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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?

 

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

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.

 

The 2nd Annual Lobstah Cup

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The 2nd Annual Lobstah Cup

            

Saturday, January 28th, the Slalom kicks off the weekend on Shawnee Peak’s Headwall trail followed by a huge after-party with awards and prizes at the East Lodge.

Sunday, January 29th, the Giant Slalom follows on the East Slope with the perfect set of sweeping turns and speed over the face to ensure you’ll finish with a huge smile on your face! To conclude, after the GS in the Blizzard Pub, there will be a fun awards ceremony where the King & Queen Lobstahs will be crowned and given a special prize!

 PRIZES include a brand new pair of 2016 Volkl GS race skis thanks to our amazing sponsor Artech!! And for the fastest male and female, gift cards for a Lobster dinner! Everyone who participates in the GS is eligible to win in a bib draw for the skis!

Also up for grabs with fun prizes:
* Top 3 racers in each age class
* Bode Miller – Living on the Edge Award
* Betty White – Most Improved Time from Leader Award

TWISTADDITIONAL SISE CUP POINTS UP FOR GRAB!!  

  • 1st Run SL & 1st Run GS will count as a race for Sise Cup points
  • You will be awarded for THREE total Sise Cup races over the Shawnee Peak weekend!!  
  • Don’t let your class competition get an edge, BE THERE!

 

Don’t miss out! Sign-up today at www.skiracereg.com
Get instructions on how to register here!
Questions? Contact our Race Administrator, Lucy Blake nemastersra@gmail.com

Additional Details:
Cost: $55 per day (includes a ticket)
Where: Shawnee Peak’s The Headwall (SL) / East Slope (GS)
Time: Register 8:00-9:15 am
1st Run – 9:30 am start
2nd Run – 1:00 pm (reset after completion of 1st run)
USSA: This is a USSA sanctioned race, so if you do not carry the USSA Masters license please bring an insurance card with you to register for a short term daily license. If you have a USSA license that is not a Masters USSA license, call USSA at 435-649-9090 and ask to add “Masters” to your license. There is no additional cost.
Format: 2 runs (regardless if you finish the 1st run), organized by age class, World Cup points system

Common Questions with Answers:

Q1. Do I have to be a New England Masters racer to participate?
A1.  No, but we encourage all racers after the first year to join NEMS. If you haven’t been a member for a few years you are welcome to give it a try again before joining, but only members are eligible for the grand prizes at the end of year banquet and discounts from our sponsors.

Q2. What skill level do I need to have?
A2.  We have racers of all ability levels, from former U.S. Ski team members to brand new racers and everything in between (beer league, past high school race team, NASTAR, USSA, FIS, etc)

Q3. How old do I need to be to participate?
A3.  Racers must be 18 years old to race. 

Q4. Do I need to race both days?
A4. No, we understand that you can’t always sacrifice an entire weekend for ski racing. You are free to register for just one race. We’re excited to have new people race with us, even if just for one day.

Q5. How much does a race cost and what is included?
A5. The race fee is $55, which includes a lift ticket and two runs (regardless of your finish the prior run). So when you aren’t racing you can enjoy free sking the area!

Q6. If I have a seasons pass, do I still have to pay the full amount?
A6. At most mountains, yes. Check the website “Race Info Sheet” to see if there is a pass discount or email the NEMS race administrator Lucy Blake nemastersra@gmail.com

Q7. Do I need a USSA license to race?
A7. Yes, but if you are new to New England Masters you can give it a try with a short term license that NEMS will cover the cost for you!  All you need to do is fill out a form at registration and have an insurance card in hand.

Q8. How do I register?
A8. Registrations can be completed online ahead of time at www.skiracereg.com. Click here for detailed instructions.

Q9. Can I register on the day of the race?
A9. Yes, however we encourage racers to pre-register since onsite registration takes longer to complete and once a full NEMS member you will be charged an addition late fee of $10.  If you sign-up and don’t show-up the Did Not Start fee is only $5, and it’s easy to unregister on skiracereg with a click of a button until noon the day before the race series begins.

