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 completed a brand new Outing Club that has 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.
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!