The Nobles alpine ski program consists of boys and girls varsity and junior varsity 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.
Philosophy and Expectations
Improving one’s racing, working hard and having a lot of fun are the three 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. We are 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.
The team usually numbers 12 girls and 12 boys, with seven of each gender racing varsity and five racing 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 finishers are counted in the JV event. At the New England’s (NEPSAC’s), each varsity team enters it’s top five racers in both giant slalom and slalom and counts its top three finishers in each discipline, standings again determined by adding the three placings together.
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 snow dances 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 a typical week in January and February we will train Monday evenings at Nashoba Valley Ski Area or Pats Peak. The team has a dedicated locker room in the MAC with ski racks, cubbies for each athlete’s clothing and boots, a boot dryer that accommodates 20 pairs of boots, a video monitor for watching film, and four tuning and waxing stations.
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 and the kids are usually back on campus by 6:15.
On Wednesdays, we race each week at Nashoba, leaving campus at 2:00 and returning by 6:15. These races start around 3:00.
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.
Fred HollisterHead Coach At nobles since
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.