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Mass Bay West Results for Races 3 and 4

2014 MBW Race 3 Results

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‘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 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

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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

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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

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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…