PA Nordic Challenge 2023 #PANordic2023

The PA Nordic Challenge will take place from Jan 1 to Feb 28, 2023.

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 a special embroidered patch.  

  • 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, no more than 10 days later.
  • Provide a photo to go with each training log entry, as evidence.  You do not need to be in the photo.  
  • An online leaderboard will be generated automatically.  If you don't want your name to be shown, use a nickname. 
  • 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: post your photos on social media, with hashtag #PANordic2023
  • Upon completion of the challenge, contact us again, tell us your mailing address and celebrate! 

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.   

PA Nordic Challenge 2023

Western MD railtrail, Hancock

Spring horrors

Art Roscoe March 11 - Like a fantasy but real!

Birkie Snow

Hist 1st time experiencing the "cathedral of trees"

St. Patrick's 2018

1st time skiing to dinner ever!

Exclamation Point--March 2018

Beware - snow snakes lurking in the trees! (Wilderness March 12)

Too cool for school

WL Skaters' Alley

Winona Tourathon...beat last year's time by 6 min!

No snow here either on this day

Gatineau Finish 2014

Long shadows at the Sunrise Scramble, pic from Hannah Snyder


From 2010--better than NordicTrack

SK Rollerski_Feb26

CL Rollerski_Feb24

Desperate times

12 years ago


More NordicTrack


Forbush Corner_Feb19

Lovely day for a rollerski tour of Pgh. Bring back the snow.


Forbush Corner_Feb18

Blue Sky over White Grass

Osceola Tug Hill XC Ski Center

No $ for Ice Cream :-(

71F and flowering trees! Oh, the horror.

A cool 64° evening


Spring-like skiing at Osceola


CL Rollerski_Feb11

We found the snow!


Wishful Thinking?

No salt piles, only a few twigs, many cracks.

Y skiing

meeting NJ and JB.

The Wilderness Lodge_Feb5

Trail conditions @theY: lack of snow, no grooming

Final training session!

Feb. 4

Laurel Ridge_Feb4

Still no snow in Florida

Feb. 3

He finally caught up to me!


Feb. 1

Top-notch at Nubs Nob

Minimal Snow

Thank God for lake effect!

Whitegrass WV_Jan29

It's like spring skiing all the time!

Back to NordicTrack

meeting NJ and JB.

Laurel Ridge_Jan28

The teen skis!!

Great to be on snow again

Thankful for the chance to ski.

Jan. 27

Another 70°F ski day

NordicTrack Handles


More NordicTrack--sigh

Another warm breezy ski

Avalanches rumbling in the distance


Snow in sight but I can't quite reach it

Rollerskijoring with a dolphin? Anyone?

Not Nordic Walking!

Jan. 12

New rollerskis are definitely less terrifying in the daytime! Bonus, the FedEx guy thought they’re super cool!

New rollerskis are definitely less terrifying in the daytime! Bonus, the FedEx guy thought they’re super cool!

Jan. 9

NordicTrack Jan. 7

Yup, that really is only 7m elevation gain/loss.

Nordic Walk on a very warm night.

They’re so lonely without snow.