COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Alpine and Nordic skiing teams will host the Saint Michael's College Carnival the next two weekends for their second home event in the past four seasons. Nordic races are slated for Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center in Huntington this coming Saturday and Sunday, while Alpine events are at Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville the following Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-27.
As the second event on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) circuit this winter, the Saint Michael's Carnival will draw the top skiers and teams in the region, including two of the top five teams at the 2017 NCAA Championship in Dartmouth College and the University of Vermont. Schools' final point totals at EISA carnivals are a combination of points accumulated by men's and women's Alpine and Nordic competitors.
Last weekend's season-opening Colby College Carnival included only Nordic skiers, with competition limited to one day due to inclement conditions. First-year Ale Legate (Anchorage, Alaska/West Anchorage) finished 47th during the 5K classic, recording the women's squad's best debut since 1999. While the Nordic portion of the Saint Michael's Carnival takes place this weekend, Alpine racers enjoy their segment of the Colby Carnival. The Alpine leg of the Saint Michael's Carnival on Jan. 26-27 will be the only action in the league that weekend.
Among the Nordic team's returners are senior Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst), the top Purple Knight finisher in five events last year, and sophomore Aimee Sala (Carrabassett Valley, Maine/Kents Hill School), who scored during four individual events. Classmate Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) competed in all 12 races as the most veteran male member of the program, while first-year Alex Warner (East Montpelier, Vt./U-32) paced the Purple Knight men in the 10K classic on Sunday at the Colby Carnival.
The Alpine team has been represented at the last six NCAA Championships, with three Purple Knights taking part each of the last two years, when junior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) landed the first two All-America finishes in school skiing history. Five other active Alpine Purple Knights have competed at an NCAA Championship: seniors Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) and Mathias Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine), junior Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) and sophomore Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS).
For more information about the Saint Michael's Carnival, including directions and Nordic course maps, visit here.
Nordic Events – Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center (Huntington, Vt.)
Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:30 a.m. - Men's 10K Classic (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
11:30 a.m. - Women's 5K Classic
Sunday, January 21, 2018
9:30 a.m. - Men's 15K Skate (NOTE TIME CHANGE)
11:30 a.m. - Women's 10K Skate
Alpine Events – Smugglers' Notch Resort (Jeffersonville, Vt.)
Friday, January 26, 2018
9:30 a.m. - Women's Giant Slalom (1st Run)
10:30 a.m. - Men's Giant Slalom (1st Run)
12:30 p.m. - Women's Giant Slalom (2nd Run)
1:30 p.m. - Men's Giant Slalom (2nd Run)
Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:30 a.m. - Men's Slalom (1st Run)
10:30 a.m. - Women's Slalom (1st Run)
12:30 p.m. - Men's Slalom (2nd Run)
1:30 p.m. - Women's Slalom (2nd Run)