Sunday 12/23 – Freestyle Interval Start (5km U16 / open women / masters women; 10km men and masters men)
- Registration is CLOSED (Masters DOR for Sunday by 8am)
TOKO Wax Recommendations:
Sunday’s Freestyle race has been changed to an Interval Start with :15 second intervals due to snow conditions. After the course is closed at 8:55am only bibbed coaches can ski on course in the direction of travel. Warm up is encouraged on non-race trails. Spectators are allowed on course on foot.
Flower ceremonies will follow the finish of each race.
Skiers should arrive in the start area to get chipped 5 minutes before their starts.
If needed – Overflow parking is at Craftsbury Common and a shuttle will be running (drop off at Center).
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is excited to welcome the NENSA Eastern Cup Opener back in 2018. The Opener is an all-freestyle affair this year, with a 1.5k sprint on Saturday, December 22 and 5k mass start for women and U16 boys and a 10k mass start for men (U18+). Masters waves are back, heading off 2 minutes after the open mass start fields.
This season the Outdoor Center is hosting the U.S. Cross Country Championships two weeks after the Eastern Cup, so the Opener is serving as a dry run for two of the events coming up at the national championships. As such we are expecting larger-than-average fields for the EC Opener.
Larger field sizes and early season snow concerns necessitate plans and backup plans. The Outdoor Center is hoping for substantial early season snow, which would allow for the running of both the newly re-worked sprint course Saturday and the South 5k course on Sunday.
Looking at the schedule, racers will see the addition of a men’s and women’s masters A finals to start Saturday afternoon’s sprint heats. After the open heats (top 30 per gender), the top 12 U16s (followed by the top 12 U18/U20s) who did not make the open heats will get a chance to race semifinals and an A final.