Central REG Finds New Growth in the Wisconsin Northwoods
It’s just how they imagined it. When the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation started out on the long journey of re-invigorating the sprawling patch of Northwoods that had been home to Telemark, and American nordic skiing for half a century, they hoped it would be a home for skiers to get together more often, and in more ways. When some of the talented juniors from across Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota headed to Central REG camp at Telemark last week, they were greeted with the familiar comforts and adventures that Birkieland has always provided. Plenty of woods, waters, hills, and backroads to spend hours training in. Among the old ski lift towers and remnants of the old Telemark Lodge though, they also found a newly dedicated rollerski loop, new trails to pursue, and new ways to push their limits while working together with their peers.
A dedicated coaching staff helped spur the growth, on rollerskis and on foot. They also helped expand the scope on the persistent dedication of the ski community that has worked to grow the sport in the Midwest. There were those coaches who work in the Midwestern ski community everyday, developing as coaches while working to develop the ski community there, and those whose own journeys had started out there, were laced with the Birkie and its developments over the years, had gone all over the world, and now returned push a ski community forward along with its newest group of energetic and dedicated junior skiers, towards a brighter future for the sport.
Those coaches also captured a whole lot of great video and photos of the scene at Central REG in Cable, Wisconsin. Check them out below: