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NEMS Goes to The Boston Ski Expo!

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If you have ever attended a ski expo, whether in Boston, Denver, New York or elsewhere, you know that it is essentially a sensory overload of all things related to the ski & snowboard industry. In other words, it’s complete chaos, but in a fun and exciting kind of way! You literally have hundreds of vendors, representing anything closely connected to the industry, spread across a massive floor space and they are all trying to get your attention (and your money). Now, when I say anything, I mean anything! For example, I found it ironic that T-Mobile was at the Boston expo this year. Not because they are a cell phone company, but rather because everyone I know that has T-Mobile always complains about how terrible their service is on the mountain when they are trying to check Live-Timing! That’s just one example, but there are usually a few more that can leave you scratching your head in confusion when you walk by. Kidding aside, there are a ton of great companies at the expo each year that give attendees a glimpse into what is happening across the industry. From capital improvements at resorts, to the newest fashion trends, and even the newest technology, it’s all there under one giant roof.

In the middle of it all was the hottest booth at the expo this year…the NEMS booth! This year NEMS had the pleasure of being located in the Maine section next to Sunday River, Sugarloaf and our friends at Shawnee Peak. So if anyone says that NEMS doesn’t spend enough time in Maine, I would just refer them to the four crazy days we spent there in November, plus the one day at Shawnee Peak we have scheduled in February of course! Anyways, the expo, in many respects, is a competition between the Marketing departments of every company in attendance. As an attendee I absolutely love it, but as a vendor it gives me heartburn. Thankfully, over the last three years NEMS has been investing in our booth for the expo and this year our booth looked great! We even sold some NEMS merchandise. Go figure!

Overall it was a really good showing at the expo for NEMS this year. Not only did our booth look great, but we continued to build our brand awareness within the ski community. We even signed up a few new members! More on that in just a moment though. Being able to promote the NEMS brand to such a broad and diverse group of people at the Boston expo is such a huge advantage for us. In addition to some key players in the industry, many of the venues we race at, and the business partners we are connected with, are also in attendance. Layer on the over ten thousand people (yes, that’s 10,000+ people) that visit the expo during the course of four days and you could not ask for a better platform to showcase NEMS. While we have made great progress here we still have a lot of work to do, but I am excited about where we are headed. You must be doing something right when a penguin stops by, right?

Now, remember those new members I mentioned? In addition to brand promotion, we also use the expo to try and sign up new racers. This year we signed up eight individuals, a few even have some pretty solid racing experience. I am always excited to introduce new people into our NEMS community and I am very much looking forward to seeing them out on the hill this season. So welcome to the family! We hope you are as excited about the upcoming season as we are.

Last, but certainly not least, I want to give special thanks all of the volunteers who helped out at the NEMS booth this year. Our success at the expo does not happen without you being there.

 

Needless to say we will be back at the expo next year, but for now we’re on to 2019 and the start of what should be a terrific race season! I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and holiday season. Just remember the speed suit you need to fit into when reaching for that second slice of pie! 🙂

All the best,

Matt Mitsis

NEMS 2018-19 Schedule Released

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The wait in finally over! It might be mid-summer, and months away from anything that closely resembles snow, but we’re so excited about next year’s schedule that we just had to share it with the world. Ok, the world might be a bit much but we are really pumped about the schedule and we know just how much our racers anticipate its arrival…..so here it is!!
As you can clearly see, this is one jam packed season with potentially 21 races across 5 states. Just let that sink in for a minute. Now, given its August and we are still working on many of the details that will go into making this season a success, there aren’t a whole lot of specifics we can get into just yet. But stay turned! We’ll have more updates as we head into the fall.

 

A Season in Review

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A Season in Review

By Matt Mitsis

Every season is unique. You might even say that is one of the best parts about NEMS, besides the ski racing and the people of course. Each year brings with it new venues, new racers, new competition, new friendships, and yes, new challenges. Yet, while each season is unique, there are many things which remain constant. To understand what I’m talking about you simply need to stop and look around at any of our races. What do you see? You see people who have been coming to NEMS races for decades. You see friendships and rivalries that have stood the test of time. You see competitors pushing each other to be better. You see things that are otherwise nonexistent in most other sports. You see exactly what makes NEMS, and every season, so unique.