Still have questions?
Contact the Race Administrator Lucy Blake at nemastersra@gmail.com

2016 Overall Champions for the Sise Cup & Eastern Regionals

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Congratulations to Kevin O’Brien and Jackie Levy on their 2016 New England Masters Sise Cup Overall wins!!

2015-2016 New England Masters Overall winners: Women’s winner Jackie Levy, on the left. Presenting the award, in the middle, is last year’s winner Alexandra Mitchell. Far right is last year’s winner Matt Dodge. Missing from photo is Men’s winner Kevin O’Brien.

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Also Congratulations to those named to the Eastern Regionals’ Team. A big thank you to Okemo Mountain race crew for hosting this wonderful event.

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Sise Cup Champions

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Sise Cup Champions of 2014

The 2014 Sise Cup Champions of the 2014 season are Ben Green and Lisa Marien! Both had to battle to the end of the season to claim victory over their peers. 2014 GS Champion Mark George and 2014 Slalom Champion Aaron Donnan made a run for the Overall in the last few weeks, but came up short after Ben Green won the Suicide Six Slalom and Waterville Slalom to solidify his victory by 205 Sise Cup points. Meanwhile, the women’s Overall Sise Cup came down to a tie between Alex Andrews and Lisa Marien. The daughter of speedster Don Andrews, was just edged out after Marien won both the Waterville Giant Slalom and Slalom to take the trophy. This ends a great season with an amazing schedule that included many weekends of speed, steeps and spills! Congratulations to all the Sise Cup Class winners and the Overall Champions!

Meet The Winners

Lisa Marien
Lisa began her days on the long boards at Wachusett Mountain, where she first skied at age 3. She started in the mountain’s racing program at age 6 and was a natural. She continued on to Waterville Valley Academy where she graduated and then decided to take some time off from ski racing to pursue softball and ice hockey in college. After graduating from St. Michael’s College in Vermont, Lisa was unable to stay away from racing long. She took on the assistant coaching position at Essex High School to give back to the sport she loved. Looking to get back into racing herself, her fellow ski coach and Masters racer, introduced her to the New England Masters circuit six years ago. She has been hooked ever since and vying for the Overall Women’s Sise Cup!

Ben Green
Ben began his racing days at King Pine ski resort in East Madison, NH. As he progressed into the USSA J3 age bracket, he transitioned to Gunstock Mountain Resort in Gilford, NH where he qualified for the Junior Olympics. Ben continued his racing career at Clarkson University, while finishing his degree in Civil Engineering. He attended several USCSA Nationals with his team. After college Ben began racing in the New England Masters Circuit in 2007, where he caught the bug to chase victory for the Sise Cup!

