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We expect a number of elite racers to contest the 2018 Eastern Cup Opener, and we're excited to be hosting just before US Cross Country Championships in January (Photo John Lazenby)

2018 NENSA Eastern Cup Openers at Craftsbury

Last Updated: 06.Dec.2018

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center is thrilled to welcome back the NENSA Eastern Cup Opener on December 22-23, 2018. The Opener is an all-freestyle affair this year, with a 1.5k sprint on Saturday, December 22, and a 5k mass start for women and U16 boys and a 10k mass start for men (U18+). Masters waves are back, heading off 5 minutes after the open mass start fields.

This season the Outdoor Center is hosting the U.S. Cross Country Championships two weeks after the Eastern Cup, so the Opener is serving as a dry run for two of the events coming up at the national championships. As such we are expecting larger-than-average fields for the EC Opener. There should be a large contingent of collegiate and elite skiers in attendance, as well as our top juniors, who will use the races as Junior Nationals qualifiers.

Registration will be on SkiReg.com. Keep checking for the registration, it will go up soon! 

NENSA publishes all race-related information for Eastern Cups at their website. We'll post some basics on the Craftsbury website, like a schedule, but ultimately, their site must be considered authoritative for ease of communication if nothing else.