Starting the season in mid-January with a Super-G was never the intent when we put the schedule together. We said the schedule was going to be a bit different but not like this! However, a Nor’easter followed by an artic freeze and then a tropical depression really left us with no choice. With our wild weather in the rearview, or so we thought, we kicked off the season at Stratton with two amazing Super-G races. Yet it was not to be as the following day ushered in sustained 60 mph winds forcing the closure of all mountain lifts. Imagine nearly 100 eager racers, some of whom had traveled from as far as the west coast and Canada, all sitting at the mid-mountain lodge just staring at a perfectly set GS course. Even the bar was closed! It’s the ultimate ski racing tease and I knew right there it was going to be one of those seasons.

With Stratton behind us we headed into a fantastic weekend of races at Suicide 6 and Ragged Mountain, which would serve as our first and only SL and GS races before Nationals the following week. Plenty of time to work on that technique! I honestly can’t think of a venue I would rather get my first slalom turns of the season on than Suicide 6. Yeah, right!  Thankfully we were greeted with a bluebird day and some amazing snow conditions to go along with it which laid the backdrop for a pretty exciting race. For the men we had some of the usual slalom specialists in attendance, but ultimately the race came down to two young guys, Matt Dodge and David Lozeau, who can still bend like Gumby and throw down an epic run. Matt Dodge took the win that day and 100 points that came along with it. On the women’s side, we had eight fearless racers trip the start wand, but it was Jackie Levy who put down two dominating runs to keep the competition at bay.                                                                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following day we headed across state lines to Ragged Mountain for the 4th Annual Beer League Challenge. The stakes were high this day with the winning team receiving beer from our friends at Riverwalk Brewing and some pretty serious bragging rights. As with any “team” race there is no shortage of gaming and scheming among the NEMS regulars, but there is always that wildcard factor around who else might show up. Well, this year’s race certainly did not disappoint. For the women, NEMS newcomer Beata Wiktor absolutely dominated the field, winning by over eight seconds! On the men’s side we saw the return of the defending men’s Sise Cup Champion, Kevin O’Brien as well as Ben Drummond, who was back from an ankle injury which sidelined him for all of last season. Add in the list of other speedsters in attendance that day and everyone knew we were going to have one heck of a race!

 

 

Team Dilly Dilly for the WIN!

It was a hard fought battle on two really fast courses, but ultimately it was team Dilly Dilly who took home the win, bragging rights, a case of Riverwalk beer with a set of custom brewery coasters designed by Brightspot Art, and of course some High Brew Cold Brew.  

 

 

 

After a stellar tune up weekend we set our sights on Okemo Mountain Resort where the Masters racing community descended for the USSS Phillips 66 Masters Alpine National Championships. Attending a National Championships event is always a fun-filled couple of days. Not only are you racing for some pretty serious awards, but you are competing against other racers with whom you likely have never raced against. As fun as attending a National Championships event may be, actually hosting the National Championships is an entirely different animal. For NEMS, hosting this event is a BIG DEAL because the event only comes to the Eastern division about every 5 years. It serves not only as the perfect opportunity to showcase New England ski racing, but it also allows NEMS to put our stamp on the pinnacle race event of the season. Oh and by the way, the Eastern division was the defending champion. #nopressure

Over the course of the week nearly 200 racers showed up from across the country and competed against not only each other but against Mother Nature, who dropped nearly two feet of snow. Overall it was an exciting week packed with lots of thrilling competition and plenty of sore legs from pre-race snow removal. There were also some memorable after-parties which showcased a few of Vermont’s local exports, such as craft beer and whiskey, cheese and who could forget The Vong! Big congrats to the Midwest Masters division for taking home the trophy this year. Just don’t get too comfortable with it!

