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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


  • 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
Get instructions on how to register here!
Questions? Contact our Race Administrator, Lucy Blake

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

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 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

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.


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


The Hochgebirge Challenge

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The Hochgebirge Challenge is next Saturday, Feb. 20th. Come be a part of ski racing history at the oldest ski club race in America!! Then head over to the Hoch House for awards and the legendary apres-ski party. Entry fee is $55 which includes the lift ticket. Register now! NEMS is waiving the Short term USSA license, so there’s no excuse not to join the fun!! The sun always shines at Cannon!!


Artech Challenge Cup – Waterville GS

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Win skis from our Sponsor Artech!  Every racer at the Waterville GS race is eligible to win at the Sise Cup Finals.  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?

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Cochran’s Citizens Ski Race Training Day

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Mark George arks into the top position!

Cochran’s Clinic is on for this Friday, January 15th!

Click Here to Register Today!

When: January 15, 2016
Where: Cochran’s Ski Area (Richmond, VT)
Who: Anyone Age 18+ (email for exceptions)
Cost: $55 (ticket included) or $35 with a Cochran’s pass

Click here for more Info!

What do you get? Professional coaching by former World Cup racers & National Champions Lindy Kelley & Bob Cochran!  Instruction about your ski racing technique. GS training and optional SL training in the afternoon.  Video analysis of your training!  

Questions?  Contact Ben ( or Katie (

Allan Beck – In Memorium

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Allan Frank Beck died peacefully in Jupiter, Florida on November 5, 2015. He was born January 31, 1922 in Barre, VT and attended Spaulding High School. Allan attended Norwich University, graduated with the class of 1943 and went on to become a combat engineer with the 10th Mountain Division and fought in Italy. As a National Collegiate Ski Champion, he was the first skier inducted into the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame. After the war and erecting ski lifts with the Roebling Company Allan founded the Beck and Bellucci Construction Company gaining a reputation of excellence in the bridge building industry. He was predeceased by his wife of over 50 years, Lorraine Frattini. His loving family includes brother Norman and wife Tillie Beck, sister Joan Bertolini, daughter, Gwendy Lauritzen of Colchester, VT, son, Jesse Beck and wife Kevin Veller of Burlington, VT, grandchildren Mason and Siri Beck and special friend, Daisy Wilder of Jupiter, FL. He was blessed with many endearing friendships. His love of sports and the mountains included tennis, golf, skiing, hiking and biking. His passion for 20 years of competitive skiing on the Masters Circuit garnered 33 gold metals, 23 silver, 6 bronze and he was named 1994 Masters Champion of the year by “Ski Racing Magazine.” Allan also ran the New England Masters Division as chairman for 10 years and won the New England Masters Lifetime Achievement Award. He was most proud to accept, on behalf of the 10th Mountain Division, a Congressional Record presented by Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont for their defense of the country and contribution to skiing. Memorial Celebrations will be held in Florida and Vermont at a later date.

Photo of Allan Beck

Larry Voelker Celebration of Life

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There will be a celebration of life for Larry Voelker and it will be held at the Country Club of Pittsfield on Sunday, October 25.

Jim Cook – In Memorium

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James H. Cooke (1930 – 2014)

