Tour de Ski stage 2: Ski O! Beattie Battles, Prickett Pounces!

Chris Beattie… focused and headed in the right direction

Chris Beattie tore up the ski-o course today, but it was Connie Prickett who moved to the top of the Tour de Ski leader board after 2 stages.   Connie leads Ed Lis and Bob Maswick as the three top contenders for overall tour supremacy.

Note: Points being deducted!

The big loser on the day was Chris Rose who lost many points out on the ski-o course due to “attitude adjustment”

Nothing beats the excitement of Ski-O!

Tour de Ski Standings through 2 stages:
Prickett, Connie 22.77
Lis, Ed 22.47
Maswick, Bob 22.23
Rose, Chris 21.89
Kobak, Jim 18.34
Findlay, Janet 17.52
Prickett, Kevin 16.64
Beattie, Chris 15.50
Hunter, Dave 15.34
Hatch, Stan 11.77
Minde, Peter 8.00
Moffett, Tom 7.66
Wellford, Jan 6.03

Remember, if you plan to Ski-O, bring your reading glasses!

Tomorrow’s stage 3… Ski at the HO (or equivalent workout). Bonus points if you buy a waffle at Josie’s and if you correctly guess the final score of the Jets/Bills game. As always, post on our FB page!  Ski and Destroy!


Rose/Lis win the re-vitalized GAUNTLET! Tour de Ski continues tomorrow.

SNOW at the HO!

The Gauntlet got a fresh overhaul today… gone is the “relay” version of this race.  Now, skiers team up and must ski for an hour, trying to earn as many points as they can by 1 pm.  “No one has to stand around and wait in the cold anymore… this is an aging-skier-friendly race” said race director, Jim Kobak.  Skiers were given a base score for their age, then given points for each of the loops they skied (starting and finishing at Gauntlet Stadium)  For example, the Bobcat loop was worth 1 point, but if you ventured around Innerloopen, that would get your team 8 points.

It’s not a great photo, but trust me, that trophy is AWESOME!

The team of Ed Lis and Chris Rose paired up and dominated the competition, putting in many laps of Innerloopen and East Mt Cutoff.  Rose even knew the new direction of Flatlander Plus!  By getting the victory, Lis and Rose have the lead in the Tour de Ski, and won the Mark Sanchez Trophy of Epic Awesomeness!

Everyone is psyched to be on snow and racing!

Second place went to the duo of Connie Prickett and Stan Hatch.  While bronze was awarded to the pair of Janet Findlay and Bob Maswick.

The second stage of the Tour de Ski is Chris Rose’s favorite event… the Ski-O try it race at Mt Van Hoevenberg tomorrow!


  1. Lis/Rose… 72 points
  2. Hatch/ C.Prickett… 66 points
  3. Findlay/ Maswick… 62 points
  4. Hunter/ Moffett… 55 points
  5. (t) Kobak/ Prickett and Minde/Wellford…. 53 points

Peru Nordic Tour de Ski… A New Hope!



Few four-letter words can stir up so much emotion.  Noridques have awakened from their mountain-bike induced stupors to finally hit the snow.   To celebrate, the world famous Peru Nordic Tour de Ski has officially been scheduled!  Four days of intergalactic ski excitement!


Friday, New Years Day… A new hope. THE GAUNTLET relay at high noon.  Never before has the Tour de Ski started with the winter classic, but it is this year!  6 x 2km freestyle relay.


Saturday, Jan 2… The Empire Strikes Back.  Ski on Saturday, earn VHCS points… join the dark side and do the Ski-O try it and earn even more VHCS points.


Sunday, Jan 3… Return of the Jedi.  Ski on Sunday, earn VHCS points.  Watch the JETS win, earn extra points!

Golfathlon 007

Wednesday, Jan 6… The Force Awakens… Viking Helmet Finale. 4pm at Gauntlet Stadium.  Tennis balls.. dice… frisbees!!!  The Chalice will be awarded and the winner will drink the blood of the vanquished!

The List… BEST METAL of 2015

Winter is upon us and it is time for the HARVESTER of Sorrow to reveal the best in METAL for the past year.

There has been lots of good METAL released in the past calendar year.

#11.  SKITANICA:  Total Metal


Nordic Skiing’s most obscure band unleashes another titanic behemoth of pure f**king METAL!  Killer Tracks:  Baptized in Beer, Battlesnake, Bloodsucker.

#10. NYLITHIA: Hyperthrash

This is an amazing album, almost like a psychedelic thrash meets electronica experiment.  It has a spacey industrial vibe, but it definitely is a thrash metal album… and it’s fast as hell.  Killer Tracks:  Razor, Blüdwolves, Whips and Chainz.

#9  SAXON: Battering Ram

One of my all-time favorite bands is back with another strong album.  This is pure metal with some killer riffs and hooks.  And as usual, Saxon come up with catchy choruses that are easy to sing along to and it totally rocks.  Killer Tracks: The Devil’s Footprint, The Queen of Hearts, Destroyer.

