New England Masters Ski Racing

Beyond the Wax Room
September 2021

Greetings All! 

I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing Labor Day Weekend! I am honestly still in a bit of disbelief that we are now in September. For most, it seems like this summer has been about getting back to normal. It’s been about catching up with friends, spending time with family, and simply getting out and enjoying life. Because, let’s face it, last summer sucked and everyone wants to put that as far behind them as humanly possible. 

To almost everyone’s surprise, this summer has been unusually wet in New England, with July being one of the wettest months in history. Ironically, New England also had one of its hottest summers on record based on average temperature. Normally I might be inclined to complain about a rainy summer, however, one quick look across the rest of the country, especially with some of the scenes coming out of the western ski resorts, and I’ll gladly take some rain and green grass over the alternative. On the bright side, the excess rain means the snowmaking ponds should be nice and full when the time comes to fire up the snow guns! 

This summer was again a very busy and productive one for NEMS. We continued to put the work in, and I am excited to announce a couple of new changes our racers will see as a result. However, with Labor Day now behind us, the real push begins as we edge closer to officially stepping into the start gate in a few months.

One final note, I would highly encourage everyone to start thinking about your gear situation immediately. If you plan on purchasing any gear this season do not wait. If this last year has taught us anything, it is that supply chains around the world are still a mess and there can be a shortage of anything at any time. Unfortunately ski equipment is not immune from this. So be proactive on your gear now, and spare yourself a lot of stress later in the season when you should be focused on having a fun time racing.

There will be more updates coming out this fall, so please be sure to keep an eye out for emails and social media posts. As always, you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with me, you can always reach me by email at:  

 safe everyone!

Matt Mitsis

New England Masters Ski Racing

Big Changes This Season
Board of Directors Leadership Change:
ICYMI - Last week we announced that Nadine Price would be stepping down from President of the NEMS Board this summer (See announcement). I would like to personally thank Nadine for her many years of leadership as the President of the NEMS Board. She has done a remarkable job navigating NEMS through some extremely challenging operating environments. I am excited that Nadine will be staying on the Board in the VP role. Nadine and I have had a strong working relationship since I joined the Board five years ago, and during that time she has been as much a mentor as she has been a friend. We have a great future ahead of us and I hope you all can make it out for some races this season and be a part of it. 

New Race Registration System:

We are excited to announce that beginning this season, NEMS and Mid-Atlantic will be moving our event registration over to AdminSkiRacing (ASR)For the last 10+ years NEMS, and most of the other Masters regions, have used SkiRaceReg as our system for racers to register for races. The time has come, however, for the Masters to begin transitioning off of SkiRaceReg as it is expected to be decommissioned following the upcoming race season.

The change to ASR is an important step for NEMS as it will result in an improved user experience for our racers, while also enhancing our capabilities with greater efficiencies for our administrators going forward.  

We are currently testing the new site and expect it to be completed in the fall. Once complete and ready to use, there will be a formal announcement with all of the information needed to ensure that you are ready to go for the upcoming season.

New NEMS Website:

Another exciting change to expect this fall will be a new NEMS website. Like any professional organization, our website serves as the nucleus of our business. The NEMS website houses everything from rules and race results, to the history of our storied organization. It connects the past to the present and is a critical component in our ability to move forward. The new site should be live in the fall so please keep an eye out for the formal announcement.

16th Annual Kelly Brush Foundation Ride

The 16th Annual Kelly Brush Ride will take place on Sat., Sept. 11th in Middlebury, VT. This is a huge event which attracts riders from across the country. The event raises money for grants to go towards race hill safety netting, as well as grants for individuals with spinal cord injuries to help purchase specialized equipment so they can enjoy all of the aspects of sports and recreation.

NEMS will have a team participating in this year's ride and we could use your help reaching our $3,500 fundraising goal. We are so close to achieving it! Many have contributed already, but if you haven't and would like to support the NEMS team, please click below to make a contribution.

We'll be posting updates on our social media so make sure you follow NEMS at @NEMSRacing so you can check out our progress during the day. 


Schedule Update

We are still a few weeks away from putting out an official schedule, but there are a few things we can share with you. 

