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Monday, April 9, 2018

Prospect's still got it


Some Ephs enjoying Prospect's sunny splendor this past weekend

Thanks to our new friend Murph for the photo! 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Another Prospect MIRACLE

Prospect has had absolutely unbelievable ski conditions since early March. Truly amazing. Jayvin and I made it up for a skate ski this past Saturday and a classic ski today. Pics below from the past few days of glorious skiing!

Jayvin enjoying the April skiing
on Woodpecker

Heading to Sunny 4 Corners
working on positive shin angle:)

We spotted a few Ephs
doing some Threshold Intervals!
Our very own Nick Gardner shown here 
Winter Wonderland on April 7, 2018!

Absolutely perfect tracks
on Holy Smoke!

Even Mountain Trail and Danish Delight
were perfectly groomed with the
Pisten Bully
April 8, 2018

On Saturday we witnessed some fun and games.....notice the commentary from Olympian Andy Newell!

The parking lot has been pretty full at Prospect the past two days. I think the word is out that the skiing is incredible. Get out and enjoy it while you can!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Celeb Spottings in Norway!

As we reminisce in the amazingness that was Norway and other spring break escapades, I'd like to mention that we did have two very important celebrity sightings. The first occurred during/after the local race in Sjusjøen when we saw Norwegian skier Martin Sundby in his element! Afterwards, a few of us got a chance to chat with him and he was super friendly. Sonya claims we crashed her solo picture with him, but alas, it's pretty cute:
Sundby (in red) taking a minute to pose with the team after tying for the win in the local race. Other competitors included our very own Braden Becker, Dylan Syben, and Carmen Bango, as well as the great Jason Lemieux and his old teammate and friend Noel Johnson!  

ALSO, as we were wandering through the extensive duty free in the Oslo airport on the way to our flights, Noel and I ran into the one and only Norwegian heartthrob and Olympic gold medalist Johannes Klæbo!! He was on the phone and not quite as excited to see me as I was to see him, but it was worth it: 
Shout out to Noel for spotting Klæbo and snapping this picture! 
We're all back on campus now and the second half of the second semester is in full swing! 

Keep rockin' the cow!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Tourists Being Tourists

Traveling throughout Europe this Spring Break, the men's team had numerous opportunities to invest in one of the many selfie sticks being sold at the major tourist sites. However, we couldn't let our selfie game be outdone by the hoards of tourists we encountered on account of our tight budget, so I took it upon myself to retrofit my arms as a human selfie stick. The goal was to take one selfie worthy of a National Geographic cover in each country. The results are below. 

On the trails in Sjusjøen, Norway. About 40 kilometers in, about to make the final push to 50. Glad I was able to get Braden and Dylan in on the action before they headed back to the States for the second week of break.

Lots of scantily clad statues to pose with in Brussels! Jack Schrupp practicing for his post-grad career as a Crest model. 

Hagar Qim Temple in Malta. Older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Henry must have been looking for ancient buried treasure in this one, but Tessa Schrupp (younger sister of Jack) made a guest appearance!

Gaudí's Sagrada Família, Barcelona. The team looking haggard after our flight arrived in Barcelona at 3:00 am! Franklin must have found another espresso just before this one though.

To wrap up, a group shot not in selfie form. Thanks to the security guard at Bunkers del Carmel who we befriended for this one. 

Looking forward to getting the whole team back together this week for some spring skiing up at Prospect and long runs around the Purple Valley in the weeks to come.


Sunday, April 1, 2018

We Back

After a whirlwind tour of Europe, I speak for the whole men's team when I say we are very ready for anything Williams College might throw at us over these next six weeks. More photos from the adventures forthcoming.


Friday, March 30, 2018


Hello Eph Nordic Fans! For the first week of spring break the entire ski team plus a group of Williams ski alums took a trip to Sjusjøen, Norway. A longer blog post is needed, but to sum it up it was a TRIP OF A LIFETIME! Unbelievably perfect skiing, great company, great food and a great time! Here are a few pics for now.....more to be posted soon. Thank you to everyone who made this trip a reality for the team and for the alums. It was an experience that we will never forget and we feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience Norway together.

Alums Will and Gina leading the charge
on a pre-dinner ski the day of our arrival

Morning ski #1 with the whole crew

Classic ski with the men's team

Skate train heading down to

We had a sprint relay race. Here's
a post race pic of the crew in the
Lillehammer Stadium

50K Classic loop with
the women's team. Here
we are heading toward Losjheim

Carmen enjoying perfect tracks!

Heading back on the
Birkie Trail
I hope everyone is enjoying their second week of spring break. More to come soon!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spring molting

From Stanford Ecology:
"Molting is timed to meet various needs. For example, resident temperate-zone birds require more insulating feathers in the winter than in the summer. The number is changed in the process of molting; winter plumage may contain more than half again as many feathers as summer plumage. Since the feathers, which carry the colors of birds, are "dead," a bird cannot totally change its colors without changing its feathers (although its appearance can change substantially just from wear). Therefore a male bird usually molts into his most colorful plumage prior to the breeding season."

Emil Graf, everybody.