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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.

 

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