Skiing has been an important part of the DNA of Dublin from its founding. The school built and maintained ski slopes, trails and jumps long before we had a gymnasium. Our location in the heart of the Monadnock region, which is known for its abundant snowfall, allows our athletes easy access to both local and major ski resorts for training and competition.
The Norm “PRO” Wight ski slope, which is squarely in the middle of the upper Dublin campus, features a German Multi Skilift, lighted slope and snow making. This area is perfect for race training progressions and drill space for our recreational and racing student body. Our main training facility is located 20 minutes away at Crotched Mountain in Francestown N.H. Crotched Mountain has 100 skiable acres, 100% fan gun snowmaking and lighting coverage, five lifts and 1000 feet of vertical drop. We also utilize other ski areas for training and racing throughout the region.
Skiing is a lifelong sport that is greatly enhanced by race training and competition. Our Alpine program is designed to allow skiers from varying backgrounds and skill levels to develop their skills while competing in the NEPSAC conference and in high level USSA competitions. New Alpine Director, Sandy Eneguess, a former professional ski racer and level 500 USSA ski coach, has over 20 years of high level coaching experience and extensive ski racing knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. As part of the new program, camps are planned in other parts of the country and the world.
Dublin Alpine ski team is running a summer ski camp at Mammoth Mountain, CA. Weather has been spectacular and the team has been working on slalom alpine fundamentals, brush gates and slalom gate drills. There has been lots of time for free skiing and the team has covered a lot of mountain terrain.
The championships included both Slalom and Giant Slalom races. Dublin athletes achieved several top finishes. All athletes finishing in the top ten received medals and three Dublin skiers finished in the top ten.
Dublin Alpine ski team came off a rest period from all over New England for Slalom Races against St. Paul, Holderness, Brewster, Vermont Academy, New Hampton, Kimball Union and Dublin. The races were hosted by Proctor Academy for the NEPSAC Slalom Championships.
For the girls: Mari Nakamura St. Paul first, Stina Langenius Kimball Union, second and Ellie Neel third St. Paul. Dublin's Laura Coffin (Keene, NH) fighting the flu was thirty-second and Caitlin Hegarty (Durham, NH) took thirty-third.
For the Boys: Holderness Geoff West took first place, followed by Brewster’s Dexter Hanson and again Brewster took third by Max McDonald. Dublin’s Silas Howe (Amherst, NH) had two solid runs coming in fourteenth, Sean Brown (Hampton Falls, NH) followed in twenty-second with some trouble in the second run, Nick Runyon (Peterborough, NH) thirty-second, Peter Spang (South Hamilton, MA), thirty ninth and Will Boot (Larchmont, NY), who flew in from rest period to race came in fourty-fourth.
New Hampton School host Brewster Academy, Proctor Academy, Dublin School and Holderness School
Dublin Wildcats headed to Loon Mountain for a final slalom qualifier and found speed.
On the girls side - Sydney Caulder of Holderness finished first, followed by Shayla Meehan, Brewster and Caroline Ferra, Holderness.
Dublin teammates Laura Coffin (Keene, NH) and Caitlin Hegarty (Durham, NH) found two solid slalom runs for fifteenth and sixteenth respectively with Grace Stone (Greenwich, NY) coming in twenty-fourth. Freshman Mya Kerwin (Hancock, NH) was second first run, but had bad luck on her second run for a DNF.
On the boys side- Dexter Hanson of Brewster finished first, followed by Geoffrey West, Holderness and Max McDonald, Brewster third.
Dublin Boys - Sean Brown (Hampton Falls, NH) dialed in two runs to finish in seventh, beating his prior week finish of eighth despite facing more competitors. Silas Howe (Amherst, NH), experienced a little bad luck in his first run, but pulled off a fifteenth anyway. The rest of the Dublin team included Nick Runyon (Peterborough, NH)
twenty-first, Will Boot (Larchmont, NY) twenty-sixth and Henry Luettgen (Winchester, MA) twenty-seventh. Reed Brencher - DNF;Peter Spang- DNS.
