January 12th, 2014
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 grass continued to pan by their bus windows. Once stepping out to the dense mist and slushy snow, skiers scanned the scene and all seemed to be thinking the same thing. As Isaac Gotterer, a junior from Lenox, put it, “why the *!@# are we here?”
January 6th, 2014
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 windy and frigid, the trees provided shelter throughout the race, making the race temps just a little more bearable. Mountie Coach Hilary Greene was especially excited for the race saying, “Notchview is one of my favorite places to ski, with great terrain (like Shaw Road), beautiful scenery and a supportive atmosphere.”
February 27th, 2013
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 the traits Mathias embodied: commitment to excellence, integrity, and kindness. The annual scholarship fundraising race, which began in 2008, has become both a vital resource for the scholarship as well as an opportunity time for alumni, friends, coaches, current skiers, and family to celebrate Mathias’s life and enduring legacy.
February 13th, 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: massnordic.com.