Varsity Alpine Skiing

The Nobles Alpine Ski Program
The program consists of boys’ and girls’ varsity and JV teams. We compete weekly against eight other ISL schools, each squad vying for the league championship in this season-long competition. We also participate in the highly competitive Class A New England Championship field, skiing against 15 other schools located across the region.

The team
The team usually numbers 12 girls and 12 boys, with seven of each gender racing varsity and five racing on JV. The strongest four finishers’ place points are added together and counted to determine team placing in the varsity race and each school’s top three finishes are counted in the JV event. At the New England’s (NEPSAC’s), each varsity team enters it’s top five racers in both GS and SL and counts its top three finishers in each discipline, standings again determined by adding the three placings together.

Philosophy and expectations
Improving one’s racing, working hard while also having a lot of fun are three of the most important missions of our program. Along with these goals is the priority to develop a consistently strong work ethic, approach and attitude to one’s skiing and racing. Given that we are both altitudinally and latitudinally challenged in eastern Massachusetts, we feel that we offer an incredibly focused, productive and successful program nonetheless; it is open to accomplished free skiers looking to learn how to race as well as to those who have already raced for many seasons and are looking to get more on-snow time during the week.

Preseason training and New Year’s camp
Before the snow flies, the team works out with the strength and conditioning coach, spins, plays soccer, team handball and Ultimate. We do tucks, we review ski tuning practices, we hold the Wall Sit Championship of the World and we do snowdances encouraging Ullr to come to New England early and often. The on-snow portion of the season usually kicks off with our New Year’s camp at Waterville Valley. The team spends 3 days on snow, freeskiing, doing drills, and training in gates. The second semester begins and everyone is psyched to begin the on-snow training and race portion of the season.

In season training
In a typical week in January and February we will train Monday evenings at Nashoba Valley and/or Pat's Peak.

On Tuesdays, the team stays on campus and does a rotation consisting of a workout (cardio, plyometrics or yoga), video review and ski prep. Afterward, there is an optional team dinner at b.good (or some other very high-end establishment) each week and the kids that go are usually back on campus by 6:15.

On Wednesdays, we race each week at Nashoba, leaving campus at 2:00 and returning by 6-6:15. These races start between 3:00-3:15, depending upon the week.

Most Thursdays and Fridays we train at Blue Hills in the afternoon. On those days we will return to campus by 6:00 and those participating in organized USSA race programs on the weekends are exempt from Friday training. The Fridays before the two long winter holiday weekends are also no-practice days for the entire team.


In 2015, the girls were again undefeated in the ISL, winning their 11th title in the past 12 years. At the New England Class A Championships, the girls won the morning GS, before struggling to get enough finishers in the afternoon SL, slipping to 7th out of 13 teams overall.

The boys finished 4th in the ISL and also finished 4th in the New England Class A Championships out of 16 teams competing, narrowly missing out on a spot on the podium.

Head Coach

Fred Hollister has been teaching at Nobles and coaching the ski team for the past 22 seasons. Fred raced USSA at Mad River during high school and continued to race on the alpine team at Bowdoin (when they still had one…) for all four years he was there, captaining the team his senior year.

Feel free to contact Coach Hollister at hollister@nobles.edu with any questions that you might have.


Upcoming Schedule

Wed 1/2 ISL Race 2:30PM   3:00PM   5:00PM   6:15PM  
Wed 1/9 ISL Race 2:00PM   3:10PM   5:00PM   6:15PM  
Wed 1/16 ISL Race 2:00PM   3:10PM   5:00PM   6:15PM  
Wed 1/23 ISL Race 2:00PM   3:10PM   5:00PM   6:15PM  
Wed 1/30 ISL Race 2:00PM   3:10PM   5:00PM   6:15PM  
Wed 2/6 ISL Race 2:00PM   3:10PM   4:45PM   6:15PM  
Fri 2/8 ISL Race - Varsity Only 1:45PM   3:15PM   5:00PM   6:00PM  
Wed 2/13 Class A NEPSAC's 8:00AM   3:00PM  
Wed 2/13 ISL Race 2:00PM   3:10PM   5:00PM   6:15PM  
Wed 2/20 ISL Race 2:00PM   CANCELLED


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Fred Hollister - Head coach
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