For New England and New York high school skiers, U16 Eastern Championships and Eastern High School Championships are some of the most exciting events of the year. U16 Eastern Championships (U16s) began modestly in 1992 and has grown into one of the highlights of the season for junior athletes. U16s this year will be held at the JacksonXC in Jackson, NH on March 12-13.
Eastern High School Championships (EHSC) is the premier event for high school and prep school racers in New England and New York. Athletes qualify for both championships through state qualifying races or rankings. Each New England state and New York can bring their fastest 24 boys and girls. EHSC this year will be hosted by Titcomb Mountain in Farmington, ME on March 19-20.
In recent years we have been lucky to have guest teams from both Midwest and Great Lakes Division join us at U16s. We are very excited this year to have them joining us again at EHSC!
Qualifying events got underway over the past few weeks with Vermont and Massachusetts holding their qualifiers.
Vermont’s qualifier event was held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center on February 13th. The event featured a 3km classical race in the morning, followed by a 3km freestyle pursuit in the afternoon. Full photo gallery from Dave Priganc HERE.
Massachusetts held its qualifying race at Wahconah High School on January 24th, taking advantage of the school’s natural snow base. Their event also was a pursuit format, with a 4km classical in the morning and 5km freestyle in the afternoon.
NENSA and its partner venues are looking forward to hosting strong teams from all around the region at the Championship events in March!
For more information on the Championships please visit the links below:
Results from the Vermont, and Massachusetts qualifiers can be found below:
New Hampshire will be qualifying their athletes based on a statewide ranking system first tested last season. The system is similar to the US Ski & Snowboard National Ranking list, but is New Hampshire high school race specific. Maine will hold its qualifying race on March 5th at the Sugarloaf Nordic Center. New York has a hybrid system, where athletes can qualify through JNQs, the High School State Meet, or Empire Games results. See the links below for more info on Maine, New Hampshire, and New York qualification.