Wachusett Mountain - Masters Race Camp & Races 

Masters Camp - Lisa Ballard will again be hosting her annual New England Masters Camp at Wachusett Mountain. The dates for the camp will be Jan. 10-14th. There will be a formal announcement in the coming weeks. Last year’s camp completely sold out so make sure not to miss out this year.  

Races - We expect to be back at Wachusett for the Annual Crowley Classic on Fri., Feb. 25th. We are also exploring adding a GS race directly following the camp on Fri. Jan. 15th.  

West Mountain - Joint Races with Mid-Atlantic

NEMS will be heading over to NY for our annual joint races with Mid-Atlantic on Feb. 18-20th

National Championships

It was announced this week that the Eastern Division will be defending our National Championship title at Sun Valley from Mar. 21-26th. Make sure to keep an eye out for all the important details on schedules and lodging. 

Special Offers For NEMS Racers
Need a new pair of goggles this season? How about a new pair of sunglasses? Looking for polarized interchangeable lenses? Want to look great while seeing even better? How about a lifetime, no questions asked, warranty? 

If you answered "YES" to any of these questions then be sure to check out
Xevo Optics.  Use the NEMS discount codes below at checkout to save some serious cash. You won't regret it! 
NEMS Racer Discounts:
50% off Goggles: NEMS50
75% off Sunglasses:

We are about 4 months away from the start of the race season and everyone should be thinking about their pre-season conditioning. To help get you ready, Olympian Doug Lewis is offering all NEMS members a great deal on his ELITEAM Dig Deep Online Workout Program. It is a monthly subscription of ski-specific workouts to help you make huge fitness gains before the snow flies. The workouts require no equipment, can be done outside or inside and are about 45 min long. They work on Power, Strength, Agility and Capacity and will not only help keep you healthy and injury-free all year, but they will enable you to SKI FASTER. There are already a number of Masters Athletes participating and making big gains.

Sign up for the Monthly membership today and with the NEMS discount of 20%, you can get 12 weeks of fitness training for just $140!

It includes:
-Four unique workouts a week (Power, Strength, Capacity & Bonus)
-One Yoga Relaxation routine
-A built-In Training journal to track your progress
-A motivational video each week from Doug
-Access to the Clubhouse and daily US Ski Team athlete videos

NOTE: After signing up as the “Parent”, you must add yourself again as the “Athlete”. Then ALWAYS sign in as the “Athlete” to access the workouts. IMPORTANT!!!

Questions? Contact Doug at

Offer ends on 9/15. Sign up today so you don’t miss a workout!

NEMS Discount Code: NEMS20

Coming Soon...
We have a special event for NEMS racers coming soon at SkiMD. Space will be limited with a reservation required, so keep an eye out for the official announcement in the coming days. 
Other News

Barb Brumbaugh

We are sadden to hear about the passing of long-time Masters racer, Barb Brumbaugh, this past weekend. Barb was a fixture on the New England Masters Ski Racing circuit for many years, and often one of the top racers in her class. Over the years Barb competed in Masters events across the country, and was well-known within the Masters racing community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barb’s family and friends during this difficult time.

USSS Masters License Renewal - OPEN

Make sure to renew your USSS membership before prices increase in October. In addition to enabling you to participate in many of the NEMS races, the USSS membership also has great benefits, including access to significant discounts at many retailers via ExpertVoice. The discounts alone will typically cover the cost of the membership. 

REMINDER! Helmet Rule Change – 2021-22

Starting next season, all Masters racers will be required to have a FIS helmet for any USSS sanctioned speed event (GS/SG/DH). If you are purchasing a new helmet this season please make sure the helmet has the FIS logo on the back.

Good News Around NEMS
There has been a lot going on with our racers this summer. Here are some of the special moments to help us close out the Summer Newsletter.

Congrats to Alex and Patrick Mitchell on the birth of their daughter, Matilda, in August. 

Congratulations to Taylor Knortz and her husband Tom Carroll for officially tying the knot on June 5th

Congratulations to Kristen Bonkowski and her husband Mike Gibs for officially tying the knot on Aug 7th.

A BIG Congratulations to Stacey Weston and Patti Lane for another successful Trek Across Maine. While the event was held virtually, both Stacey and Patti put in the miles during some wicked scorcher days and raised $19,500!!

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