banner photo: Shenendehowa 2018 - 19 Varsity team members at Gore.
Booster Club for Shenendehowa Nordic Teams
Shenendehowa Nordic Club is the booster club for the Shenendehowa Nordic Varsity/JV and Modified ski teams – one of the largest, most successful programs in New York State!
The Shenendehowa Nordic Ski Team aims to develop student-athletes who strive for self-improvement, high-level performance and good sportsmanship. The ski team teaches all aspects of Nordic racing and seeks to develop a perennial Section 2 championship team in both boys’ and girls’ races. The team takes pride in training hard, supporting each other, and working to become more competent skiers and better athletes.
Please note that all dates and venues are subject to change.
NYSPHSAA Skiing Championships
The high school state championships for Nordic and alpine skiing will be held on Monday-Tuesday, February 25-26, 2019 at Gore Mountain in North Creek. For more information on the schedule, race results, past champions, record book and rules, visit: www.nysphsaa.org/sports/skiing
Family support is critical to the success of any student athlete at Shenendehowa and Nordic skiing is no exception. Shen Nordic are encouraged to be involved helping their young athlete reach their potential. This involves developing a full understanding of the commitment, equipment, and process of developing as a ski racer. The coaches are dedicated to making this possible. There are many opportunities to learn about waxing, equipment, training, nutrition, and the more you learn and get involved, the better for the team and your skier!
It is very important to keep aware of the weather conditions as we move into the Nordic season. Skiers practice outside everyday unless the temperature dips to a point where it has been deemed unsafe. They train in rain, snow, cold, wind and anything else winter in upstate New York has to offer. This means we must be prepared with hats, gloves, layers, and dry clothes to change into. Check the weather the night before practice or a meet so you have everything you need to keep those smiles on even when it is cold!
Many of our local high schools have cross country skiing as a varsity sport. And some middle/junior high schools now offer modified teams. Section 2 has some of the best varsity teams in the state are from the Capital Region and southern Adirondacks. Races are fast and fun to watch, especially at a premier racing venue in all of the Northeast.
Gore Mountain has invested heavily into cross country skiing and they now have a fully certified World Cup caliber course at the Ski Bowl (www.goremountain.com) in North Creek. The Gore trails feature full snowmaking capability, lights for night skiing, and a stadium type atmosphere that makes it easy to see the racers throughout the three-kilometer lap. Racing at this venue is a sight to behold and really has to been seen to be believed.
Local high schools will typically all race together with 10 to 12 schools present, and hundreds of racers skiing. High school racing takes place weekly, between December and February. Non-racers can also enjoy these awesome trails, with rentals and lesson programs available. The snowmaking capability is an added bonus in times of poor snow conditions, when you still want to get out and ski.
Camps and Clinics
Shenendehowa Nordic Club will reimburse members for cost of participation in courses and clinics up to $50 per member. These can be used for local roller ski clinics, on-snow clinics, or any other coached training program intended to improve your technique in one or more of the Nordic ski disciplines. Contact your coach or a club officer.
“Shenendehowa Nordic ski squads loaded with potential for 2015-16” in Your Clifton Park & Halfmoon (http://yourcliftonpark.com/2015/12/14/shenendehowa-nordic-ski-squads-loaded-with-potential/)
“With no snow in sight, high school ski teams get creative: School practices roll on without snow” in Times Union (https://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-local/article/With-no-snow-in-sight-high-school-ski-teams-get-6709117.php)