The Nordic Season culminated with the second consecutive and second-ever Lakes Region championship, as well as a nail-bitingly close second at New England’s ski championship, tying the position of our team last year.
A season-long mild winter generated challenging training conditions coming into the racing season. However, early snow in December allowed the team to make great headway early on, especially in regards to newer skiers joining the team. Carrying forward the success of the first few weeks, the Craftsbury trip in early January was a great way for the team to see some of the only real snow all season and hills that are more than a few feet in elevation, and although the road conditions on the way up were tough on the way up and the team suffered from sickness in the week following, the trip all around was unforgettable for skiers and coaches alike.
The Lakes Region racing season started up shortly, and as Coach Courtney described, “the best Nordic Ski team in Belmont Hill history” dominated the competition with an undefeated lakes region season and great skiing all around. Courtney so eloquently described our domination as extraordinarily impressive, “considering we ski on a golf course,” and something the whole team should be proud of.
Coming into the final weeks of the season the team got ready to exercise their dominance one last time up in Dorchester, New Hampshire for the New England Championship event, where we soared to the top of the leaderboards in the morning skate race and just narrowly missed out on the title with a close second place in the evening classic relay. Overall, the experience was an awesome effort from teammates and coaches alike for what we all agreed was an amazing season.