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Press Release

Sunday April 9th, 2017 - Raleigh, NC:  The U.S. Snowshoe Association is pleased to announce that Northern Lite Snowshoes of New Richmond WI will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 U.S. Junior National 5km Snowshoe Championship event. This event will take place on Saturday March 10th, 2018 at the Prospect Mountain Ski Center in Woodford near Bennington Vermont. Only current USSSA membership is required to be eligible to participate in this event.

     “The USSSA is very pleased to continue our partnership with Jim and Susan York, the owners of Northern Lite  Snowshoes, this coming season as the presenting sponsor of our always competitive Junior 5km National Championship event. Our friends from Northern Lite Snowshoes were on site with us in 2017 and we’re excited they will be joining us again in Vermont this coming season. Northern Lite Snowshoes has long supported our national snowshoe championship program and we’re really excited to see them back with us again this season supporting our young racers,” reports USSSA Sports Director Mark Elmore.

          As noted previously, since 2015, athletes 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 2018, athletes must merely be current USSSA members and they are then eligible to compete in Vermont. “Open” events, which DO NOT require USSSA membership, will also be available. “Loaner” snowshoes from several top snowshoe manufacturers, including the world’s lightest snowshoes from our friends at Northern Lite Snowshoes, will also be available.

     For more information on the USSSA’s national snowshoe championship program or to become a member or sponsor, please contact USSSA Sports Director Mark Elmore by calling 518-420-6961 or email


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Trail runners hit the snow for a national championship in Oregon

Story and photos by ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt

For the first time in 17 years, the Dion Snowshoes U.S. Snowshoe National Chamionships were hosted for the second time in the same location. Bend, Oregon hosted the 2013 championships at nearby Meissner Snow Park but for 2017 moved the event higher in elevation to Mt. Batcherlor where 20 foot snowbanks signalled that a lack of snow would not be an issue. This was a welcome sight for participants who raced last month at the WSSF World Snowshoe Championships in Saranac Lake, NY where organizers had to truck in snow to create a thin, dirty 2K loop.

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2018 National Championships will be held in

Bennington/Woodford, VT


March 9-11, 2018

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All snowshoe paths lead to Saranac Lake NY in late February

For those of us who remember the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” in nearby Lake Placid, NY where the United States Men’s Olympic hockey team overwhelmed the heavily favored Russian team on their way to the Gold Medal, last month’s 2017 WSSF World Snowshoe Championships in neighboring Saranac Lake, NY provided a fitting encore, albeit 37 years later! Mother Nature and Old Man Winter teamed up to be a worthy adversary. Race day saw those gathered at Dewey Mountain’s Nordic Center experience all four seasons in about a six hour period; temperatures in the mid 60’s, 20+mph winds, torrential rains complete with thunder and lightning, a 30’F temperature drop and blizzard like snow that felled trees and brought down electrical lines putting much of Saranac Lake and all of nearby Lake Placid into a chilly blackout. But, after planning and preparing to host this World Snowshoe Championship for well over a year, the local organizing committee and the residents of this small Adirondack mountain town were not going to let Mother Nature and Old Man Winter spoil their party.

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