#8 HATCHET: Fear Beyond Lunacy

Hatchet is a modern Bay-Area thrash band that totally rips…  Killer Tracks: Living in Extinction,  Prophet of Delusion, Tearing into Hell.

#7 SAVAGE MASTER: Mask of the Devil

This is a true-metal album that could have easily been released in the mid-80s.  Savage Master has it all, satanic themes and rockin’ songs with a strong female lead-vocalist, Stacey Savage.  Killer Tracks: Blood on the Rose, Mask of the Devil, Ripper in Black.

#6 BLACK BREATH: Slaves Beyond Death

Blackened-Death-Thrash!!! I am always a sucker for the Black Metal sound woven into thrash metal.  This album is a huge barrage of sound and it is heavy as shit.  Killer Tracks: Reaping Flesh, A Place of Insane Cruelty, Slaves Beyond Death.

#5 ULTRA-VIOLENCE: Deflect the Flow

Just insane ear-ripping thrash metal!!! This album is a full-on rip from start to finish.  They even pull of a classic Venom cover of “Don’t Burn the Witch”.   Killer Tracks: Burning Through Scars, Lost in Decay, The Way I’ll Stay.

#4  RAM: Subversvm

Metal in its utmost metallic! Metal.  Killer Tracks: The Omega Device, The Ursurper, Eyes of the Night

#3  SLAYER: Repentless

FUCKIN’ SLAAAAAAAYYYYYYYEEERRRRRarrrghghgarghgh!!! Killer Tracks: Repentless, Implode, When the Stillness Comes.

#2 IRON MAIDEN: Book of Souls

Wow… Empire of the Clouds may be the most epic song ever.  Eighteen minutes!

Killer Tracks:  If Eternity Should Fail, Empire of the Clouds, The Red and the Black.

#1 ANGELUS APATRIDA: Hidden Evolution

This is a great thrash metal band from Spain.  They consistently put out the best, most ripping thrash, but yet they have catchy riffs and choruses.  In fact, I think there’s a lot of Joe Elliott/Def Leppard in the choruses (believe it or not, that’s a good thing… it really works.  Imagine if Def Leppard stuck to their metal roots and became a thrash band!)  This album is great! Do yourself a favor and pick it up.  Killer Tracks: End Man, Immortal, Wanderers Forever, Serpents on Parade.

The Force is Strong with Us… the weather is not.

janrenJan “Kylo Ren” Wellford won the “season opener” rollerski race at Point Au Roche in convincing, Theresa Johaug-esqe, fashion.  In spite of sleep depravation and extra goatee-induced drag, Jan was able to trust his feelings and rip apart the field and awaken the Force…. (note, he has not yet been able to awaken Old Man Winter…)

12356772_10153598595075589_262400606493342202_oJan finished ahead of the dueling Chris “Han Solo” Rose and Mike “Chewbacca” White who sprinted to the line in second and third place.  Safely securing the Wooden medal was Jim “Jabba” Kobak ahead of Brian “Lando Calrissian” White.  Alex “Boba Fett” Trumper put in a strong effort to make sure that Peru Nordic swept the top six places on the day.

force awakensAs a green Xmas looms, the lack of snow and wintry weather could be depressing… but fear not, the WAR ENSEMBLE will rage on with or without snow!

The first official War Ensemble will take place tomorrow, Wednesday December 16.  Meet the Nordiques up at Point Au Roche at 3:30 ish, or get out and do an equivalent workout on rollerskis, running sneakers, mountain bike, kayak… whatever.   Just post your workout and a photo to our facebook page and you will get some sweet VHCS points!


No Snow… No Problem, for now.

BREAKING NEWS: In spite of the lack of snow and warm December temperatures and the inevitable cancellation of the NYSEF season opener, the VHCS season will be officially getting underway this Sunday at Point Au Roche… 10 km rollerski skate on the infamous Tritone Course. Meet at the Beach pkg lot at 11 am, this is a non-wheel-doped event

Then, on Wednesday, 12/16 come on out for the first WAR ENSEMBLE of the season at Mt. Van Ho Gauntlet Stadium (unless there is still no snow, then we’ll be on Rollerskis at Point Au Roche). Remember if you get really, really, really psyched to rollerski, the snow will come.

First NYSSRA Race of the Year is on! Join now


December 1st marks the end of the first “race” of the NYSSRA points race series.  Make sure you’ve signed up for the race season by then.  This is the year Peru Nordic takes back the Club Championship!

Even if you don’t plan to race, joining NYSSRA shows that you believe in and support Nordic Ski Racing in the Empire State.  Without NYSSRA Nordic, inc. 5013(c), there would be no race opportunities at all!  So, make it a point to join NYSSRA this weekend and indicate that you are a member of the Peru Nordic Masters… SKI AND DESTROY!


Additionally, if you plan on racing in any NENSA races (in VT, NH and ME) or end of the year junior trips (EHSC, U16 Championships, JN’s) you need to have your NYSSRA-PLUS membership finalized by Dec. 1st.  NENSA will be receiving our membership information at that time and NYSSRA wants to make sure that you are accounted for so you do not run into race-day complications later in the year.

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