Recently and unnamed source has leaked to Windbriefs that NYSSRA Nordic, Inc., the governing body for xc skiing in NY State, is currently near financial ruin.
Last winter’s pathetic snowfall was devastating for NYSSRA Nordic. Memberships were down at least 50 % and most races had to be cancelled. This led to a huge deficit in revenues. Unfortunately, the organization’s costs remained the same. NYSSRA’s primary cost is Liability Insurance that it offers to its member clubs and to race organizers. In recent years this cost has increased dramatically. Also, NYSSRA has awarded thousands of dollars in racer grants, race promotion grants and race development grants. NYSSRA has helped to pay for NY skiers to be involved in the Junior Nationals and Eastern High School Championships. NYSSRA is a not-for-profit organization and has no paid employees. NYSSRA relies on many dedicated volunteers to work to keep XC Racing alive and costs down for skiers of all ages and abilities. NYSSRA supports the Empire State Games and has funded the New York State Nordic Ski Championships. NYSSRA has helped to purchase bibs, awards, ski suits and much much more.
The Peru Nordic Masters Ski Pool is sanctioned by NYSSRA Nordic, inc. For a nominal fee, NYSSRA provides general liability insurance coverage for on-snow and off-road training events for the club. NYSSRA Sanctioned Peru Nordic’s Cookie Classic Race. NYSSRA awarded Peru Nordic a Club Promotion grant last season to purchase awards for the Cookie Classic and NYSSRA provided race bibs for the event.
This season it appears that all grants and support programs may have to be suspended to make up for last season’s deficits. In fact, NYSSRA will be lucky to scrape up enough to cover insurance premiums.
Needless to say, NYSSRA now needs us. NYSSRA needs you to get/renew your membership and racing licenses now. Even if you do not plan to race at all, consider purchasing a 2012-13 Racing License, it is a paltry $25 ($45 for families) that helps to keep XC Ski Racing alive in NY State. Remember, your membership and license is valid unitl June 1, 2013, so if you purchase one now, you will be covered for both the Summer training and Winter racing seasons.
To those who have already joined for the season, many thanks!!!
Ski and destroy.