James Henry Cooke of Marblehead, MA, 84 years old, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 12, 2014.
Born on July 5, 1930 in Lynn, MA to Theodore C. and Florence P. Cooke, Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Jane R. Cooke; their children, Theodore C. Cooke II, wife Linda Newberry Cooke and granddaughter Caitlyn Louise Cooke of Gloucester, MA; David S. Cooke, wife Lynn Hollis Cooke and grandsons Thomas J. Cooke and Daniel B. Cooke of Harvard, MA; Martha Cooke Somach, husband Stephen Somach, grandson David Somach and granddaughter Sara Somach of Shaker Heights, OH; Russell J. Cooke, wife Margaret Coakley Cooke and grandsons Gregory James Cooke and Michael Russell Cooke of Newington, NH; brother Phillips C. Cooke and his wife Sally S. Cooke (predeceased) of Marblehead, MA; sister Nancy Cooke Latta and her husband Robert Latta of Pompton Plains, NJ and many nieces and nephews.
Jim grew up in Swampscott, MA, attending prep school at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, NH. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Dartmouth College, and then moved to University of Colorado, Boulder to get a degree in Civil Engineering. As a registered Professional Engineer, Jim served as President and Treasurer of Lynn Sand and Stone Co. in Swampscott, MA, until the company was sold in 1983.
Jim was a member of a pioneer skiing family instrumental in building the Mount Gunstock Ski Hoist, the first ski tow built in New Hampshire and operated from 1935 to 1940. He competed in cross country ski and ski jump events in prep school and college, participating in the Dartmouth Outing Club where he did much mountain hiking and rock climbing. After starting a family, Jim became a member of the Mt. Sunapee Ski Club, and served as the club’s race chairman in the early 1970’s, at which time he and Jane became regulars on the Eastern / USSA Masters (Sise Cup) Alpine Racing circuit, which they continued doing well into their 70’s.
Sailing and sailboat racing was another passion for Jim. James taught power squadron courses for Marblehead Sail and Power Squadron for many years. In the 1950’s he purchased his first Town Class sailboat, then tirelessly promoted the “”Townie”” fleet ever since. He served on the Corinthian Yacht Club Race Committee starting in the 1960’s, and with Jane worked hard to keep Town Class boats out on the MRA starting line for many decades. His efforts helped fuel the recent resurgence in this one-design class.
A memorial service will be held at the Old North Church, 35 Washington Street, Marblehead on Sunday, September 21 at 3PM. Please access the obituary web site below for any updates.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family requests you make a contribution to New England Ski Museum, P.O. Box 267, Franconia, NH 03580-0267 in Jim’s name.
Please visit the online guestbook at www.eustisand

