The Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain of Maine welcome you to the 2012 U.S. Cross Country Championships! We thank you for your thoughtful feedback from last January. We have incorporated many of your suggestions in our preparations for 2012.
Most notable—and critical—are repairs and additions to our snowmaking system and plan. With our major building projects completed last fall—and the commitment of Andy Shepard and Maine Winter Sports to upgrading Black Mountain’s snowmaking system—we will be much better prepared in the event that Mother Nature is stingy with natural snow again this year.
Out on the trails, the improvements continue. Though all our competition courses are homologated by FIS, Chummy and Ray have been busy with their chainsaws, skidder and borrowed excavating equipment to widen some of the narrower sections to provide better opportunities for overtaking on the uphills. They give countless hours and work miracles with miniscule budgets—so be sure to give them your appreciation when you see them in January.
As for other facilities: We are moving our podium to the east side of the T-Bar building (between the wax building and the main lodge) to make it more convenient for coaches and spectators to view these ceremonies. Our IT people have made many improvements to our wireless connectivity, live timing display and PA systems. In addition, we have other improvements and additions in the works which we will post as we install and test them. So keep checking in to this page throughout the fall.
What hasn’t changed is the ongoing tradition of dedicated “Red Army” volunteers committed to keeping up with the evolving standards for international level racing. The Chisholm Ski Club was founded in 1919—the same year our own Chummy Broomhall was born. The Broomhalls, Muriel Arsenault (of Muriel’s Kitchen), Harvey and Elaine Manson, Herb and Dottie Adams—and many others of their generation are still “leading the charge” to make these the best Championships ever. We couldn’t be more proud of the living legends on whose shoulders the rest of us still stand . . . not to mention that it helps us 60- and 70-year-olds feel young!
Looking forward to colder temperatures, the falling white stuff . . . . . . and your arrival . . .
UPDATE Medical and Rescue Services for the 2012 United States Cross Country Ski
The medical and rescue services for the 2012 United States Cross Country Skiing Championships
are provided through the Certified staff of the Black Mountain of Maine Ski Patrol in conjunction
with the Course Control Teams supervised by the Chief of Course. The Ski Patrol staff are trained
and certified by the National Ski Patrol. They will provide any first aid to event participants,
officials, or visitors to the venue. They are able to evacuate any injured persons from the
inaccessible areas of the venue, including the cross country and alpine ski trails. The Chief of
Course and Head Ski Patroller will determine the locations to place controllers based on the
configuration of each days competition course; selecting locations with high speeds or challenging
terrain. Incidences will be reported via radio to the Chief of Course. The Chief of Course will
contact the Ski Patrol upon the report of an incidence. The Ski Patrol will also be monitoring the
radio communications from the controllers via a scanning radio. Ski Patrol and control teams will
be on duty during all training and competition times.
Incident Response Policy
The Ski Patrol will judge the appropriate means of response to a reported incident. If need be they
will travel to the incident location on a snowmobile. The Chief of Course will make a daily plan for
the best travel routes to all locations on the course. The Ski Patrol will inform the Chief of Course if
their response will affect the running of the competition and if the competition should be
suspended for any reason.
Coaches and athletes will be instructed to direct all non‐emergency medical concerns to the staff of
the Ski Patrol in the operations room in the main lodge.
An event physician is on site on the competition days to consult with the competition Committee on
any issues and to observe any medical incidence in the stadium area.
Ski Patrol Resources
Private operations/treatment room in the main lodge
First responder supplies
Dedicated snowmobile and evacuation sled
Radio communications scanning mountain operations and competition committee frequencies
Med‐Care Ambulance is located 6 miles from the venue in Mexico, Me.
Rumford Hospital is located 5 miles from the venue. It provides 24‐hour emergency care.
All incidents requiring the assistance of the medical team will be reported in both the National Ski
Areas Association Incident Report and the FIS Injury Report.
COURSE UPDATE: Black Mountain of Maine is taking no chances with the weather and has made snow for two snowmaking courses. Click links below to view course maps, updated 12/31/11.
Sit Ski on Thursday and Saturday
Freestyle and Classical Races on Wednesday and Friday
Again in 2012, all coaches must be registered to access key venue facilities and events [click here to register]. Your coaches’ credentials/bibs will allow you access to:
• Stadium and race courses
• SMS messaging service
• Team Captains’ Meetings
Even more than in 2011, we will be relying on the SMS system (see below) to provide updates and critical information. As was the case last year, this service will only be provided to credentialed coaches. Please help us help you by registering online early and include your mobile number so you can start receiving updates even before you arrive at the venue.
