As the Nordic Ski team eagerly awaits snow, the team actively prepares for the season by training on land. With the team’s first sprint relay at the Dublin School on December 7th, the athletes and coaches alike hope to maximize growth during this pre-snow period. In the next few weeks, the Nordic skiers can be found running the Harvard Stadiums, competing with the Alpine Ski Team in “zippy fun ball,” or roller-skiing obstacle courses on campus and the Minuteman Trail. As a supplement to the team’s standard routine, trainers in the Cross Fitness Center will provide valuable instruction to improve strength, mobility, and flexibility. While many on the team are returning to the sport from previous years, this year’s group also features new additions such as Armin Thomas ‘17, Gavin Colbert ‘18, John Markis ‘18, Liam Durbin ‘19 and Ned Whelan ‘19, many of whom will be on Nordic skis for the first time. For all the athletes on the team, the 2016-2017 Nordic Ski season promises to differ from previous seasons, especially with the newfound ISL partnership with The Rivers School, with whom Belmont Hill will be hosting a Lakes Region race at the Weston Ski Track on February 22nd.