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Berkshire League Kicks Off

The Berkshire League got its 2014/15 campaign underway at Prospect Mountain on Tuesday.

 

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6th Annual Ski For Scholarship: Mathias Jessup Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race

By Thomas “Chi City” Schoorlemmer and Jake “Jakey-boy” Kobrin Racers were all smiles at the 6th Annual Mathias Bartels Scholarship race last Sunday as they began lining up for the 6K – the first race of the day. Skiers and spectators alike were present to celebrate the life of Mathias Bartels and to support the scholarship fund in his name. The Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior who exhibits the integrity, kindness, and commitment to excellence shown by Mathias. Entrants in the race included Berkshire alums, coaches, former Olympians, second graders, and High School skiers and their families. Most people were looking to have a fun day out on skis, and for many Mount Greylock alums, that meant proving that they’re still the baddest Nordic skiers around. Some of the County’s fastest skiers duked it out for over six kilometers of rolling hills, sharp…

Mass Bay West Race 5 Results

2014 MBW Race 5 Results

Berkshire League: Back to the Mountains

Co-Written By Will “Wolan” Nolan and Ian “Culnawné” Culnane   With new snow, and love in the air, the Berkshire nordic ski league headed back into the mountainous terrain for a Valentines themed final league race. Despite temperatures hovering around zero, the buses were able to start without trouble, and everyone congregated early in the morning at Notchview Reservation. Following the storm on Wednesday, the trails boasted fresh snow (where little had been before), which became sugary at points following the teams’ warm-ups. Very similar to the upcoming State course on Tuesday, the Berkshire County Nordic Ski League gained insight into what lies ahead. Most of the state course was included: Ant Hill, Stair case, and the ever notorious Shaw Road. On Tuesday, an extra kilometer will be tacked on featuring an extended Shaw and an even longer downhill. Leaving the stadium, skiers experienced strong winds, pushing them to go…

Mass Bay West Results for Races 3 and 4

2014 MBW Race 3 Results 2014 MBW Race 4 Results

‘Wall-conah': Berkshire League Takes to a Fun Course at Wahconah High School

By: Abbi Yezierski Lack of snow has forced the majority of our races to be held at Mohawk Trail Regional High school this season. The course has become so familiar to us skiers, we could ski it in our sleep. Luckily this week, the weather cooperated enough so we could race at a new venue – Wahconah High school. The course was a windy 2.8 miles through soccer fields and football fields. The snow was chopped up powder by the time the races began. It was a beautiful 43 degrees – perfect ski conditions, not only for the races, but for spectators too. Finally there was no need to wear a raincoat, seek refuge in the warm cafeteria or layer jacket after jacket. Days before the race, the Mohawk team discussed the history of the Wahconah course with experienced members trying to prep the newbies. They told us about the…

Ski for Scholarship: Mathias J. Bartels Community Nordic Ski Race 2014

The 6th annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held on Sunday, February 16th, at 11:00 AM at Mt. Greylock Regional High School.  The event will feature a 6 kilometer classic race, a 2.5 kids’/beginner’s race, and a lollipop race for young children. Races are suitable for all ages and abilities.  Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners.  A $15.00 donation is requested at day of race registration.  All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team.  Checks can be made out to: Mt. Greylock Regional High School – M.J. Bartels Scholarship Fund. In the event of limited snow coverage at Mt. Greylock, check http://blogs.fasterskier.com/bnsc/ for race updates. Mathias was an outstanding young man – a scholar, athlete, and leader of his class.  He was a high school junior and standout member of the Mt. Greylock Nordic Ski Team when he…

EHS / J2 Qualifier Results

Boys: 2014_J2_EHS_Boys_Classic_Results 2014_J2_EHS_Boys_Free_Results 2014_J2_EHS_Boys_Combined_Results 2014_J2_Boys_Team 2014_EHS_Boys_Team   Girls: 2014_J2_EHS_Girls_Classic_Results 2014_J2_EHS_Girls_Free_Results 2014_J2_EHS_Girls_Combined_Results 2014_J2_Girls_Team 2014_EHS_Girls_Team  

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…