There was no rest for the wicked as we headed out to New York the following weekend where our friends at the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Masters division hosted NEMS at West Mountain for an exciting three days of racing. Our NEMS racers had a great showing in both numbers and finishes with NEMS racers taking at least 4 out of the top 10 spots in each of the three races. Mark George had a very productive weekend, scoring a total of 236 points by taking two first place finishes (SG & SL) and a top 10 in the GS. That points grab also catapulted Mark to the top of the men’s overall standings and set up what would become an epic showdown in the weeks to follow.

After a relatively calm week, Mother Nature decided to rejoin the party with another Nor’easter, wiping out our highly anticipated Wachusett Mountain race. Something tells me that this one will be back on the schedule next season though. We did manage to hold the 81th Hochgebirge Cup Challenge the following day at Mittersill, which is the oldest ski club race in North America… In case you didn’t know by now! We had nearly 100 racers turn out for this historic race and even though we had to battle through some early morning fog and a challenging course, it ended up being quite an amazing day. Big shout out to our friends at the Hochgebirge House for hosting the after-party once again. NEMS has been coming to the “Hoch Hilton” for many years and the history behind the house is simply incredible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to being our second team race of the season, the Hochgebirge Cup Challenge also showcases some of the ski racing legends that have come and gone over the many decades the club has been in existence. Thankfully NEMS has a Club Hochgebirge historian, Derek Griggs, to narrate some of the fascinating history behind the names on all of the different trophies on display around the room. Below is the list of winners from this year’s race:

We wrapped up the season with a long awaited return to Sugarbush Resort. With the men’s overall title and many of the class awards still up for grabs, everyone knew we were in for an exciting two days of racing.

One of the impacts from a shortened season is that every race is a little bit more important. From the overall Sise Cup titles to the Class and Discipline awards, every race can make the difference. Nowhere else was this on bigger display than in the battle for the men’s Sise Cup trophy between Matt Dodge and Mark George. Coming into the weekend, Matt and Mark were tied atop the leader board with 420 points. With only two races remaining, the stakes were high. It had been an epic battle all season long between the two friendly competitors and it had all come down to the last two races of the season. 

On the women’s side, thanks to some dominant early season racing, Jackie Levey was able to enter into finals weekend with the overall women’s title locked up. There was, however, a really great battle for the final two spots on the overall podium between Deb Adams, Margaret Vaughn and Patti Lane. All three of these NEMS veterans had a great season worthy of a top three finish in the overall and had Lane not missed the West Mt. races things could have looked much different entering finals weekend.

Following the West Mt. races we had about as close of a points race as you could have, with Adams and Vaughn separated by only 1 point at 321 and 320, respectively. Although Lane was sitting 100 points back at 220, her big advantage was that she only had four points races coming in, meaning she could earn straight points in at least two of the next three races instead of having to factor in the best of six. Lane was able to benefit from this at the Mittersill race where she picked up another 24 points while neither Adams nor Vaughn were able to add to their overall points.

Entering our final races of the season at Sugarbush, while the overall standings had not changed, Lane’s points from Mittersill had closed the gap and set the stage for some great head-to-head competition between a group of very consistent racers. But the women had a strong field of racers show up that would only ratchet up the pressure and make the path to the overall podium a bit more challenging.

 

We kicked off the weekend with the GS race on a course which turned out to be rather challenging thanks to a layer of fresh snow. For the women we had quite a battle between defending Sise Cup champion, Taylor Knortz, and former multi-Sise Cup champion, Katie Green. While on the men’s side we had a similar showdown between defending Sise Cup champion Kevin O’Brien and former multi-Sise Cup champion, Ben Green. Ultimately it was the defending champs who took home the top spots but it was certainly a fun race to watch.

The men’s Sise Cup title also got a little more interesting thanks to a rare misstep on the second run of the GS by Matt Dodge, which landed him outside of the top 30 on the day. Yet, even with Mark George finishing in 4th place, the title was not in the bag. Because the titles were based on the best six finishes this season, Mark and Matt were still technically tied at 420 points, which meant it would all come down to the final race of the season.

