NYSSRA Newsletter/ Membership Update

The NYSSRA Staff and Board of Directors wish all a safe and great New Year!

NYSSRA has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to address many changes within NYSSRA as an organization, while we simultaneously adapt to the COVID virus that has affected everyone in so many different areas.

Items that have been on the agenda:

  • Reorganization with staff
  • New Website
  • Scheduling
  • Athlete projects
  • Coaches Education
  • COVID protocols
  • Awards and Teams

NYSSRA has changed the organizational structure to two positions: Alpine Sports Director and Administrative Director. These two positions have quite a bit of overlap with the addition of specific tasks in their area of expertise.

Stephen Mergenthaler- Alpine Sports Director

Alicia Farone- Administrative Director

2021 race season begins

As we kickoff our 2021 race season please keep in mind changes are sometimes happening quickly due to weather and health restrictions. Check our website often and thoroughly read all emails from NYSSRA or Adminskiracing. 

(special note: U16 Mountain - race will be this weekend at Whiteface, changed to SL, Women Saturday 1/9, Men 1/10.  *West: 1/10 Holiday Valley race has been moved to Holimont)

***ALSO, if you are a parent/ spectator intending to watch a race please check the host mountains spectator policy. You may need to purchase a ticket and/ or spectators may be limited. 

Happy New Year and have fun skiing!! 


Join us Wednesday 12/30 for a Membership Update via Zoom


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Please join us for an online meeting to talk about what's upcoming this season with NYSSRA. Programs have started throughout the state and the snow conditions continue to get better. Racing will start in just a few weeks so if you have questions JOIN US! We'll try to answer questions and talk about long-term athlete development as well.

Start is 7:00pm!    *text 518-545-8221 if you have trouble with the link

Brantling Flight Camp 12/19/20

Brantling held its annual December Flight Camp for U12 and U14 GVSC young athletes. Brantling has a long history of great early season events, as well as a breeding ground for many successful athletes. From NCAA National Champions to World Cup Champions Brantling is steeped in our development history. Early season races on none COVID years are the blast off for many of our U16/19 and college athletes. This Year these opportunities are delayed with the tough environment COVID has dealt. That said, Brantling pulled out the stops and made enough snow in the window they had to hold a development day for GVSC young athletes. 

The process for keeping within the parameters of USSS and NYS COVID guidance at first seemed arduous, but with some cyber help an experienced Program Director and a great RA Brantling made this happen providing a great experience for GVSC young athletes.


U16/ U19 schedule updates

Due to snow conditions forcing some programs to delay the start of their programs, and due to limited terrain for solid early training, the first series of the Sports Page Empire Cup races, scheduled for January 2-3, will be postponed to a later date, TBD. We will reschedule. If you have already registered, your registration will be carried over to the new date of this event(s). 

NYSSRA Race Registration

NYSSRA Members,

Happy December! We've finally made it to the last month of 2020 and I think we're all a little bit relieved! 

Our NYSSRA ski registration went live today - please keep in mind that the Race Administrators are now inputting race information into the system for each race so NOT all races are posted and ready for registration. Over the course of the next few weeks, RAs will continue adding events. If you don't immediately see a race you want to register for, don't panic. It will be up within 2 weeks and registration will continue. Our IT team has shifted gears many times to build this new system around Covid guidelines, health attestations, and new protocols, and we are grateful for their work. There will continue to be slight schedule adjustments and changes along the way. Please continue to be patient as events are added. The season is just around the corner...we can't wait to get started! 

Many thanks, 

Alicia Farone

Administrative Director 


Steve Mergenthaler

Alpine Sports Director 

NYSSRA Draft Calendar

NYSSRA Development Committees and our NYSSRA Staff have built a race schedule that maintains a strong competitive development track while working within the COVID guidelines and protocols now in place for 2020/2021.

This calendar is subject to change.

At this moment, mountains have committed to the following dates and these dates are tentatively set. Please stay updated with website/emails to get current communications regarding any changes, you do this by maintaining an active NYSSRA membership for your racer.

There will be NO registration access until Dec. 1 2020. After that time, you can sign up athletes and detailed information on event-day protocols will be available (health attestations and COVID related requirements will be necessary to compete).

Please be aware that all U14 and U16/19 drafted competition schedules are listed regionally for U16/19, and within Council for U14. 

US Ski and Snowboard


NSAA Winter Playbook - Strategies for Race Programs and Competitions 

With a few ski areas open and many more to come in the next weeks, we know many of you are still working through your plans for your area operations, including those for your race and competition programs. Join NSAA, moderator Tim Barnhorst from MountainGuard, and representatives from U.S. Ski & Snowboard and United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) as we discuss their respective Return to Sport and Return to Play Plans and how each organization is approaching this season.

When: Nov 19, 2020 01:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) 

Topic: NSAA Winter Playbook - Strategies for Race Programs and Competitions

 Register in advance for this webinar