Cross Country


In addition to being a popular winter time leisure activity, cross-country skiing can also be highly competitive. Divided into two techniques, classic and skate, cross-country (Nordic) skiing is known for being one of the most physically demanding, as well as enjoyable, sports.

For more information on cross-country skiing, email


Friday, February 4

  • 6:00 pm Athlete check-in and bib pickup
  • 6:30 pm 2.5k(U10/U12) Freestyle- Mass Start- Dewey Mountain Recreation Center
  • 7:00 pm 2.5k(U14 and older) Freestyle- Dual Starts – Dewey Mountain Recreation Center

Saturday, February 5

  • 12 noon Athlete check-in and bib pickup
  • 1:00 pm 5k(U14/16)/20k(u18 and older) Freestyle – mass start by distance – Mt. Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Stadium
  • 4:00 pm 200-meter Freestyle Sprint Championship Start –Mt. Van Hoevenberg location TBD. Top 8 men and women qualify at Friday’s 2.5k freestyle
    • Women’s final
    • Men’s final
    • Women’s semi-final 2 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
    • Men’s semi-final 2 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
    • Women’s semi-final 1 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
    • Men’s semi-final 1 (4 skiers top 2 advance)

Sunday, February 6

  • 12 noon Athlete check-in and bib pickup
  • 12:30pm 2.5k (U10/U12) - Classical - Mass Start
  • 1:00 pm 5k(U14/16)/7.5k(U18 and Older)- Classical  – Mt. Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Stadium

*All schedules are subject to change


  • U10/U12: $25
  • Scholastic: $50
  • Masters: $75


There are no refunds of entry fees. While registering please double check the dates of competition and qualification requirements needed to compete. In the case of a medical emergency, depending on the circumstances, a refund MAY be considered.

Any refund requests must be made in writing and sent to: Bethany Valenze Sport Director, ESWG, 2608 Main Street, Lake Placid, NY 12946


This Race is open to any skier at least 7 years of age as of Dec 31st 2019. NYSSRA uses the “U” age class system utilized by USSA. The "U" or "Under" replacing the "J" system for our competitive junior age groups. Age categories remain in two-year increments, and the classifications are the same, only the title changes. For example, 18-19-year old’s are now U20 (formerly OJ), 16-17 year old’s are U18 (formerly J1), and so on. Your age group is defined by your age as of December 31 of the race season.

Category Age as of December 31,  2020
U10 8-9
U12 10-11
U14 12-13
U16 14-15
U18 16-17
U20 18-19
20 - 29
M1 30 -34
M2 35 - 39
M3 40 - 44
M4 45 - 49
M5 50 - 54
M6 55 - 59
M7 60 - 64
M8 65 - 69
M9 70 - 74
M10 75 - 79
M11 80 - 84
M12 85+


The top Male and Female Skier From each USSA defined age division who compete in the TourNADO events will be eligible for an additional ESWG medal as Tour Champion.  Skiers will have their NYSSRA points totaled for each of the three events, cumulative total will decide the Tour Champion in each age division. Skiers must compete in Sunday’s Final to be eligible 

Registration: for the NYSSRA Nordic/ESWG TourNADO is available at the Empire State Winter Games web site.  One price and one registration covers all three cross-country skiing races.

Deadline for registering: 4 pm February 3, 2022.  There will be no late or day of registrations.

Awards: ESWG Medals will be awarded for both male and female in all USSA Age divisions beginning with U14 (age 12 as of Dec 31, 2020. Top three for the individual races and top one for the Tour-Nado Champions. Age class definitions can be found here.