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Black Mountain of Maine is excited to announce we will be hosting the Black Mt. Traverse skimo race Saturday March 5 in conjunction with NE Rando Race Series and Chisholm Ski Club. This year skimo (short for ski mountaineering) racing is an Olympic medal event. BMOM is a community owned nonprofit ski area. Chisholm Ski Club is the oldest ski club in the US and has hosted world cup and national championship races.
The NE Rando Race Series is the oldest skimo race series in the NorthEast. BMOM is the final venue of the eight race series. There are two divisions, competitive and recreational. Each division runs three laps with the competitive division partially descending the Pocwock glade and climbing back up each lap. The recreational course has 3,450’ of climbing and skiing and the competitive course is 4,540’. Almost the entirety of both courses are on skin tracks or glades cut by the Angry Beavers. These glades are some of our best snow holders and provide an excellent challenge for skiers. The Pocwock climb was cut this fall specifically for the race.
We are hoping this becomes an annual event. For that to happen we need to see a good turnout. Sure there will be folks in Lycra suits similar to Nordic ski racers zooming up, but much like a recreational road race there will be lots of folks looking to challenge themselves and enjoying the camaraderie of the event. Chisholm Ski Club has offered to lower the cost of participation in the recreational division from the standard $55 to $35 to encourage more to participate. Everyone who participates in either the recreational or competitive divisions will receive a prize and the bib serves as an uphill ticket for the remainder of the day. So join in and tell your friends and be part of the first year race.
More information on the course can be found at https://nerandorace.blogspot.com/p/race-venue-black-mountain-of-maine.html
The future of the Chisholm Sk Club's youth program is bright, as evidenced by the season ending festivities at Black Mountain on Saturday, March 13th. 14 young skiers in two divisions completed 500m and 1k courses, displaying the skills that they developed this winter under the direction of Erin Haynes and her dedicated group of adult volunteers. The skiers in the Lollipop division were the first to race, with Dominick Desalle first across the finish line in the 500m course with a time of :2:28.. 2nd place went to shaylah Kilroy with a :3:47 finish. 3rd place went to Raegan Lyle, finishing in :4:06. Also finishing the race with great style were Dalton Viger and Emery Black.
In the Junior Mints division, Nora Haynes sprinted to the gold with a time of :8:03. Maddy Brown was the second older skier to stride to the finish, crossing the line in :8:55. Chloe Brown was third with a :8:58 finish. Sophia Souza had a great time of :9:33. Nora Brown was next across the line, finishing in :10:43. Right behind her was Isla Haynes at :10:46. Also skiing a great race were Addicu Bailey-Curry, Bretton Arsenault, Ainsley Black.
After the race, each skier was given a goodie bag as a reward for the effort and dedication. We are already excited about growing this program next winter.
The Chisholm Ski Club is made up of an army of volunteers dedicated to the goal of promoting sking for youth in the River Valley, Maine, New England and beyond. This page, titled The Red Jackets will highlight some of the people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make this a reality. In these articles, we asked our volunteers 10 questions. In this week's article, we highlight our All-Seasons Iron Man Volunteer, Tom Carey
The Chisholm Ski Club hosted it's 1st Annual Tom Kendall Legends Race at Black Mountain on March 13th. The race was part of the Ski Museum of Maine's two-day event, with a Giant Slalom competition taking place on March 11th at Mt. Abram Ski Area and this 5K Nordic race on the John Roderick Ski Trails. Competitors in the Legends races were all 50 years of age and older.
Liz Repetto came across the finish second with a time of :22:18 to win ih the women's 50-59 age group.
Jeff Newson completed the course in :24:12 to win the men's 70 and older division.
Ann White crossed the line at :33:33 to grab the top spot in the women's 60-69 division.
Muzzy Barton finished the race in :30:40 while local legend Dan "Mouse" Warner skied a great pace and finished with a time of :35:31. John Kendall used a strong finish and a dose of adrenaline to stride to a :45:37 time. Former Rumford standout Rick Hale suffered an equipment malfunction, but manage to cross the line with only one ski still attatched to his book, a great display of determination.
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Thatcher Riley of Rangeley was the fastest skier in the Middle School boys giant slalom race at Black Mountain on Friday, February 19th. Thatcher had runs of 34.95 and 34.49 to win gold with his combined time of 1:09.44. Teammate Tristan Riley came in second with a two-run total of 1:10.72. Third place went to Orrin Slover, skiing for Auburn. Slover had a combined time of 1:12.35.
In the girls' race, Pheobe Bell, skiing for FAST, had runs of 35.22 and and 35.19 for a winning combined time of 1:10.41. Right behind her in second place was Adelle MacLeay of Rangeley who had a combined score of 1:10.92. Third place went to Madie Morton of FAST, who had a total time of 1:11.90.
Josua Smith, skiing for Mt. Blue HS, won the high school men's Black Mountain Slalom Race on February 18th with times of 42.93 and 43.92 for a two-run total of 1:26.85. Quinn Breen of John Bapst came in second, finishing the competition with a 1:26.96. Third place went to Jack Gilbert of Spruce Mountain, who had a two-run total of 1:33.05.
In the women's race, Jaden Boulanger captured gold with times of 47.03 and 49.24 for a combined 1:36.27 total. Edward Little's Courtney Larson grabbed the second spot with a two-run total of 1:37.78, while Sadie MacDonough of Mt. Blue took the final podium position with a 1:38.86 combined score.