To conclude a history-making season, both HWS Alpine Ski teams competed in the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championship, with the men’s team taking third place in the Giant Slalom, and the women’s team placing 14th at the competition.
For the first time in HWS history, both teams qualified for the National Championships in the same year. Both teams successfully qualified at the USCSA’s Mideast Regional Qualifier at Bristol Mountain to earn spots at the Nationals, which were held at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“My first year the HWS Alpine Ski Team was considered more of a social club,” says Weston Traub ’14, captain of the Hobart team. “Now the team has evolved into a nationally-ranked organization with ski racers from all over the country. I couldn’t be more proud of our success. The sky is the limit.”
Traub and Jack Knorpp ’17 also received All-American honors by placing in the top 15 during the national competition.
At the earlier regional contest, the HWS men’s team came in first out of 11 teams, while the women’s team tied for first, ending at second place out of 11 teams following a tiebreaker. Grace Hutton ’16 was the Mideast Conference competition champion. Also at the Mideast conference, Traub and Knorpp placed second and sixth, respectively.
Contributing to the widely successful season were varsity athletes Jess Bishop ’16, Hutton, Rebekah Kallgren ’14, Maddy Kapp ’17, and Christine Moloney ’17 for William Smith; and Knorpp, Traub, Sam Wallace ’14, and Henry Williams ’14 for Hobart.
This semester and in addition to a successful season, Knorpp and Hunter Rosenthall ’17 also released a GoPro video of the HWS Alpine Ski teams. The video can be viewed on Vimeo at: http://vimeo.com/85691886.
The video was shot at Bristol Mountain and at Greek Peak Mountain, which was where this semester’s Cornell Invitational event took place. At the event, both the Hobart and the William Smith teams placed second overall during that weekend.
The video shows an up-close view of what it’s like to be on the Alpine Ski teams. It captures many different angles of a ski run that the Hobart team takes, demonstrating an immense amount of skill.
“I love skiing and filming the sport so I can share how cool the ski-racing atmosphere is,” Rosenthall says.
The HWS Alpine Ski launched nine years ago, and now includes 42 individuals, with 20 attending competitions on the weekends. The regular season consists of 10 competitions throughout the winter, which 10 varsity racers and 10 junior varsity students attend each weekend.