Bill McGrath – In Memorium

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Dear Friends,
Sadly, Bill’s family announces his passing. It was Bill’s wish that we inform you of this in this way and that we invite you to celebrate his life with us. Details of the service and celebration are below.
With love and appreciation to his many dear friends,
Bill’s Family.
Obituary: William (Bill) Ambrose McGrath
William Ambrose McGrath, familiarly known as “Bill,” gracefully accepted the fate that awaits all of us, dying peacefully at his home in Park City, Utah surrounded by his loving family and close relatives on October 21, 2014. In what can only be described as an untimely death due to complications from colon cancer, he was two weeks short of his 50th birthday.
Known for his many achievements in athletics and engineering, and his extraordinary sense of humor, Bill was born in Hanover, New Hampshire on November 4, 1964, just across the Connecticut River from his home in Norwich, Vermont. After attending Norwich and Hanover schools, he enrolled at the University of Vermont in Burlington where in 1988 he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering and graduated Cum Laude. While an undergraduate, Bill was a star of the Track and Field team, posting many records for running including the 1,500-meter event, which stands unrivaled to this day. As a testament to his athletic and academic prowess, Bill was the recipient of the prestigious Wasson Athletic Prize, which is awarded to a senior male (and female) student-athlete who has demonstrated a high level of athletic achievement and has maintained the highest standard of academic scholarship.
Upon graduation, Bill pursued a number of engineering and teaching positions. He worked for a prominent engineering firm in Boston, where he also ran professionally; he built a state-of-the-art water treatment plant in Sarasota, Florida; and he taught chemistry at Burke Mountain Academy in Lyndonville, Vermont. Bill returned to the University of Vermont and in 1997 earned a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering.
Shortly after earning his graduate degree, Bill married Darci Thompson, a native of Golden, British Columbia, Canada who was working in the United States as a nurse. The couple eventually moved to Park City, Utah where they acquired a beautiful home in proximity to an active ranch. From this home, they enjoyed spectacular views of the Wasatch mountain range and the Park City Mountain resort. Darci and Bill shared a deep passion for the mountains and wilderness and enjoyed a rich, adventurous outdoor life with their family in Utah.
Bill and Darci have two sons, Scott, 15 and Reese, 13. Bill was deeply and joyfully committed as a father and was wildly successful in this role. He brought his broad and humorous world-view to the education of his children. He was the patient teacher, the wise mentor, always the facilitator, the advocate, the coach, and the greatest fan of his boys. His enthusiasm for his boys’ athletics helped them excel in hundreds of hockey and soccer games, swim meets and ski races. He was tirelessly playful, endlessly adventurous and always so much fun. His complete devotion to Scott and Reese has poised them well for the next stages of their lives and his paternal legacy will usher them successfully into adulthood.
In his adult years, Bill enjoyed outstanding success and notoriety as a masters’ ski racer. Dueling with his friend and long time rival Tyler Palmer, Bill won the New England Sise Cup championship on several occasions. After moving to Park City, Bill became known as “The Sheriff” for his dominance of the Intermountain Masters’ ski racing circuit. Always a strong ski racer, Bill impressed his fellow competitors with his strength and elegance on the slopes.
In Park City, Bill was a smart, ambitious, and well-respected professional. Under his leadership, several grand hotels in Park City Mountain Resort, Deer Valley and The Canyons were built. His deluxe hotel for Marriott at the base of the Park City ski lifts was brought in on time for the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002. Today, these elegant edifices stand as some of the most impressive hotel/condominiums in any American ski resort.
One of Bill’s significant contributions to the Park City community, and one he was most proud of, was his involvement with the Summit Ski Team, where he advocated growing the club as a family and community based organization, touching many lives.
Amiable and angular, Bill had the perfect build and temperament to excel at track and field and ski racing, to mentor junior ski racers, and to genuinely touch the lives of those who were fortunate enough to know him. His legacy is embodied in his family and his many friendships in New England and the Intermountain West.
Bill is survived by his wife Darci, his two sons Scott and Reese, as well as his mother Susan Morgan of Bozeman, Montana, his father Robert of Washington D. C. and his siblings Felix of Oslo, Norway, Rob of Manchester Center, Vermont and his sister Swithin of Bozeman, Montana. He will be greatly missed by his closest and dearest relatives, by his loyal dog Bugsy and devoted cat Buzz, and by his many friends and admirers.
A non-denominational Memorial Service will be held in Park City at the Temple Har Shalom on November 1, 2014, at 4:00. A celebration of Bill’s life will follow the service. (Address: 3700 N Brookside Ct, Park City, UT 84060). Donations may be made to the Bill McGrath Memorial Fund, Youth Sports Alliance, P.O. Box 681698, Park City, Utah 84068.

Rod Taylor – In Memorium

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Rod Taylor: A memorial written by his dear friend Sara Sherter

Rod Taylor sustained a sudden and fatal heart attack on July 5th at his beloved Woodbury Ski Area in CT.

An enthusiastic and flamboyant supporter of Masters Ski Racing, Rod battled his way down Masters’ race courses for almost two decades, consistently medaling in both SL and DH at Regionals and Nationals.

A world-class athlete, he occupied a spot on the US A-team from 1968 to 1971, racing World Cup along with the likes of Tyler Palmer and Hank Kashiwa. He was named US Downhill Champion and won Aspen’s famed Roche Cup in 1970. Rod went on to race on the World Pro Skiing circuit at its highest point, competing against Bobby Cochran, Otto Tsuchdi, Henri Duvillard, and his best pal; Spider Sabich.

In a pile of photos and press clippings I found a candid polaroid signed: “Rod – To the most exciting person I know – Jean-Claude Killy”.

Rod came to ski racing late, but his first race is legend. He tore up a sheet, sewed white stripes down the sides of some black stretch pants, grabbed his skis and a football helmet and hitchhiked to Cannon Mountain. Running with bib number 200-and-something, he came in 11th. The result was noted by a scout and on Rod went to the US team; three years later he was running in the Hahnenkamm.

