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The NENSA Elite Invitational will be hosted at the Trapp Family Lodge for the second year on November 3rd.  Last year's race drew an amazing field of athletes primarily from NENSA Elite and Development teams -- we had several 2018 Olympians in the field, many Junior National Champions and a World Junior Championship medalist.  The 2019 event will follow a similar invitational format -- with a goal of getting more racers to join us -- we are also looking into the potential of a citizens race earlier in the day.  Stay tuned for developments for this culminating event.

The event is designed to celebrate our amazing Eastern skiers and offer a high level competition as final preparation for the 2019 ski season. The Elite Invitational highlights successful athletes across age ranges, inspiring those in attendance, and showcasing the talent of New England skiers to a broader audience.  We aim to showcase our sport with national and international exposure.

Athletes will be seeded using USSA (or FIS) points. Final start list will be posted to on November 1.  Classic 10km Individual Start at :30 second intervals.  The ten lowest point male and female skiers in the race with use the NENSA Swenor matched ski set - racers will receive the skis now more than 30 minutes before the start.  All other skiers will use their own “training/medium/#2” speed roller skis. Helmets are required.

Notes and reminders:

Course:  We have received permission from the Town of Stowe to race on open roads.  Although we will be marshaling the entire course skiers must treat the roads with caution.  We request that all warm up takes place on Nebraska Valley Road and parking takes place at the parking lot just off Cotton Brook Road.  Please preview the remainder of the course on your way to registration by car.  Course begins with gradual downhill and flat before rolling upwards along Barrows Road and making a final climb up Luce and Trapp Hill.  The course measures 6.2 miles / 10 kilometers.

Start:  The start is at the end of Nebraska Valley Road just before it turns to dirt @4km from Cotton Brook Road.  We will have a clock and a NENSA tent set up at the line.  Look for instructions from starters there – the first racer will depart at 3:00:30pm.  A support vehicle will be posted at the start – you can leave anything you wish shuttled to the finish in the back before your start.

Course marking:  The course will be marked and the three turns will be marshaled by bibbed officials.  We will make an effort to have kilometer markings on the right hand side of the road.

Race/Overtaking Etiquette: During the race skiers should stay to the right hand side of the road as bicycle traffic. Marshals will instruct you at intersections but skiers are ultimately responsible for their safety. Use tracking etiquette when overtaking skiers and avoid skiing double for extended periods of time.

Any skier seen in violation of safety protocols during warm up or in competition will be pulled from the event.

Course Map – Please note start, finish, and warm up parking area.

Bib Pickup / Registration:  Takes place in the yurt behind the Outdoor Center. 12:30-2pm.  All competitors need to sign a day of race liability waiver (minors please make arrangements for an adult to sign ahead of time).  At registration you will be asked if you have read and understand this document.  Skiers on the Elite and Development Team will receive their Team headband at this time. You will then receive your bib, which you will return at the finish.

Post race food:  Upon returning your bib we will provide cheese, bread, apple pie and crisp to competitors in a tent outside the Bierhall.  Thank you to Cabot Cheese and Sunrise Orchards for their donations and Brie Beckwith and friends for baking!!

Parking:  As noted on the map general event parking will take place at the Outdoor Center parking lot.  Coaches are encouraged to shuttle their athletes to the Cotton Brook dirt lot several hundred feet down the road by proceeding over Trapp Hill as noted by a red line on the course map.

Water and Restrooms:  Water and restrooms will be available for athletes and coaches in the basement of the Outdoor Center – please consider supporting Outdoor Center retail space upstairs.

Trash and Recycling:  Please maintain leave no trace status and dispose of all waste properly. Thanks!

Results/Awards:  Will take place at the von Trapp Bierhall starting as close to 4:30 as possible.  We encourage athletes to attend and celebrate our top 3 overall male and female / top 3 junior male and female athletes.  Complete results will be posted at the Outdoor Center, the Bierhall and the NENSA website.  Athletes and coaches are then of course encouraged to attend the Winter Kickoff party – tickets are available on skireg or at the door.  Awards will include products from Swenor, Bliz, Swix and local vendors.

Please don't hesitate to email or call 802-345-6720 with questions.