 

To win the men’s overall Sise Cup, Dodge simply needed to finish the SL in the top 4 and have George not win the race. Seems pretty straight forward right? Wrong! In a sport which judges you by a mere hundredth of a second, a blink of an eye, we all know that anything can happen. Matt and Mark are two of the most consistent racers on the NEMS circuit with both names routinely appearing at the top of the results page. Not to mention that the Sise Cup trophy has spent so much time sitting atop the mantel at the George residence that there is practically a shadow of it on the wall. Oh, and let’s not forget about the rest of the field which had some strong slalom racers in attendance. Yes, this was going to be exciting!

On the women’s side, following a really competitive GS race in which she skied to a 5th place finish, Deb Adams was able to secure 2nd place in the women’s overall. This left Vaughn and Lane in a battle for the third remaining podium spot, which Lane made even tighter by picking up an additional 40 points that day. However, with Vaughn at 321 points and Lane at 284 points, Lane would need at least a 2nd place finish in the slalom with Vaughn coming in no higher than 4th in order to capture the final spot on the overall podium.

The following day we concluded our season with one heck of a slalom race. With a number of excellent slalom skiers on hand you knew this race would be no snoozer. The women’s race had some exciting competition, but it was the battle between Vaughn and Lane for the third overall podium spot that was on the top of everyone’s mind. With Vaughn racing to a solid 4th place finish and Lane coming in 6th on the day, the battle for 3rd place in the women’s overall Sise Cup came to its conclusion with Vaughn winning by a narrow margin of just 35 points. To put this in perspective, the margin between the 2nd and 3rd place overall finishers for the men was 134 points!

While the headline of the day on the men’s side was the battle for the Sise Cup title, a close second came from a quiet Class 1 guy by the name of Caden Frost, who was racing in his first ever NEMS race and managed to completely torch the competition, leaving an unsuspecting crowd at the finish area looking around in total amazement.

As the final run of the day (and season) began to reach its conclusion and with Dodge and George sitting in 3rd and 4th, respectively, there was a growing level of anticipation at the finish line to see who would be taking home the highly coveted Sise Cup for the men. While anything is possible in ski racing, following George’s solid second run, Dodge simply needed to finish in the top 30 and for George to not win the race. The first shoe to drop came from Ben Green, who put down a second run time that was nearly identical to his first run and officially ensured that George would not win the race. The final piece came just a few minutes later as Dodge threw down a courageous second run, landing him in 3rd place for the day and securing the men’s overall Sise Cup for the season. What a race!

Both the GS and SL races showcased some electrifying runs with racers giving everything they had in order to capture as many of the season’s final points as possible. It really was an amazing way to cap off the season!

In addition to a couple of action packed races to close out the season, we also held our annual Finals Banquet at The Gatehouse Lodge at Sugarbush. I want to thank everyone who stuck around for the banquet and for the staff for doing such an amazing job. It was a great way to officially end our season and a fun night indeed! I also want to congratulate the Overall, Class, and Disciple winners. There was some fierce competition across the board and it takes a high level of commitment and sacrifice to accomplish what you achieved this past season. Well done by all!

Artech Challenge 2018 – Whaleback

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Win race skis from our Sponsor Artech at the 2018 Artech Challenge Cup!  Every racer at the Whaleback SL race is eligible to win.  The Challenge:  The racer with the closest second run time to their first run time wins the skis!!  The Prize:  Gift Certificate for a pair of Artech race skis!!  Are you up to the Artech Challenge?

 

Nationals Sponsors Announced!!

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The sponsorship list for the US Phillips 66 Masters National Championships keeps on growing. In keeping with the Green Mountain State theme Vermont Flannel, Darn Tough Socks, and the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic (VOC) have signed up in support of the event.

Vermont Flannel will make sure racers stay toasty warm with the donation of their top of the line scarves for all class medalists in the Championship SG race. Just to be sure no one is left out, they have provided three full sized fleece blankets to be raffled off to lucky winners at the Wednesday night welcome and awards party. Discount purchases will be available at the party – maybe something soft and fuzzy for Valentine’s Day is in order. In addition, they will be offering a 10% discount to all masters racers interested in making a purchase. Go to vermontflannel.com pick out any object and in checking out enter the code “skicomfy.