NOTE: As this is a USSA event, you must be a USSA member to be credentialed. If you are a credentialed coach with USSA, and you have not yet renewed your membership for this season, we urge you to do so immediately as this may be your year for a background check renewal (re-screening is required every three years). It can take weeks for that process to complete. Help us make this process smooth for you. If you need help getting through the process at USSA in time, contact Lois Benevento in the Membership Department: firstname.lastname@example.org, 435-647-2017. If your USSA membership is up to date, register online now [click here]
SMS Messaging Service
One of the services we will provide for credentialed coaches and USSA Pool Supplier service personnel will be an SMS text messaging service for timely information updates and notices of changes to the schedule, courses, etc. When registering online, provide the mobile phone number for the device you want to receive these updates. You must be registered to access this service.
USST Official Suppliers: Bibs are being supplied for USSA pool suppliers to use during the event again this year. You do not need to register online; but when you arrive and check in at Headquarters to receive your bib (see below) you may want to make sure we have the correct phone number for you if you want to receive the SMS messages. (NOTE: As the USSA Nordic Director position is currently vacant, pool suppliers who expect to be onsite will want to check with Toni Adams at USSA—email@example.com or 435-647-2061—to confirm that you are on the list she will provide the OC.)
SCHEDULE ALERT: Sit-Ski Races on Training Days
A change to this year’s schedule is having the sit-ski adaptive races on Official Training days. This change was proposed by the Adaptive Coaches in hopes that it will make a more manageable schedule for all athletes throughout the week. This modification means that the stadium and sit-ski courses will be unavailable for training until mid to late morning on those training days. Except for the set-up and use of the stadium for the early birds, this change should have minimal impact on your racers’ training routines. We ask your cooperation and assistance in our multi-tasking our facilities on those training days. And we in the OC join the Adaptive Coaches in urging your athletes to show up early and be enthusiastic (read “LOUD” here) spectators for sit-ski racers on these “training” days.
New Waxing Facility
If you have not been to Black Mountain in the last few years, we have a new main lodge, and the old lodge has been converted to a waxing facility with 21 wax cabins. Each cabin is lockable to secure your equipment; a marshal will be available to assist those who have reserved cabins in this facility when it is open, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; and it will be secured at night.
These cabins vary in size from 9’X12’ to 11’X12’; are equipped with broom and dustpan, trash bin and coat racks; and rent for $400 for the event, plus a $50 key and cleaning deposit.
Suggestion for those of you renting these cabins: Since we have located the electrical outlets on the ceiling in the center of each cabin to minimize tripping on electrical cords, you will be well-served to bring one power strip with 6’ long cord for each wax bench that you bring. Power strips will make use of your wax irons much easier to manage.
NOTE: The old wax building will not be available for team use if you do not rent a wax cabin. The rooms in the old wax building are reserved for the Adaptive skiers and for the Supplier techs that have reserved them.
Wax Testing and Speed Traps
Designated wax testing and warm up areas are provided adjacent to the wax cabins (behind the old wax building) and also below the stadium behind the new timing building. Similar to last year, racer access to the stadium prior to and during races will be through controlled access gates at each of these two locations. Only Bibbed Racers and credentialed/Bibbed Coaches and Suppliers will be allowed entry to the stadium. Speed traps may not be set up on race courses. Speed traps are only allowed in the wax testing and warm up areas. Please help us manage the use of the race courses so the athletes can properly warm up and have the best race experiences possible.
Courses will be closed from 10 minutes before the start of each race until the last racer has finished. Only bibbed coaches and Suppliers will be allowed on course during races.
Coaches: We know your women racers want to be out cheering the men, and vice versa. We are counting on you to let them know that the Spectator Trails are available for them to access many of the best vantage points to watch races in progress. These Spectator Trails will be clearly marked on the maps and flagged at the venue. No athletes on closed courses except when actively racing.
Wax Techs: We know you are only trying to do the best job possible when you are testing skis on courses. But please remember that speed traps are allowed only in wax testing and warm up tracks. (Thanks to your cooperation, this worked well last year.)
Skiing backwards on the courses is never allowed, even for Bibbed Coaches and Suppliers. As this is a U.S. Championship event and we expect up to 500 racers skiing multiple laps on distance days, our course marshals are instructed to be very firm about this and report violators. Violating this rule is the most likely reason for pulling credentials. Help us make this as smooth as possible for the safety and fairness for all athletes. Thank you.
Schedule of Team Captains’ Meetings
All TCM will be in the Lodge on the Main Floor:
REGISTRATION DEADLINES: Absolute deadline for online registrations for all athletes was December 29 (Thursday) at midnight. Any race registrations after this deadline must be (1) in person at Race HQ, (2) processed by hand with a $15 handling fee, and (3) payment must be in cash or check--Sorry, the club is just not set up to take credit cards.
Able Bodied Skiers registration has closed. For more information, go to
Sit Skiers registration has closed. For more information, go to
Coaches may register atDeadline for online registration is Sunday, January 01, 2012 at 10:00 PM ET.