The MIT Ski Team completed its first week of IAP training camp this weekend with two giant slalom races at Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire. On each race day, the skiers are timed in two runs of the course(s), and their total times determine finishes. In the McConnell Division, totals of each team’s top four female and top five male finishes determine the team results. Every MIT individual racer posted successful finishes, though the small teams’ standings were affected by time penalties for having too few scores. The women’s team is currently tenth out of ten schools, while the men are ninth out of nine schools.
Almost a year after losing its varsity status, the alpine ski team has completed its first season as a club sport. Its six members did their best to live and train like nothing had changed; the season went according to plan and everyone is ready to work toward improving next winter.
MIT Skiing had its first weekend of slalom racing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with a two-day carnival at Cranmore followed by the non-league Tecnica Cup at Gunstock. The new club team’s diligence in training has paid off; though the Women’s and Men’s teams again finished 10th and 9th in their respective divisions, every MIT finisher had the best or second best slalom race of their career this weekend.
In its first season as a club sport, MIT’s Alpine Ski Team is already back to business [almost] as usual. The team lives in New Hampshire during IAP, training four days a week and racing two days a week in a season of ten intercollegiate carnivals comprising five giant slalom and five slalom races. While the division scores 3 women and 5 men, MIT has fielded 2 women and 4 men and so receives a penalty in their team results for every race. Despite the difficult team circumstances, every individual member has already made personal improvements since the 2009 season.