A pair of major ski races will be staged later this winter in Maine’s Aroostook County near the state’s border with Quebec.
The Fort Kent Outdoor Center in the St. John Valley will host the New England Nordic Ski Association Eastern Cup High School Championships from March 15-17, and the Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle will host the L.L. Bean U.S. Long Distance National Championships from March 28-April 2.
Top high school athletes from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York will compete at Fort Kent for the Eastern title. A training center for aspiring nordic and biathlon athletes, Fort Kent Outdoor Center has hosted numerous national and international events in both disciplines. The facility is located next to the Lonesome Pines Trails alpine ski area.
U.S. nordic team members are expected to compete in the Long Distance National Championships, including Jessie Diggins, who along with relay partner Kikkan Randall became the first Americans to win Olympic gold in nordic, which they accomplished during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.