Class Champions

MEN 90-99 (M14)
CALVERT, RICHARD

MEN 80-84 (M12)
SEVIGNY, ALPHONSE
MACNEIL, GEORGE
RICH, PAUL

WOMEN 75-79 (F11)
BRITTON, ROBERTA
SWEENEY, CAROL A

MEN 75-79 (M11)
WISSE, DOUGLAS
BRITTON, DAVID
BRODT, PHILIPP

WOMEN 70-74 (F10)
NORDHOY, ANNE
STEWART, CAROL

MEN 70-74 (M10)
LUSSIER, JOHN
FOLEY, STEPHEN
DE PAOLI, GUILLAUME

MEN 65-69 (M9)
MCCOLLOM, WILLIAM
NEUBAUER, PEPI
CULLMAN, DUNCAN

WOMEN 60-64 (F8)
SETTEL, BARBARA
STUART, MARSHA
BERLACK, CINDY

MEN 60-64 (M8)
TRUCKENBROD, HANS
CUTTING, ERIC
MCLUSKY, JAMIE

WOMEN 55-59 (F7)
VAUGHN, MARGARET
WESTON, STACEY
LANE, PATTI

MEN 55-59 (M7)
GEORGE, MARK
SERTL, MARK
JEFFERSON, RICHARD

WOMEN 50-54 (F6)
KNORTZ, NOREEN
SPEARS, ELIZABETH
HANRIGHT, MARTHA

MEN 50-54 (M6)
DONNAN, AARON
GRIGGS, DEREK
SEVACK, LLOYD

WOMEN 45-49 (F5)
AUDET, CINTHIA
ORSINI, GAE
GEARHEART, DAWN

MEN 45-49 (M5)
MASUR, STEVEN
HARRIS, DAVID
SPOONER, JOHN

WOMEN 40-44 (F4)
ADAMS, DEBORAH
WOLOSHIN, MICHELLE

MEN 40-44 (M4)
STEWART, SHANNON
CLANCY, JOHN
OUELLETTE, STEVE

WOMEN 35-39 (F3)
PARKER, KIRSTIE
BELTZ, SHANNAN
TEMPLE, MICHELLE

MEN 35-39 (M3)
WHEELER, SCOTT
BOURQUE, STEPHANE
ROGERS, CHRISTOPHER

WOMEN 30-34 (F2)
MARIEN, LISA
ZAMOLODCHIKOV, DARIA
BUCHHOLZ, KRISTIN

MEN 30-34 (M2)
GREEN, BENJAMIN
OCCHI, ANDREA
EGNATZ, JOSHUA

WOMEN 18-29 (F1)
ANDREWS, ALEXANDRA
LEVY, JACQUELINE
HIGHT, JENNA

MEN 18-29 (M1)
KNORTZ, CHRIS
LUK, PATRICK
KNORTZ, MATTHEW

Rockport GS Series Update: Stratton

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The Stratton GS this past weekend included thrills and spills on the world famous North American
venue! The race included a living legend, local heroes, nationally ranked competitors, and a whole lot of
folks that just wanted to go fast and have fun! The field was faced with a combination of hard packed
conditions and powder that accumulated as quickly as it fell. The first set was tight and required each
racer to fight the grueling fall line while the second course allowed racers to let their hair down and take
advantage of their long boards!

Women
Killington raised racer Alex Andrews took the lead after the first run for the women with Lauren Bennett,
Lisa Marien, Cinthia Audet, and Jackie Levy on her heels. In the second run, Audet found her groove for
the come behind win, continuing her ascent through the rankings and taking possession of the coveted
Janeway Cup, leaving Alex and Lauren settling for second and third respectively, hockey enforcer and GS
guru Lisa Marien in fourth and Jackie in fifth when the dust settled. Clarkson University grad Emma
Masur spanked her first run, while Ms. Consistency Daria Zamolodchikov laid down a fantastic second
run in an attempt to catch Emma, but was left separated by one hundredth with Emma taking sixth
overall and Daria in seventh. Next came Sally White who strutted into eighth ahead of both Noreen
Knortz and Margaret Vaughn. Hot off her Middlebury domination, Noreen went for a repeat, but
Vaughn responded to squeak in front of her with a smoking second run taking ninth and leaving Noreen
to round out the top ten.

Other notables included Class 2 welcoming back fire fighter Christy Humason after a year’s recovery!
Also noteworthy was the three-way match between Sarah Wilson, Elizabeth Spears and Valerie Nealon!
The three began the day with Sarah and Valerie separated by five hundredths, but Elizabeth kicked the
second run and was able to take the lead over Valerie while Sarah improved her position to beat them
both. It will be a trio to watch in the next GS series! Also, notable on the second run and proving the
Knortz women are just as fast as their men, Taylor Knortz blitzed the course winning the second run
after pre-releasing in run one. Call me crazy, but I think she was gunning for big brothers Chris and
Matt!

Men
The overall men’s title went to Stratton coach and St. Michael’s alumni Andrew Nault who took the field
by just over a second. Following in hot pursuit and making his annual NEMS appearance was Plymouth
State College Hall of Fame Inductee and Stratton local Patrick McNamara, who won the Janeway Cup.
Nault and McNamara would significantly gap the field with a stout display of home hill dominance.

