Cross-country skiing has been a part of Dublin School's history since Paul W. Lehmann founded the school in 1935. Dublin students spent September and October afternoons playing soccer, November cutting and clearing alpine and Nordic trails, and the rest of the winter skiing. There was a time when students allegedly had to ski off the school's ski jump in order to graduate. While Dublin has since added other winter sports like basketball, skiing remains a popular activity for many students and teachers on campus. From the well-lit ski slope in the middle of campus to the miles of carefully designed trails stemming from the school quad, opportunities to explore, train, and race abound.
Cross-country skiing has enjoyed a renaissance at Dublin School with the team growing to over 20 student-athletes. Dublin School has continued to climb the Lakes Region standings. Our recently completed Nordic Ski Center hosted the NEPSAC Championships in 2014. It is one of the most enjoyable and exciting ski trails in the east. The trail reaches 1800 feet above sea level, is north facing, and receives and retains significant snowfall.
In January of 2013 the school completed renovations on its old art studio, turning the cozy and unique space into a new outing club for skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and hiking. The cross-country ski team uses the space for waxing and tuning, and every skier has their own large locker for ski equipment storage. When not out skiing the trails, running up Mount Monadnock or roller skiing by lakes on the beautiful back-roads of southern New Hampshire, the team uses the Whitney gymnasium for strength and circuit training.
Ski Team Philosophy
The Dublin School ski team is modeled on the Dartmouth Ski Team approach to skiing. There is a development team for students just learning the sport or for students who have experience with skiing and want to develop their technique and fitness. These skiers are encouraged to ski in at least two or three Lakes Region races a year. They also travel to races like the Stowe Derby in Vermont and the 2-day, 100-mile Canadian Ski Marathon in Quebec.
There is a competition team for skiers with more experience or who want to race against the very best competition in New England and even the country. Our athletes compete in Eastern Cup races, NH Coaches Series races, the J2 championships, the Eastern High School Championships, and the New England Prep School Association Championships. This team is designed for the student who is interested in the possibility of racing in college and beyond.
For all of our coaches the goal remains to introduce our students to the joy of skiing and ski racing. We believe it is a lifelong sport and one that should be shared with friends and family. We believe that high school students should be well rounded and will benefit from playing multiple sports during their teen years. We believe that the discipline that comes from learning how to ski fast makes young people better and more focused as students. Finally, we believe that kids enjoy being a part of a dedicated team and love the opportunity to be a part of an intense experience.
Dublin, Holderness School and Northfield Mount Hermon vied for supremacy in the first Nordic Race of 2017 at Holderness School. A total of six and seven points separated the top three teams in each of the boys and girls categories.
On the boys side, Dublin School won for the first time in Lakes region competition against a field of 12 schools. The boys, led by GH Werowinski's (Acton, MA) #1 finish, defeated home team Holderness by 4 points. The boys won despite the absence of top skier Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH). Quinn Wilson 7th (Dublin, NH); Ryan Hyde 12th (Hollis, NH); and Yates Desel 28th (Fairfield, CT) closed out the scoring for Dublin.
On the girls side, Dublin School finished six points behind winner Holderness. Dublin dominated the podium capturing the #1 ( Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH)) and #3 ( Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH)) positions. Robyn McIntosh #10 (Chelsea, Quebec) and Olivia O'Rourke #25 (Peterborough, NH) closed out the scoring for Dublin. In a great sign for the future, three out of the four Dublin scoring racers were either Freshmen or Sophomores.
Five Dublin School endurance athletes have committed to college programs over the last two weeks. They are Calvin Bates - Nordic Skiing - Middlebury College; Joey Hynes - Crew and Soccer - Washington College; William Stanhope - Crew - Florida Institute of Technology; Michelle Zhong - Crew - Cornell University; and, GH Werowinski - Crew and Nordic - Saint Lawrence University.
1st 2016-17 Headlamp Hustle!
