The East Coast is continuing its streak of no snow. Following frigid racing at Dartmouth carnival and an over distance ski in -15 degrees, Hanover made a 60-degree weather shift, and by Tuesday it was 40 degrees and raining. But weather doesn’t stop the Dartmouth ski team! -15 degree racing? No problem. Spin bike workouts because there is no snow anywhere near campus? No problem. So, on Tuesday the team cranked up the jams and got pumped about “spin-tervals,” The positive mentality on this team is unwavering. My teammates are excited whether they are gliding along freshly groomed tracks in Silver Star or spin biking and running in February. And on the bright side, we still haven’t resorted to roller skiing!
The results don’t change either. In fact, the team just keeps improving. Last weekend we traveled to the Williams Carnival in Lake Placid. On Friday, flying freshman Lydia led the team with a fifth place in the skate 10K, followed closely by Emily Hannah in sixth. This set the team up well for a killer 5k classic pursuit in some of the craziest conditions I’ve ever seen. We awoke to 40 degrees, rain and nearly impossible waxing conditions. Half the team chose klister, the other half decided to ski on zeros…I don’t know if any of our skis actually kicked, but everyone made the best of it and we ended up with some great results. Mary had the third fastest time of the day and moved up to seventh overall! I think the most credit goes to our amazing coaches. We must have tested every klister, hardwax and combination of the two. Cami and Ruff kept a steady pace all morning, juggling our testing information, scraping and re-waxed our skis and re-sanding our zeros.
Mary waving the flag high after her speedy 5k classic
So, here’s to positive teammates, great coaches and crazy weather patterns! Keep the snow dances coming.
Mary hitches a ride to the awards ceremony
What a week!
From the beginning, it was pretty clear:
This one was going to be quite unique.
The festivities began Sunday
With a burst of bright, bright PINK!
To celebrate our Winter Carnival,
We dyed our hair in a blink.
Goodbye boring old brown-
Now we are spotted from across the Green!
All of campus knows who we are, and they agree,
Nothing better has ever been seen!
But despite our high hopes,
Hanover said goodbye to snow.
So it was decided,
Off to Craftsbury we’ll go!
And something else happened
That was really quite silly-
The weather outside grew
Really, really chilly.
But, we are the Big Green-
We race in the cold,
We race in the rain,
We race over ice,
We race through the pain.
Without thinking twice,
We race in anything to keep our reign! Continue reading
What a week it has been on the Dartmouth Ski Team!
I have always thought that this team had grit and determination, but I think this week was exemplary and brought out the best in all of us. This week was the camel’s hump of the Dartmouth 10 week term and it is typically when everything starts to hit. Final projects aren’t that far away any more, midterms are stacking up, and the fatigue truly sets in. Being a very kind and intelligent coach, Cami made this week the ultimate rest week. We were able to ski at the beginning of the week up at Green’s, which was a prime agility session on the icy trails, but also very beautiful. On Tuesday, we ventured over to the Golf Course in hopes of finding patches of snow and were pleasantly surprised. We started a great game of capture the flag between the upper and underclassmen which encouraged lots of skiing, sprints here and there, and nourished a great competitive atmosphere. The upperclassmen won, but that’s just cause they know the golf course better and it would be rude for us youngins to not let our respected upperclassmen win!
Last week was a volume week for us as we took advantage of some snow, and for once in most of our lives we wished we lived in D.C. Despite our lack of snow, we pulled out the rock skis, headed to Oak Hill and went into a hard week of training ending with the Carnival team up in Waterville for the Colby Carnival and the rest of us here to enjoy the snow at Oak Hill and then head up to Craftsbury for a fun Duatholon and Hil’s birthday!!
Lydia celebrating being a part of the big green. We had a fun day of skiing on a mixture of landcovers and made the most of some of our final patches of snow.
This season so far has been a huge learning curve for me in terms of the culture of our team and the history it carries. Traveling with the D-team is an experience in itself; we don’t stay in hotels, we often wax for ourselves, we work hard to work hard. It takes a full team effort to even get to the races and once there even before proving our skills, we provide our own luck (most of which Hillary takes care of). Not only does this bring an entirely new perspective on ski racing, it has given me a view into the culture of Dartmouth skiing, as we often stay with different alumni on our weekend adventures. Alumni are not hard to come by in the east and we often have visitors drop by our dusty basement to reminisce about the good ol’ days on the Dartmouth ski team. Talking to these alumn, whether in the basement, on the trails, or often in their houses where they generously allow us to stay, has given me a deep appreciation for the culture of our team and a determination to continue that culture. I’ve seen different dynamics on different teams. Female athletes, through my experience, have a tendency to feed off of each others energy and individuals cannot succeed unless there is team strength. The Dartmouth Ski Team has an impressive history. So, what does it take to succeed?
The Carni team after our grand victory