Pillar Projects

North American Training Camps

Crucial for athlete and coaches education, these summer trips help to identify athletes capable of international success and aid in the support and development of regional programs. Chosen from race results from throughout the season, these camps cater to Regional Elite Group (REG) athletes.

International Competitions / Athlete Exchange

Skiing development requires great competition. The NNF supports an annual athlete exchange between the US and other internationally successful nations, bringing juniors to our national championships and sending our strongest juniors to theirs. 

Continental Cup

Continental Cups, like the U.S. SuperTour, Scandinavian Cups, or OPA Cups, is the level of racing just below the World Cup and  determines non-national team World Cup starts.  The NNF supports high performing Continental Cup athletes with the OPA Finals Podium Challenge. Any US thletes to be on the podium at OPA Finals are eligible for the following performance based funding bonus:

1st – $2,500 / 2nd – $1,250 / 3rd – 750

International Continental Cup Competition (OPA, Baltic, Scandinavian Cup)

The original NNF trip, Scandinavian Championship competition is geared for 16 and 17 year old athletes en route to a career of international competition. This event is an annual two week trip focused on raising the level of skiing awareness for developing Americans by exposing them to stronger competitive events, skiing clubs and programs in Scandinavia.

World Junior/U23 Championships

Internationally recognized as a stepping stone to World level skiing, racers who go on to World Cup success often have posted results in the top ten at World Junior competitions (for athletes under 20 years old) or the U23 World Championships (for athletes under 23). The NNF funds the majority of this trip, subsidizing the individual costs for those that qualify through strong domestic racing.

World Cup Competitions

World Cup competition is more than the final destination for an athlete, it’s also the place where experience happens. The NNF supports athletes making the jump to World Cup competition with supplemental funding.

World Championships

The NNF provides supplemental supports for U.S. Ski Team athletes who are not fully covered by the US team budget. Working closely with the USST coaches, the NNF provides support of these events with funding and public outreach.

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