NENSA is proud to highlight the 2020 Eastern Cup Series after a snowy start to winter across New England!
In just three weeks the East’s premier race circuit kicks off at Sugarloaf, Maine for the first time since 2006. Sugarloaf is opening for skiing this week and excited to put on an innovative event that will honor the life of Roy Varney. The second Eastern Cup — The 2020 Lost Nation Cup — is combined with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard SuperTour Series in Craftsbury, Vermont January 25th & 26th. This unique opportunity combines the highest level regional and national series with the University of Vermont Carnival. On February 8th & 9th the Series visits Rumford, Maine for the Chisholm Eastern Cup and Bates Carnival. Again the combination of an EISA event and the top regional field ensures inspired competition. Eastern Cup Finals will be hosted in New Hampshire by the Dublin and Holderness School February 15th & 16th. On Saturday the exciting Dublin Double will offer two fast paced freestyle events with a 3km and 1.5km aimed to boost New England athletes into post season racing. The Series, including Junior National team selection concludes Sunday at the Cheri Walsh Memorial where skiers will experience the classic trails of the Holderness School.
Look forward to pre and post event press releases for these exciting events. Complete details on the Eastern Cup Series can be found on the NENSA website. Please read the updated Eastern Cup Primer below for important information regarding race details, seeding, scoring and Junior National Qualification.
Registration for all Eastern Cup races are open on SkiReg.com — before you register make sure your NENSA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships are current and you update your team/club affiliations in your NENSA profile.
Also note that Sugarloaf early registration fee ends 12/5.
We look forward to an awesome winter and seeing you on the trails soon!!
- All racers must have valid NENSA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership to race – please note a $10 daily NENSA membership is available.
- Purchase or renew your your NENSA membership here.
- Purchase or renew your U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership here.
- Foreign membership options updated (11/26/2019).
- Buy both your NENSA & U.S. Ski & Snowboard memberships early to ensure proper validation at registration.
- All EC racers will be listed in the overall race results, regardless of your U.S. Ski & Snowboard membership type ($20 general or $115 competitor). If you want to be listed on the National Ranking List (NRL), and be ranked for New England Junior National team (best 4 races for both U16 and U18/U20) you need to purchase a U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitors membership.
- You can upgrade to a U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitors license later in the season (points may not retroactively apply to previous races).
- Each Eastern Cup has a Virtual Team Captain’s Meeting (VTCM) an information page for updates: on venue, times changes, and important racer/coach information.
- Registration will close at 5pm on the Wednesday before each Eastern Cup weekend.
- Seed lists will be posted on Thursday (using points from the current NRL / FIS lists)
- Start lists will be posted on Friday by 6pm for Saturday and Sunday races.
- Final Eastern Cup race results can be found here. Live results links will be made available on the EC event pages.
- All Eastern Cup races will be scored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and updated to the NRL. Races marked as (FIS/NRL) are also scored by FIS.
- NRL and FIS listing dates can be found in the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Competition Guide.
- SEEDING: All racers will be seeded by their best of either, U.S. Ski & Snowboard or FIS points. If you have a US Ski & Snowboard general membership, or have 990 points you will be seeded randomly at the end of the field.
- U18/U20 JN qualifying: Best 4 EC and/or OOR races.
- U16 JN qualifying: Best 4 EC races, and no OOR races using SuperTour Scoring (see page 26).
~Best single finish in a selection race
~Second best single finish in a selection race
~Third best single finish in a selection race
~Fourth best single finish in a selection race
Note: All U16 races at NENSA Eastern Cups are scored; for sprints, the final results for the top 12 come from the heats/finals, and from the qualifying for places 13 and higher.
Note: distances and techniques are listed here as scheduled. If conditions mandate changes to distance/technique, the race that is held will be scored.
2019-2020 Races Scored to the NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists:
NENSA Eastern Cup Series Races:
Sugarloaf Eastern Cup Opener – EC WEEKEND #1
Hosted by the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center (NRL)
December 21-22, 2019
Saturday December 21 – Free Sprint (1.5km)
Sunday December 22 – Classic (5km U16 and women / 10km men and Citizen)
The Lost Nation Cup: Craftsbury Super Tour / UVM Carnival & Eastern Cup – EC WEEKEND #2
Hosted by the Craftsbury Outdoor Center – (FIS/NRL)
January 25-26, 2020 (ST Classic Sprint only 1/24)
Saturday January 25 – Free Interval (5km U16 & Women / 10km Men and Citizen)
Sunday January 26 – Classic Mass Start (5km U16 / 10km Women / 15km Men)
Chisholm Eastern Cup / Bates Carnival – EC WEEKEND #3
Black Mountain Ski Resort, Maine
Hosted by the Chisholm Ski Club (NRL)
February 8-9, 2020
Friday February 7 – Please note Bates Carnival races in AM – Official Training 1-4pm
Saturday February 8 – Free (5km U16 and Women / 10km Men)
Sunday February 9 – Classic Sprint (1.2km)
Dublin Double Eastern Cup – EC Finals
DAY ONE – Dublin, New Hampshire
Hosted by Dublin School (NRL)
Saturday February 15, 2020 – Skate Interval Start Prologue (3km all skiers) followed by a Skate Sprint Prologue (1.5km all skiers)
Cheri Walsh Memorial Eastern Cup – EC Finals
DAY TWO – Holderness, New Hampshire
Hosted by the Holderness School Nordic Club (NRL)
Sunday February 16, 2020 – Classic Interval Start (5km U16 / 10km Women and Men)
Out-of-Region Races for 2019-20 season:
US National Championships Michigan Tech Nordic Center – Houghton, Michigan (U18/U20’s only):
Thursday January 2: Freestyle Sprint 1.4km*
Friday January 3: Freestyle 10/15km
Sunday January 5: Classic Mass Start 7.5/10km
Please note the final Sprint on 1/7/20 of US Nationals is not scored to JNQ Ranking List.
*US Nationals races will be scored to the NENSA JNQ Ranking Lists using U.S. Ski & Snowboard points for U18 & U20’s (sprint re-scored with distance points). An athlete must be a U.S. Ski & Snowboard competitor member to compete at the US National Championships.
THERE ARE NO OOR RACES for U16’s
6. Eastern Cup Scoring:
All Eastern Cup races are scored by U.S. Ski & Snowboard to the National Ranking List (NRL), usually by no later then the Thursday after the race weekend. NENSA ranks JNQ lists as soon as possible. Athletes with U.S. Ski & Snowboard General Memberships are not scored to the U.S. Ski & Snowboard NRL or JNQ lists. All competitors are listed in results.
To determine the overall Eastern Cup Champions (the Gallagher Cup winners) at the end of the season (one male/one female) – the best of 7 out of 9 of the Eastern Cup races are scored to determine the overall winners.
7. U.S. Ski & Snowboard Nordic Competition Guide
Further information about Race Rules.