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.
In the boys competition Nick Newman of the Mountain Valley Falcons came in first on his home course with a combined time of 1:42.37. Edward Little High School's Kyle Mooney was second with a combined score of 1:48.85 with Lucas Alley of Spruce Mtn. HS was a close third at 1:48.95.
The Falcon boys had the top team score with 33 points. Camden Hills (35) and Edward Little (43) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
For complete results, click here.
Rumford, ME - In the first Nordic Ski Race of the season at Black Mountain Ski Resort on December 27th, Gould Academy skiers Marcus Wentworth and Stephanie Nicols took top honors in the Chisholm Ski Club's Kick In Sprints. These freestyle races consisted of timed 15 second interval starts, followed by quarter, semi, and final heats. Wenworth outdistanced Mt. Blue's Tucker Barber, who took second place in the men's division. Nicols, who had the 8th best time in the qualifying round, which included 107 skiers of both sexes, all ages. In the final heat, she defeated runner-up Julia Ramsey of Mt. Blue.
In the middle school competition, Bethel Outing Club's Eli Shifrin took first for the boys, while the top girl finisher was Emma Charles of FAST. Congratulations to all skiers for a great early season day of competion.
Race Photos are available at RVG Photos, a division of River Valley Graphics.
The Chisholm Ski Club has launched it's annual membership drive. The club is made up of volunteers who's goal is to provide outstanding alpine and nordic skiing opportunities for young athletes at Black Mountain Ski Resort. All skiing enthusiasts are welcome as members of the Chisholm Ski Club. Presently we are made up of skiers, parents, former Chisholm Ski Club skiers and other people interested in supporting our mission. Annual dues of $15.00 per family are due in July of each year.
The 4th Annual John Roderick Marathon was held at Black Mountain Ski Resort on February 6th with 28 competitors. Skiers competed in either Classical or Freestyle 30K and 15K. In the 30K Men's Freestyle, Dave Murphy from Bartlett, New Hampshire won the gold with a time of 1:30:02. Brett Deyling of Livermore, Maine captured the silver with a time of 1:46:53. Earning the bronze was Robert Faltus of Watertown, Massachusetts, finishing in 1:48:10.
There have been several inquiries regarding running the Marathon with reduced snow cover and warm, rainy weather this past week. The marathon at Black Mountain is a go. The Chisholm Ski Club Redcoat volunteers look forward to seeing you at the mountain on Saturday February 6th for the fourth annual John Roderick Marathon.
We received about two inches of snow prior to the rain on Wednesday and the man made snow in the stadium and alpine areas held up well. Packed natural snow on the trails also survived and we expect to have a 3.7 k course rather than the traditional 5.3 k available for the event. Following discussion with Zach Stegman of NENSA we confirmed that a 30 K course would qualify for Marathon Challenge Series using either technique.. We will offer 30 K, 25 k and 15 k options for the event.
Registration will be open at 7:00 am at which time you can register, declare your technique preference,pick up your bib, and pizza tickets. Provisions will be available for ski changes and refreshment in the stadium. The race will start at 9:00 am with wave starts.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
BLACK MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT
Registration - 7:30 am
Course Open - 9:00 am (Wave starts, racers first)
Race or Tour....Classic or Freestyle
15km • 25km • 50km
50km races will be recognized as part of the 2015/16 New England Marathon Series. Ski Exchanger permitted.
The Event will use the 5.3km modified John Roderick Course.
Hot Chocolate will be available on the course at the Stadium. Performance will be recognized with awards and certificates. All participants are invited to Pizza and Beverage after the day's activities.
Learn about John Roderick at http://www.skimuseumofmaine.org/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1950.
Please remember to always check the NENSA website for all of the latest updates.
Hosted by the Chisholm Ski Club at Black Mtn Resort.
Saturday, January 18th
10:00 AM 5km J2 Girls
10:30 5km J2 Boys
11:00 10km women
12:00 PM 15km men's races.
If there are registrants for masters class, There will be a separate optional Masters wave 5 minutes after the regular start for both the men’s and women’s races.
2:00 PM Flower ceremonies/awards under the bridge
Sunday, January 19th- Classic individual start10:00 AM 5km J2 boys
2:00PM flower ceremonies/awards under the bridge
Race headquarters will be open by 7:30 each day with the course ready for inspection on Friday January 17 by noon.
There is NO Day Of Race Entry for Saturday's Mass Start.
NOTE: IMPORTANT CHANGES TO ALL Eastern Cup REGISTRATION DEADLINES:
NENSA members $35 per race.
Non NENSA members $45 per race.
Late or DOR fee for Sunday, add $10 per race.( Late or DOR entries for Sunday will be seeded at the back).
Online registration closes at 9:00pm, Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Offline (mail in) registrations must be received by Tuesday January 14, 2014.
NENSA Event Cancellation Policy (for all events):
The policy regarding refunds in the case of event cancellation should be stated on the entry form for the event. In the absence of a specific event cancellation policy, fifty percent of the entry fee will be refunded. Refunds are not granted for event postponements.
Printable Signup Form For All NENSA Events - if needed.
In the recently completed NENSA Eastern Cup Races, hosted by the Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Resort, the River Valley Area once again proved that it could offer a world-class event despite the odds presented by the recent ice storms.
Skiers were competing on the newly improved nordic trails, made possible due to a grant from the Bangor Savings Bank and many volunteer hours over the summer.