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The NYSEF Junior Nordic Team posing in front of their freshly wrapped trailer during the Harry Eldridge races at Gore

Hovey Recap


NYSEF hosted the annual Hovey Memorial GS race on Sunday, January 5 at Whiteface Mountain. The names of the top U14 male/female athletes will be engraved on the prestigious Hovey plaque which lives in the NYSEF Building at Whiteface. Congratulations to U14’s Emma Poisson (NYSEF-WF) and Lincoln Norfolk (NYSEF-WF) on your victories! Photos and results can be found here.

Nordic Adventures in the ADK


The NYSEF Nordic squad finally found where the snow has been hiding: Paul Smith's College! The team had an amazing distance training day at the Visitor Interpretive Center trails, located on campus. “It was a winter wonderland with amazing classic tracks and one tricky downhill corner on the Esker Ski Trail, which took out ALMOST ALL of our team!” reports Assistant XC Coach, Stemp. The some of the Junior Team is recovering from a long week at US XC Championships in Houghton, MI while Van Ledger is off at the Youth Winter Olympic representing the USA in Biathlon!

Belleayre Rail Jam


With NYSEF Freeride athletes raring to go, the USASA Catskills Division opened up the winter competition season with Rail Jam events at Belleayre and Windham. Congrats to all the athletes who competed and thank you to the coaches, staff and USASA Catskills crew for putting on a great event! More information on the event, including results and photos can be found here.

Happenings at Gore

From Program Director, Rich Burnley: The season at Gore started off very strong, with ample natural snow and great snow-making temps… then Mother Nature got grumpy. Even with the lack of snow, we were able to get our Holiday SL race in and hosted a field of over 150 athletes. Over the last month, our athletes got some great training space on Wild Air, where the Nor-Am X event will be taking place in February. Read Rich's full new year's update here.

10K Match: Dare To Dream Scholarship

Nordic ski action at the Harry Eldridge races in North Creek NY, Dec 22, 2019. photo by Nancie Battaglia

During the Chairman's Holiday Party, The Black Rock Foundation challenged the party guests to a $10,000 match to support the Dare To Dream Scholarship Fund. THANKS to the support of the greater NYSEF community, we were able to make the match in the new year. Last season, NYSEF awarded a total of $115,000 in scholarship and we plan on expanding our support to the upcoming generation next year.

Meet new freeski Coach: Gavin Fritz

NYSEF is excited to announce the hiring of Gavin Fritz as our on full-time on-snow Freeski Coach at Whiteface. Gavin will work closely with NYSEF’s elite park skiers, preparing training and competition plans for their success. Gavin, a NYSEF Winter Term alum, is “excited to learn from the seasoned NYSEF coaches and to maintain the values of the program.Click here to learn more about Gavin.

NYSEF Alums Step up to support a special project

During the Chairman’s Holiday Party in December, a group of NYSEF alums collaborated to raise funds to enhance the Finish and Timing building at Whiteface. Thanks to the huge support of volunteers and staff, the building has undergone renovations over the last 2 years. With the help of alumni, we are now thrilled to add to the project with an outdoor live-timing screen. Our alumni were able to raise slightly more than half of the $8,000 the screen costs in just 2 days. Check out the alumni who stepped up here.

We are halfway there, so we encourage all to continue to spread the word!

If you are interested in joining this group of NYSEF/Northwood alums, click HERE to support the outdoor live-timing screen at Whiteface!

2008 Alumni GS at Whiteface Mountain 

Athlete of the Month: Andrew Van Slyke

Andrew Van Slyke is an 18-year old alpine athlete from Lake Placid, NY and a senior at Northwood School. Alpine skiing has been a part of Andrew’s life since he could walk, having been brought into the sport by his parents, Paul and Ingrid.

After growing 6 inches over the last 2 years, Andrew has made considerable improvements to his skiing technique. In order to become more stable on his skis, Andrew undertook an enhanced training and conditioning program to adjust to his new balance point. With the addition of coaches like Thomas Vonn, Head Men’s FIS Coach/Technical Director at NYSEF and Northwood School, Andrew was motivated to work even harder because he saw the investment and involvement his coaches put forth towards making him into a better athlete. “Coach Vonn’s willingness to help and his positive outlook on how to transfer training skills to race day simply made me work even harder,” says Andrew. Coach Vonn quickly noticed the improvement in Andrew’s skiing. “I would certainly put him in the category of most improved. Andrew’s season is just beginning and with the work he has put in-- the results will come,” says Vonn. Alex Shearer, Assistant U19 Men's Coach said, “Andrew has improved drastically over the last year. He’s committed to performing at the highest level.”

In addition to the coaching staff, Andrew mentioned his teammates as a major motivating factor. “We are good friends who just push each other to get faster every day,” he says.

When asked about goals for the year, Andrew noted, “I would like to lower my points in GS and SL and qualify for Junior Nationals and, if possible, US Nationals.” Moving forward, he plans to continue to train hard and work on skiing the steeper pitches in slalom even smoother and faster. In his off season, Andrew maintains and repairs boats at a marina on Big Moose Lake.

Next up for Andrew are speed events in Sugarloaf, Maine.


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NYSEF partnered with LOCALadk Magazine to create a special ad that highlights our programs and most importantly, our coaching staff. This season, NYSEF has invested in its largest, most qualified coaching staff ever.

We are asking the NYSEF community to support our good friends at LOCALadk Magazine and LIKE their facebook page (to learn more about the beautiful Adirondack region where some of us live, where and play)!

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Save the Date

Gore Yurt Party: January 25

Join us for a family reception to celebrate the season! There will be complimentary wine and beer plus light snacks! This event is generously hosted by the Flanigan Family (Alison Flanigan and John Flanigan) and NYSEF Nordic! More details can be found here.

Maddie Phaneuf

Did you know? NYSEF athlete Maddie Phaneuf is off racing on the Biathlon IBU circuit! A step down from the World Cup, Maddie has been training and competing alongside fellow US Biathlon Team members and hopes to earn World Cup starting rights. Next up are the IBU Cup races in Slovakia! Go Maddie!

NYSEF Nordic gets first tracks

NYSEF Nordic athlete Tate Frantz (pictured above) officially got FIRST TRACKS on the freshly renovated K-120 meter at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumps on Thursday, January 9! Thanks, as always, to our friends at ORDA and the State of New York for providing us with truly world-class venues!

Other Important dates

more events will be added throughout the season

January 20: USASA BX/SX Competition- Gore

January 24-25: USASA BX.SX and Slopestyle Competition- Belleayre

January 25: Gore Yurt Party at becksTAVERN- Social

January 31-February 1: Empire State Winter Games

February 2: Excelsior Cup SG- Gore

February 3-7: Hole Shot Revolution Tour- Gore

February 8-9: Masters GS/SL- Belleayre

March 9-14: USCSA Nationals- Gore/Whiteface

June 9: Annual Golf Open-Social

August 22: Summer Benefit - Social