The Nordic Team traveled to Vermont Academy for a fun and informal first race of the season. The race format was a pairs spring race using the skate technique. We created 15 teams of two skiers, some skiing in a six lap experienced race and others skiing in a two lap beginner race. Each skier would ski a lap and then tag their partner, ski a lap, then tag, etc.. It was a particularly exciting day for our first time racers, many of who have only been on snow for a week! We are fortunate to have a nice balance of beginner, intermediate and very advanced skiers.
Our experienced skiers dominated the race, winning all three categories, the boys' relay (Ryan Hyde (Hollis, NH) and GH Werowinski (Acton, MA)), girls' relay (Robyn McIntosh (Chelsea, Quebec) and Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH)) and mixed relay (Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH) and Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH)).
Agility training by the lights of the car.
A short video of our trails...
The girls returning from their over-distance ski this morning.
Ski walking in Craftsbury.
The fall Nordic Ski Camp is designed to bring a non rushed, fun atmosphere of ski racing fundamentals and aerobic training to the Dublin School nordic ski team. This is open to all Nordic ski team members and is not mandatory. It will be held from November 18-20, 2016 at the Craftsbury Nordic Center in Vermont.
Picking up skis at Caldwell Sport.
GH Werowinski (Acton MA) is probably like a lot of seniors at this time of year. He is focused on college. But unlike others his focus is not so much on where, but on what he plans to do there. He is interested in science going forward and as a result is taking three science courses this year: Physiology, AP Environmental Science and AP Physics. The bigger uncertainty for GH is in what sport he will play in college.
When GH came to Dublin three years ago that might have been the most unlikely result possible. In middle school, GH ran a bit of cross country, played some lacrosse and in the winter he did woodworking. He was not really committed to anything but he knew he wanted to try Nordic Skiing and Crew even if he really did not expect much, “When I came to Dublin I wasn’t very confident that I could do new things and be good at them. With the sailing team there was a very clear defining moment in our first race when I got picked to go to the varsity race. I slowly began to learn that I was capable of things that I didn’t think I was before. Basically, I got confidence with sailing that I could be good at something that I wasn’t good at just by pure work. I realized I could get better. I realized I could improve and I was shocked that that was possible.”
“There is no quicker way to take the joy out of a sport than to have kids fixating on a heart rate monitor.” I hear versions of this refrain whenever I bring up the topic of heart rate monitor training with other junior coaches. The standard fear of giving heart rate monitors to junior athletes is that athletes will obsess over their data, lose track of the joy of being in the out of doors, and burn out from the constant pressure and scrutiny they experience from their coaches, parents and peers. With our school’s Endurance Team, a group of high school mountain bikers, runners, cross country skiers and rowers, we have actually found these fears completely unwarranted. Since embracing heart rate training we have found that both our elite and novice endurance athletes are training in higher volumes, having more fun, and are getting faster with each new season.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) voted recently to sanction Dublin School’s Nordic Center. Dublin School’s state of the art race course is the first high school course in the world to receive this certificate of homologation. The homologation process establishes an international standard for race courses to provide guidelines for course design and construction. Dublin School went through a rigorous inspection and application process to secure their homologation.
Brad Bates - Head of School & Head Nordic Ski Coach
Brad has been coaching endurance sports since graduating from Dartmouth College, where he competed on both the varsity rowing and cross-country ski teams. A three time All American as a junior racer, Brad now enjoys coaching both novices and elite skiers on the trails at Dublin where his father used to race.
Alison Weber - Assistant Coach
Alison brings a wealth of experience to her coaching at Dublin School. Alison has been coaching skiing for 27 years, including stints at, among many other places, Conval High School, Windblown Ski Area, Temple Nordic Center, Great Glen Trails and Women's Sports Works Nordic Programs. Alison thrives on spending time on our trails introducing young athletes to the sport she loves.
Lindsey Masterson - Assistant Coach
Lindsey joined our coaching staff last year and also coaches the Windblown BKL Team. Lindsey was a high school state champion and skied in the Junior Olympics, and the Norwegian Birkebeiner. After high school she skied Divison 1 for the University of New Hampshire and remains a member of UNH's ski board. If you can keep up with her you might see her skiing with her two-year-old daughter Haley in tow!