Saturday, April 19, 2014

Switzerland Adventures

After an amazing week of skiing in Norway (an estimated 350km!) a few of us headed further south for a week of fun in Central Europe. Eli Hoenig, Vanya Rybkin and I were lucky enough to be able to stay with Elena Luethi and her family in their bucolic hometown of Chateau D'Oex about 1.5 hours East of Geneva and right in the heart of the Swiss Alps. It was a fantastic week that included a lot of backcountry skiing, wood splitting, great food (tons of amazing cheese!) and exploration of the Swiss countryside.
The amazing view from the Luethi's porch



Elena and Eli enjoying the Sun, it was 60 degrees everyday!


Elena at the summit the first day, she was our expert guide.

Eli preparing for the descent.


A little out of order here, but this is the ascent to the peak on the first day. The snow was a bit skied in, but the weather made for a soft snow that skied great.

Summit on the second day, looking back at the peak we skied the day before (tall skinny one).

The group at the summit.

Eli and Vanya soak up the descent (we skied from the ridge all the way in the back).

Ended the week with a view of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps from Elena's Grandmother's hot tub.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

NORWAY CREW

Most of the crew that was in Norway. The day of the race. A mixture of current team members, alums and coaches (click on the picture to enlarge).

On the Birkie Trail in Sjusjøen

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NORWAY TRIP

The entire team spent the first half of spring break in Sjusjøen Norway. I'm not really sure how to convey how amazing the trip was. I'm hoping some of our current team members will chime in during the coming weeks. IT WAS THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME! Here is one picture that sums up the conditions. More to come soon, I'm sure as we get settled back in to Williams campus life!

Birkie Trail

Monday, March 17, 2014

SKI TEAM REUNION

We had a great day of skiing at Prospect on Saturday for day one of the Williams Ski Team Reunion weekend. It was a blast to see so many faces from the past and present together in one place and skiing/racing together. Check out the suits!!!
Dave Dethier and Bud 

SUITS from past and present!

right side of group

Middle of group 
left side of group

THE WHOLE GROUP!



1....2....3....ROCK THE COW!!!!!!


We then had an outstanding banquet on Saturday night to celebrate the careers of Bud Fisher and Ed Grees. It was a great time and was enjoyed by all!!!

The team is now gearing up for our Norway trip. We're off to Sjusjøen on Saturday for a week of skiing!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

NCAA 15/20K SKATE

This past Saturday the 15/20K NCAA Championship skate races were held at Soldier Hollow in Utah. Friday night the temps dropped down to around 24, which hardened things up nicely. The race starts were also moved to 9AM and 10:30AM from the original start times of 10AM and NOON in hopes that the track wouldn't soften up too badly in the forecasted 55 degree temps. We had been testing wax all week and the conditions were as expected on Saturday morning. By 9AM the final college men's race of the season was underway. We were ecstatic to see Will and Eli mixing it up in the top half of the field right from the get go. Will worked his way up quickly through the field and was solidly in the top ten before too many k's clicked by. At one point Will was in 2nd place! Eli was consistently in the upper teens during the first 10K.  Thanks to Peter Hoenig (once again) I have a few pictures of the race!
Eli early in the race

Men's Field climbing Hermod's 

Will leading on a ripping downhill
 If you block out the snow below Will's skis it wouldn't be hard to imagine roller skis on his feet!

At about 12.5K Will crashed hard in the feed zone and instantly went back to 25th place right as the lead pack started to break apart. It was unfortunate timing, but Will got back on his feet and managed to pass a group of skiers on Hermod's on the last lap to secure a couple of points in 29th place. Eli hung in the lead pack for almost the entire race and finished in 17th, only 25 seconds from 3rd place! It was a great race for Eli and an excellent way to wrap up his Freshman season.

The women's race started at 10:30 and the trail was starting to show the effects of the Utah sunshine. Everything stayed relatively firm, but the snow slowed considerably throughout the race. Hannah fought hard for all three laps and battled the tough uphills and slowing snow all the way to the finish. She finished in 33rd, just 24 seconds out of the points wrapping up an outstanding freshman season!!

Hannah working the flats with Isabell Caldwell behind
It was a beautiful day with bluebird skies and everyone enjoyed the post race activities.

