banner photo: Shen Nordic at Dewey during Empire State Games, 2017.
Join us during our free Family Moonlight Cross Country Ski evening at the Vischer Ferry Nature Preserve on Thursday evening before the full moon when snow conditions permit. Everyone is invited to participate. Bring your own ski equipment. A limited number of headlamps will be available. There will be a warm-up fire, hot drinks and marshmallows during the event. Participants will meet at the preserve’s main parking lot on Riverview Road (at the Whipple Bridge) at 7:00 pm. Possible dates include December 5, 2019; January 9, 2020, February 6… to kick off the Winter Fest; March 5; and April 2.
Family Moonlight Ski
The Town of Clifton Park, in cooperation with the Shenendehowa Nordic Club, announces its Beginner Cross Country Ski Lessons program. Classes are offered as snow conditions allow from 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm on January 2, 26, 23; February 13, 20, 27; March 12, 19, 26 at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center. All ages and families are welcome. Pre-registration is required. Register for the program is at the Office of Parks, Recreation and Community Affairs at Town Hall, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Class fee is $12 per person per session. Bring your own cross country skis. Members of the Shenendehowa Nordic Club enjoy a reduced fee and may borrow club ski equipment.
Introductory Ski Lessons
Shenendehowa Classic Ski Race
Join us for Shen Nordic’s classic ski race at Saratoga Biathlon Club on 2020 date TBA 5k, 11am: Under 16. 10k, 11am: Under 18, under 20, senior and masters. 5k, 12pm: Try-It Fun Race. 12:30pm: Bill Koch Youth Ski League (13-under) = $5 on site.
Preregistration is only $25 at link to be provided Online registration deadline: Thursday, TBA. Day of race registration, 9:30-10:30am: $30. Non-NYSSRA members are extra $5 for insurance. Volunteers needed! Contact Eric Hamilton: 518-371-7548 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Empire State Games
Shen Nordic members of all ages and ability are encouraged to participate in Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid on January 30 to February 2, 2020. Since 1980, ESWG brings together 2,000 athletes of all ages from across New York State and beyond to compete in over 30 winter sports events, including cross country skiing, adaptive cross country skiing, ski orienteering and biathlon. Click here for more information.
Nordic participants must join NYSSRA-Nordic (www.nyssranordic.org). Your first membership benefit includes reduced entry fees to competitive events as well as a host of other information on Nordic skiing in NYS. Females to compete in ski orienteering and biathlon are especially needed. For more info, talk to your coach or one of the club officers.
NYSSRA - Nordic Racing and Championship
New York State Ski Racing Association - Nordic is a grassroots organization that organizes and runs cross country ski, ski orienteering and biathlon races throughout the state, all winter long. Races vary from five to 50 kilometers, in both skate and classic techniques. Many of the races are fun, low pressure events, that see a wide variety of skill levels participate. Give one a try, they are fun, and can be addicting. More info: www.nyssranordic.org
Check out the annual HURT Mega Relay for a great introduction to racing. The Mega Relay is a six-hour relay race at Garnet Hill Lodge in North River. Bring a team of three to eight people, ski a lap, or two, or thirty, and enjoy a fun day of skiing! More info: www.skireg.com
Bill Koch Festival and Bill Thayer Ski Fest
This championship is an event the whole family can enjoy. There will be fun cross country ski races for all members, plus biathlon and ski orienteering demos, family fun relays and club challenges. The Mid-Atlantic Bill Koch Festival is a fun championship in both classic and skate techniques for those under age 13. Don’t miss it!
This year, the annual Mid-Atlantic Bill Koch Youth Ski Festival will be hosted locally by HURT Nordic (www.hurtnordicskiing.com) and the Town of Greenfield at Brookhaven Golf Course on March 9-10, 2019.
The weekend will feature fun events, covering all things Nordic. There will be fun, low-key races, a scavenger hunt on skis, and dinner Saturday night, followed by a bonfire. Come out and enjoy a weekend of skiing with the whole family, at a nearby, convenient location! More info and registration: www.skireg.com/nys-bill-koch-youth-ski-festival