As I think back of all the races that we have hosted in Rumford, it amazes me what the Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Area have done for the River Valley Area through volunteerism. This started in the early 1900’s with the facilities on Spruce Street in Rumford, moving on to Scotty’s Mountain on the edge of town after World War II, and then on to the Glover Farm and our current location at Black Mountain in 1960.
There is so much history with the club and ski area in the River Valley and we have held some incredible events over the last 90+years. In 1950 Rumford became famous world wide for successfully staging the World Cross Country Ski Championships on a 48-hour notice. In 1951, the tryouts for the US Cross Country Ski Team were held in Rumford. In addition to these major competitions, we have since hosted National Biathlon Championships, U.S. Masters Cross Country Skiing Championships, National Junior Olympics, Chevy Truck U.S. Nationals, NCAA Cross Country Skiing Championships, Chevy Truck US Cross Country Championships, USCSA National Championships, and most recently the 2011 and 2012 US Cross Country Ski Championships. The list goes on and on.
Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Resort are hosting the EHSC and U16 Nordic Qualifier Races on Saturday, February 28th. The purpose of the race is to select the teams to represent Maine at the 2015 NENSA U16 and Eastern High School Championships. Any athlete may enter the race, as long as they either attend a Maine High School or are Maine residents. The format will be a 5km Classic race in the morning, followed by a 5km FS Pursuit in the afternoon. The final pursuit results will be used to name the team.The top 21 U16 Boys and 21 U16 Girls will be named to the Maine U16 Nordic Team.
Maine Junior Ski League Class A
2015 Skiing Championships
The Farmington Area Boys and Girls Ski Teams each claimed 2015 Maine Junior Ski League Overall Championships during the Day 2 Competition at Black Mountain Ski Resort in Rumford on Saturday, February 14th. It was the boys nordic team, led by 3K Classical Gold Medalist Dominic Giampietro, who dominated the field to lead the Famington boys to victory.
BECAUSE OF EXTREMELY HIGH WINDS AND FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR ATHLETES, THE JR SASSI 3K AND THE SASSI MEMORIAL 5K CLASSICAL THAT WERE SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 31ST WERE CANCELED. EFFORTS TO RESCHEDULE WILL BE MADE. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE.
NENSA EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 20, 21, 22, 2015
Chishholm Ski Club and Black Mountain Ski Resort will be hosting the 2015 New England Nordic Ski Associaltion's Eastern High School Championships in March. Top high school cross country skiers from the Northeast will be competing in this annual championship on Black Mountain's famed nordic ski trails. The three-day event will include freestyle, classical, sprint, and medley relay races.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Mount Abram Captures Boys and Girls Overall Championships
After two postponements of the second day of competition, the MVC Championships concluded at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington. When the final scores were tallied, it was the Mt. Abram Boys and Girls taking the overall championships based on combined nordic and alpine scores.
The Lady Roadrunners combined score of 213 was over one hundred points better than second-place Mountain Valley at 320. Spruce Mountain finished third with a score of 336. Mountain Valley captured the alpine championship with a strong showing in the slalom race at Titcomb, while Winthrop won the nordic championship, outdistancing Dirigo by three points.
The Chisholm Ski Club and Black Mountain of Maine hosted a High School 5K Nordic Freestyle Race on January 17th. Dylan Thombs of Monmouth Academy led all boy skaters with a time of 15:33.4 to take top honors. Zack Tannebaum of Edward Little High School took the silver with a time of 15:58.2 while Tom Faraday of Mt. Abram High School came in third finishing in 16:24.6. Mountain Valley Falcon Conner Woods came in fourth (17:38.4), while Ethan Cantin and Michael Chow of Dirigo High School finished fifth and sixth. B
The nordic racing season came to an end with the completion on the Bates Winter Carnival Men's 15K Mass Start Freestyle race on February 23rd. In that race, Scott Patterson of the University of Vermont grabbed the gold medal with a time of 36:56.5. Dartmouth took the next two podium spots with Sam Tarling finishing second at 37:41.0 and teammate Silas Talbot finishing third with a time of 37:55.9.
The win was the second victory in two days for Patterson, who took the gold in Friday's 10K Classical Race, finishing the famed "Chummy Broomhall' course in 27:19.8. Tarling again took second at 27:21.8 with Middlebury's Benjamin Lustgarten crossing the finish line at 27:27.1.
In the Women's 10K freestyle on Saturday, it was Dartmouth's Mary O'Connell taking top honors in a photo-finish with a two-lap time of 28:29.2, crossing the finish line only .1 second ahead of Vermont's Anja Gruber. Taking the bronze was UVM's first-lap leader Linda Danvind-malm at 28:39.1.
Like Patterson, Mary O'Connell who took gold in the Friday's Women's 5K Classical Race. Middlebury's Annie Pokorny earned the silver medal with a time of 15:05.8 and Dartmouth''s Emily Blackmer grabbed the bronze, finishing in 15:26.1.