Alpine Skiing Ready for Smugglers' Notch

Kelly Steeves (Gil Talbot).
Kelly Steeves (Gil Talbot).

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   St. Michael's Carnival
Jan. 26-27, 2018
 Smugglers' Notch Resort
Smugglers' Notch, Vt.

Giant Slalom (W, M): 9 a.m.
2nd Run (W, M): 12 p.m.
Slalom (M, W): 9 a.m.
2nd Run (M, W): 12 p.m.
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10-of-15, 272 pts. (2015)
10-of-15, 272 pts. (2015)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard alpine ski team will complete its portion of the St. Michael's Carnival this weekend in Smugglers' Notch, Vt. The alpine team will contest the slalom and giant slalom events at the namesake's resort. The carnival will last from Friday, Jan. 26 to Saturday, Jan. 27. Events will start at 9 a.m. both days.

The Crimson
The Harvard alpine skiers look to continue momentum from the first week of competition. At the Colby Carnival, freshman Nellie Ide made an entrance to collegiate competition. The Minneapolis, Minn., native led the Crimson women in her first collegiate event, finishing in 25th place with a combined time of 2:11.34 in the giant slalom. Senior Kelly Steeves clocked her best time (2:14.21) in the event at Sugarloaf. Courtney Clark also recorded her best performance in the giant slalom.

Sophomore Carter Kendig led the Crimson men with a 37th place finish in 2:07.15, his fastest time on any giant slalom course as a collegiate athlete. Pieter Weemaes matched his career-best placing (41st) in a time of 2:07.41. 

Three top-25 finishes in the women's 5K classic race spurred the Harvard in the nordic competitions last weekend. The Crimson amassed 223 points enter the alpine events in ninth place.

About Last Time
The Colby Carnival alpine competition was reduced to the giant slalom event after extreme winds forced the closure of mountain lifts on day one. On day two, five Harvard skiers qualified for second run in the giant slalom event. Each of the Crimson skiers that completed runs greatly improved upon their starting position. Both sophomore Courtney Clark and senior Pieter Weemaes climbed 45 places from their pre-race seeding. Senior Kelly Steeves moved up 30 spots, while Ide and Kendig each overtook 26 other contestants. 

The Course
To check on the latest course conditions, follow this link: Smugglers' Notch

Previously at St. Michael's (Alpine)
Harvard posted 272 points and took 10th place. Kelly Steeves led Harvard in the women's slalom (28th – 2:00.27) and giant slalom (20th – 1:56.39). Simon Merryweather led the Crimson in the men's slalom (28th – 1:53.66). No Crimson men's skier qualified for a second run in the giant slalom.

INSTA
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U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Harvard junior Nina Armstrong will represent the United States at the Junior World Biathlon Championship for the second consecutive year. The Lake Placid, N.Y., native placed second in both the 7.5-km sprint (28:40.7) and 6-km sprint (24:33) at the U.S. trials in Coleraine, Minn. in December. The event will take place from Feb. 26 through March 4 in Otepaa, Estonia.

Keep the Student in Student-Athlete
Seventeen members of the 2017 program earned U.S. Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team honors. To be recognized, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.5 gpa and have competed in the NCAA Regional. Rachel Hampton '17 was Harvard's Winter Academic All-Ivy Team representative. 

The EISA
Harvard competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA). Other member schools are Bates College, Boston College, Bowdoin College, Colby College, Colby-Sawyer College, Dartmouth, University of Maine – Presque Isle, Middlebury College, University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State, St. Lawrence, Saint Michael's, University of Vermont, and Williams College.

What's Next?
The Harvard ski team will simultaneously compete at the same event for the first time this season. The University of Vermont hosts its carnival at Stow Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vt., Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb., 3. The nordic competition will be held at Trapp Family Lodge.