For the Harvard skiing team, winter break is spent in a cabin in Vermont, with each skier training hard to prepare for the season against the top competition in the nation.
“The ski team is very small,” said sophomore and incoming captain Samantha Udolf. “We start training in November and go out to Colorado. We spend all of January in Vermont.”
This intense training is necessary for the team to match up against many skiers who are on the World Cup circuit or on the Olympic level.
For the men’s alpine team—a young team consisting of six sophomores and freshmen—this season was about catching up and learning to race to the fullest of each skier’s potential while overcoming nagging injuries.
“This year was better than last year,” said sophomore Simon Merryweather, an incoming captain. “I think the next two years should be an improvement over the past two.”
“People put in more effort [last] summer because they realized what it took,” he added.
While the team did not qualify any skiers for nationals, it achieved marginal successes, including finishing every run in the Slalom event at regionals.
Merryweather finished 51st in the giant slalom, making him the top representative for the Crimson.
Freshman James Stevenson led the way in the slalom event, finishing in 1:45.13, good for 52nd place.
The Crimson women’s alpine squad led a strong, competitive season despite its small size.
Captain Rebecca Nadler, who two years ago became the first skier in Harvard history to win an NCAA title, has consistently shown that it is possible to be a competitive Harvard skier on the national stage.
Once again, Nadler had a successful year, placing 16th in slalom and 8th in giant slalom at regionals to qualify for nationals.
There she earned All-American honors in the giant slalom, placing sixth out of 34 entrants.
She placed 20th in the slalom, a 12- position jump from her start position.
Freshman Katie Gibson placed 33rd at regionals.
Skiing Kicks Off 2013 Season At Vermont CarnivalThe Harvard skiing team will hit the slopes for the first time this season when the alpine racers compete in the Vermont Carnival this weekend. It will be the first time the Crimson has seen competitive action in over ten months, but a veteran core of returning skiers looks to get the 2013 season off to a solid start.
Solid Performances As Skiing Closes Regular SeasonWhile a few members of the Harvard ski team will be back on the very same hill at Middlebury less than three weeks from now at NCAA Championships, most of the skiers enjoyed their last races of the carnival season at the Breadloaf and Snow Bowl.
Nadler Leads Skiing At EISA ChampionshipsThe Harvard ski team finished in ninth place at the joint Bates Carnival and EISA Championships in Newry, Maine this weekend. Junior Rebecca Nadler, the defending national champion in the giant slalom, was the lone Crimson skier to qualify for this year's NCAA championships.
Nadler Unable to Defend National ChampionshipThe junior, who was last year’s champion in the giant slalom, turned in an 18th-place finish in the event on Wednesday and finished 23rd in the slalom on Friday.
Skiing Season RecapIndividual Efforts Shine Through for Ski Squads.
Skiing Sits in 12th at Weather-Delayed Vermont Carnival