Yes, COVID-19 precautions during the 2020-21 ski racing season took different to a whole new level. Could anyone from winters past have imagined race events where participants would be wearing a mask to contain respiratory droplets or be asked to avoid what we enjoy – hanging around to socialize after finishing?
Last fall NYSSRA Nordic assembled the minds of club leaders, committee chairs, event organizers, and volunteers to gain insights for Proposed Guidelines for Conducting Nordic Races during COVID-19 for the well-being of our New York State skiing community. The result was a season of enthusiastic racer participation in safe competition events for all age groups. Among the comments from parents and individuals about our conscientious organizers was: “Congratulations for everyone’s efforts to keep skiing alive and safe in a pandemic.”
It is time to celebrate and begin planning a hopefully more normal season in 2021-22 for Cross Country, Biathlon, and Ski Orienteering. The 2021 Spring Meeting (virtually) via Zoom is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28th at 7:00 pm. The agenda and Zoom link will be posted in this blog space in a few weeks.
Darwin Roosa, President NYSSRA Nordic