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.
Quinn and Aaro skiing around one of our many lakes.
May waiting for me to fail.
Coach Maddock and the crew on Mt. Monadnock.
Saturday morning, April 7th with 7" of pow!
Skiing to the Dublin General Store!
From Dublin to Utah! Lilly and Aggie after their first race at Junior Nationals.
Lilly and Aggie after their first race.
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
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.