Thursday, February 19, 2015

Review of 2015 Maine High School Class B&C Ski Championships at Big Rock

Old Man finding some soft snow at Big Rock
The @MaineSkiFamily crew headed up to the Mars Hill / Presque Isle area February 14-17 to Big Rock Ski Area and the Nordic Heritage Center to
support Isaac and his Freeport High School Falcon teammates in the Maine Class B Ski Championships.

The team arrived on Saturday to try to beat a projected blizzard. While the snow never really
materialized (4"-5" max), the wind certainly did! On Sunday, the alpine team got a couple of hours of training in. While the wind was blowing pretty hard, we were able to get some nice soft turns on the hill. Big Rock is a great community hill similar in size to Shawnee Peak, Black Mountain and Mt. Abram. Big Rock has some decent pitches and trees and some great groomer runs for all abilities. A narrow steep trail called Chair Line was one of our favorites. Alec got a new pole mount for his GoPro and got some good video of a couple of our runs.


Monday was supposed to be the slalom race but the wind and cold was just too fierce and the race was postponed to Tuesday So the teams had to do single runs (instead of the normal two runs) of Giant Slalom and Slalom on Tuesday to compete for the Class B&C championships. Unfortunate... but probably the best that could be done schedule-wise considering the weather circumstances and with so many skiers in two classes they didn't have another choice. I have to say having two classes at one facility is probably a bit much particularly on the alpine side. Unfortunately two combined runner up trophies were awarded to the wrong team due to scoring errors including our Freeport alpine and nordic girls. Hopefully the Maine Principals Association can take a closer look at this arrangement in the future.

Overall, the Falcons fell just a bit short of winning a state class B team title coming in second in Boys Alpine, Nordic & Combined, and Girls Nordic. A great effort by all the kids and we were able to garner 14 top-10 individual finishes which is outstanding. Also - the Freeport Boys Alpine team was awarded the 2015 Class B Sportsmanship banner. Well done by all! Complete results can be found on the Maine High School Skiing website and congratulations to all the individual and team winners in all classes.

Our son Isaac had a very good meet scoring for his team in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom disciplines. While he normally is bouncing through moguls or jumping off cliffs at Saddleback, his quick feet make him a good ski racer too. Out of 49 skiers he attained a 23rd place in Giant Slalom and 16th in Slalom. Nice job Isaac!

Our oldest son Alec took a great photo gallery of the alpine and nordic races and has them up on his website for sale. If you had a skier in the Class B or C ski championship races check it out!

Still lots of ski season left. Get out there and visit a mountain in Maine!

Here are two pictures that Alec took of Isaac racing.

Isaac racing to a 16th place finish in Slalom at the Maine Class B High School Alpine Ski Championships

Isaac running the Giant Slalom Course at the Maine Class B High School Alpine Ski Championships



3 comments:

  1. never heard of big rock before and had to look it up on the map. crazy location. still wild to me that you were just as far north as quebec city... and like 20-ft from canada. keep up the good work

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    1. Thanks - it was a long ways away. Lot of schools up in 'the county' race so it wasn't as far for them! Hopefully closer to home for us next year.

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  2. Congrats on solid finishes in both disciplines Isaac! Nice Big Rock footage too.

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