Hello, December!

Update from Executive Director, John Norton

As we gear up for the season, I am thrilled with the advancements our organization has made this year. We have hired talented staff, expanded our reach with the addition of the Belleayre program and we continue to gain more athletes locally in the Adirondacks. We celebrated the creation of the NYSEF Hall Of Fame by recognizing our 'Founding Fathers and Mother' (pictured) this summer at the Summer Benefit.

Since 1973, we have offered individuals the opportunity to train and compete at the highest level in New York State. NYSEF provides the supportive environment for athletes that are willing to work hard to reach their dreams. Many of you know exactly what I am talking about and have experienced this. The setting of the Olympic venues and our highly qualified coaching staff set our community apart. Whether a youngster is putting on skis for the first time or a seasoned competitor is traveling the world, we live up to our mission by providing the framework for them to flourish.

From where it all started in the intimate structure in the Whiteface parking lot to several training facilities around New York State, our reach is made possible because of the support from the entire NYSEF Family.

Your commitment to NYSEF, whether of time, talent or financial contribution continues to make a difference.

Founding Fathers and Mother of NYSEF


At the DEC Meeting on June 5, 1973.

Pictured Left to Right (Seated): Commissioner Henry L. Diamond, Senator Larry Lane, Ron MacKenzie, Gerry Buyce, W. John Freidlander. (Standing): Frank Spann, Faris Taylor, Robert Norton, Bruce Colon, Robert Truckenbrod. 


...This is how much scholarship was awarded to NYSEF athletes in the 2017-2018 season.

NYSEF funded numerous athletes across all snowsport disciplines through the Dare To Dream Scholarship Fund. Support ranged from subsidizing program costs to summer training fees to special national and international competitions.

However, as program and training fees increase, NYSEF is facing growing demand for scholarship. Costs associated with winter sports are on the rise – and this has a significant impact on whether our athletes are able to continue in their respective sports.  As our athletes grow in their dedicated disciplines, the demand for more competition and need for travel also increases.

Click here for our donor acknowledgement report.

Hear from our scholarship recipients !


"Not only has NYSEF developed my skiing, it has also provided me with a setting where I feel supported and cared for by my teammates and coaches. For me, NYSEF is much more than a ski program."

- Madison Kostoss, Alpine

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"“Being a part of the NYSEF community has enabled me to travel across the country and find a career path.  The financial support of NYSEF not only allowed me to pursue my dreams, but it also gave me opportunities to learn the skills and values I needed to excel personally and professionally.”

- Jackson Deeney, Freeride

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"I feel extremely proud and happy everyday that I get to train with NYSEF. Because of the generous support from NYSEF, I am given amazing opportunities to continue my love and passion for Nordic Combined."

-Tate Frantz, Nordic Combined

Your gift to NYSEF ensures that athletes in our region can pursue their snowsport dreams. 

Save the Dates

Season Kickoff Event: December 14

Join NYSEF for a Season Kickoff event at the Cascade XC Center on Friday, December 14 from 6:00PM-9:00PM. There will be live music, food and enthusiastic skiers/riders ready to play in the snow. This is a KID FRIENDLY EVENT so bring your eager athletes! More information can be found here.

Chairman's Holiday Party: December 28

Please join NYSEF for our annual Chairman’s Holiday Party on Friday, December 28 from 6:30PM- 9:30PM at the Harden Residence. The event will feature food from Solitude Catering and they are in the business to satisfy all taste buds! 100% of event registrations, sponsorship and additional giving at the event goes into the Dare To Dream Scholarship Fund. Details on the event, childcare and sponsorship can be found here.

Hovey Family Reception: January 5

Join NYSEF for a special reception on Saturday, January 5! The Parent and Family Reception will feature heavy appetizers and a cash bar.

The Athlete and Children Reception will feature pizza, soft drinks and games! NYSEF will provide supervision and childcare.

Registration can be found here.

Other Important dates

more events will be added throughout the season

December 14: NYSEF Seasn Kickoff Party at Cascade XC Ski Center- Social

December 15: Gore Ski Club Mixer at Gore Mountain- Social

December 15: Warren Miller Film at the Lake Placid Center of the Arts- Social

December 15: NYSEF GS Opener at Whiteface Mountain

December 16: NYSEF SL Opener at Gore Mountain

December 16: NYSEF Season XC Opener at Mt Van Hoevenberg

December 18-21: Men's FIS Series at Whiteface Mountain

December 22: Belleayre Parent Information Session at Belleayre Mountain- Social

December 28: Chairman's Holiday Party at the Harden Residence- Social

December 29: NYSEF Ski Jump at Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

December 29: Belleayre Holiday Potlock at Belleayre Mountain-Social

January 4: NYSEF Day at Emma's Lake Placid Creamery- Social

January 5-6: Hovey Race & Family Reception at the High Peaks Resort-Social

January 7-9: International Children's Games

January 11-12: SLU Carnival at Whiteface Mountain

January 26: Nordic Family Reception at the Flanigan Residence- Social

January 25-27: Lake Placid SuperTour (XC)

January 25-27: USCSA Clarkson Carnival at Whiteface Mountain

January 27: USASA SX/BX at Whiteface Mountain

January 31-February 3: Empire State Games

February 10: Ormsby Scholarship Dinner at the Salt of the Earth Bistro- Social

February 23: NYSEF-Gore Fundraiser at becksTAVERN- Social

June 9: Annual Golf Open-Social

August 24: Summer Benefit - Social