Early on, it appeared Chris Knortz would challenge the Stratton boys, but a second run DNF left older
brother Matt to take the mantle as he skied past the reigning Sise Cup champion Ben Green and into
third overall, with Ben in fourth. Pepi “flash” Neubauer continued on his lightening streak that began at
Middlebury when he laid down two amazing runs that almost closed the gap on Green to take fifth
overall! Dave Harris proved all his Okemo training is paying off by taking sixth. A three way battle for
seventh opened up across three class 7’s after the first run with Scott Reichhelm taking the lead, Mark
George in hot pursuit and Chris Wilcox within striking distance. The second run only made things tighter
as in his usual form, Mark pulled out a stellar second run with Chris only hundredths behind.
Unfortunately for them, Scott’s first run proved too much to overcome and he took seventh with Mark
and Chris in eighth and ninth respectively. To round out the top ten was farm tough Aaron Donnan, who
returned for a sophomore effort after his debut at Middlebury!

As usual there were tight battles all over, but noteworthy ones follow. Italian convert Andrea Occhi,
World Cupper Bob Hill, and Eric Stearns competed within the top fifteen with Eric toping Bob by one
hundredth in the first run and Andrea trailing. In a twist, Andrea dominated in the second run to close
the gap and take the win over Bob who trailed overall by a few hundredths and Eric followed in
fourteenth by a few tenths. Meanwhile, Hill’s son Jeremy put down his basketball to challenge Mike
Carreira and James Russell for top 20 over the two runs.

Another nugget included fine skiing by young buck and legendary 10th Mountain Division Veteran Dick
Calvert in class fourteen!! He dominated his class and wasn’t afraid to mix it up with the class 12 men
for rank all day!

The biggest class of the day was Class 6 men, who claimed among them second place finisher
McNamara! Other notable happenings in Class 6 include the battle to be in the top twenty between
Spencer Sprecker, Peter Johnson, Klas Holm and Jim Tomassetti . While Tomassetti would take the early
lead with his tactical style, it would be Spencer that would reign supreme when the day was done.

The Class 7’s saw a Rooney vs Mooney duel, with Dave Mooney leading after the first run, but Mike
turned on the after burners to overtake him in the second run with a finish divided by just tenths! Never
to be outdone the class ten men saw Ted Bidwell and Ken Lozeau duke it out again this weekend. Ken
took revenge the first run after Ted got the better of him at Middlebury. However, in the second run
Ted proved he can ride the fast flat ski and nuked the bottom section to overcome Ken’s lead and take
the third in Class ten behind class leader John Lussier and Canadian ace Guillaume De Paoli, respectively.

Also of note, US Telemark Team Representative and all around badass Mark Haberle made his second
appearance in Masters racing this year. The Waitsfield, Vermont native is nationally ranked and sported
perfect “drop-a-knee” form down the entire course. You think Stratton’s North American is a challenging
hill, try it with a free heel!

Yard Sale of the Day Award
Goes to Chris Knortz, who got an ice cream headache when he caught an
edge and launched himself through a gate into fresh powder that decidedly filled his GS suit on run 2.
We’re looking forward to a rematch between he and brother Matt next weekend!

And that rounds out the Stratton GS races this weekend! Check out Whiteface this coming weekend for
more racing and speed!!

Rockport GS Series Update: Middlebury

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The Middlebury GS this weekend was a ripping three runs down the face of Allen! The field was left to ski on fast, hard packed conditions after torrential rains in VT all week left the hill with many terrain changes and challenges.

