Founded in 1998, the school-based Ashwaubenon Nordic Ski Team (ANST) attracts skiers from several area middle and high schools. ANST develops skiers from scratch by building technique and a spirit of adventure with roller skis before moving to the Brown County Reforestation Camp for on-snow practice. Skiers learn and train in both skate and classic equally.
Year round training for advanced skiers includes strength training and ever changing agility courses. ANST has made good use of CXC’s roller ski treadmill and camera set up also. Athletes achieve strong endurance by training with a coach who trains alongside them and gauges their readiness to step up.
The club’s goal is to pursue excellence in skills, fitness and character. The racing program gives student-athletes support and opportunities to compete at the state and national level. Coach-athlete-parent meetings keep expectations in alignment.
The team is self-funded through dues and two community events — the Reforestation Ramble, a mountain bike event, and the Stump Farm Trail Races, which feature foot and bike races. The dedication of the volunteer families enables the team to keep dues low and provide equipment, wax, and race entries without additional cost.
Head Coach is Scott Putman. Middle school coaches are Brian Swanson and Evan Haas. Bernie Rocheleau is the development coach.
The Ashwaubenon wax truck is an essential piece of ski preparation and enables coaches and parents to match ski prep to fast changing conditions.
Parent involvement keep us planning ahead and sticking to the plan for skier travel, racing and volunteering.