the bigger races had snow and wind before or during the event”, adds
The racing season is over for most skiers. Local trails will remain groomed and open as long as good snow conditions