2014 National Masters
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In the heart of Vermont’s unspoiled Northeast Kingdom, you’ll find some of the finest cross-country skiing in New England.
Come January, masters from throughout the U.S. will once again get to experience the incredible trails of Vermont's Craftsbury Outdoor Center as the 2015 National Masters returns to New England -- January 29-31, 2015.
Two Fantastic Races In One Long Weekend
Tentative plans have 2015 racing getting started on the afternoon of Thursday, January 29 with 10km freestyle (all categories) NM2015 individual races. An awards social will follow. Friday will feature the normal major ski marathon festivities along with pending special activities.
Then on Saturday, January 31 the classic technique Craftsbury Ski Marathon -- the largest XC ski event in the East -- takes center stage to fill out the NM2015 bill.
The 2015 Marathon will run in the traditional point to point format (for both the 50km and 25km distances) from Highland Lodge in Greensboro to Craftsbury Common via the Outdoor Center. The past several seasons have been marked by extensive work on the marathon trail now allowing organizers to feature snowcat grooming the entire route.
No special entry into the Craftsbury Ski Marathon will be required. All masters 30+ that are registered in the assigned Marathon distance for your age/gender category will be considered officially part of the National Masters. The 10km freestyle will require a separate entry with a nominal added fee -- complete info to be provided on the Craftsbury Ski Marathon website this summer.
All skiers are welcome to enter and ski either Craftsbury Ski Marathon distance (50 or 25km), but only the official NM2015 distances assigned for each gender category will count towards National Masters titles and/or the U.S. Masters XC Ski Team designation. Normal Craftsbury Ski Marathon awards for top three age/gender finishers will also double as the NM2015 awards in the marathon finale as well.
The AXCS Board of Directors has previously voted on and approved the following as the "official" NM2015 distance races:
-- 50km: Female skiers 30-59 years (F1-F6)
-- 50km: Male skiers 30-59 years (M1-M6)
-- 25km: Female skiers 60+ years (F7+)
-- 25km: Male skiers 60+ years (F7+)
Getting To Craftsbury & Lodging
Located in the Northeastern region of Vermont south of the Canadian border, Craftsbury is roughly 90 minutes from the Burlington, VT airport with daily connections nationwide.
Shuttles can be arranged for skiers staying at the resort, but rental cars are the most likely option for skiers flying to the NM2015. Lodging options nearest the race venue tend to book up rapidly so you will not want to wait to secure a place.
Lodging is available both at Craftsbury itself as well as nearby areas such as Stowe, Vermont. Host housing was offered for the NM2010 here and options may be possible this season as well.
Where can I find more info and registration?
NM2015 preview information will be posted on this page and www.craftsbury.com with more information coming this summer and into the fall.
Registration for the Craftsbury Ski Marathon and the NM2015 companion 10km FS event will open on-line at www.craftsbury.com effective November 1. Please note this date as it is not unusual for the CSM to sell out within 4-6 weeks of registration opening. You will want to be on your toes with NM2015 registration!
We'll see you in Vermont come January!