PA Nordic Challenge 2021 #PANordic2021

For the 2020-2021 ski season, the PACCSA Board propose the PA Nordic Challenge, which will take place from Jan 1 to Feb 28. 

The PA Nordic Challenge is to complete a number of ski-based activities as described below, making a training log entry for each one.  Upon successful completion of the challenge, PACCSA members will be rewarded with an embroidered patch.  There will also be some special prizes for various categories, to be announced.  Thanks to 3ROC and Thick Bikes for donating challenge swag!

  • Renew your PACCSA membership
  • Contact us to register for the challenge, before February, and look for an email in reply.
  • Perform 8 or more separate training sessions of qualifying activities, each 30 minutes or more.
  • Follow the directions provided by email to make a training log entry for each qualifying workout. 
  • Provide a photo to go with each training log entry, as evidence.  You do not need to be in the photo.  
  • The qualifying activities are: nordic skiing, rollerskiing, CAT skiing, nordic track, ski-erg, and walking or running with poles.
  • You do not have to do all of these.  
  • Only those performed within the challenge period, Jan 1 to Feb 28, will count towards the challenge.
  • You can log as many workouts as you like, but only 2 per week will count towards the challenge.
  • Optional: log extra workouts before or after the challenge period, just for fun. 
  • Optional: post your photos on social media, with hashtag #PANordic2021
  • Upon completion of the challenge, contact us again, tell us your age and mailing address. 
  • Celebrate when your patch arrives!

The aim of the challenge is to keep us all focused on keeping active and either cross-country skiing or doing something like it throughout the season, and to have fun.  The photos could be of anything associated with the day's training, provided they are suitable for public viewing.  They will be displayed on the website for motivation and inspiration (see below).  We will have some kind of weekly leaderboard showing the top few people in various categories (most likely km or hours) but the details from the training log will not be visible on the website - the only information displayed with the photos is the caption, and that's optional. 

PA Nordic 2021


ski buddy enjoying the blue loop hill at laurel ridge

made my own trail for the return

made my own trail for the return



Wilderness with the Boys

Hike at Riverview Park

Hike at Riverview Park


Skiing while looking up!

Laurel ridge with the kids!



Playing at laurel ridge

Skied over to visit the alpine ski lodge while out at Laurel Mountain

Took the blue loop and red loop with the kids

Laurel Ridge

Ridge Jan. 18--skate not to mention a little classic

Leading the Yellowjacket swarm!

Skiing 'round with some buddies!!

Laurel Ridge

Laurel Ridge

Laurel Ridge

Snow snake

Northwoods




Laurel Ridge


Nordic Hill

Greene River Trail south


Grove City Roller Ski Route.


Nordic Track

Car stuck in snow? Go skiing instead!

Beautiful day at Laurel Ridge!

Ridge Skate Jan. 12

Beautiful frost on the tree tops at laurel ridge

Hard work to keep up with a skate skier

Susquehannock / Denton Hill trails, first time xc skiing on with hills! (Phew)

Greene River Trail

Sunny Monday

Greene River

Greene River

My son striding along at Blue Knob

Skiing with the kids at Blue Knob

Northwoods with the family!




Laurel Ridge - skating and picking up sticks

I forget to snap a photo while hiking so this will have to do...


North Woods

Knox & Kane Rail Trail | Mt. Jewett to Kinzua Bridge Trail

Basement Nordic Track

Retro Nordic Track

Big wheel rollerski day

Next time I'll switch the heating off first

Rollerski Jan. 7

Greene River Trail

Greene River Trail

Scenic Pine Creek Valley, and our longest ski ever.



It did not rain all day

Sunrise view on the drive up to Wilderness.

Laurel Mountain

South Park

Laurel Ridge

Frick Park

Schenley Park

About 80 circuits

Street skiing

Real snow at last, and lots of it!

Rollerski - skate

Nice day in the Burgh

The clothes still fit!

The beauty and serenity of Cascade Falls is worth the hike!


Bridge not suitable

Rollerskiing by the Mon