The Massachusetts Nordic Program, known as Mass Nordic, represents Massachusetts at the Eastern US U16 Championship and the EHS (Eastern High School) Championship in March, with a separate team for each event. The championship events include teams from NY, VT, ME, NH, CT and RI. At the U16 event, a team frequently travels from the Midwest as well.
U16 team includes 24 boys and 24 girls that compete at the U16 Championship on the second weekend in March.
EHS team includes 24 boys and 24 girls in grades 9-12, not restricted by age. The date of EHS conflicts with Junior Nationals (JNs), so JN athletes do not participate in EHS.
U16 team: any Nordic skier that fits into the USSA U16 category. They can be part of a middle school team, HS team, club team, or unattached.
EHS team: any Nordic skier in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12. They can be part of a HS team, club team, or unattached.
As an EMXC program, even though Mass Nordic includes other athletes and coaches, all coaches and athletes over 18 must be background checked and have participated in SafeSport through US Ski and Snowboard. See our SafeSport page for details.
How do racers get selected?
A qualifier race, held in January or February, has both classic and skate components. While rules are set for qualification each year, generally the top 24 skiers with the fastest combined time are eligible for selection for each team. Alternates are also named after the qualifier, based on their qualifying time and subjective criteria.
What races does Mass Nordic do?
- U16 Championship
- EHS Championship