Everything about Rod was BIG; big guy, big ego, big dreams, big competitive streak, big optimism, big, (sometimes questionable) outfits, big talent, big mouth, big innovator, big presence, but mostly big heart. He loved to promote, mentor and encourage skiing on every level.

At Masters’ races Rod would always drop by the women’s start often in a zebra speed suit, and cheer us on with his trademark “Let’s go Big Timer!” In his own races he went crazy fast, approaching each course with glee and great gusto.

Being organized was never a concern for Rod. He thought nothing of jumping on a plane to head to Nationals without having skied all season. He would charge into a parking lot at a race, stuff falling out of his vehicle, and slam his dangling speed suit sleeves in the car door. In the hurried trudge across the parking lot, he’d probably lose his goggles and at least one shin guard. If he forgot something important he’d make do, as long as he got his race in.

Details didn’t faze him. Twice I found his wallet lying somewhere in a starting area. Once I found his car keys, another time the key to his hotel room lying in the snow.

Rod was incredibly strong – whether muscling his way down a SL, fighting big air in a DH, flinging willing and unwilling partners across a dance floor, taking out the sidewalls of a tennis court while jumping for a shot, or urging a horse over a solid and imposing stone wall on a hunter pace, to the absolute horror of his equestrian, saintly and stoic wife Carolyn.

When he tore an Achilles heal, he opted to “let it heal on it’s own”. He was never a drinker and an ibuprofen made him dizzy.

Rod’s passion was directed towards Carolyn, (“Honey gotta get to my start- you can get down to the finish area from here, later!” – he left her teetering at the top of “Jaws of Death”), and Woodbury Ski Area.

There is hardly a ski resort in either hemisphere that hasn’t heard the voice of Rod on a chairlift saying “Hi there! Ever heard of Woodbury Ski Area?”

We never called it Woodbury Ski Area, it was simply “Rod’s Place”. Rod took every opportunity to bring fun and love of sport – any sport – to his place in the northern hills of CT.

“Woodbury, Home of Big Powder” was his standard line on an incoming call.

In the summer, at the high point, his Reggae Fests drew thousands to perch on his hill. Rod made videos of the concerts and would head into the city to sell them on 42nd Street – at night. Skateboard parks, and huge into-the-water ski jumps have beckoned high-flyers from around New England.

In the latest Woodbury brochure glamorizing the “15 runs” of the area, I was surprised he didn’t offer heli-skiing off the back bowl.

In winter, the area has been a mecca to snowboarders, boasting one of the first half-pipes, a terrain park where shovels were left on the hill to encourage jump building, and many ‘Big Air” contests. Then came expansion and tubing -12 tubing runs providing various degrees of excitement. Before Rod died, his latest addition was zip-lining, both summer and winter.

Up to 5 or 6 high school teams trained at Rod’s every ski season. Many kids made their racing “bones” on the hill at Woodbury. Masters racers were always welcome. Grab a drill, a wrench, some gates and have at it. “Oh, and this is how you turn on the lift”. A great slalom hill, there was however some competition for space in the earlier years.

At that time, anything you could wrestle to the top was a go for the descent. I was running SL once and a bicycle with studs on the tires went flying by through the adjacent half-pipe. Another time, crusty, bearded men of dubious age wearing flannel shirts, jeans, and work boots with steel scrapers riveted to the toes, scorched me as they practiced for a 90mph downhill on Flexible Flyers. Training one New Years Eve, I leaned over to wrench in a gate and felt the apparent wind created by a blue and white ticked mattress full of revelers skidding by at about 30mph.

Forty-three Masters Regional and National medals hang in the “office” at Rod’s place. When you look up that hill you can imagine Rod pummeling his way through a SL course, goggles askew and shin guards flying every which way but clocking a very fast time. He doesn’t pause at the end of the course before getting huge air off a jump, over-shooting, and landing on the flat with an ear-splitting THWACK- grinning from ear to ear.

So long Big Timer, gone too soon.

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