New England Winter Wild Series Expands in 2014
Posted Monday, 4 November, 2013
This winter, there’s only one way to find guaranteed snow and the opportunity to take on the best runs on the mountain before the lifts even open to the public. New England Winter Wild is back! For 2014, Team AMP has partnered with Wachusett Mountain, Sunday River, Ragged Mountain, Suicide Six, Black Mountain, Pat’s Peak, Mount Sunapee, and Bretton Woods to bring you an expanded series of 8 New England Winter Wild events. NE Winter Wild is supported by series sponsor MadAthlete.com.
NE Winter Wild is “uphilling” with a twist. In classic uphilling, participants ascend a ski slope using equipment of their choice, which might include snowshoes, skis with climbing “skins,” running shoes equipped with spikes, cross-country skis, or just plain running shoes. But in NE Winter Wild events, the race doesn’t end at the top. Instead, participants crest the top of the mountain and then race down to a finish line at the lodge. Whatever equipment they wear or carry up, they can use to descend, which means it might be worth it to carry that snowboard up the hill.
There are four categories of competition:
1) open (Micro-spikes, Yaktrax, running shoes, snowshoes, etc.)
2) track skis (lightweight skating/diagonal gear)
3) telemark (metal-edged skis with a 3-pin or cable binding)
4) heavy metal (alpine skis, randonee bindings, plastic boots).
Prizes are given to the top three age group finishers in each category. Every participant also gets a raffle ticket with a chance to win prizes that range from Peanut M&Ms to new skis!
But the biggest winner at NE Winter Wild will be determined by students. They’ll have a chance to earn their school district PTO $5,000, courtesy of The Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley and Lake Sunapee Bank, as part of the Let’s Move initiative. Registration is FREE for school-age racers and they are welcome to compete in any of the NE Winter Wild categories. At the end of the season, the district with the highest percentage of participation will win $5,000 for a project of its choice. And even the students whose school doesn’t win the big prize will still earn participation prizes, raffle entries—and, of course, the chance to have a blast taking on some of New England’s best ski trails.
New Hampshire resident Kate Robbins wasn’t sure about getting up early to run up and down a mountain, but after a few races, she was hooked. “It was exhilarating, exhausting, beautiful, and great fun with super people,” she said. Her 16-year-old daughter Liesel agreed. “How often do you get to say you conquered a mountain and still have a whole day before you,” she said. “What a way to start your day!”
Series registration is now available online and race-day registration will be available for all of the following events:
January 4, 2014 Wachusett Mountain, MA
January 11, 2014 Suicide Six, VT
January 25, 2014 Sunday River, ME
February 1, 2014 Ragged Mountain, NH
February 15, 2014 Pats Peak, NH
March 1, 2014 Mount Sunapee, NH
March 8, 2014 Black Mountain, NH
March 15, 2014 Bretton Woods, NH (Series Championship)
Additional details on events, rules, and Let’s Move program can be found on the New England Winter Wild website: newinterwild.com.