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Team Spotlight: Nordic Skiing
Proctor's Nordic program has been in the news quite a bit recently, including this recent Ski Racing Magazine article, due to the significant trail enhancements the Proctor Nordic Center has received over the past five months. Wednesday, the new Nordic trails, snowmaking, and course setup were tested for the first time as Proctor hosted the first Lakes Region event of the year.
Race day temps hovered near 40 degrees, while heavy rains fell all morning, however, thanks to early snowmaking, the event went on without a hitch! Nordic co-captain Lulu Orne ‘15 notes, “We were on snow at least two weeks earlier than last year thanks to the newly implemented snowmaking system.” Fellow captain Angus Allan ‘15 echoes Orne’s thoughts, "The new Nordic trails are pretty darn cool. This year we were able to get good training in and to clearly have a leg up on our competition in yesterday’s race.”
The newly widened trails on the sprint loop provided the perfect venue for the first race of the season, however, it was the attitude that surrounded the race that was truly remarkable, as Head of School Mike Henriques shared in THIS BLOG POST. The Nordic team’s composition of complete novices, intermediate skiers, and top level Eastern Cup racers provides growth opportunities for all skiers. Orne notes, “The team this year is much larger than that of last year with an even wider array of abilities. However, one universal trait is each skier's excitement to be a part of the team. I feel that the team can sense this a transition/breakthrough year for Proctor's nordic program and they are happy to be a part of that.”
As the team departs for its Quebec training trip, Orne and Allan recognize what the new trails will do for a program that already has tremendous momentum at Proctor. Orne writes, “The new trails and snow making system will hopefully generate a lot of hype around the program not only within Proctor, but also within the world of prep school sports.” Allan notes, “The new trails will bring more experienced skiers to the team and help skiers of all abilities be attracted to Proctor.” While we hope for more snow on campus, the team will spend the next four days skiing in Foret Montmorency and Mont Ste. Anne in Quebec City, as they have in recent years. The trip provides a tremendous opportunity for novice skiers to get more time on snow, and for more advanced skiers to fine tune their stride before league and Eastern Cup races begin again in January. The team will conclude its season by traveling to Norway to ski in the Birkebeiner Ski Marathon alongside 10,000 other skiers from around the world!
When asked their thoughts on the remainder of the season, Lulu Orne ‘15 notes, “Personally I am excited to see how I have improved since last year, as well as to watch the new skiers develop their skills. I am most excited to be a part of the Canadian Ski Marathon, a well known 100 kilometer ski marathon that the Proctor Nordic Team has attended over the past few years.” Angus Allan ‘15 agrees the upcoming season will be filled with both challenge and excitement, “I cannot wait to race in the Eastern Cup races this season against mostly college skiers. It will be a real challenge, but will push me physically and mentally to be my best.”
Good luck to all of Proctor’s Nordic skiers this season, we can’t wait to see you in action again!
Located in Andover, NH, Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 9–12. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.