GRAFTON, Vermont – Last year at the Eastern High School Championships in Rumford, Maine Massachusetts climbed over Maine and New Hampshire to finish second as a team on the trails of Black Mountain. Now Vermont, the longstanding top dog, stands as the final rung to get to the top of the northeast high school ski ladder.
Massachusetts skiers and coaches seem willing to do whatever necessary to get there and as Bill Murray’s character, Carl Spackler, proclaimed in the 1980 comedy ‘Caddyshack’, sometimes you have to prepare like your enemy in order to beat them.
“I have to laugh, because I’ve outsmarted even myself. My enemy, my foe, is [Vermont]. In order to conquer [Vermont], I have to learn to think like [Vermont]. And, whenever possible, to look like [Vermont]. I’ve gotta get inside [Vermont’s] pelt and crawl around for a few days.” [Read more…]
The first qualification race for Massachusetts’ Eastern High School Championship and New England J2 Invite teams took place on the Weston Ski Track yesterday. This freestyle race was the first of two races that high school skiers compete in to be selected to each of these two state teams. When the manmade snowflakes from the blowing snow guns finally settled to the ground it was Eli Hoenig (Lincoln-Sudbury) and Julia Kern (Waltham) who blazed to victory. [Read more…]