With only a night’s sleep to kick off the tired legs from the Kelly Brush Ride, our crew had to rally for an 8AM meeting in the hallowed confines of the Middlebury Ski Room. Our destination was Rochester, a scant hour drive but a world away from the relatively unscathed aftermath of Irene in the Lake Champlain area (more)
One of the best kept secrets in cross-country skiing is now home to one of the finest race courses in the country. The Carroll and Jane Rikert Nordic Center, operated by Middlebury College and surrounded by the Green Mountains in Ripton, will start the ski season this year with a new five-kilometer trail that has been certified for competition at the highest level by skiing’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS).
When the U.S. Ski Team released its nominations for the 2011-12 National Team, Rob Cone (Killington, Vt.), a first-year standout at Middlebury College was among them. Cone’s selection marked a change from previous U.S. team selections and development models as remarkably few athletes have made the jump from the college ranks to the US Ski Team.
Colorado holds the lead after three events at the 2011 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by the University of Vermont. The Buffaloes own 647 points, followed by Utah (562) and Dartmouth (500), with Middlebury in 12th place (154). Action concludes on Saturday with the men's and women's slalom events taking place at Stowe.
Day one is complete at the 2011 NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by the University of Vermont. Two events were contested, with the GS events previously scheduled for Thursday the 10th moved to today due to the impending weather.
Middlebury battled its way back for a top 10 finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Vermont. Colorado won the title with 831 points, followed by Utah (730), Dartmouth (643) and Middlebury in ninth (246).
The University of Vermont will be the host school for the 58th Annual NCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships from March 10-13, 2011. Alpine events will take place at Stowe Mountain Resort, while the nordic events will take place at the Trapp Family Lodge.
Three alpine skiers were honored when the 2011 All-East honors were announced following the Eastern Championships at Bates College. First-year racers Hig Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Robert Cone (Killington, Vt.) earned second-team honors on the men’s side, while senior Nicole Dvorak (Essex Junction, Vt.) did the same for the women. Several members of the nordic and alpine teams were also named to the EISA All-Academic team.
The Middlebury ski team ended the carnival season with a fourth place finish at the Bates Carnival (EISA Champ./NCAA Regional). Vermont won the event (1,017), followed by Dartmouth (874), UNH (709) and Middlebury (684). The Panther men's GS team was tops on the weekend, finishing second overall.
EISA teams are heading to Maine for Saturday and Sunday competition at NCAA Eastern Regional Championships hosted by Bates College. These races are the final chance to qualify for NCAA Championships and a great opportunity for racers to have the best races of the season.
The Middlebury ski team earned a fourth place finish at its own carnival, while Dartmouth came away with 893 points for the win. UVM finished second overall (881), followed by UNH (759) and Middlebury (668). The Panthers took third place in three of four events on Friday, placing second in the women's slalom behind a second place finish from Nicole Dvorak.
Middlebury College will host its 88th annual winter carnival on Friday, February 18th and Saturday, February 19th. The alpine races will be held at the Snow Bowl, while the nordic races will take place at the Rikert Ski Touring Center.
The Middlebury College ski team earned its best finish of the season by placing third at the Dartmouth Carnival. UVM won the event with 1,002 points, followed by Dartmouth (904), Middlebury (722) and UNH (687). The Panthers return to action this weekend when they host their own carnival on Friday and Saturday.
Alpine skiers Nicole Dvorak and Robert Cone have been named the EISA Skiers of the Week. The duo turned in impressive performance last weekend for the Panthers at the University of Vermont carnival. The pair helped lead the alpine team in scoring Middlebury's highest point total of the season.
The ski teams returned to action after no carnival races last weekend, earning a fourth place finish at the UVM Carnival. The host school won the event with 1,009 points, followed by Dartmouth (801), UNH (783) and Middlebury (708). Alpine teams placed third in three of four events, with a second place finish in the women's slalom. The men's nordic team placed third overall in both races on the weekend.
The ski teams returned to action with a fourth place finish in the second carnival of the season, with events hosted by Colby. UVM (991) won the event, followed by Dartmouth (867), UNH (696) and the Panthers (639.5). The men's GS team turned in the top performance on the weekend, placing third overall.
Middlebury finished fourth overall in the opening carnival of the season at St. Lawrence. UVM took home the title with 1,046 points, followed by Dartmouth (821), UNH (722) and Middlebury (669). The men's GS squad was tops on the weekend, finishing second overall with three in the top six.
Former Middlebury College skier Simi Hamilton '09 has been named to the U.S. Ski Team. The 2010 Olympian earned All-American honors three times at Middlebury, including top 10 finishes in the 10K and 20K races in 2009. During his senior year, he won four of the six carnival races he skied in after returning from a U.S. Ski Team trip to France for the U23 World Championships.
CLICK HERE to read the U.S. Ski Team release.
You have probably seen them roll by. Dressed in tights, helmets, and orange safety vests, there they go again. It’s the Middlebury College cross-country ski team on roller skis.
Often in groups of 10 or 12, the men and women skiers take to the paved roads around the College for demanding workouts starting in September and continuing until, well, until there’s enough snow on the ground for actual skiing.