Regular Club Meetings: 6:30pm (Social); 7pm (Program); 8:30 (End)
> 2nd Tuesday of the Month, October to March
> Hybrid Meetings: Attend in person or virtually online.
> Location: Danish American Ctr., 3030 W. River Rd. Pkwy, Mpls
December 12, 2023 General Meeting:
6:30pm: Social & Meet with Winter Trip Leaders
7:00pm: Bob O'Hara speaker on Amazing Greenland
Bob O'Hara is a legendary expedition canoeist based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He's been leading weeks- and months-long canoe expeditions into the Arctic and far north since the late 1960s. Bob has also gained a reputation as a great mentor and resource. He is organizer of the Far North Symposium, Nordic ski coach and state nordic ski meet director, long-term member of North Star Ski Touring Club, and a Hall of Fame Explorer.
Greenland is a small country of less than 60,000 inhabitants, is covered in ice and produces tons of icebergs. Bob O’Hara ended up there by accident in 2019 when his trip to the high arctic islands of Canada was re-routed to West Greenland. He found it a fascinating place but his quest to see the east side of Greenland was interrupted twice by COVID. Finally in Sept of 2022 he secured a berth on a 3 masted schooner that traveled in Scoresby-Sund for 12 days of hiking and sailing amid fiords full of icebergs. Come to witness this amazing experience with stories and photos slides.
Bob joined the North Stars in 1969 and skied the first VJC race, along with many more. His love of skiing resulted in becoming the first girls ski coach for Armstrong H.S. in 1972. He was later transitioned to Cooper H.S. in 1974 and took over the boys team and added a girls team that resulted in a girls State Meet Champion. He coached skiing until 2010. For over 20 years he lead a March NSSTC weekend to Giants Ridge, Biwabik MN. that filled with 50 skiers every year. He also organized many years of lessons for club members. This is is third stint working with programs for the club. As an educator he relished having summer off which allowed him to spend time in Canada traveling 34 different river systems for multi week canoe expeditions. This was also his 65th consecutive year in the BWCA. His best advice for those who canoe is ”keep the round side down” and for those very senior citizens is “stay upright”.
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Extended Travel Trips Open for Registration
See link for more info: Upcoming Extended Trips
Video recordings of recent NSSTC meetings
November 14, 2023 General Meeting: Deb Diggins speaks: Link to Deb Diggins talk
Deb Diggins: A Minnesota Ski Family's Journey from Miniloppet to World Cup:
> "What is it like to be Jessie Diggins Mom?"
> "What is the path that Jessie and her family traveled from recreational skiing to world class competition?"
January 11, 2022 Membership Meeting: Favorite Place to Ski: East, West, Midwest
A presentation by NSSTC member Bruce Nelson of North Stars' favorite places to ski. This includes a presentation by NSSTC member Bruce Nelson of North Stars’ favorite places to ski. This was part of a panel discussion with representatives of four X-country skiing clubs across the U.S. The presenter from Nooksack Nordic Club in Bellingham, Washington discussed their favorite trails (https://www.nooksacknordicskiclub.org/trails/where-to-ski/if-i-had-three-days/) and
the Capital Area Ski Touring Association in New York discussed their favorite trails (https://www.nordicskiclub.org/ski_trails). Link to this video: https://youtu.be/vOzaPRRmxeo
February 8, 2022 Membership Meeting: Changing Climate of Minnesota
"Phantom Winters, Unexpected Throwbacks, and New Precipitation Extremes: The Changing Climate of Minnesota" presented by Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld of the Minnesota State Climatology Office.
Link to this video: https://youtu.be/KuTWikTQ7mE
Club Zoom meetings now in Documents Library!
To see "Trails of the North Shore" (December, 2021 meeting), go to "Resources" on the status line above, then "Document Library", "Folders" and on the bottom of the list click on "Club Zoom Meeting PDF's".
Announcing Ski Mentoring Program
Our new program for beginning adult classic skiers connects our volunteers with skiers who have completed an organized ski lesson to meet on snow to provide tips and answer questions about how to improve and enjoy the skiing experience.
Link here for info about how the program works, how to request a mentor, practical learning tips such as clothes, safely falling and getting up, waxes, equipment, places to ski, getting into and out of your bindings and just stress-free support.