2016 – 17 Calendar

The Town of Clifton Park is going to press with some key dates for the coming season.  These include Family Moonlight Skis in the Vischer Ferry Preserve on the following Thursdays: Dec. 8, 2016 and Jan. 5, Feb 9, Mar 9 and let’s be especially optimistic and include Apr 6.

Friends, neighbors, and relatives can sign up for an introductory ski lesson any other Thursday evening starting January 12 through March.

On Tuesday, November 1 right after school our local Bill Koch Youth Ski League (BKYSL) club will meet to kick off this coming snowy season.

Other dates like our Shenendehowa Classic fund raiser race and other competitive events will be calendared at the fall NYSSRA-Nordic meeting tentatively set for  September 18.

The Wall of Fame

Finally, the infamous Shenendehowa Nordic Wall of Fame has been updated to include this season’s inductees.  They include Anna Wiedmann, Sohyun Park, Eve Schoen and our super fund raiser and fun raiser Tracy Moore!  David Benson was also announced as a new inductee at the end of season dinner, but it turns out that he was actually inducted back in 2014.  His engraved brass tag on the Wall will reflect the update.

Congratulations to all for your season’s achievements which were quite impressive considering we had no snow to ski on locally!

The actual Wall of Fame will be on display in the Caron home until more snow flies and we induct a new crop of inductees at the end of next season.  You can see the virtual Wall of Fame on line.



The Toaster

The Toaster

Adam Chrzan reverently holds the toaster as Bailey Moore looks over his shoulder.

Back in the early days of the Shenendehowa Cross Country Ski Team there were several terms used to describe, usually with great excitement and enthusiasm, how well a teammate was doing out on the course at a Section II meet. These came back, “Jeff is smoking!” This meant that he was “burning up the trails” keeping up with a Queensbury or Mayfield H S hot shot.  When parents or coaches  were around the term became “toasting”.  Dave McGurrin (’94) became team captain in 1992.  As he came off the bus at an early season meet at Crandall Park he held up a toaster to his cheering team mates and proceeded to ski out to the top of the Wall to place the toaster prominently in a hemlock tree.  This was to serve as inspiration to the team and tease them up and over the Wall.  As I recall the wall was stepper at the time and only the top athletes could actually skate up the intimidating slope.  But that day in the early part of the season Shenendehowa actually beat Queensbury on what was at that time their home course!

The ritual of the toaster known only to the team and passed down from team captain to team captain lives on today.

Part of the ritual is that there are messages within the toaster that are discreetly passed around on the bus as the team travels to the best snow in Section II  …messages of inspiration?  only the team knows for sure.

One parent asked me what would happen if someone plugged in the toaster.  Well I don’t think the toaster worked for its original intended purpose back twenty years ago when Dave McGurrin pilfered it out of the trash.  But it still provides inspiration today even with the layers of duct tape holding the remnant together.

The last I heard of Dave McGurrin was that he was attending Cornell University, but that was twenty years ago.  Goes anyone know where he is today?



Madison McGill starts out on the course.

Madison McGill starts out on the course.

We were pleased to host a fun and safe NYSSRA – Nordic Championship Qualifier at Saratoga Biathlon in Day, N Y.  There were a couple of inches of granular snow over an icy base with temperatures in the high teens.

The Try-It Citizen’s Race is to raise funds for local research to find a cure for brain disease including Multiple Sclerosis.  The course was a 3.5 k loop.  Finishing in order were:  First Place Female – Gina Huneck – Gold; First Place Male – Thomas Moehring – Gold; Second Place Female – Grace Kinkaid – Silver; and Third Place Female – Sabrina Kinkaid – Bronze.

The U16 race used two laps for 7 k:


All others had three laps for a 11 k:


Free Technique

Due to the continuing weather conditions the Shenendehowa Nordic Club will be hosting a free technique race on Sunday, January 24 with an 11 AM start.  We will be using a 3.3 k loop at Saratoga Biathlon.  On line registration will remain open until 11:45 PM on Friday evening January 22.  Register now.

Shenendehowa Classic Set

Registration is now open for the Shenendehowa Classic Nordic ski race on Sunday, January 24.  This is the NYSSRA Championship qualifier that the Shenendehowa community hosts at Saratoga Biathlon, 3016 South Shore Road, Day, NY.  Register on line

Two competitors start their 5 k race as the next pair wait 30 seconds for their start.

Two competitors start their 5 k race as the next pair wait 30 seconds for their start.

and avoid the day-of-race hassle.  One option is to pay on-line as well, but you can register and pay that day.

We also will be hosting a fun 5 k try it race to help fund brain disease research.

Now all we need is some cooler temperatures, frozen ground, and snow for Curt Schreiner to groom.  He does it so consistently well!

Great Mass Start!

Even without a first snow the season is off to a great start.  There was a fun Section II race today on roller skis at Queensbury High School and tonight’s pasta dinner with the Shenendehowa Nordic Club to celebrate.  Thank  you to the Carons, the Moores,  the Traders  and all the others who pitched in from set up to pick up for organizing the dinner and the fun raffle.

The Shenendehowa Nordic Club is 34 families strong, the largest membership we have ever had.

The challenge is now to get out and sell tickets to the Twelve Days of Christmas to earn some awesome prizes.  The tickets themselves are for 12 fantastic prizes drawn on 12 days starting on December 14, 2015.  Prizes include:

  • Yankee Trails $25 Gift Card and Trader Joe’s Gift Basket (winner: Joe Padalino)
  • Usable Chasm Explorer Pass Valid for Six Admissions (winner: Meghana Caron)
  • Starbucks Travel Mug w/ 1 lb. of Christmas Blend Ground Coffee and Dolce & Biscotti Bakery $20 Gift Card (winner Zina Shevchik)
  • Two Lake Placid Olympic Sites Passports and Stewart’s Single Scoops (winner: Kevin Lin)
  • Panera Bread Bagels for a year baker’s dozen for 12 months (winner: Mendi Ni)
  • Mayfair Jewelers $50 Gift Card (winner: Sheela Kulkarni)
  • Tubby Tubes Family of 4 All Day Downhill Tubing pass (winner: Dan Green)
  • Ski Zone Trampoline Park 4 one hour bounces, pizza and soft drinks (winner: Lisa Perrone)
  • Pandora double wrap blue bracelet with silver snowman charm (winner: Hector Roig)
  • Tickets to Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Water Park
  • Pair of Proctors Theatre tickets to choice of select performances
  • Grand prize: Wheatfields $50 Gift Card and a romantic overnight at the Clifton Park Hilton Garden Inn.

All proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Shenendehowa Nordic Club Inc. and all our Nordic ski programs.

Proudly display your Shen Nordic Ski magnet to tell the world that you belong to the greatest Nordic ski community in the area!

Now the question remains who has the closest guess for the first 6 inch snow fall?  There are 8 in the running for the ice cream, all with legitimate dates.  See the club’s Facebook page, like, and join the group.