Quarry Road Opener Cancelled

There will likely be some skiable snow but because of mechanical issues during snowmaking we will be unable to host the Quarry Road Opener / NENSA Zak Cup scheduled for Saturday, December 10. 

Coaches’ Clinic December 17th

Central Maine Ski Club has arranged a one day Nordic coaching course for our volunteers and paid coaches on December 17th, through OSI, the Outdoor Sports Institute (formerly Maine Winter Sports). 

The club has offered to reimburse any coach volunteering this winter for our ski programs if they wish to take the course. Please see the links below for information and registration info. There is a minimum course size of 6, so please sign up if you are interested.
Thanks,

Chad Sisson

Central Maine Ski Club
Course information:

https://tockify.com/outdoorsi/detail/44/1481983200000

Registration Link:

https://www.cognitoforms.com/OutdoorSportInstitute2/CentralMaineSkiClubXCSkiLeaderEducationWorkshopDecember2016 

Central Maine Ski Club is excited to begin the 2016-17 ski season at Quarry Road Trails

Registration is now open at:

https://www.skireg.com/16-cmsc-club-membership

Please sign up as soon as possible so that we can communicate important dates for teams and youth program skiers. Contact Scott Beale, rsb471@gmail.com, or mobile; 301-767-7004, if you have any question about registration or the registration website.

Look for important updates on our Facebook page

CMSC is proud to announce our partnership with Outdoor Sports Institute (formerly Maine Winter Sports) to provide quality skis through their Ski Lease Program. Look to our website and FB page for updates, but plan on a sizing night December 1st, 3-6PM at 1 Post Office Square, Waterville.

Used ski equipment is also for sale through www.nensa.net and several ski sales around the state including one in Farmington on November 5, 8AM-noon at Mt. Blue HS.

Register now for the CMSC 5K Run Biathlon, Sunday November 6th. Races start at 10:30.

Contact cmmathes@colby.edu to volunteer

Register for the biathlon at 

https://www.skireg.com/cmsc-5k-trail-run-and-paintball-run-biathlon

Free, Open Cross-country Running Meet at Quarry Road Oct. 1

On Saturday, October 1, Colby College will host a free, open cross-country meet, so college athletes and members of the community can participate together.

The meet will be held at Quarry Road Trails in Waterville.

Race distances and start times are 3K (11:15 a.m.), 8K (12 p.m.), and 6K (1 p.m.).

The meet is open to all.

There is no fee to enter and registration will be onsite that day.

For more info, please contact: Eric Johnson (esjohnso@colby.edu).

Central Maine Ski Club to Host 2017 Eastern Cup at Quarry Road Trails

In addition to our planned Zak Cup event on December 10, 2016, we have been selected by NENSA to host a weekend of Eastern Cup racing January 14 and 15, 2017!

The Eastern Cup Series has been on the race calendar since the early years of NENSA, and is considered NENSA’s signature race series, offering competition for Bill Koch League, Junior, Senior and Master skiers. Eastern Cup events also serve as the Junior National Qualifier races for the New England Junior National Team.

In 2016, we hosted an Eastern Cup as part of the Bates Carnival that was moved at the last second from Rumford to our snowmaking loop.  In February of 2013 we hosted another Eastern Cup when it was moved from Bond Book in Augusta because of snow conditions.  This will be the first Eastern Cup that we’ll host with the benefit of planning ahead of time!

So… save the date to race, volunteer, or spectate at New England’s premiere Nordic ski race series!

2017 Bill Koch Festival

From NENSA:

Hello BKL Community,

I am very excited to announce that the Bethel Outing Club will be hosting the 2017 Bill Koch League Festival in Bethel Maine from March 3-5th. Make sure you book your room early near the Gould Campus where all the action will be taking place, and so you can leave your car and walk or ski to everything for the entire weekend. See the flyer below for the Bethel Inn lodging option and prices.

Check out what’s happening this summer on the NENSA calendar.  www.nensa.net

CMSC named New England Nordic Ski Association Club of the Year!

On the strength of this year’s snowmaking efforts and invitation to host events all year long, as well as their sustainable club model, growth, and investment in bringing skiing back to a community with a rich tradition, the Central Maine Ski Club in Waterville, Maine is NENSA’s 2016 Club of the Year.

Central Maine Ski Club formed in the fall of 2008, alongside the Quarry Road Recreation Area project, and established with a mission to develop and implement cross country ski programming for skiers of all ages to help create an active outdoor-oriented winter lifestyle for families in central Maine. Since that time, Central Maine Ski Club (CMSC) has grown rapidly and had an immediate impact in returning skiing to the old Colby College Ski Hill and surrounding recreational area where skiing has a rich history.

“CMSC is only one small part of an effort to develop a Nordic ski community in Central Maine based at Quarry Road Trails in Waterville,” said Chad Sisson, CMSC President. “The City of Waterville, Colby College, Friends of Quarry Road, and CMSC have worked hard over the last decade to create the trails, venue, and skier development needed to grow a great ski community. This year was significant in part because the efforts of our dedicated snowmaking crew proved so crucial to providing quality Nordic programming.”

This year marked more than one milestone for CMSC. Among them was that record snowmaking effort expended prior to the Bates College Carnival and EasternCup in mid-January.  CMSC closed out the season qualifying four skiers for NENSA’s U16 Championship – the first CMSC members to qualify for such an event. The club also enjoyed another year of growth, and could showcase their snowmaking capacity and volunteer base in two EISA carnivals – the Bates Carnival and EasternCup and the Colby Carnival, as Quarry Road is now Colby’s home course.

“We were honored this year to host a NENSA EasternCup race in addition to the Bates and Colby Carnivals, and felt rewarded by the appreciation expressed by the skiers who visited during those two weekends and skied some of our amazing trails,” Sisson continued.

As for that EasternCup/Carnival double feature weekend, Amie Smith, NENSA high performance director said, “CMSC was instrumental in salvaging the race season with the entire club rising to the occasion to pull a snowmaking all-nighter and pull off an amazing EasternCup weekend when there was no natural snow anywhere in New England. CMSC’s amazing volunteers who came together for the event represented a broad spectrum of interests, from recreational to racing, and they all showed up ready to work.”

When asked what this award means to the kids wearing the CMSC kit at events, Sisson said, “Most importantly, we want to recognize the significant positive development of our skiers of all ages at CMSC, as they increasingly are noticed for their love of the sport at competitions across the state and region.”

“That joy of skiing Chad is talking about is easy to see among the CMSC crew at big events like our Bill Koch Festival, and EasternCup races,” said NENSA executive director, Zach Stegeman. “But it is equally evident in the calendar of events CMSC is hosting every winter, and in their investment in the venue and in the club model, both of which take a long view to ensure long-term sustainability as an organization.”

“This is an enormous honor and we accept this award on behalf of a larger collaboration between the City of Waterville, Colby College, the Friends of Quarry Road, and the many skiers and volunteers in our area and the larger ski community,” concluded Sisson. “This is a fantastic way to recognize our many volunteers, groomers, coaches, race officials, local sponsors, parents, and skiers. Thank you.”

Learn more about Central Maine Ski Club, here.
Learn more about the annual NENSA Awards, here.