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" Wight 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.
Recent Slopestyle Competitions at Crotched Mountain
The short: WE WON!!!!!! Boys and Girls GS teams took both championships! The best thing was that this was a TEAM EFFORT: everyone showed up and helped us achieve this goal in a tough field. Make sure you announce yourselves to the school, and you should all be really pleased. THE GNAR IS STRONG IN YOU!
The snowboard team has a lot of new blood this year, and they had a chance to show their stuff at Gunstock today. An impressive first race for Rachel Zhong, James Ferguson, Harry Nettle, and Giacomo Mazzarella, all of whom are team rookies. We are really proud of their riding today. Imogen Von Mertens stays locked in a close race for first place with a Holderness rider. Jasmine Barette and Cynthia Ji also rode impressively and confidently today. Peter Spang finished seventh, while James Bostrup, Ben Froling, Andrew Dailey, and Arthur Garcia all showed resilience and focus. We are excited for our first slopestyle comp next week at our home mountain!
It was a solid first showing for the snowboard team's first GS race of the season. Imogen VonMertens took second, and Jasmine Barette and Cynthia Ji completed two solid runs to help the Girls Team place second overall. Peter Spang delivered a sharp sixth place finish, with Arthur Garcia, James Bostrup, and Ben Froling--in his first race!--pushing the Boys team to a fourth place finish.
Mother nature has finally blessed us with some snow here in Dublin! The snowboarders have been hard at work on dry-land training, and today they took to the snow for the first time this season. Many of our more experienced riders spent the weekend hard at work on a mini-course right in the heart of Dublin's campus, and our veterans spent some time on it today. Our rookies have been getting accustomed to their new equipment and practiced some starts and stops today alongside our veterans. Tomorrow, we'll head over to Crotched Mountain to pick up rentals for those who need them. Thanks for all of your continued support. Friday will be our first day on the mountain, and we can't wait!
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.