2014 National Masters
Information about the NM2015 to be held in Craftbury, Vermont January 30-February 1, 2015 will be posted on xcskiworld.com in coming months. All members of American XC Skiers will have the first word via the annual Spring Digest publication. Join AXCS today to be sure to stay on top of all masters news and information -- and to also annually support the National Masters effort!
Special NM2014 Lodging Offers!
In addition to the offers above, NM2014 Organizers have a selection of private home and rooming offers with local XC enthusiasts. Please contact the NM2014 Organizers for additional information.
The Great White North Awaits!
In March 2014 masters from throughout the U.S.A. will take on the famous Kincaid Park trails in beautiful Anchorage, Alaska as the 2014 AXCS National Masters Championships returns to the Great White North: February 27 - March 2, 2014.
Plans are still tentative, but what is known thus far is that the 2014 AXCS National Masters will consist of a 10km classic (all classes) on either Thursday, February 27 or Friday, February 28. The annual ceremonial start to the famous Iditarod sled dog race will take place on Saturday, March 1 along with the annual pre-Tour marathon festivities.
Then on Sunday, March 2 the "big one" arrives in the form of the 2014 Tour of Anchorage. As with previous AXCS "overlay" National Masters, the Tour of Anchorage will take place precisely as it traditionally is held with the same course, same start process, same awards, etc.. The only difference in 2014 is that age group champions will be recognized as the 2014 distance freestyle National Masters Champions (you can hear the cheering and applause now can't you?).
The Tour of Anchorage utilizes three distances (50km, 40km, 27km) with an announcement coming in Spring 2013 as to the official distances recognized for the 2014 National Masters in each age/gender category. Skiers are always free to ski any distance they like as in any other Tour of Anchorage year, but only the official distances will have the attached title of "National Masters Championship" along with being eligible for 2014 U.S. Masters Team scoring.
The Tour of Anchorage offers an overall downhill "point to point" course which traverses the wilderness of Hillside Park, then enters a series of trails through the residential and city environment, eventually joining with the Cook Inlet Coastal Trail followed by a final climb up the bluffs to Kincaid Park and the finish. Along the route are spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, Cook Inlet and in the distance...magnificent Denali (Mt. McKinley) itself. The Coastal Trail portion of the race is a truly unique opportunity to ski just a few meters from the Pacific Ocean.
For the purpose of U.S. Masters Team scoring, the 10km CL and official Tour of Anchorage distances will be scored in a best "2 of 2" competition.
As with past NM events held in conjunction with existing ski marathons, absolutely no special entry into the Tour of Anchorage will be required for a skier to be considered part of the NM2014. All skiers 30+ years skiing the official distance for your age/gender category will be consider "in" the NM distance freestyle. Simple as that.
No qualification or license of any kind is necessary for the AXCS National Masters...you just sign up and enjoy yourself. Guest skiers from other nations are also encouraged to take part and will be eligible for all age group awards. Under AXCS leadership, the National Masters Championships has evolved into one of those special events where skiers ranging from experts to complete novices can all participate together...and everyone has a great time.
Anchorage -- Big. Wild. Life
Anchorage is a unique, year-round destination with once-in-a-lifetime experiences, a place where young spirits and adventurous souls come to play. Step foot on a glacier, fish for king salmon, hike to a mountain vista, fly out to Mount McKinley, cruise in comfort through Prince William Sound and enjoy hip, metropolitan amenities with frontier flair. Tap into your sense of adventure!
By air you can fly direct to Anchorage from several lower 48 gateways with pricing cheaper than you'd think if you keep an eye on special sales throughout the year. Once in Anchorage, a rental car is recommended to take advantage of all the local attractions and to get to/from the main Kincaid Park venue. Numerous lodging options are available ranging from first-class hotels to rentals within minutes of both Kincaid Park and downtown. Plan to enjoy the NM2014 long weekend with a group of friends and you'll find sharing a car plus lodging to really help keep budgets in check.
The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau offers the official source for Anchorage, Alaska travel information that is well worth checking out.
Complete registration & NM2014 Info is now being posted on the NSAA local Organizing Committee website with more to be added. Be sure to save this link and check back often!
Additional updated information about the NM2013 will appear here on xcskiworld.com, in member's-only AXCS media, and/or the official local Organizing Committee website throughout 2013 and into early 2014. See you in Anchorage next winter! .