Mountain Meisters, more ski racing series begin | Local news


CONWAY – The local ski racing leagues begin today with the 51st season of the Cranmore Mountain Meisters.

“We have around 28 to 30 teams registered, like last year,” Mountain Meisters program coordinator Kevin Hamlin said this week. “Andes Ski Shop is our reigning team champion. It’s a great way to bring the community together and have fun skiing and running every week, ”he added.

Known as Wednesday’s “World Cup” due to the high level of rivalry between the racing divisions, the series features a two-round format. Starting Wednesday, January 5, the weekly event features live music at Zip’s Pub. With the exception of February 23 (during the February holiday week), the racing series continues until March 16.

The pay-to-play recipient for weeks one and two will be the MWV Rec Path, followed by End 68 Hours of Hunger on January 19-26. Other beneficiaries include the Pope Memorial Library, February 2-9; Starting Point: Services for Victims of Family and Sexual Violence, March 2 and 9, and Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation, March 16.

The Jesse E. Lyman III Memorial Descent will take place in week 7 on February 16. For more information, call (603) 356-5543 or register at

Here’s a look at other local racing leagues:

• FRIDAY NIGHT SERIES: After its scheduled start on December 31, the fifth season of Ski the Whites in the Friday Night Lights Uphill series continues every Friday until March 18 at 7 p.m. at Black Mountain, with the exception of the 12 February. Participants in the Black Sheep Kids program are welcome to participate. Apres-ski activities are offered every week. Limited number of rentals available upon prior reservation. For more information, visit or

• KING PINE SERIES: The nine-week King Pine Pioneer racing series started on January 3 with a giant slalom and continues Monday through March 14 (except February 21, February holiday week) with races fun and party on March 21 – go to for a breakdown of giant slalom, slalom and Super GS events.

• BRETTON WOODS: The Bretton Woods TGIF Race Series is a seven week racing league for ages 10 and up. Races take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays throughout the ski season (except January 14, February 11 and February 25) starting January 7 and ending March 4. Race times will be displayed on Live Timing on a TV near the piste bar.

League members can create teams of up to five riders. Riders who are not part of a team will be randomly assigned to teams that do not have enough riders. Register online at the Bretton Woods Online Store or in person at the Season Pass office during regular business hours. The deadline for league registrations will be this Friday. For more information, visit

• The 27th annual Nordic Meisters start of GREAT GLEN TRAILS has been postponed for a week from January 4 to 11 due to snow cover issues, according to Nate Harvey.

The series runs Tuesday to March 4 (except February 22), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The largest series of weekly citizen races in the country, it includes a skating and classic division, choosing either the long course (5 kilometers) or the short course (3 km) or both. The series consists of eight weeks of timed races with the six best times classified by age of the participants selected for the final classification of the series. Or join the untimed division just to get out every week and enjoy the trails.

The course is shared with snowshoers from 1 p.m. and fatbikers from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Headlamps are mandatory for anyone on the course after 4 p.m.

Individuals can register for a one-day participation on site only.

• JACKSON SKI RIDE: There are weekly programs such as Friday Gliders recreational ski tours as well as specific races including the Freeman Frost White Mountain Classic (January 22), a classic 21km race, and the Jackson Juggernaut provisionally scheduled, scheduled for February 27, to go from Black Mountain via the Betty Whitney Trail to the Wave, Eagle Fields then the Yodel to Jackson Village. To learn more, visit


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