The winter of 2021-2022 was a “Great Restart” and our venues created a spectacular Eastern Cup Series despite an ongoing pandemic and a low snow year. The venues preparation, knowledgable staffs along with robust volunteers, and snowmaking systems made for a memorable season that boasted one of our largest annual participation numbers with nearly 3000 competitors. There was a beautiful blend of junior, collegiate and international skiers in our fields — which provided awesome experiences — whether athletes enjoyed their first nationally sanctioned race, or went on to represent the New England at Junior Nationals (where NE was the strongest division), or the US Ski Team in World Cup competition — and everything else in between. Eastern venues continue to raise the bar and are HUGE component to the strength of our region.
Last season two Eastern Cups were hosted in conjunction with SuperTours and one with an EISA carnival. Those balanced overlaps are always welcome, boost field size and the level of competition.
We are also hopeful that more NENSA involvement with designated Popular events will become an attractive option for venues in years they might not host an Eastern Cup. Bids for Popular races and Marathons are also open.
The East does not currently have any proposed SuperTour bids during the Eastern Cup season, although Craftsbury has a bid for SuperTour Finals at the end of March. The SuperTour schedule will be finalized at U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress in early May. Venues that might be interested in hosting a Super Tour in 2022-2023 should submit a Request for Proposal immediately.
Eastern Cup bids will be reviewed throughout the month and presented to the Athletic Development Committee (ADC) prior to NENSA’s Board Meeting the weekend of May 14th.
Please find U.S. Ski & Snowboard Congress sanctioning fees and head tax info included on the bid sheet, and additional event fee responsibilities.
We look forward to receiving your bids, and working with you throughout the year to make your event and New England’s premier races the best they can be.
Bids are due by May 2nd. Please direct questions to [email protected]