Cross Country

In addition to being a popular wintertime 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.

Improve your form and climb the competition ladder with the US Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA), which offers numerous opportunities and clubs to get involved with and compete through. These USSA clubs are the primary starting point for most aspiring athletes.

For more information on cross country skiing, contact Larry Wilkinson at xc@eswgames.com

2018 Empire State Winter Games Cross Country Skiing  Schedule of Events

(please note: due to weather and snow conditions it may be necessary to make last minute changes to these events - stay informed at www.empirestatewintergames.com) 

This unique event will challenge skiers of all levels and abilities and will be used to determine overall Empire State Winter Games Cross Country Ski Champions.

Skiers will have the opportunity to ski in up to three events over the ESWG’s weekend.  Skiers who compete in any or all of these events will have the opportunity to be named NYSSRA Nordic/ESWG TourNADO World Champions of the Empire State!   Skiers do not have to compete in all three events to be eligible for The overall award, but they must compete in Sundays final race.  The sum of any and all NYSSRA points scored during this weekend celebration of ski racing will be used to determine overall awards.  Of course, the more events one completes, the greater the chance of becoming a NYSSRA Nordic/ESWG TourNADO Champion!

Date Friday Feb. 2, 2018: ESWG TourNADO Prologue:  Scheduled to be held under the lights at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center in the Town of Saranac Lake, NY.  Skiers will compete in a 2.5 km Freestyle Time-trial.  Individual ESWG medals for the top three in all divisions will be awarded for this event.  Skiers will score NYSSRA points for this event.

  • 6:00 PM Bib Pickup
  • 7:00 PM Dual Starts
  • 8:00 PM Awards or immediately following
  • Top 8 Men and Women named for Saturdays sprint championships

Date Saturday Feb. 3, 2018:.  20 km Freestyle For all U18 and older, 5 km Freestyle for U14/U16.  This race is scheduled to be held at Mt Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Stadium.  Individual ESG medals for the top three in all age divisions will be awarded for this event.

  • 12 Noon Bib Pickup
  • 1:00 PM Mass Start by distance
  • Awards to follow

Date Saturday Feb. 3, 2018: A short approx. 2 lap 200 meter Freestyle Sprint Finals at 4pm Mt Van Hoevenberg Cross Country Stadium- Edge of parking lot (any changes will be announced at Fridays race).  Skiers qualify at Friday nights prologue at Dewey Mountain.  Top 8 men and top 8 women (overall based on times - no age classes) will qualify to compete in this event.  NOTE: Since it is important that the qualified skiers show up to compete in the sprint finals, Selected skiers will be asked to confirm their participation following the awards at Friday nights prologue.  Spots vacated by the top 8 will be awarded to the next skiers based on time.    

  • 3:45 pm sign in
  • 4:00 pm XC Sprint championship start
    • Men's semi-final 1 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
    • Women's semi-final 1 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
    • Men's semi-final 2 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
    • Women's semi-final 2 (4 skiers top 2 advance)
    • Men's final
    • Women's final
  • Awards  to follow

Date Sunday Feb. 4, 2018: ESWG TourNADO Championship Finale:  A 7.5 km Classical for U18 and Older age classes, and a 5 km Classical for U14/U16 skiers.  This race is scheduled to be held at Mount Van Hoevenberg Biathlon Stadium and will be used as the Tour finale.  ESWG medals for the top three in all age divisions will be awarded for this event. Skiers will score NYSSRA points for this event.

  • 12 Noon Bib Pickup
  • 1:00 PM Interval Start
  • Awards to follow

NYSSRA Nordic/ESWG TourNADO Champions:  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. www.empirestatewintergames.com

Deadline for registering: 3pm Jan 30, 2018.  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, 2017. Top three for the individual races and top one for the Tour-Nado Champions. Age class definitions can be found here.

Qualifying:  This Race is open to any skier at least 12 years of age as of Dec 31st 2017.

*All schedules are subject to change

REGISTRATION FEES

  • Scholastic: $50
  • Masters: $75

QUALIFICATIONS

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 olds are now U20 (formerly OJ), 16-17 year olds 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,  2017 Year of Birth
     
SCHOLASTIC DIVISIONS
U14
12 or 13 2004 - 2005
U16 14 or 15 2002 - 2003
U18 16 or 17 2000 -2001
U20 18 or 19 1999 - 1998
MASTERS DIVISIONS
Sr
20 - 29 1988 - 1997
M1 30 -34 1983 - 1987
M2 35 - 39 1978 - 1982
M3 40 - 44 1973 - 1977
M4 45 - 49 1968 - 1972
M5 50 - 54 1963 - 1967
M6 55 - 59 1958 - 1962
M7 60 - 64 1953- 1957
M8 65 - 69 1948 - 1952
M9 70 - 74 1943 - 1947
M10 75 - 79 1938 - 1942
M11 80 - 84 1933 - 1937
M12 85+ 1932 and earlier

This race is open to any skier at least 12 years of age as of Dec 31, 2017.

NYSSRA Nordic/ESWG TourNADO Champions

The top Male and Female Skier from each USSA defined age division who competes 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.