Milan Kubala of Stowe, Vt. captured the inaugural Black Midwinter SkiMo Classic at Black Mountain on Saturday, February 10, 2018. The event, which was part of the Winterfest Weekend, involves strapping climbing skins on skis to climb up the mountain before removing them to ski back down. Kubala, who was competing in a group of 5 skiers in the USSMA Certification Division, completed the 4 laps in 1:29:10,8 to capture the gold. Alton, New Hampshire's Josh Flanagan edged out Abraham Meyehofer of Weare, NH. Flanagan's time of 1:35:16.9 was about 6 seconds ahead of Meyehofer, who finished in 1:35:22.7.
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.
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Black Mountain and Chisholm Ski Club legend Chummy Broomhall. Chummy, 98 years old, passed away December 30, 2017. His family is planning a life celebration to be held this summer. Details of the life celebration will be posted as the family finalizes the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the:
Chummy Broomhall Maine Nordic Ski Fund
C/O The Maine Community Foundation
245 Main St.
Ellsworth, ME 04605
This fund will benefit aspiring nordic/biathlete skiers from Maine who may need some financial support to pursue their dreams of making it to the Olympics.
You will be missed Big guy
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.
Classical or Freestyle, it doesn't seem to matter much to Farmington's Emma Charles. She continues to have success at the John Roderick Trail System at Black Mountain, skiing the Jr. Sassi 3K in :10:14.4 to capture 1st place on January 27th. It was the second victory for Charles on the storied trails in Rumford, having won the Chisholm Challenge 3K freestyle on January 15th. Zuzia Varney of Portland had the second fastest time, finishing the course in :11:06.1. Farmington Area Ski Team took the next four spots with Brynne Robbins grabbing the bronze medal with a time of :11:29.3. She was followed by teammates Kamryn Joyce (:11:41.7), Bridget Reusch (:11:46.7), and Moriah Reusch (:11:48.5). Also finishing in the top ten were Frannie Freeman and Meribel Collin or Portland, Sanja Hirsch of Maranacook, and Naomi McGadney of Central Maine Ski Club.
David Herr of Canaan, Vt. outdistanced 12 marathoners to capture the championship in the 6th Annual John Roderick Marathon at Black Mountain of Maine on February 3rd. In the women's competition, Alison Chase of Orono, ME completed the 50K course in 2:59:43.6 to capture gold For more information, click here.