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2019-2020 USS&S- Eastern Alpine Officials Clinic Dates & Locations

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Please click below for the a list of all the Alpine official clinic/exam dates and locations within the New England Region.

2019-2020 USS&S- Eastern Alpine Officials Clinic Dates & Locations

2020 (Preliminary) Schedule Released

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Greetings racers-
NEMS is excited to release the preliminary schedule for the upcoming 2020 race season! I want to emphasize that this is just a “preliminary” schedule. While most of the events are locked in, we are still working on finalizing a handful of the event details. So please keep an eye out for updates! 

A couple of things to note:

  • Suicide 6 – There will be gate training before the race. There will be a delayed start that day to allow racers to get in some gate time. We will have more info on this.
  • Shawnee Peak – We are expecting to hold two (2) races in one day.
  • Gunstock – Welcome back!! It’s been awhile old friend. This will be a non-sanctioned USSS race. Expect this to be more than just your “normal” slalom race.
  • West Mountain – Valentines Day Weekend. Start earning those brownie points now!
  • Stoneham – Not a typo! There will be FIS Masters races in Canada this year. It will be a great event with racers from across the U.S. and the world in attendance. The races won’t count towards Sise Cup. Unfortunately it will conflict with the Hoch Race. We tried to move the race but couldn’t. FIS races are run a bit different then NEMS and require a FIS license, so we will have a lot more info on this.
  • Finals – We are still working out the final details for our finals weekend. Stay tuned!
  • Nationals – Expect an announcement on where the Eastern Division will be defending the National Championship very soon.

 

Training Opportunities:

Masters Camp @ Copper Mountain (Nov. 16-22, 2019)
Looking to get a jump start on your training? Check out this well-known Masters Camp at Copper Mountain (IKON Pass) run by Dave Edry (Stratton) and U.S. Elite Camps. For more info click HERE.

Masters Training Clinic @ Mount Snow (Jan. 14-17, 2020)

Back by popular demand! Lisa Densmore Ballard will again be running a Masters Training Clinic at Mt. Snow (now on Epic Pass). For more info click HERE.

Additional Clinics and Training Opportunities:
Make sure to check out the NEMS Training/Clinics page for the updates and other opportunities. We are always updating this page as we hear about camps/clinics/training, so make sure to check in if you are looking to see what’s available.

 

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Be a part of the Oldest ski race in America!  

This Saturday, February 23rd, NEMS is back in action at Mittersill for the 82nd Hochgebirge Cup Challenge.

Mittersill is rich in New England ski history, going back to the 1930s, and was recently re-opened and has been designated as a training site for the U.S. Ski Team.  Directions can be found by clicking here!

$55 you get a ticket and two race runs!  The Hochgebirge Challenge is a full length Giant Slalom that will take place on the Taft trail at Mittersill. Anyone who has raced in the Hochgebirge Challenge in previous years can tell you just how much fun this course is, and it is great for all levels of racers.

Bottom line, this will be an exciting day, so don’t miss out!

Want to make this race even more fun & exciting? create a team to compete for some legendary awards!

         Awards For the Day:

  • Fastest Team (GIANT TROPHY, see photo below: Hochgebirge Challenge Cup)
  • Fastest All-Female Team (Harding Trophy)
  • Old Person Team
  • Fastest Male (Alex Bright Award)
  • Fastest Female (Clarita Heath Bright Award)
  • Team Class Winners
  • Fastest 3 in Each Class (Individual Awards)

 

IMPORTANT:

  • All racers need to wear a hard-sided helmet. If you do not have a hard-sided helmet please contact Derek Griggs (R.Sports.NH@comcast.net) and we will work to find you one.
  • This will be a USSS sanctioned race, and therefore all racers will need a USSS license. If you don’t have one NEMS will comp the $20 fee, however, you will need to arrive to the mountain early to fill out the form with our Race Administrator, Lucy Blake. It will take only a couple of minutes.
  • Speed suits are NOT required. If you don’t have one, or just don’t feel like wearing one, no problem! Just show up and have fun!

 

Team Rules: Teams can be made up of any mix of age or gender, but the class awards are dedicated by the age of the youngest team member.  The trophies are displayed at the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH. Be a part of history!  Bring the form found at this link to registration with $20 (donation to the Hochebirge Club for hosting us).

PARTY: An epic after party at the Hochgebirge Hilton will start at 3pm. Located just up the road from Cannon, the Hochgebirge Hilton is one of the most well-known ski houses in New England. There will be lots of food, drinks and plenty of swag and prizes – including a new pair of race skis from our sponsor, Artech.  You need to be there to win, so come by after the race, have a beer, grab some grub and brag about how awesome your run was…you might just win a new pair of skis.

Register today at www.skiracereg.com/nems
Click Here for the Sign-up Form for Your Team
Need help registering? Details can be found here.

If you have any other questions about the race please contact Matt Mitsis (matthew.mitsis@gmail.com).

5th Annual Beer League Challenge

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Attention Beer Leaguers!

