March 27, 2013 ~
While most of our skiers enjoyed some needed rest after Fairbanks -- Elliot, joined by incoming Freshman, Walker Bean and Warren native, Noah Eckstein -- had some fun racing in the Frost Mountain Grand Prix held at the Rikert Touring Center. The boys competed against a strong international field of Canadians and Americans. The event had three races, with a skate distance, a skate sprint prologue and a classic pursuit. At the conclusion of the pursuit race, Walker edged Noah for 8th place, Noah took 9th and Elliot was just behind in 12th.
With the conclusion of these races the Nordic skiers are heading into a period of "snow-enjoyment" followed by a period of rest before beginning the next training season. This week we are training in four different modes: Tuesday: nordic ski tour adventure, Wednesday: groomed classic skiing, Thursday: adventure touring in the woods and finally on Friday a little lift serve alpine -- maybe we can have some piner's join:) One of the missions of the GMVS Nordic program is to create skiers who can, "ski it all," and we are proud and fortunate to have one of the best training grounds here in the Mad River Valley.
Another exciting note from the Junior National Championships in Fairbanks: based upon results, three of our skiers have earned All-American status by placing in the top 10 in this event. Heidi Halvorsen had the teams top result with a 4th place finish in the Skate Sprint. Ian Moore skied to an impressive 6th place finish in the Classic distance race and Maddy Pfiefer placed 7th in the Skate Sprint. This is quite an impressive feat and a well deserved recognition -- continuing a GMVS tradition of strong placement on the national stage. As a team we were the eighteenth ranked club in the nation (of 37 who scored points) -- not bad for a gang of four skiers from Vermont!