The real story is that the Dublin Ski team is learning skills, skiing fast and taking chances to win. Loon Mountain might have taken a toll on some, but others skied both runs well for a scored finish. That’s ski racing: Finishes, DNFs and Wins.
The first Slalom finals are next week at Proctor Academy 2-8-16.
Vermont Academy hosted KUA, Cardigan and Dublin School at Okemo Mountain Resort.
KUA girls swept the podium finishing 1-2-3. Top Dublin skier, Mya Kerwin (Hancock, NH) had major trouble in her first run and was almost out but managed to finish her first run, keeping her in contention. Despite her early trouble, Mya nailed her second finishing fourth overall for the day. Other top finishers for Dublin were Laura Coffin (Keene, NH) in ninth and Caitlin Hegarty (Durham, NH) grabbing a fourteenth.
On the boys side, the KUA team again placed high with a 1-2 finish. Silas Howe (Amherst, NH) tied for fifth followed by Sean Brown (Hampton Falls, NH) in eighth. Hampered by some soft tissue problems in his left knee from weekend inter-school hockey fun, Reed Brencher (Killingworth, CT) was still able to rally and grab 16th, followed by Peter Spang (South Hamilton, MA) 18th fresh on his second week with the alpine team after moving over from snowboarding. Henry Luettgen pulled in as the 24thh finisher, with two very respectable runs, while Okemo Mountain took out Nick Runyon and William Boot, who were unable to finish the rutted giant slalom course to be disqualified.
With almost a cancellation because of nine inches of snow overnight, Dublin Alpine Ski Team Called out Crotched Mtn groomers and said lets do this race. New Hampton could not make the trip. Athletes and racers,rallied, set, slipped and the other alpine skiers led by Coach Dylan Pierpont and L P Runyan maintained the coarse and gate kepted
Coach Wendy Allen and Head coach Sandy Eneguess with Parents Boyd Hegarty (starter) Julia Howe announcer, took on the rest of racing details,including making skiers fast in a negative weather atmosphere.
In a long 56 gate slalom course, Mya Kerwin (Hancock, NH), a freshman at Dublin School came out at the top Winning by .91 seconds overall Sydney Cauldron of Holderness followed by Sarah Berube.
Sandy, a native of Peterborough, started skiing at age 3. He started skiing on the Peterborough high school ski team as a 7th grader through a special exception. At age 15 he also began competing in canoeing and kayaking placing in the top 3 in the US Nationals in three different canoeing events.
In 1979, he turned ski professional and raced on the American Pro Ski Tour throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He began coaching while still racing with Lathrop ski camps and the Norwegian Development team. After knee reconstruction surgery in early 1983, Sandy turned to ski area management. At Temple Mountain he installed NH’s first Quad chairlift, lights and snow making. He was instrumental in uniting the NH ski areas into one marketing and lobbying group as Ski NH, serving seven years as president of the organization as well as representing small ski areas on the National Ski Area Association. He received life-time leadership achievement awards from Ski NH and NSAA (National Ski Area Associations).
In 1998, he returned to his roots as a ski coach immediately earning the highest available international coaching credentials. He has coached for the US Ski team national development summer camps in Norway. He coached at Cannon, was head coach and program director at Waterville Valley and at Proctor Academy where he was the head women’s FIS coach. He was able to coach both his daughters as they raced during their NH school years taking them to Austria, Canada and France for training. He has organized and coached at preparatory ski camps in France, Canada and Chile.
Sandy loves the life sport of skiing which he believes teaches kids to be self-reliant and to generally make good choices while also exposing them to other cultures and the harsh lessons taught by mother nature.
Wendy Thorpe Allen
Wendy is a life-long skier with racing experience in both alpine and nordic events. In high school, she was twice named the class B "Skimeister" for the state of Maine. Before joining the Dublin School team, she was a ski instructor for 10 years and an assistant race coach for Keene High School.