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 30 student-athletes. The Boys'and Girls' Team won the Lakes Region Championships in 2017 and the Boys' were 2017 New England Champions as well. Our fully homologated Nordic Center is one of the most enjoyable and exciting ski venues in the east. The trails reach 1800 feet above sea level, face north, and receive and retain significant snowfall.
The School recently broke ground on a brand new Outing Club that will have ski storage, waxing rooms, a ski lodge, and a new trail to the Nordic Center from the front door. 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, New England Prep School Association Championships and the Junior Nationals. 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.
Head of School Brad Bates competed at the Nordic Masters World Championships in Minneapolis MN on January 21st and 22nd. The Masters World Cup is only held once every ten years in the United States and this year's location gave Brad an opportunity to fulfill a long-term goal and to visit some alumni in the upper mid-west. In fact, former head and Dublin founder's son, Michael Lehmann, flew in to serve as a part of Brad's support team for his two day's of racing.
The Nordic Center after the ice storm.
Skiing on Upper Field.
In locating the new Slopeside Dormitory, we had to remove the old Arts Building which served in recent years as our Outing Club. The Outing Club was home to our Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding programs. We originally intended to put the new Outing Club into the basement of the Slopeside Dormitory but thought better due to the impact on the height of the building and the potential for fumes and fire from ski waxing.
Lilly on the final climb.
The highest point of our Nordic Center.
Dublin School and Dublin XC had fun at the climb the Castle roller ski race.
Lilly at the Eastern High School Championships.
Frutillar, Chilean Patagonia
Aggie and Robyn doing intervals.
The Nordic Junior Nationals brings together the best skiers in the US to compete over eight days in March. Calvin Bates and Lilly Bates will be representing Dublin School and our local ski club Dublin XC. They join a New England team of 21 boys and 21 girls that have been rated as the best skiers in New England.
The Dublin School Nordic Team traveled to Vermont Academy on Wednesday, February 22nd for the 2017 New England Prep School Athletic Council’s Championships. After a full day of both individual and relay races, the Dublin boys’ team won its first ever NEPSAC Championship and the young girl’s team finished second to Holderness School by eight points. Dublin senior Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH) won the individual NEPSAC title and both the boys’ and girls’ relay teams won by significant margins.
Eleven intrepid Dublin students, two faculty members and two parents participated in the Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) on February 11/12, 2017. The CSM is North America’s longest and oldest Nordic ski tour. Unlike most ski events, there are no winners or losers in the Canadian Ski Marathon: it is not a race. Each skier can select his/her own level of challenge and try to achieve it. One can ski as little as 12 km or up to the maximum of 160 km over the weekend.
Dublin School hosted the Lakes Region Championships on Wednesday, February 15th at the Nordic Center. On a historic day for Dublin skiing, both the boys’ and girls’ teams won the team events and Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH) and Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH) took the overall titles in the individual races.
Ryan flying into the finish.
George Henry racing at Middlebury.
The team on our newest trail near the summit of Beech Hill.
George Henry on his way to second place at the Dublin School Nordic center.
Dublin hosted skiers from 10 different schools on January 25th at the Dublin School Nordic Center for a classic style race. A packed base was surprisingly fast and made for some adventuresome racing in the downhill sections of the course.
In the girls race, nine seconds separated the top three skiers, with Sophomore Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH) taking bronze. Dublin placed three skiers in the top 10 with Bates, Aggie Macy 5th (Dublin, NH) and Robyn McIntosh 8th (Chelsea, Quebec). Holderness matched Dublin by placing three in the top 10 as well, making the team race a two team event with Dublin holding a 1 point lead. Skiing a great race, Sophomore Sita Moses (Dublin, NH) closed out the scoring for Dublin but could not hold off the more experienced racers from Holderness. Moses was followed closely by Olivia O'Rourke (Peterborough, NH); Diamond Miller (Parsippany, NJ); Antonia Bean (Montpelier, VT); and Brianna Moore (Irvington, NJ).
As has been the case this winter, the boys once again dominated, placing all four of its scoring racers in the top 10. With a total score of 20, the boys had a 31 point margin over runner-up Northfield Mount Hermon. Seniors Calvin Bates 1st (Dublin, NH) and GH Werowinski 2nd (Acton, MA) again finished at the top of the race. Freshman Quinn Wilson 7th (Dublin, NH) and Senior Ryan Hyde 10th (Hollis, NH) closed out the scoring. Seniors Jared Lewis (Bennington, NH); Mark Franklin (Keene, NH); Ben Simon (New York, NY); and John Sandstedt (West Newton, MA) all finished significantly above their seeding. Newer skiers Riley Hodson (Guilford, CT); Grady Allen (Shepherdstown, WV); and Ethan Stanhope (Nassau, Bahamas) ran great races on the tough Dublin course.
Choosing the wax.
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.
Malcolm Groves - Assistant Coach
Malcolm is a new addition to our coach staff this year, having graduated from Bowdoin College this past spring. During his time at Bowdoin, Malcolm was the captain of the ski team his junior and senior years. Originally from Middlebury, VT, he is very familiar with the New England racing scene and he is looking forward to transitioning from ski racer to coach at Dublin.
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!