Nordic Programs

Clinics and Programs

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) works together with several regional bodies to provide clinics and training for cross country coaches.

Cross Country Coaches Symposium

2015 National Cross-Country Coaches’ Education Symposium – Lake Placid, NY Olympic Training Center 

Sept. 11-13, 2015

For registration info click here

For possible OTC lodging, please contact USSA Sport Education -

Key Presenters:

Vern Gambetta

Vern is currently the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the conditioning coach for several teams in Major League Soccer as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men’s World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and Director of Athletic Development for the New York Mets. Vern is recognized internationally as an expert in training and conditioning for sport having worked with world-class athletes and teams in a wide variety of sports. He is a popular speaker and writer on conditioning topics having lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe. Vern's coaching experience spans 39 years at all levels of competition.  Vern has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He received his BA from Fresno State University and his teaching credential with a coaching minor from University of California Santa Barbara. Vern obtained his MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.

Anders Byström

Anders is the current Head Coach of the Norwegian National Junior Team and works daily with education and development in Norway.  He completed his studies in 2007 with a focus on sports psychology.  In 2010 Anders became the Head of Education for the Swedish Ski Federation before transitioning to the Head Coach of the Swedish National Junior Team in 2011.  He has also worked as the Team coordinator for the Swedish National Biathlon Team.  

Troy Taylor

Troy is the new Director of Sports Science at USSA.  He earned a master degree in exercise physiology from Loughborough University in 2003.  From 2010 until 2015 Troy was the director of Sport Science and Sport Medicine at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario (CSIO).  While in this position, Troy worked with many world-class athletes and teams, including Canadian Rowing.  While in Ontario, he was the lead physiologist to Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) for the 2012 Olympic quadrennial, including at the 2012 London Olympics where the team won two silver medals.  Before arriving in Canada, Troy worked as the Senior Sport Physiologist for the Sports Council Wales (SCW).  As a physiologist, he has also worked with endurance sports like swimming and skiing.

Jay Gump

Jay began coaching cyclists in 1995 and over 20 years has coached endurance athletes of all abilities, from weekend warriors to Olympians.  He was one of USA Cycling’s first elite licensed coaches prior to earning an MS in exercise physiology and a PhD in physiology and biophysics.  He now works as an assistant professor of anatomy and physiology at Greenfield Community College.  Jay lives with his wife, daughter, and two dogs in the hill towns of Massachusetts. 

Brian Krill

Brian Krill has been a professional educator and involved in athletics the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, and in 2007 established Peak Nonprofit Consulting, LLC. In 2013 Brian transitioned to a position with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association as Club Development Manager launching the new USSA Club Development Program,and now serves as the USSA’s Director of Sport Education.

Level 100 Cross Country Technique Clinics

These half day clinics are offered mostly in the summer and fall, and are primarily delivered through regional governing bodies.

The USSA Level 100 Cross Country Technique Clinics cover technique drills on foot as well as both classic and skate rollerskis. Coaches will actively participate, so please bring the following:

  • Active outdoor apparel
  • Running shoes
  • Rollerskis, boots and poles for both classic and skate
  • Bright safety shirt for rollerskiing on the roadways
  • Water bottle

We encourage all levels of coaches to participate.

Check with your regional governing body for more details.  USSA delivered clinics will be posted here. You can start the on-line component of the Level 100 course any time.

LocationDateTimeMore Information
Brunswick, ME9/19/159am

Co-taught by Nathan Alsobrook &Tracey Cote
More information and registration - HERE

Dublin, NH10/18/201510amCo-taught by Rob Bradlee and Kathy Maddock
More infomration and registraiton - HERE
Cable, WI10/23/15NoonContact - Yuriy Gusev
Level 100 & 200 Certification Event
Lakewood Resort
Sudbury, MA11/7/1510amCo-taught by Rob Bradlee and Jim Stock
More information and registration - HERE



Level 100 Coaches Manual and On-line Exam

The U.S. Ski Team coaches, sport science staff, and sport education department have put together a comprehensive coaching manual for cross country coaches.  The content covers important training, technique, equipment, performance psychology and competition topics for coaches, with a focus on an age-appropriate approach based on long-term athlete development as described in the USSA Cross Country Training System.  This manual is the centerpiece for the Level 100 certification curriculum, and is purchased with the Level 100 on-line exam at the USSA Education Shop.

Comments about the Level 100 Cross Country coaches manual:

"You've hit a homerun here. If this kind of comprehensive manual had existed 17 years ago when I first started coaching, it would have saved me thousands of hours of research and the athletes I've worked with hundreds of hours of less than ideal training." - Program Director from Maine

"This manual is smashing! One of the best I have seen in any sport!" - Vern Gambetta, Gambetta Sports Training Systems


Level 200 Clinics

LocationDateStart TimeMore Information
Lake Placid, NY9/9-10/15Noon

Contact - Brian Fish
*Cross Country Coaches Symposium
immediately follows this clinic

Aspen, CO10/3-4/159:00am

Contact - Maria Stuber
Start location - Inn at Aspen
Additional Information - here

Cable, WI10/23-25/15NoonContact - Yuriy Gusev
Level 100 & 200 Certification Conference
Lakewood Resort



Continuing Education Partnership with USA Cycling

The USSA is pleased to announce a partnership with USA Cycling that allows USSA member coaches to access certain educational events and resources from USA Cycling at the USA Cycling member coach rate. As our sports have several physiological, psychological and tactical similarities, there is great opportunity for crossover learning to help cross country skiing coaches learn and innovate.

USA Cycling offers educational webinars to coaches on a variety of topics, many of which would be valuable for cross country coaches as well. Find their schedule of webinars here.

If you are interested in one of these webinars, contact USSA Sport Education for information to register at the USA Cycling member price.



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