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Who wants NY Masters races closer to home?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
I was speaking to one of the guys at the NY masters about races in areas like Hunter, Windham, Etc.

Most of their races are in western NY and there are virtually no masters races for guy's that live downstate. The only options are traveling to western NY or New England for Sise cup races.

I mentioned the idea of a "Southern Division" or at least some closer races for people like us and want to see who else would be interested.

Johnny
post #2 of 12
AFAIK, the NY Masters schedule isn't set for the 2010 season yet, but when I ran into Jack Eisenshmidt over the summer he talked about a race at Windham this year.At the time, it looked like Swain was not going to open for 2009-2010 which has changed. If you go to the NY Masters website, you can get his email address and see what the plans are.

The problem is NY is a big state and the Catskills areas are a long way for the Buffalo/ Rochester traveler (as are the Western NY areas for you). The Central NY races at Labrador and Greek Peak might not be too bad of a hike.

C'mon up and race-its a fun, friendly group! Just hope you're not a 7-the competition is tough enough as it is now!
post #3 of 12
There is a tentative schedule posted at

http://www.ussa.org/magnoliaPublic/ussa/en/news/masters/masters_schedule.html

But the info is not posted in the NY Masters site, or in the google group yet, so it may still be in flux. 
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Why not have a NY Masters "Southern division" for people who want to race closer to home? Some of the races could overlap such as the Gore mtn races but people who live in southern NY and New Jersey could race consistently if there were two divisions. I live in Orange county and it would be easier for me to race in Vermont. I can probably get to a few of the races on their schedule, but most are simply too far.

I mentioned this to Jack Eisenshmidt and he asked me who would run it. I told him I would and i would see what kind of interest I could drum up. I planned on seeing him at the greek peak race last year and speaking to him further, but I injured my shoulder a couple of weeks before that and missed the races.

Anyway, if anyone would be interested in racing in a Southern Division (for lack of a better term) let me know and we could put a list together. Then I'll call Jack Eisenshmidt and see what we can work out. We could also call it the "Tri-State" division and have races in NY, NJ, and PA.

Thoughts folks?
post #5 of 12
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post #6 of 12
Johnny,
Looks like Jack has posted the updated NY Masters schedule on the Google website-it's at the end of a long thread. If you can't get it, PM me and I can send it to you. It's still Central and Western NY oriented, so it may be tough for you to make any races.
post #7 of 12
Looks like the schedule is  slanted towards favoring the West.   3 Western races, 2 West/Central, 3 Central, and 2 East.  My guess is more participants are from that West side of the state than the East.  Used to be that way at least, I'm not current on that though. 

It also has to do with which resorts actually want the races and lobby to get them.  Brantling is big on bringing races in, because their resort exists on it's racing efforts, but it sure is a long ways to go to ski on an ant hill.  When I was coaching there I wouldn't even bother bringing my skis and boots out of the van, I'd just walk the bump of a hill. 

Johnny, good luck organizing your Southern division.  Might be tough generating enough participation to interest a resort in hosting events.  Do you have local beer league racing you could promote it too?  In the West many of the Masters participants also do those races too. 
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 
If  anyone knows of any beer league racing in the souther/eastern portion of NYS let me know.

I would love to have a southern division that could race at some of the ski areas in NY, NJ, and PA.

Doesn't seem to be enough interest.
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by johnnysdg View Post

If  anyone knows of any beer league racing in the souther/eastern portion of NYS let me know.

I would love to have a southern division that could race at some of the ski areas in NY, NJ, and PA.

Doesn't seem to be enough interest.
 

ASRA has 3 events within 2 hours of NYC this year- two days at Elk, two days at Belleayre, and the finals, three days at Belleayre. Contact me for any additional info. It's a great group with some good skiers.
post #10 of 12
 The races at Lab, Togg, and Greek are not as far away as you might think.  Closer than Gore or southern VT.  Togg probably similar to mt snow in drive time.

Hunter isn't even hosting a J1 USSA event and Windham just 1 GS race.  Sounds like ASRA would be the way to go.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
The ASRA sound perfect.
I live in Orange County do the locations are good.

Thanks!
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Proneax View Post

 The races at Lab, Togg, and Greek are not as far away as you might think.  Closer than Gore or southern VT.  Togg probably similar to mt snow in drive time.

Hunter isn't even hosting a J1 USSA event and Windham just 1 GS race.  Sounds like ASRA would be the way to go.

Yeah, no Rip's Spring Open this year. I love that event. About 200 J3's looking for their first points and my old ass. Obviously since I moved this summer it'd be unlikely that I'd be there anyways.
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