Women’s Alpine Colorado Camp

Winter has arrived and the Women’s Alpine Team is back on snow!  Athletes started arriving in Colorado for some pre-camp skiing as soon as they finished their exams, and our camp officially started on November 26.

DWA enjoying the sun in Loveland, CO

DWA enjoying the sun in Loveland, CO

We started out at Copper for the first five days, where the terrain is gentler and free skiing is readily available before and after training.  They hadn’t received much early-season snow, but there was a big dump the week before we arrived and then another storm during our first training block.  As a result, the ski area was reporting 79 new inches in the ten days before Thanksgiving!  It was certainly refreshing to see the ground blanketed in white, but the racer mentality in us was hoping for the new snow to settle into a harder surface so we could have some productive training.

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Lizzie Kistler ’16 arcs over the top of a breakover during training at Vail

Our wishes came true when we went to Echo Mountain on day seven.  Echo sits on the Front Range and generally receives less natural snow than the bigger resorts in Summit County.  However, at an elevation over 10,000 feet, it gets cold temperatures and they are able to prepare a hard man-made surface that is ideal for race training.  It was our first time on hard snow since last winter and everyone was smiling at the good fortune of feeling the speed and intensity cranked up to a whole new level.

Maisie Ide '16 searches for speed at the end of a GS turn during training at Loveland

Maisie Ide ’16 finishes a GS turn in training at Loveland

Since that time, we’ve had nothing but high quality training days.  We have split our recent sessions between Loveland and Vail.  Vail offered a water injected, icy surface with many World Cup skiers training nearby, while Loveland had firm man-made snow, undulating terrain, and a laid-back atmosphere.  Both were great sources of variety and quality that we are lucky to have this early in the season.

Tomorrow we are heading back to Copper for our first race of the season.  After a fall of physical preparation and two weeks of on-snow training, everyone is ready to finally pull a bib over their shoulders and get the competitive juices flowing again!

Men’s Nordic end-of-fall update

The Men’s Nordic Team heads into finals at the end of a long dry land training period mixed with adventure, challenge, and dedicated training.  These photos highlight a few of those moments!

Next on the table is the highly anticipated December Training Camp in Silver Star, B.C. Dec 2-16 and pre-season skiing!  After a quick Christmas Break, the Team reconvenes in Houghton, Michigan Dec 31 – Jan 11 for the 2014 U.S. Cross Country Skiing Championships where the first competitions should kick the season off with a roar.  Then it’s back to campus for Winter Term and Carnival Racing action!!!20111124-1 20111124-2 20111124-3 20111124-4 20111124-5 20111124-620111124-7

Moosilauke 2014

After three days of rain, the skies finally parted and we had a gorgeous late fall day for the Moosilauke Time Trial this year.  Early morning temperatures touched the freezing point, and even left some ice on the sign at the summit, but they had warmed up into the 40s and 50s by midday and allowed everyone to hike down comfortably and lounge on the lawn afterward.  The weekend was also the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Ravine Lodge, so it was great to see so many alumni back enjoying the mountain and its environs.

Moosilauke's 4802' summit sign coated in ice

Moosilauke’s 4802′ summit sign coated in ice

Fabian Stocek ‘17 of the men’s nordic team led the way this year with a time of 38 minutes, good for 25th on the all-time list.  Kevyn Read ‘18 posted a respectable sub-50 minute effort on his first trip up the mountain to win for the alpine men.  Emily Hannah ‘16 and Meg Lane ‘17 duked it out for top spot on the women’s nordic team, with Emily eeking out a six-second victory.  Anne Strong ‘16 posted the fastest time for the alpine women – not quite under an hour, but oh, so close – and good for 36th all time.

Full results and the historical record dating back to 1989 can be found here: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~dartski/team/moosilauke.htm

Austin Caldwell '15 approaches the Snapper Trail turn-off

Austin Caldwell ’15 approaches the Snapper Trail turn-off