Saturday September 26th, 2015 - Raleigh, NC:
The U.S. Snowshoe Association is pleased to
again announce that Redfeather Snowshoes of
LaCrosse WI will return as the Presenting Sponsor of the
2016 U.S. National Snowshoe Half Marathon Championship.
After a very successful debut at the 2015 National
Snowshoe Championships in Eau Claire WI, the second
edition of this event will take place on Sunday
February 28th, 2016 at the famous Snowbasin Ski Resort
just outside of Ogden UT. Joining the half marathon
national championship event in 2016 will be a full
marathon distance national snowshoe championship event.
“The USSSA is very pleased to
continue our partnership with Redfeather Snowshoes this
coming season as the presenting sponsor of our snowshoe
half marathon national championship event. Our friends
from Redfeather Snowshoes were on site with us in 2015
and we’re excited they will be joining us again in Ogden
UT this coming season. Redfeather Snowshoes has long
supported our national snowshoe championships program
and we’re really excited to see them back with us again
this season,” reports USSSA Sports Director Mark Elmore.
The USSSA’s 16th Annual Dion
Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships will
feature numerous events over a three day period in Ogden
UT February 26th-28th,
2016. On Saturday February 27th, the USSSA will share
the trails of Powder Mountain Ski Resort with the US
Cycling Federation’s second annual Fat Tire Bike
National Championship events. Details will be posted at
www.snowshoeracing.com over the next several
A new development this season,
WILL NOT need to complete a qualifying event in
order to be eligible to participate in the annual
National Snowshoe Championships as in past years. In
2016, athletes must merely be current USSSA members and
they are eligible to compete in Utah.
For more information on the USSSA’s national
snowshoe championship program or to become a
supporter or sponsor, please contact USSSA Sports
Director Mark Elmore by calling 518-420-6961 or email
Dance of the Snow Serpent
By Coach Steve
Our story takes place on March 2, 1996,
at the World Mountain Snowshoe Championships near Twin
Lakes, Colorado…you may have heard about it in the now
very vogue, "Leadville 100" fallout…feeble ilg recalls
helping the then first Race Director draw people TO HIS
RACE…nowadays? The hardest part of Leadville? Is just
getting' in. Sad. Read on, for a story from the daze
of old, when snowshoers were few and far between…
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USSSA to Hold First Snowshoe Marathon Championships
The snowshoeing association will add a 26.2-mile event to its 10K and
The U.S. Snowshoe Marathon National Championships will make its debut in
2016 at the Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah, making it the newest
addition to the Snowshoe National Championships event held by the United
States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) February 26 through 28, according to
a USSSA press release.
The Snowshoe National Championships started in 2001 with a 10K event for
participants aged 20 and over, and a Junior 5K for entrants under 20. In
2015, the USSSA added a half-marathon event.
Read more on TrailRunner
2016 DION Snowshoe National Championships
Will be held on
Feb. 26-27-28, 2016
Powder Mountain Resort in Ogden UT.
Be sure to go to
for the latest info
Ogden Utah hosts 2016 U.S. National
Snowshoe Championships for the second time!
first time in USSSA history, the national snowshoe
championships will return to a previous site. The
16th edition of the United States National Snowshoe
Championship Program will culminate in the 2016 Dion
Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe Championships
Friday - Sunday February 26th – 28th,
2016, in Ogden Utah at the Powder Mountain and
Snowbasin Ski Resorts.
Many of the country’s finest
winter endurance athletes, representing 25 - 30
different U.S. States, are expected to heed the
starter’s call. Junior A (15-19 yrs. of age) and
Junior B (14 and younger) Boys and Girls will
compete over a 5km course, while the Senior Men and
Women (20+ years of age) will race 10km of groomed,
single track and powder trails. The top three
overall Junior Boy and Girl finishers, the top five
overall Senior Men and Women and the top three
overall Masters Men and Women will earn berths on
the 2016 U.S. National Snowshoe Team. After adding
the Half Marathon Snowshoe National Championship
event in 2015, the Snowshoe Marathon National
Championship is being added in 2016! Athletes of all
ages may qualify to compete for National titles and
awards in these championship events by joining the
USSSA as a member.
Saturday September 26th, 2015
After completing another very successful 2014-2015 US
Snowshoe Association national snowshoe racing season, the
USSSA is pleased to announce that Bob and Denise Dion of
Dion Snowshoes of Bennington Vermont will be serving as the
title sponsor again next season when the 16th Annual
U.S. National Snowshoe Championship program
culminates in Ogden Utah the weekend of Feb. 26th to 28th,
2016. Having served as the National Snowshoe Championship’s
title sponsor since 2011, the USSSA is pleased to welcome
the Dion’s back for another season. The Dion’s noted, “We
are pleased to have partnered with the USSSA in supporting
the Sport these past few years and seeing the growth and
excitement increase each year. We are looking forward to
another exciting season in 2016.”
For more information on Dion Snowshoes, the US National
Snowshoe Championships, please visit; www.dionsnowshoes.com
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NEW in 2016
To be eligible to participate in the annual National
Snowshoe Championships events, one only needs to be a current USSSA
Participating in a USSSA recognized “qualifying” event
IS NO LONGER REQUIRED!
How to qualify to
compete in the 2016 Dion Snowshoes U.S. National Snowshoe
How to Qualify to Compete in Jr. 5km
or Sr. 10km National Champ. Event:
An athlete must be a current member of the U.S. Snowshoe
Association. The annual membership fee is $30.00 and
that includes a one year subscription to the Trail
Runner Magazine, among other benefits.
USSSA offers two other categories of participation at the
National Snowshoe Championships. ACTIVE
members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces are invited
to participate and compete in the All-Military Division of
the Senior 10km, Half Marathon or Marathon events. These
participants MUST BE current USSSA members. Team
awards are presented in the Senior 10km and Junior 5km
National Championship events.
The USSSA also offers an International Division of
competition in the Senior Men’s and Women’s 10km, Half
Marathon and Marathon events. Athletes who ARE
NOT US citizens may compete for awards.
These athletes DO need to be
current USSSA members.
How to Qualify to Compete in the
Snowshoe Half Marathon and new Snowshoe Marathon National
An athlete must be a current member of the U.S.
Snowshoe Association. The annual membership fee is $30.00
and that includes a one year subscription to the Trail
Runner Magazine, among other benefits.
The Half Marathon and Marathon Snowshoe National
Championship events have time limits. Athletes should enter
expecting to complete these arduous events, sometimes at
altitude, in 4 hours for the Half Marathon and 8 hours for
the full Marathon event.
Swiftwick Socks joins 2015 U.S.
National Snowshoe Team as Official Sock Sponsor
The United States Snowshoe Association is pleased to
announce their partnership with Swiftwick, a leading athletic
performance sock company.
Swiftwick will be joining the 2015 U.S. National
Snowshoe Team by providing team members with their outstanding socks for
training and competition.
The 2015 U.S. National Snowshoe Team is comprised of
twenty-two of the finest winter endurance athletes the country has to
Many of these athletes are expected to compete all
across the U.S. as well as abroad, in numerous major international
snowshoe race events including the 2016 U.S. National Snowshoe
Championships in Ogden, UT and the 2016 WSSF World Snowshoe
Championships in Vezza d’Oglio, Italy. Past National Team members have
competed in Italy, Austria, Sweden, Japan and Canada. Swiftwick will be
supplying the team members with top of the line socks for training and
To learn more about Swiftwick Socks go to