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.
Rumford, ME: Emma Charles, skiing for the Farmington Area Ski Team (FAST), completed the 2017 Jr. Sassi 3K Classical Race at Black Mountain Ski Resort in 11:27.4 to win the gold on beautiful conditions January 28, 2017. Finishing in the second spot was Eliza Skillings of Maine Coast with a time of 11:35.7. Taking the bronze was Charles teammate Bridget Reusch, who completed the race in 12:02.3. Other top finishers were Portland's Sierra Clark, Central Maine Ski Club's Cloe Sisson, Ella Raymond (Portland), Zuzia Varney (Portland), FAST's Moriah Reusch, Mia Digiralomo (CMSC), and Brynne Robbins of Farmington.
Rumford, ME: The Mt. Blue Men and Womens Nordic Ski Teams made it a clean sweep at the 2017 Jonathan Sassi Memorial 5K Classical Race at Black Mountain Ski Resort on January 28th. Leading the girls team was gold medalist Julia Ramsey, who finished the course in 16:59.8. She was followed by Maranacook's Laura Parent (17:29.7) and teammate Meg Charles, who completed the course in 17:47.4. Other top ten finishers were Deering's Ewka Varney, Maine Coast's Louise Ahearne, Maranacook's Abb Despres, Gould Academy's Izzy Chase, Yarmouth's Hannah Corey, Freeport's Lily Horne, and Mt. Blue's Gretchen Huish.
In team competition Mt. Blue girls finished with 25 points to take the team championship, followed by Maranacook HS with 47 points and Yarmouth HS with 78.
In the men's race, Mt. Blue's Tucker Barber continued his outstanding winter by capturing the top spot by finishing the world's class course in 13:38.5. Freeport's Yacob Olins finished second with a time of 14:27.2, while John Lane of Yarmouth took the final podium spot, finishing in 14:30.6. Rounding out the top ten were Zach Holman of Marancook, Caleb Niles from Deering, Freeport's Bennett Hight, Maranacook's Mark McLaughlin, Cameron Bancroft of Oxford Hills, Nolan Rogers of Mt. Blue and Deering's Peter Jordan.
In a very tight race for the team championship, the boys from Mount Blue came in 1st with 39 points, followed by Maranacook with 40, and Freeport finished 3rd with 44 points.
For Complete Results, click here.
Race photos are available at https://rivervalleygraphics.smugmug.com/Skiing/2015-Sassi-Memorial-5K.
As I think back of all the races that we have hosted in Rumford, it amazes me what the Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Area have done for the River Valley Area through volunteerism. This started in the early 1900’s with the facilities on Spruce Street in Rumford, moving on to Scotty’s Mountain on the edge of town after World War II, and then on to the Glover Farm and our current location at Black Mountain in 1960.
There is so much history with the club and ski area in the River Valley and we have held some incredible events over the last 90+years. In 1950 Rumford became famous world wide for successfully staging the World Cross Country Ski Championships on a 48-hour notice. In 1951, the tryouts for the US Cross Country Ski Team were held in Rumford. In addition to these major competitions, we have since hosted National Biathlon Championships, U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, National Junior Olympics, Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, USCSA National Championships, and most recently the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Ski Championships. The list goes on and on.