NYSEF ROUNDUP: Sinclair earns free ride to Colorado

Robbie Sinclair, of Saranac Lake, accepts the Progression Award that includes an all-expense-paid admission to the Woodward Camp in Colorado. (Provided photo)

New York Ski Educational Foundation freeride athlete Robbie Sinclair, of Saranac Lake, won the Adirondack USASA series Progression Award, which included a launch snowboard and an all-expense-paid week-long session at Woodward Camp.

The Woodward Camp offers year-round skiing and snowboarding on real Colorado snow, plus a 19,400-foot indoor training facility with skateparks, Olympic-grade trampolines, foam pit jumps, and indoor ski and snowboard training.

Sinclair, a 14-year old snowboarder, was also named as NYSEF athlete of the month for January. He competes in boarder cross and slopestyle in the youth 14-15 year-old age group. He was born in South Dakota, and as soon as his family moved to the Adirondacks, Robbie started riding in the backyard with his dad. Sinclair transitioned to riding at Mount Pisgah and then moved on to ride and train with NYSEF at Whiteface.

“My coach (head snowboard coach Bob Witt) makes daily training fun while also being serious,” Sinclair said. “It helps me develop as an athlete and continue with the sport. Bob and all the freeride coaches manage to be playful while accomplishing our goals for the day.”

Sinclair practices with his younger sister, Alexis, an 11-year old ski cross athlete.

Pictured are NYSEF athletes who were named to the roster for the 2019 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Cross-Country Junior National Championship. (Provided photo)

“Robbie shows great athletic performances and has been the most improved this season,” NYSEF freeride program director Mike Kirchner said. “He is a great role model for his peers and other youth athletes.”

Sinclair plans to compete in the USASA Nationals in Copper Mountain in April.


The U19s switched places with the U16s for their championship events at Gore and West mountains. Due to the weather, Gore hosted a slalom race on Sunday, Feb. 24 instead of the originally planned super-G.

Robbie Sinclair, of Saranac Lake, competes for NYSEF. (Provided photo)

Athletes competed for a chance to qualify for U19/U21 Finals that take place on March 21-24 at Gore Mountain. From NYSEF, seven girls and seven boys earned spots in the Finals.

Below are the top NYSEF results from the championship event:

Giant slalom, girls

Rosalie Poisson (Carignan, Quebec) placed first

Alexis Hollister (Old Forge) placed fourth

Giant slalom, boys

Gabe Munter (Middle Grove) placed first

Slalom, girls

Abigail Saks (Saddle River, NJ) placed fifth

Slalom, girls (Gore)

Beth Fisher (Lake Placid) placed second

Rosalie Poisson (Carignan, Quebec) placed fifth

Slalom, boys (Gore)

Tyler Munter (Middle Grove) placed second

Shane Bittinger (Monticello) placed third


The New York Ski Educational Foundation recently announced its roster for the 2019 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Cross-Country Junior National Championship (Junior Nationals) in Anchorage, Alaska. NYSEF cross-country skiing athletes qualified for Junior Nationals in the Mid-Atlantic Division through several race events that took place during the 2018-2019 season.

Junior Nationals will take place March 11 through March 16. The following is the tentative schedule for Junior Nationals:

Monday, March 11 — Individual start Freestyle

Wednesday, March 13 — Sprint Classic

Friday, March 15 — Mass start Classic

Saturday, March 16 — Relay Freestyle

More information on the live-timing and the schedule can be found at www.juniornationalsxc2019.com.

The following NYSEF athletes are on the roster:

James Flanigan

Kai Frantz

Max Flanigan

Jacob Alberga

Scott Schulz

Adrian Hayden

Joseph Wilson

Marli Damp

Annie Rose-McCandlish

Alex Fragomeni

Mike Skutt

Sylvie Linck

Colton Martin