Vermont’s Darn Tough Socks will be stuffing the podium winners’ stockings for the Super Combined event on Thursday evening. Well tested in Vermont’s winter weather, Darn Tough is known for their ski-specific socks, as well as those covering a wide range of outdoor activities.

A long supporter of masters ski racing, the Vermont Orthopedic Clinic is once again stepping up for the National Championships. Known as the “go to” clinic in the East for all those with creaky, well-worn joints, the VOC has generously helped out with a wide range of competitive skiing events over the years.

Plans are also getting finalized for a craft beer tasting session at Thursday evening’s awards, and a craft distillery taste-fest on Friday evening.

Nationals Registration is Now OPEN!!!

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Online registration for the Phillips 66 Masters National Championships is officially open! To register, racers will need to log in to skiracereg.com, select the race series: “USSS Masters Alpine National Championships” and then select each event you will be participating in. Don’t forget about the banquet on Saturday night! It’s going to be a really fun time. The deadline to register without the $10 late fee is Jan. 31, 2018 and the hard deadline is Feb. 4, 2018.

If you think this will be your typical race weekend at Okemo (which is already pretty great), you are in for a big surprise! We have been working tirelessly to make this Nationals event one that is talked about for years to come. We are pulling out all the stops to give our racers something that is so unique, so much fun, so… Vermont, that future Nationals will just seem meh. Stay tuned for more details on these special events and sponsors.

To help with any questions we have created a Nationals Page on the NEMS website with lots of useful info. There is also a Nationals Event page on the NEMS Facebook page. Both the website and Facebook page will be updated as new info becomes available so make sure to check the website and follow the event page so that you are in the know on all things Nationals!!

Oh, in case you forgot, opening weekend at Sunapee is 31 days away! So think snow, try to get some gate training in and we’ll see ya out there!

-NEMS Board of Directors

2018 Phillips 66 Masters Championships Update!!

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ATTENTION MASTERS SKI RACERS THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL INVITATION

New England Masters Ski Racing invites you to the most exciting ski racing event of 2018, even more of a thriller than the 2018 Winter Olympics – THE 2018 PHILLIPS 66 MASTERS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS.

On Feb. 6 – 10, the 2018 Phillips 66 Masters National Championships will be returning to Okemo Mountain, site of the wildly successful 2014 National Championship event. Racers are still talking about the rolling terrain, impeccable grooming, masterful course setting, and warm ambience. It’s no coincidence that Okemo is always the most popular stop on the New England Masters calendar. This one is not to be missed.

And that is just the beginning. Race organizers are already planning for multiple Vermont-themed awards parties and banquet. Will a craft beer and craft distillery tasting session quench your thirst? How is your appetite for Vermont cheeses, chocolates, ice cream, and maple syrup?

Yes, there will also be special deals for family members with an expansive mountain to explore, shopping opportunities in nearby Woodstock, and multiple lodging options, either slopeside or in close proximity to the mountain.

Your New England Masters Ski Racing hosts would like to make this Championship event the most convenient, hassle-free ski race you have ever attended. Transportation, lodging, race information, and social schedules will be on display at USSA Masters and nemasters.org.

Please RSVP with your entry! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU!

2018 Kick-Off Letter

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Greeting NEMS Racers!

Labor Day has officially come and gone, the temperature has started its initial decent to zero (and beyond) and football season is fully underway. For most this simply means that fall is right around the corner, but for ski racers it means it’s time to start preparing for the upcoming season. In the NEMS Summer Newsletter I said to expect a different but truly epic schedule. Well, the wait it finally over!

This season’s schedule is a mix of new and old with some twists along the way. But before we get into the exciting details, I want to take a moment to thank Bill McCollom for working tirelessly over the summer to put this schedule together. The schedule is never easy and this year’s was especially challenging with Nationals being in the East this year. Great job Bill! Now on to the good stuff.

The battle for The Sise Cup begins at Mt. Sunapee this season with a GS/SL opening weekend. The GS course is well-known as a thigh burner and will put that off-seasoning conditioning to the test right out of the gate. From here we’ll head up to the Middlebury Snow Bowl for the 2nd Annual Kelly Brush Challenge. With a slightly different race format and a number of racers coming from outside of NEMS, this race is sure to keep things interesting.