Are you ready for the ultimately Beer League throw down? Bragging rights are on the line this weekend as NEMS heads back to Ragged Mountain this Saturday (2/9)  for the 5th Annual Beer League Challenge. Think your beer league is the best around? Prove it! Join NEMS racers from around New England as we team up to represent our home mountains and battle for beer league supremacy. Not on a beer league team? No problem! Teams are always looking to pick up another racer. Just let us know and we’ll hook you up.

The race will be a full-length GS on Flying Yankee which offers everything from pitch to flats to rolling terrain. It’s a truly exciting course! Everyone gets two runs regardless, so make sure to leave something in the tank for run #2.

Following the race we head upstairs in the lodge for the after-party were the winning team will take home some cold beer and the ultimate bragging rights over all other beer leagues. But there’s more! We’ll also be giving away a bunch of swag from our sponsors and new pair of Fischer GS skis. You need to be present to win though, so make sure you stick around for a beer and some pizza. 

If you’re still hungry for more racing come back the following day for our Sunday Funday Slalom. Filling the void on Sunday post- Super Bowl can be tough, but thankfully NEMS has you covered! Come on out and do a little Slalom skiing, have some fun free skiing and be home in time for dinner. What’s better than that?! Plus if you race in the Beer League Challenge AND the Sunday Funday Slalom you will be entered to win a $100 Artech gift card. NEMS members receive 20% off at Artech so that can really add up. You need to be present at Sunday’s after party to win, so stick around following the race.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION INFO:

If you would like to join in on the party make sure to register at www.skiracereg.com under the New England Masters Series- Sise Cup. A USSS License is required for the race. If you have any questions on obtaining a temp license please contact our Race Administrator, Lucy Blake, at nemastersra@gmail.com. She will be happy to answer your questions.

2018 BLC Winning Team: Dilly Dilly!

 

Hubert Schriebl photos from Stratton Eastern Regionals

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Hubert Schriebl photos from Stratton Eastern Regionals

Lobstah Cup – 2019

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The 3rd Annual Lobstah Cup

Shawnee Peak, ME

Saturday, Feb. 2nd

The New England Masters are back for the 3rd Annual Lobstah Cup! Come join racers from around New England as they square off in an exciting Giant Slalom race down Headwall & East Slope. If you’ve never done a Masters race this is a great opportunity to  try it out on a “masters friendly” course with some really fun people. Make sure to stick around for the post-race festivities with some food, prizes and lots of stories. There will also be a cash bar available.
Additional Details:
Cost: $55 per day (includes a ticket)
Where: Shawnee Peak’s The Headwall / East Slope
Time: Register 8:00-9:15 am
1st Run – 9:30 am start
2nd Run – 1:00 pm (reset after completion of 1st run)
Format: 2 runs (regardless if you finish the 1st run), organized by age class, World Cup points system
USSA: This is a USSS sanctioned race, so if you do not carry the USSS 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.

 

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 brand new racers to former U.S. Ski team members 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.

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 skiing 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 USSS 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

Middlebury-Suicide 6 Race Recap

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This past weekend the NEMS Express rolled into the Green Mountain State (that’s Vermont) for a GS at the Middlebury Snow Bowl on Saturday and a SL at Suicide 6 on Sunday. We were a few days removed from a mid-week snowstorm which dropped about 7 inches of much needed new snow, and smack dab in the middle of a brutal cold front which brought in temps beginning with a dreaded minus sign (-) at the front of it. Needless to say folks were spending a little bit of extra time indoors this weekend. The one saving grace, besides hot chocolate and toe warmers, was the perfect blue bird sky which left the sun on full display and created some absolutely amazing views. We’re talking postcard worthy stuff folks!

Any weekend I have the chance to get out of the city and hit the slopes for some racing is exciting for me. This weekend was exciting for another reason. In all of the years I have been racing for NEMS, this was my first trip to the Snow Bowl! [Insert happy dance here.] It’s hard to imagine that I had never been there before. I had planned on attending last year but the race was canceled due to a lack of snow, so this was a weekend I had been looking forward to for well over a year. After all, everyone always talks about Middlebury and how it might be small, but its race trail, Allen, is really awesome. While I didn’t get a chance to experience a race down the full trail, I can certainly understand why people talk so passionately about it. It definitely looks like it would be an amazing GS course and I can only hope that I have the opportunity race down it one day in the future.