Trailside on Hermod's

Eli making sure our wax cabin sign made it home

Hannah, Matt Cole and Peter Hoenig
discussing the race
 The team then headed down to Park City for the awards BBQ at the finish of the slalom event. Peter Hoenig, Cathy Schen and I went looking for some fish:

I saw a fish, but didn't catch one. It was
BEAUTIFUL WEATHER!
We said our goodbyes to folks in Utah and packed our bags for morning departure. Between our Suburban and the Alpine team minivan we managed to get our 18 bags and 6 people to the airport.

BAGGAGE FEES? Yep.
 We arrived home late Sunday night. It was an awesome trip with some great racing, beautiful weather and excellent company. It's hard to believe the college racing season is over. Luckily we have our trip to Sjusjoen, Norway coming up in less than two weeks!!!


Back home in Williamstown, we found mid-winter conditions at Prospect. Here are Jayvin, Caitlyn and I enjoying the Lollipopper's Ice Cream social!

Caitlyn getting the hang of it

This weekend is a BIG ski team reunion to celebrate the careers of Bud Fisher and Ed Grees. The weekend is kicking off tomorrow night at the Purple Pub at 8PM. There will be a nordic race at Prospect on Saturday at 11AM and an alpine race at Jiminy Peak at 11AM. 6pm Saturday night the reception and dinner will start.....ending time? Who knows! We're all looking forward to celebrating the careers of these two outstanding coaches!


Friday, March 7, 2014

NCAA 5/10K Classic

Yesterday was the 5/10K Classic NCAA race at Soldier Hollow. All week the race organizers were worried about warm temps, but the tracks froze up hard overnight and held solid for the most part during the race. The tracks did change quite a speed wise and early starters had some fast first laps! Hannah was bib 40 (the last starter) in the women's race and skied well to move up in ranking and finish 33rd on the day (less than 30 seconds out of the top 20. The hills are BIG at Soldier Hollow and the air is thin. Here is Hannah on Hermod's Hill:
Hannah nearing the top.
It's a LONG WAY UP!

Due to the conditions the race organizers decided to start the men at 10:20 (10 minutes after Hannah started). The early starters set a blistering pace as the tracks got worked in. Eli started bib 32 and Will 34. After the first lap they had both skied up a few places. At the finish Will was 33rd and Eli 38th.

Will near the top of Hermod's
Check out the ribbon of snow for the race trail in the
background!

Eli charging up Hermod's

 It was a rough day out their for EISA as we only had 3 men in the top 20. The women faired slightly better as Anja Gruber (UVM) took the win and 7 in the top 20.

Peter Hoenig and Cathy Schen arrived yesterday along with Matt Cole. It's wonderful to have parental support out here for the races. Thank you for the pictures Peter!

Bud and I cleaning skis and putting away
the klister for the year!



Tuesday was the NCAA banquet with all alpine/nordic athletes and coaches. It was a nice dinner and awesome to see everyone all dressed up!

The Williams Table
Kelsey, Eli, Bud, Shannon, Will and Hannah

Eastern Nordic Men (Blurry, but Will is in this one)




Eastern Nordic Men (Eli in the front, Will behind Chris Stock)





EASTERN NORDIC WOMEN. Hannah next to Anja Gruber front and center

The Williams Crew:
Kelsey, Eli, Will, Bud, Shannon, Hannah, Jay

Soldier Hollow on Hermod's Weds Midday

Soldier Hollow Venue
ribbons of snow through the countryside

Bud and I took a drive up to the top of a development
in Midway on the way home
from the coaches meeting
NICE VIEWS!

There are a LOT of new houses down there. They all look pretty similar.

We are off to skate today at SoHo and to do some testing and waxing in preparation for tomorrow's skate races. The men start at 9:30 and the women at 11:00.

You can watch the live feed of the races here:

http://www.ncaa.com/championship/liveplayer/player?gameId=442787&date=2014/03/08

Wish us luck for the last college race of the season tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Williams out West

We're in Utah!

Activities include:
Watching movies- Dark Shadows, An Unexpected Journey, and The Desolation of Smaug
Making and consuming sweet chili
Hot tubbing
Night adventure runs
Socializing with Norwegians
Waxing
Skiing
and... a little bit of homework.

Here are some action shots of Day 2 at the course:
 SoHo chillin'
 Our own personal Porta-Potty (plus Eli's thumb)
 Skis awaiting the secret sauce
 Rare and never to be seen in the East- A Black Billed Magpie
 Flags
We're stealing this at the end of the week.

And that's update number one! We'll get back to you later!
-Eli, Hannah, and Will