Speaking of interesting, the very next day NEMS will be taking the show down Rt. 89 to Whaleback! Yes that pitch you always see from the interstate and dreamed of dropping is new to NEMS schedule!  NEMS will be holding its first ever race at Whaleback this season. Whaleback is a great place for a Masters slalom race and Masters have been training slalom there for years thanks to George Merrill. The varying terrain of the race trail will certainly make for a very exciting race.

Next up on the schedule will be long-time NEMS favorite, Stratton, for a weekend of white-knuckle speed racing. This will be the first opportunity for NEMS racers to bust out the big sticks and test your nerves on the always exciting Super G course. Of course we encourage everyone to attend the Super G training the day before. It’s a great way to dust off the speed cobwebs as well as an opportunity to get some extra training in before nationals. Oh, and don’t forget about the GS race the following day. Helpful hint: make sure your edges are very sharp!

From speed skis to speedy feet, we’ll be getting a bit more technical the following weekend as NEMS descends on Suicide Six for what is considered to be one of the better slalom hills around. The timing couldn’t be better since it’s the last slalom race before nationals and Suicide Six is considered to be the most challenging slalom course we race on. Dreams have been made and crushed here. Are you up for the challenge?

Did someone say “challenge”?! You must be talking about the Annual Beer League Challenge at Ragged Mountain. That’s right! The only race in New England where beer league teams go head-to-head to settle the always contentious question of whose beer league is better. As one of the few team scoring races of the season, the Beer League Challenge takes both strategy and skill to prevail. Bragging rights (and free beer) are on the line, so make sure to get your team on board and represent! Don’t have a team? Don’t worry! Teams are always in need of an extra racer or two, so you’ll be in high demand.

OK, so here is where things are going to get a little weird. I did warn you that this was coming, so bear with me.

We’re at the halfway point of the season so you know what that means…Nationals!! Alright, so unless you ignored the Summer Newsletter (I forgive you. Maybe.), you know that the USSA Phillips 66 Alpine Masters National Championships are taking place at Okemo this year. However, because we are greedy and want all of the best races possible, we decided to move the Nationals races to Feb. to accommodate the FIS Masters World Championships taking place at Big Sky in March. So the timing will seem a little weird but we’re still going to have the same amazing races and kick-ass parties! The schedule for Nationals is all set but we are still working on many of the other events and details that make this such a great experience. Lots of info is on the way, so stay tuned…

Nationals might be over but don’t put those skis away just yet! We still have lots of racing ahead. Following what is sure to be an insane week at Okemo, NEMS is heading over to the Empire State where we’ll be teaming up with the Mid-Atlantic Masters, our newest Masters division, for some friendly competition at West Mountain. This GS/SL weekend will count towards Sise Cup points.

It’s Hochgebirge Time! The oldest ski race in America is back and we hope you’ll join us. Last year brought this storied race back to Mittersill where we were greeted with amazing weather and a fun and exciting slalom course. Mittersill is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the premiere ski race venues around, serving as host to not only the NCAA National Championships last year but as a training site for the U.S. Ski Team. No big deal. Believe me, you won’t want to miss this race! Oh yeah, there is also that wild after-party at the Hoch House afterwards. Derek and I are still in contract negotiations to MC the event again, and things are looking promising. Stay tuned…

A race that has been 2 years in the making…the Masters are coming to Wachusett Mountain!! This will not only be the first time NEMS will be racing at Wachusett, but the first time NEMS has ever held a race in Massachusetts. Many of NEMS current racers and alumni have ties to Wachusett, which just so happens to have the largest adult ski racing program in the country. The race will be a top-to-bottom GS course on Smith Walton where races can expect to be challenged from start to finish. We will have more details on this race soon, so for now just make sure this one is circled on the calendar.

To close out the season NEMS will be heading back to an old favorite, Sugarbush. Nope this isn’t a dream, we’re back baby! I can’t think of a better way to cap off what should be an incredible season than with races at a mountain in which NEMS has such an amazing history. As with previous years, this will be a Fri/Sat weekend with the Finals Banquet to follow. Details are still being finalized for the banquet but we will make those available as soon as possible.

