LNR Juniors

Competition Team


The goal of the LNR Competition Team is to prepare athletes ages 16-19 to compete at a national and international level. Training is based on a year round model, starting in the beginning of April. Comp team athletes have decided that skiing is their primary sport and are committed to attending training 4-6 times a week, keeping a training log, attending camps, and competing at the regional CXC junior cup races. There is room for comp team athletes to participate in another sport or program but that sport should complement the year round skiing training and racing model.

LNR Competition Team is $4,500. The team fee can be paid in full or paid in installments of $1,125 on May 1, Aug 1, Nov 1, and Feb. 1. You can Pay in Full with Check or Installment Option with Checks. All interested athletes need to inquire with Comp Team Head Coach Chris Harvey, harvey@loppet.org, if they are eligible for Comp Team training and training camps.  Note, this year’s year round fee includes all costs for the July Destination Camp in Frisco, CO and there is no August camp for the Competition Team.

Note that although fees for the Year-Round Competition Team are substantial, they include five training camps, spring, summer, fall and winter training sessions, as well as training plans, lactate testing, and race support. The Competition Team fees are actually highly subsidized in order to encourage and reward athletes who are making the commitment to train full-time for cross-country skiing.

Scholarships available on a need based from the Loppet Foundation. Please contact Coach Bednarski for more information at bednarski@loppet.org.

2020 LNR Juniors Fall/Winter Programs

Proceeds from the Loppet Nordic Racing Programs benefit the Loppet Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation's mission, vision, and values.

Year Round Competition Team Includes:

  • Training program running from April 10th – March 10th.
  • 1 spring, 2 Summer, 1 Fall Camp and Thanksgiving On Snow Training Camps are all included
  • Year round training plan, time trials and field testing, lactate profiles
  • 3-7 organized training sessions per week unless otherwise noted

Competition Team Handbook: Click to Download the Team Handbook PDF

  1. To keep training varied, challenging, and having the opportunity to explore new places
  2. To make sure training in spring and summer is focused on making you a better all around athlete: coordination, speed, and running/movement mechanics
  3. To make sure that the environment at LNR is one that stresses being a good person, not just a good athlete.  We will focus on working well in a group and members are expected to participate in a number of volunteer projects throughout the year.

Training will combine regular local training sessions with 5 training camps to be held in the summer, fall, and early winter. Camps are an integral part of high level ski training, and they are a lot of fun.

Required equipment

  • Watch (with stopwatch function)
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Classic and skate rollerskis
  • road bike/bike shoes
  • Optional equipment: mountain bike

Spring, Summer, Fall and Camp Options

Athletes may choose to enroll by season rather than the YEAR ROUND option: note that all Competition Team sessions registration require prior approval by LNR coaching staff.  We need to make sure that each level has an appropriate background for the amount and difficulty of the training.  This is especially important for the Training Camp registrations- please do not register for summer training camps without prior approval of LNR coaching staff.

Note that Comp Team Athletes may attend a Development Team Camp 

  • May mini Camp- May 15th-16th –  Hayward, WI
  • June Camp – June 18th – 13th – Ironwood, MI (6 days)
  • July Camp – July 22nd – 31st – Summit Country, Colorado (10 days)
  • October MEA Camp – October 14th – 18th  – Lake Owen Resort, Cable WI (5 days)
  • Thanksgiving On Snow Camp – November 21st – 29th – West Yellowstone MT

**note for Summit Country, CO Camp: Athletes need to be signed up for one additional LNR Training Camp and LNR Comp Team or College Team in order to participate**

Why would you want to sign up for year round training with Loppet Nordic Racing? Well, it all comes back to goals- if your goals are to compete at the highest level in cross country skiing, then this is how you do it. A year round training plan that is not segmented by track and xc running seasons. Strength becomes a big focus in the spring and early summer. High Volume becomes a big focus in the summer, with some big hours during summer camps. In the fall, training gets more intense and more specific with additional rollerskiing intensity.

Are there other ways to be successful in xc skiing?

Yes, but year round training is the most effective, especially starting at age 16, a time when an athlete can handle a higher volume of training.

Can I train with the Competition Team – but not on a year-round basis?

Yes, you can. We don’t see this as ideal, but you can do it.

Every Olympian was an awkward junior high school athlete at some point. Inspired coaching, a motivational atmosphere, and a strong peer group can transform a young rookie into a highly competitive athlete. Here’s a partial list of our Loppet Nordic Racing alumnae that have gone on to the Olympics and World Champs in XC Skiing and Biathlon:

  • Caitlin Gregg – 2015 World Championship Bronze Medalist, 2014 World Cup Team, 2010 Olympic team, 2007, 2009 XC World Champs Team, 2008 Biathlon World Championship Team, 6 Time National Champion
  • Brian Gregg – 2017, 2016, 2015 World Cup Team, 2014 Olympic Team
  • Ben Saxton – 2015 U23 World Championship Team, 2014 World Junior XC Team
  • Kyle Batrud – 2017, 2015 World Championship Team, 2017 National Champion, 2013 World Junior XC Team
  • Jakob and Siena Ellingson – 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 World Junior Biathlon Team
  • Carolyn Bramante – 2006 Olympian, 2008 and 2009 Biathlon World Championship Team, 2002 World Junior Silver Medalist
  • Brian Olsen – 2006 Olympian
  • Dan Campbell – 2002 Olympian
  • Andrea Nahrgang – 2002 Olympian
  • Jacob Beste – 2004 World Cup Team
  • Andy Erickson – 1998 Olympian

Junior National Champions

  • Vivian Hett – Junior National Champion 2015
  • Amanda Kautzer – Junior National Champion 2014
  • Sharmila Ahmed – Junior National Champion 2013
  • Ben Saxton – Junior National Champion 2012
  • Karl Nygren – U23 World Championship Team

U18 Scandanavian Cup Team

  • Kelly Koch – 2018
  • Luci Anderson – 2017
  • Zak Ketterson, Abby Drach, Nicole Schneider – 2015
  • Vivan Hett – 2013
  • Sharmila Ahmed – 2011

Minnesota State Champions:

  • Xavier Mansfield – 2017
  • Margie Freed – 2016
  • Sarah Bezdicek – 2015
  • Zak Ketterson – 2014, 2016
  • Jakob Ellingson – 2013
  • Ben Saxton – 2011, 2012
  • Sharmila Ahmed – 2011
  • Erik Fagerstrom – 2009
  • Katie Bono – 2005, 2006
  • Claire Luby – 2006
  • Joe Sem – 2004
  • Bill Snellman – 1999