After near perfect conditions last Sunday the week brought us temperatures into the 50’s and rain, rain, and more rain. Despite that our hard-working RD’s are determined to bring us a weekend of the best snowshoeing we can get given the trail conditions.

Saturday 2/9 finds us just north of Saratoga Springs at the Camp Saratoga 8k in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve. Word from RD Laura Clark is that despite the weather this week conditions aren’t too bad – there are some icy patches and they’ve re-routed a section to avoid a treacherous downhill, but overall the snow cover has held up better than expected. The recommendation is to bring trail shoes and traction assistance just in case there needs to be a last minute switch to a trail race, and waterproof boots might be helpful for fording the moat around the cabin that houses registration and the post-race festivities. Registration and race info can be found here.

Sunday 2/10 brings a return to the Viking Nordic Center in Londonderry VT for another of the Nor’Easter Snowshoe Series races, this time a morning 10k or half marathon. The latest from RD Eliza Hamm is that while the singletrack may not be useable, the hope is that the rolled Nordic ski trails will continue to hold up through the upcoming rain – and in any case, Viking Nordic has plenty of trails to play with, so she’s confident they’ll be able to put together Sunday’s courses. Registration and race info can be found here – note that both WMAC series runners and current USSSA members can get registration discounts.

The season is flying by and will be over before we know it – here’s hoping you can all get outside and have fun in whatever snow we have this weekend!