Needless to say we have a busy and exciting season ahead so we hope you are as eager for the snow to start falling as we are. We are always looking for opportunities to provide the best possible schedule so it is possible that additional races and/or clinics might be added. Keep an eye out for updates as well as training opportunities. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

All the best,

Matthew Mitsis
NEMS – Board of Directors

NEMS Finals: The Legends Cup & The Artech Challenge

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NEMS Finals at Waterville 

Beginning Friday, March 3rd, NEMS ends the season at Waterville with two awesome events: “The Legends Cup” & “The Artech Challenge”

In less than a week we will be ripping turns on World Cup at Waterville.  Friday’s GS will feature a couple of unusual twists beyond the normal scoring for class wins.  In 2013 we instituted the “Legends Cup” to recognize and honor those passed that impacted Masters racing in a meaningful way.  The female and male winners of handsomely engraved mugs will be based on a handicap scoring system.

Saturday will be the 2nd Annual Artech Challenge!  The racer with the closest 1st run and 2nd run slalom times will be the winner of a pair of skis of their choice at Artech!!  Your eyes did not deceive you, those sweet skis you’ve been drooling over every day on the Artech website could be yours!!  So stick around for the banquet and possibly head home with some amazing loot!!

$55 you get a ticket and two race runs!  The Legend’s Cup is a full length giant slalom that will take place on the World Cup trail at Waterville. This hill is a blast!  It’s got some great GS terrain and pitch that’ll end your GS season on a high note!  The Artech Challenge is a full length slalom that will also take place on the World Cup trail, which for slalom has a great head wall to the finish that really let’s you lay the boards over a rip for an end of season SL to remember!!

Bottom line, end the season in style!

        Sise Cup Finals Awards:

  • Artech Challenge Cup Winner (Choice of Artech Skis)
  • Legend’s Cup Winner Male/Female
  • Overall Sise Cup Male/Female
  • Overall Season Class Winners
  • Sise Cup Speed Series Male/Female
  • Sise Cup SL Specialist Male/Female
  • Sise Cup GS Specialist Male/Female
  • Tobin Award
  • George Anderson Award

 

BanquetPut on your stylish duds and get ready to celebrate! Come pat your biggest rival and best bud on the back and recap all your favorite moments from the season!  Don’t miss out on this fun night to say “Until Next Year!” to all your favorite pals.  Closing ceremonies include the Overall Sise Cup Awards for the season’s fastest NEMS Male & Female racers.  Sign-up for the Banquet on www.SkiRaceReg.com/nems

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3rd Annual Battle of the Beer Leagues

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Don’t miss out on your chance for glory, pride and GOOD BEER!!  

The Ragged Beer League Challenge begins on Sunday, February 5th at 10am at the NEMS GS at Ragged Mountain.  It’s $55 to enter and that includes a ticket.  Last year’s fierce competitors included teams from Wachusett, Loon, Pats Peak, Gunstock, Nashoba Valley, & Waterville. Don’t let your beer league go unrepresented!  

The party follows, 45 minutes after the race, upstairs in Elmwood Lodge with a pizza and prizes!!

         The Rules are:

  •  Everyone forms teams of six (6), any gender or age mix, it doesn’t matter.
  • We run the race as normal.
  • Men’s overall finish list is broken into four quarters (A, B, C, D) and ladies list is broken into halves (A, B).
  • Each of the quarters and halves is scored with old World Cup scoring (A divisions 25, 20, 15, 12 etc, and the rest 20, 15, 12, 10 etc) and all finishers points added up for the team they are on.  So…. if you had six racers in a field of say 60 men and 12 women and your men finished  2nd,  16th,  24th, and 31st and your women finished 5th and 7th you would probably have the winning team.   That would equal  20+ 20+6+20 + 10+20= 96.

 

Do you think you can create a winning team?  Bring it!

Register today at www.skiracereg.com/nems
Need help registering? Details can be found here.

 

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