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Big Weekend at the “Diamond in the Rough”

By Ellen Ross and Meghan Moody Two weeks ago the league apprehensively made their way to Mohawk Trail, unsure of conditions, trail width, and frustrated over the lack of snow.  This week excitement filled the air as skiers looked forward to returning to the “diamond in the rough” that is Mohawk Trail. However, as the first classic race of the season, inexperienced skiers with barely a week of practice jokingly questioned if they could “skate when nobody is looking” and asked “wait, HOW many steps are allowed on those s-turns?!” as they remembered the fast corners of the skate race. To the joy of some and sadness of others, several of the slippery s-turns were removed and replaced with a smoother downhill.            The two-lap course provided both Varsity and JV skiers with plenty of opportunities to work on their double pole and kick double pole…

All of the Lights

By: Joseph Gais Screaming fast corners, a few broken poles, and complete darkness… such were the adventures of the Berkshire East mass start race of the Berkshire XC Ski League this past Monday night. The race was originally scheduled to be held at Mount Greylock Regional High School, however, Father Winter disapproved of giving Greylock the advantage of their home course.  After days of deliberation to decide whether conditions allowed for another race at Mohawk High School, the council wisely designated Berkshire East, a famed downhill ski area, to be the sight of the race. The course was either 2 or 3 laps of approximately 1.5k that meandered about various trails on the base of the alpine mountain. The course was neither particularly flat nor hilly; it fell into a middle ground between Notchview’s death by elevation and Mohawk’s Midwesternesque course layout.  Jake Foehl credits the fast downhills and technical…

Mass. Bay West – Race 2 Results

2014 MBW Race 2 Results

A Little Rarity in a League of Routine

By: Maggie Bouvier, Shelby Boyer, Lily Nejaime, Lizzy Barry, Olivia Ciolfi, & Josie Marshall When word got out that the next Berkshire Nordic Ski League race was still on and switched to Mohawk Trail, there were nearly riots in the streets.  People first questioned whether there would even be sufficient snow. More freak-outs occurred when skiers recalled the thin, winding trails through the woods and thought about the difficulty of passing on skate skis. Even the fear of being electrocuted came into the picture when heavy rain and lightning came into the forecast.  It seemed inconceivable that there would be a race on Saturday. Despite the doubt and anxiety, skiers found themselves groggily piling onto buses on Saturday morning equipped with raincoats and dry clothes for after the race. Expecting to see more and more snow accumulation as they headed up to Mohawk, the teams were disappointed as fields of…

Mass. Bay West – Race 1 Results

2014 MBW Race 1 Results

Carpe Cursum – Berkshire Nordic Ski League Seizes the First Race of the 2014 Season

Co-Written by Ian Culnane and Caleb “Craymoney” Raymond With the possibility of not having a race due to lack of snow and low temperatures, the Berkshire Nordic Ski League managed to kick off its first race this weekend at Notchview. The wave-start freestyle race returned to the short course/long course format, with the varsity racers skiing two laps of a hilly 3 kilometer course, while the jv finished after just one. Conditions were cold and windy, with the start delayed until 3 pm to allow buses to start (because according to the bus company, buses only start above 10 degrees – can we get them some electric blankets for next week?) and to allow the race to be during the warmest part of the day. The snow was soft and powdery which can be frustrating, but everyone skis in the same conditions. In the open field, the air was very…

Mathias Race – A Community Gathering

Ski For Scholarship A community Nordic ski race to benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Scholarship Fund Mount Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown, MA February 17, 2013 By Alex White   On February 17th , with temperatures hovering in the single digits, the annual Mathias J. Bartels Scholarship Race was held at Mt. Greylock Regional High School to commemorate the life of former Greylock student Mathias Bartels and to raise money for the scholarship founded in his name. Despite the blustery winter weather, skiers from around the county flocked to Greylock to join in the festivities. In 2004, Mathias, then a junior and a varsity member of both the cross-country ski and soccer teams, passed away in his sleep of sudden cardiac arrest due to a heart arrythmia of unknown cause. After his death, the Mathias Jessup Bartels Scholarship was created as a way to honor a graduating senior who exemplifies…

Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2013

The 5th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 17th, at 11:00 AM on groomed trails at Mt. Greylock Regional High School. The event will feature a 5 kilometer classic-style ski race and a shorter kids’ race suitable for all ages and abilities. For details and updates in the event of limited snow coverage, please check:

MA State Race Results