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Berkshire East Weeknight Crit-Style Series

On-line registration linked from each date below [urls tbd], all Thursdays, tied to Berkshire East night skiing schedule (skipping Presidential vacation week), subject to cancellation if course marking is necessary that day for an upcoming weekend USSMA race:

  • January 7
  • January 14
  • January 21
  • January 28
  • February 4
  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 4

The following procedures are designed to comply with Massachusetts athletic regulations (specifically, "adult amateur sports activities" for "Moderate Risk" sport "Competitions" under Phase III Step 1), with additional consultations of the guidance from the New England Nordic Ski Association and U.S. Ski & Snowboard.

Registration:

  • Join the weeknight series email list HERE [url pending], separate from the NE Rando main list.
  • Each weeknight race requires a separate registration, $10 per night, open on-line until 5pm the day of the race, plus $tbd for a resort uphill pass.
  • Before registering for any nights, forward to the Series director proof of your flu vaccination.
  • All racers must reside in a white-colored state as depicted HERE.
  • Field size limited to 25 racers.
Refunds if:
  • Entire race is cancelled (whether on account of weather forecast, snowpack conditions, night skiing operations, or any other reason). 
  • Your state of residency is removed from the MA cleared-to-travel list at any point in between the time of your race registration and the race date.
  • The race director cancels your race registration because your residency is no longer on the cleared-to-travel list effective for the day of the race. 
  • You fail to clear the on-line symptom checker the date of the race, then email a screen capture of the failure before the start time, and follow up with proof of a subsequent covid test by the following day (regardless of the eventual result).
Credits only if any of the following for registration cancellation by 5pm the day of the race:
  • Race registration has not reached its 25-racer capacity limit.
  • Your cancellation occurs in time for another racer to get off the waiting list and take your slot.

Always:

  • Before, during, and after the race, you must always maintain a distance of AT LEAST TWO SKI LENGTHS from all other racers, whether front-to-back or side-to-side.  (Only exception is with another household member.)
  • In addition to the mask on your face at the start (and again after the race if you linger at the finish), you must have AT LEAST TWO BACK-UP MASKS (either in your clothing pockets or in your pack).
  • No spectators are allowed (beyond incidental viewing by the general skiing public).
Gear:
  • Your "mask" -- as referenced throughout this page -- must be a "respirator" style designed to meet the N95, KN95, FFP2, or similar standard.  (And no, the Outdoor Research model is NOT designed to meet this standard.)  For apparently legitimate distributors of a model that performs well in tests and that costs only 99 cents in large quantities, click HERE.
  • Must skin up on removable climbing skins on skis (160cm min length men, 150cm women) w/ full metal edges.  Prohibited = Dynafit Expedition and other AT bindings (e.g., Silvretta 300) w/o lateral release; SNS/NNN "bar" bindings; mountaineering, leather tele, or nordic boots; snowshoes.
  • Must wear a helmet, certified for ski or climb (or both), at all times, both ascents & descents.
  • Must have a solid white light on the front of your body (for visibility by others, not for illumination) and a blinking red light on the back of your body (like on a bike).
  • No caching or ditching of gear that you use during the race.

Before:

  • Before you depart for Berkshire East, complete the on-line symptom checker, be cleared by the checker, and then email the screen capture to the race director 
  • Whenever you are in the start area before the race, you must ALWAYS wear a mask, regardless of your distance from other racers, and regardless of whether any other racers are currently in the start area.
  • At 6:00pm, you must be at the start, which is the just above the skinner's immediate left of the base for the Wilderness Peak quad, 100% ready to race.
  • Any in-person pre-race briefing will take place at this time, but any necessary updates will probably go out as an email to the weeknight-specific SkiReg email list immediately before the start, so continue monitoring your email up to the 6:00 start area assembly!
  • Given all of the above, at exactly 6:00 we will most likely have an announcement of "Ten seconds, racers ready, five seconds, three, two, one, GO!"
During:
  • Ascent route is skinner's far right of the Exhibition slope.
  • When trailing other racers during the ascents (whether on skis during the skintrack, or on foot during the bootpack), you must stay at least two ski lengths behind the racer in front of you.
  • If passing, you must keep at least two ski widths to the side of the racer being passed, and verbally convey your intentions to pass.
  • If a racer is gaining on you, practice sportsmanship (not gamesmanship!) by communicating appropriately and/or pulling off to the side so as to facilitate an inevitable pass.
  • You can remove your mask for the rest of the race once you pass chair tower #7 -- look for the PINK flagging.
  • Continue skinning up to reach a cluster of RED wands and/or flagging at chair tower #8, unless the ungroomed natural snow there is not skinnable/skiable, in which case the wands and/or flagging will be even with chair tower #8 yet located at the slope's groomed edge.
  • Above the wands and/or flagging (for max ~436' vertical), remove skins, stashing them either in your clothing or (optional) pack (but not just holding onto them), maintaining your distance of two ski lengths from other racers.
  • Ski down Exhibition, making turns, standing up (i.e., no alpine racing elbows-in-front-of-knees, no arms-behind-back), staying within ski patrol speed limits.
  • Slow down as you approach the base (no dramatic "hockey" stops!), then transition to skinning at the same location as the start, once again maintaining your distance of two ski lengths from other racers.
  • No on-foot hiking, walking, booting, climbing, snowshoeing: all travel is on skis (or snowboard), both ascents & descents, i.e., if skis off, you're stationary at a transition area (or you crashed…).
Conclusion:
  • The deadline to start the ski>skin transition for your final lap is 7:00.
  • Once you have finished the race, make note of your number of laps and finish time (to serve as a tiebreaker among racers with the same number of laps), preferably recording on your watch or phone to upload to Strava (all free!) so you can focus on skinning and skiing (with transitions in between too of course).
  • If you linger in the finish area beyond the second or so necessary to stop your watch before skiing away, then you must put your mask back on and keep it on whenever in the finish area, regardless of your distance from other racers, and regardless of whether any other racers are currently in the finish area.
  • Prizes will be shipped out at the conclusion of the season, with something for everyone, selected in order of season-long standings, as ranked by number of races attended, with ties broken by total number of laps.