Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Blue Bird

 Ahhh.... aka  partner skiing.
 Speeds.

 Instructions....

And...downhill races!
A great time was had by all :).

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lake Placid Super Tour Weekend

 Over the weekend, we traveled up to Lake Placid for two Super Tour/Eastern Cup races.
The races were moved to the jump complex because they have a great snowmaking loop there. The course is really tough with a monstre climb out of the start and then a fast downhill return. Special thanks to everyone in the race organization for putting on two quality events in this lean snow year.
Above, Julia K crushed the prelim, placing 10th overall and being the top junior.
 The start of one of the womens heats with the jumps in the background.
 Sophie and Riz made the junior heats and worked their way into the final (above)...
 ..and came into the finish 1,2!
 Happily on the podium!
Full disclosure here, 4-5 junior girls made the top 30 and thus skied in the open heats..those girls were actually the fastest juniors (KO, Lauren and Julia were the top juniors in the open heats).
 Day 2 brought the individual start classic races.
With a big team and lots of skis to wax, I wass unable to snap any pictures until the last race of the day. Above, Koby G (SMS '15) zips through the lap lane on his way to a strong finish.
 Ben S showed that he can do well in distance races too, as he placed 11th in a strong field.
 Gabe had a very good weekend, making the Jr finals in the sprint and having a really strong classic race.
Our U16 girls went 1,2,3 in the classic race.
And our U16 boys matched their feat :).

It was a good weekend for the whole team with almost everyone having at least 1 really strong race. It was great to see Eli get a top 10, Zander making the U16 sprint heats, Mehana and Julia skiing really well in the classic race, Pippin coming back from sickness and having a strong classic race, our U20 girls going 1,2,4 in the classic, etc...

Congrats to all and thanks to Brayton, Pat, Zach and Austin for helping with the waxing!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We Are Lucky....

 ...to have a nice loop with snowmaking at the Sun Bowl. During lean snow times, we can still ski on excellent snow. The loop is perfect for technique, speed and intensity (not so great for OD's).
 This morning we got to slap on some klister for the first time all year.
 Everyone warmed up and then did 5-6  three minute rolling uphill intervals.


 The workout went well...
 ..and the sun even came out.
Now it's time to clean off the klister.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Exciting Times

 It has been a great winter for our SMS nordies with 2 golds, 2 silvers, 2 bronzes and a 4th on the world cup, a clean sweep for college admissions for our seniors, podium sweeps for our U16's at eastern cups and....Zander's birthday.
 We have just enough snow for good skiing on our Sun Bowl trails and great skiing on the Danby/Mt Tabor road. We have taken advantage of the conditions and nice weather to have a big volume week and enjoy some new trails and fun time trials.
 This morning, while our older kids were skiing an OD, the BKL group had a race in Putney. Here are some pictures of the action. Above, Micah zips around the course sporting a fine hat.
 Luke was on fire!
 Serena was all business.
 Fin, looking good and enjoying the fine conditions.
 Gunnar.
 Will.
 Summer.
 Chip.
 Wyatt.
 Sage.
Asa.
 Leah.
 Mathias and Sage.

Brennan.

Conditions were great and a good time was had by all. Thanks to Putney for hosting a great race.