Women
MIT graduate student Alex Andrews took the overall win for the women combining three ripping fast runs! Class 2 entrants Daria Zamolodchikov and Essex high school ski coach Lisa Marien were left skiing for second place, with Daria taking the early lead but Lisa earning the win after two electric runs to end the day! Canadian sweetheart Cynthia Audet turned on the after burners for her second and third runs to try to steal third from Daria, but was just edged out by a few tenths to finish fourth. Jackie Levy consistently improved each run to take fifth. Noreen Knortz took sixth place and more interestingly took her husband to the woodshed for the marital win! El Presidente Nadine Price, Cindy Berlack and Barb Settel were in a three way race for seventh. Nadine took an early lead and was able to hold on, while Cindy’s aggressive skiing, reminiscent of her 3rd place finish in the NCAA Carnival while at Middlebury, helped her edge out Barb on run two for eighth, with Barb finishing ninth. Patti Lane and Barb Brumbaugh went toe to toe to lay claim to the final spot in the women’s top ten, with Patti winning the first frame and Barb digging deep to complete the comeback.

Men
The overall men’s title was a battle across all ages, where attrition forced the Class I slalom winner from the previous day, Timothy Northrup, and Farm Tough fast guy, Aaron Donnan, to fail to cross the finish line on run one. Both men laid down great second and third runs, where Timothy proved he’s a force to be reckoned with decisively winning run 3! Delaware’s own Chris Knortz took the first run over Ben Green, who chipped away at the Knortz family Class 1 representative on runs two and three to come up short by four hundredths!! Manhattenite Andy Barnett took the early lead and held on against nationally ranked water skier Terence Fogarty for third, while Terence fended off perennial master racer pound for pound entrant Mark George by three hundredths to take forth with George in fifth. The ageless speed demon Pepi Neubauer showed he can still crush it after a fourth and fifth place in the first two runs; however, he was unable to edge out Mark and Terence finishing sixth. Doug Carpenter skied fast all day, and ended up in seventh, edging out the Sunapee GS race winner Peter Fuller and Okemo’s David Harris, who tied down to the hundredth for eighth. Chasing them all day was Andrea Occhi who took 10th after a screaming first run, sneaking by the nimble, St. Lawrence alum, Mark Sertl, who returned to Middlebury for the first time since his carnival skiing days. Others vying for the top ten included the battle of the doctors, Alex Gadbois and Mike Fuller!

Other notable class battles were many, but none more so than class twelve men! Alphonse Sevigny took the early lead with a dashing first run. But in the second run Paul Rich took advantage of a bobble by Al and skied past George MacNeil who had taken an early lead. Coming down to the third run Paul Rich left nothing on the hill to take the win in class and edge out George, while Al took third. Meanwhile, newcomer Bernard Pistilli showed he can bend em’ laying down a fast upper section on his second run but to be undone on the pitch by a tricky transition gate. Also to note, there was some tight racing in class 10! Car racing extraordinaire John Lussier took the win, but was chased each run by Steve Foley & Guillaume De Paoli! Ted Bidwell and Ken Lozeau didn’t give in easily either, with each battling for fourth. Look out Ted, Ken won a pair or Head GS skis from Artech at the social and is sure to come back for revenge in the next GS! Also worth noting is the battle in class eight where Eric Cutting squeaked by Hans Truckenbrod after the two battled hard in the first two runs, only to be split by tenths in the end! Last of the class battles was Duncan Cullman and Pierre Paquette in class nine. The two were bidding for third, where Duncan, citing a mid-week training session at Loon, edged out Pierre.

The yard sale of the day award went to Greg Gill, whose double heel ejection on run 2 earned him a face first trip through a panel into a barrel roll down the steeps, only to climb to his feet and leap up hands raised. Gill would go on to post a solid third run. People may question master racers sanity, but they sure can’t question their toughness!
And that rounds out the Middlebury GS races this weekend! Check out Stratton and Bromley this coming weekend for more racing!!

Bright Award Goes to Ben & Katie Green

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Alex Bright Award & Clarita Heath Bright award for fastest man & woman go to Ben & Katie Green

Ben Green won the Alex Bright Award for being the fastest man down the hill at the Hochebirge race at Cannon.  Ben’s wife Katie Green won the Clarita Heath Bright award for being the fastest lady on the hill!

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