“It’s only a little club . . . but we do big things.” - Chummy Broomhall
Chisholm Ski Club is located at Black Mountain of Maine Ski Area in Rumford, Maine. The Club has a rich tradition which dates back to the early days of the 20th century at its Spruce Street location and its mid 1900's days at Scottie's Mountain. Over the years the Club has hosted several world class nordic skiing events, including the 1950 World Championships, 1976 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1991 National Biathlon Championships, 1993 US Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1993 U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, 1996 National Junior Olympics, 1996 Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, the 1999 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championship, the 2003 Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, the 2004 Chevrolet US Cross Country Championships, the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, the 2010 USCSA National Championships, and the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Championships.
Rumford: Eli Hoenig of Williams College and Sadie James of Bates College skied past the competition to capture Nordic Classical Gold on Day 1 of the Bates Carnival at Black Mountain Ski Resort on February 24th. Hoenig completed the 10K course in 28"56.0 to take first place, finishing 9 seconds ahead of teammate Braden Becker, who won the silver. Grabbing the bronze medal was Connor Hrynuk of UMPI, who skied the course in a time of 29:36.9.
James, a graduate of Mt. Abram High School in Salem, Maine, capture first place by completing the 5K course in 16:05.2. She was followed by University of Vermont's Alayna Sonnesyn, who finished in 16:26.3. Grabbing the 3rd podium spot was Iris Pessey of Vermont with a time of 16:42.3.
The races also served as the Chummy Broomhall Cup Championship. The award, named after legenday Chisholm Ski Club member and two-time Olympian Chummy Broomhall and is awarded to the top Maine Nordic College Ski Team based on results in the Classical race. This year the award went to host Bates College. Ray Broomhall, sitting in for his brother Chummy, helped Andy Shepard present the award.
Competition continues tomorrow with the Men's 20K and Women's 15K Mass Start Freestyle Races on Chummy's 5K course. The men's race is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am, followed by the women's race at 11:30.
Black Mountain's historic cross country ski trails will be the site of the Bates Carnival, which will be the 2017 NCAA Regional Championships on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th. Friday's races will include the Men's 10km and Women's 5km Classical Races. These races will have a 30 second interval start using the 5km Ray's Course. The Friday races will also serve at the Chummy Broomhall Cup competition. The Broomhall Cup, named after Rumford's legendary Olympian Chummy Broomhall, is given annually to the Maine College who perfoms best in the nordic classical competition.
Racing will continue on Saturday with the Men's 20km and Women's 15km Mass Start freestyle. This race will be run on the 5km Chummy trail.
For up-to-date announcements, please visit the Virtual Coaches Meeting website.
Rumford: The Fort Kent Boys, a balanced and deep team led in the slalom by Bryce Madore (5th), Austin Plourde (7th), Jonathan Haley (10th), and David Roy (13th) captured the 2017 Class B MPA State Alpine Championship at Black Mountain Ski Resort on February 22nd. Individual slalom gold went to Maranacook's Nathan Delmar, with a combined time of 1:21.70. Nick Newan, the GS champ from Mountain Valley, earned the silver, while Charles Dehass of Winthrop captured the bronze.
Other top ten finishers were Dehass's teammate Maguire Anaszewski (4th), Madore (5th), Curtis Gauvin of Mountain Valley (6th), Plourde (7th), Maranacook's Dennis Chiappetta (8th), Greenville's John Watt (9th) and Haley (10th).
The Mountain Valley Boy's were the Class B Alpine Runners Up, with Maranacook finishing 3rd.
Nick Newman of Mountain Valley High School and Shellby Cowin of Greenville High School captured the gold medals in the 2017 Maine Principals Association Class B Giant Slalom at Black Mountain on February 21st. Newman took top boy honors with times of 46.76 and 47.66 for a two run total of 1:34.42. Nathan Delmar of Maranacook HS had a combined time of 1:39.57 to win the silver while Greenville HS Junior John Watt came in third.
Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Resort are pleased to be hosting the Maine Principals Association Class B High School Alpine Championships. The races will take place during school vacation week on Tuesday, February 21st and Wednesday, February 22. We look forward to making this a great experience for all the racers who have come to compete.
FEB. 13 UPDATE: Day 2 of the KVAC/MVC Ski Championships originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 14 at Black Mtn. are POSTPONED. Too many schools are unknown on transportation and there is concern about potential conditions and safety of the athletes. Day 2 will not take place on Tuesday, Feb. 14 and we are exploring options for after states. Hopefully day 2 will be rescheduled sometime after the state meets.
Peter Mamrol, from Anchorage, Alaska and Dartmouth College, won the 5th Annual John Roderick 50k Marathon with a blistering time of 2:10:26.1. Mamrol took the lead early in the long distance race and never looked back. He skated with ease, and seemed as fresh at the finish line as he did at the beginning of the race, although he may argue that point.
The race is recognized as part of the 2016/17 New England Marathon Series and is part of the legendary Chisholm Ski Club's 100th Anniversary Celebration Weekend. The 50k race consited of 9 laps around a 5.3K course. Also included in the day's events were 25K and 15K. The University of Maine Farmington's 15k freestyle was also a division of the race.
Finishing second to Mamrol was Cameribn Cogburn, who completed the race in 2:27:33.7. Taking the bronze with a time of 2:35:17.0 was August Posch, skiing for Team Fuzzy SCARPH.
Alison Chase was the top women's finisher in the 50k with a time of 2:51:35.8.
In the women's 15K UMF race, Alisha Labbe took the gold medal for UMF with a time of 57:39.0. The silver went to Bates College's Sophie Gerry, who completed the course in 1:02:06.4. Rounding out the top three was Bates' Emma Marchetti at 1:04:40.2.
Rumford, ME - Monmouth Academy's Ehtan Thombs outskated a small field of 14 skiers to take first place in Black Mountain's 5K Freestyle race on January 5th. The race consisted of two laps of an excellently groomed 2.5K course. Trailing Thombs was Dirigo's Justin Cantin and Camden Hills' Marley O'Neil.
In the girls race, Edward Little's Tyne Finnerty edged teammate Kirsten Main by .3 seconds to earn the victory. Finishing third was Nicole Whitman of Dirigo.
Race photos are available at https://rivervalleygraphics.smugmug.com/Skiing/Jan-5-2017-5K-Freestyle.
The Chisholm Ski Club is bringing back a race that was an annual event at Black Mountain for years. The club is hosting an all-ages alpine ski race in a dual GS format. Racers can register the day of the race at Black Mountain and purchase up to 5 runs. All racers need to purchase a day ticket or have a pass, and race runs will cost $5 each, or 5 runs for $20.