While still a fairly new sport here at Dublin, snowboarding has become an important part of winter life at the school. Our newly opened Norm "Pro" Wright Ski Area is open to boarders to use throughout the season, and with the alpine ski team, the group regularly practices at nearby Crotched Mountain in Francestown, New Hampshire.
As our program has evolved, we've been able to send more athletes to Lakes Region League Snowboard Series competitions throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. These events are open to a range of talent levels, from beginner to expert, with races held in the Giant Slalom, Slopestyle, and Boardercross. In 2015, we won the Lakes Region Boys Slopestyle Championship For the first time.
Our favorite race, though, happens right in our backyard, when snowboarders from competing schools descend on Crotched in January for the mountain's annual snowboard competition. It's a fun, relaxed environment where athletes can race against one another and strike up friendships with snowboarders from competing schools.
Slopestyle Competition at Crotched Mountain - February 25,2015
Lakes Region Slopestyle Competition Results @ Sunapee 1.21.15
Snowboarding competed in a giant slalom race at Gunstock on Wednesday.
Boys team finished 5th out of 10 teams competing. Top four finishers for Dublin were: Alexander “AJ” Simpson 9th (New York, NY), Garret Autera 18th (Roswell, GA), Emil Hristache 22nd (Peterborough, NH), and Miles Morgan 27th (Hollis, NH). Joe DuPont-Roche (Peterborough, NH) had a very good first run finishing 7th but couldn't complete his second run.
Girls team finished an infentesimally second to Vermont Academy (284-283). In a trick of mathematics, Imogen VonMertens (Hancock, NH) finished 3rd in both races but missed the podium finishing 4th overall. Lucy Martin (New Canaan, CT) reversed that by finishing 8th in both races but finishing 7th overall. Alissa Muise (Blue Hill, ME) finished 9th to close out the scoring for Dublin.
Dublin School Snowboard Team competed on Wednesday in the Lakes Region Championship at Bretton Woods Ski Resort in the White Mountains. Conditions couldn't have been better as snow fell consistently throughout the day. The team competed in two events back to back: first in the GS followed by Slopestyle.
Captains A.J. Simpson and Emil Hristache stepped up despite their injuries to lead the team to a second place finish out of the 8 teams competing in the GS. A.J. Simpson finished in second place overall and Joe Dupont-Roche finished 5th while Emil Hristache and Chris Brodie rounded out our top finishers.
In the Slopestyle event, Emil Hristachetook a 4th overall finish, A.J. Simpson was 9th, and Lucy Martin placed 6th for the girls. Seniors Chris Brodie, Baxter Glaude and Harrison Glaude performed admirably for their final winter season at Dublin. Coach Graves and Scalfano could not be more proud of their team! Every rider stepped up, improved immensely, and represented the Dublin School Snowboarding Team with pride.
Paul Graves is one of the originals, his involvement in snowboarding as old as the sport itself. He was the first professional and sponsored rider — for Snurfer early in his career and later for Rossignol Snowboards — thanks to his surface 360’s and flip dismount, which paved the way for freestyle riding and won Paul the National Freestyle Championship in 1979. The first television commercial to feature snowboarding starred Paul carving down the Canadian Rockies on behalf of Labatt’s Blue. But most notably, Paul founded the first national snowboarding championship in 1982 at Suicide Six in Woodstock, Vermont. He later passed the event on to his friend Jake Burton, and the U.S. Open became the pinnacle competition of the season.
Paul, who Time Magazine called “a snowboarding pioneer,” has appeared on NBC, CBS, ESPN, Snowboard Life, The Discovery Channel, Eastern Edge, MTV Sports, Vermont Life and more, speaking to the history and advancement of snowboarding over the past 51 years. He also consulted for ESPN during the first Winter XGames and for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games, the first time snowboarding was ever included. Given that Paul’s efforts have always been purely for the advancement of the sport, Paul was named an Ambassador to the State of Vermont in 1996.
Today, Paul stays connected to the industry from his home in Dublin, NH where he lives with his wife, and occasionally, a visiting daughter, son-in-law or grandchild.