Saturday began with the temps hovering around -6 degrees and with everyone huddled up in the lodge trying to reassess why they still enjoy ski racing and what the right layering strategy would be. I always say it takes a special person to willfully throw themselves down a mountain on skis at high speeds in nothing but a thin layer of spandex. It takes a total badass to do it in artic temperatures. Nostril freezing temps aside it actually turned out to be an amazing day. The trees were covered in snow and frosted over which led to some really great views from the chairlift. The temps gradually warmed up to a balmy 12 degrees, oh and we did some ski racing as well. While I know there was some disappointment that we did not have a full-length GS down Allen, running a shortened three-run GS was actually a lot of fun. The joke around the group was that if you blinked you would miss your own run. It was definitely a shorter course than we are used to at around 30 seconds with a mostly tuckable top section, a couple of key gates on the pitch followed by a sprint to the finish. But as we saw at the Sunapee SL, even a short course can cause some issues. A unique aspect of this race was that the group ran the same course for the first two runs, and since there was a small field for the race and the snow held up really well, it was a good test to see if you could improve on your time having run the course already. At the end of the day and after three runs, the difference between the top two times was separated by a mere 0.03 seconds!! Congratulations to the men’s and women’s overall winners, Chris Beadon & Cinthia Audet, and thank you for everyone who made the trip up to the Snow Bowl and battled through the cold temps. To see the results from the race click here.

On Sunday everyone headed over to Suicide 6 for the annual Bunny Bertram Memorial race. Now before we get into all of the action I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t mention the real excitement that took place on Friday. To get a jump start on the competition a few NEMS racers were up at S6 doing some SL training. What they also got some practice in was how to get evacuated off a chairlift. Yikes! Kidding aside that is a situation you never want to be in, especially in the frigid temps they were fighting though. While I’m happy the paparazzi was there to capture it all, I’m happy that everyone was able to get off safely and get warmed up. Hopefully the mountain bought them a burger and a beer for their troubles! Ok, maybe two beers. Fast forward to Sunday, with the cold temps still lingering and the chairlift up and running, the NEMS racers attacked what is often referred to as one of the better SL hills on the schedule. With some great snow conditions and a couple of great courses to work with, the field made quick work of the day’s challenge producing some exciting runs, and of course a few defeats. Congratulations to the men’s and women’s overall winners on the day, Matt Dodge & Cinthia Audet, and to the winners of this year’s Bunny Bertram Memorial!!

NEMS is off next week for the holiday weekend. I hope everyone who is attending the race camp at Mt. Snow this week has a great time and picks up lots of tips along with some valuable gate time. Next up are the Eastern Regional races at Stratton! It’s going to be an amazing few days of racing with some great after parties as well. I hope to see you all up there!

Thanks,

Matt Mitsis

And We’re Off!!

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This past weekend we officially kicked off the 2019 NEMS race season with two races at Mount Sunapee. The first races of the season are always some of my favorites because it means I’m finally back on snow in gates and doing what I love to do, ski racing. Let me rephrase here, I am trying to ski race. It also means that I get to see so many of my fellow racers that I haven’t spoken with or seen in many months. It’s like the first day back at school after summer vacation, but without any of the actual school stuff. Just recess!

I think it is fair to say that this wasn’t exactly the opening weekend we had all hoped for. With the recent influx of warmer temps and seemingly endless rain I am sure many of us were seeing flashbacks of last year and thinking “here we go again!” New England weather is funny like that, and the old saying “if you don’t like the weather just wait a day” was on full display this weekend. In a matter of just two days we had rain, sun, clouds, snow, and of course, wind…very high winds. Then one day later we’re right back down to freezing with a snowstorm expected mid-week. Crazy!

Saturday we kicked things off with a slalom race. The weather leading up to the race resulted in some thin cover where we would typically start so the race crew decided to use the NASTAR start house instead. Normally you would expect to hear some grumbling about the shorter course, but being the first race, the wet weather, and the first time in gates for many of the racers this season, I think just about everyone was ok with it. Now don’t let the fact that we raced a slalom race down a NASTAR trail fool you. Both courses were technical and kept things very interesting from start to finish, showcasing some great racing across the board.

On Sunday we were right back at it with a top-to-bottom Giant Slalom race down Lynx. Thankfully the temps had dropped overnight which left us with some pretty good conditions for the race. The free skiing wasn’t so good, but that’s for everyone else to deal with! At least it wasn’t raining, right? Ok, back to the race. Historically one of our larger races, attendance was unusually low this year for this race at just over 70 racers. Too bad because it was a good one! Lynx is known to be a truly awesome race trail and Sunday’s race did not disappoint. It also happens to be one of the longest GS courses of our season, which is somewhat terrifying because it is usually our first race and the first time in GS gates for most NEMS racers. I know I was questioning my current state of mind about 45 seconds into the run which only got worse when I realized I still had almost another 30 seconds remaining. I probably should have been thinking more about setting up for that final under gate. Something I need to work on before next week I suppose. Anyways, the end result for most is usually a big smile of relief followed by the customary gasping for air. NEMS might need to look into our policy on the use of supplemental oxygen for next year.

All in all it was a fun weekend and a good start to the season. I want to extend a special merci beaucoup to our Canadian friends who made the journey down this weekend and kicked some butt in the process. We’re looking forward to seeing you at Stratton in a few weeks. I also want to give a big thank you to the entire Sunapee Race crew that put on our races this weekend. It is one thing to race in cruddy weather; it is an entirely different (and worse) thing to stand around in it all day. With that, we’re on to Middlebury and Suicide 6. See ya out there!

Thanks,

Matt Mitsis

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.

 

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