In a sport characterized by its downhill slopes, Harvard’s skiing season has been anything but downhill. The Crimson’s performance in the five races so far has shown great potential, not only for the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) regional carnival coming up this weekend but also for the NCAA Skiing Championships to be held in March at Lake Placid, N.Y..
The Harvard men’s and women’s skiing teams had a strong showing this past season despite a year away from competition due to the pandemic.
Harvard skiing hit the slopes for a final time this season, putting up a strong performance at the recent 2022 NCAA Skiing Championships in Utah from March 9-12.
As some of the world’s greatest athletes descended upon Beijing, China, for the Winter Olympics between Feb. 4 and Feb. 20, some of Harvard’s brightest stars were among them. Nick Abruzzese, Sean Farrell, Emerance Maschmeyer '16, Keely Moy, and Remi Drolet represented the Crimson in Beijing, with Maschmeyer claiming a gold medal for Canada.
Sophomore standout Rémi Drolet is representing Harvard well at the Beijing Olympics. The Nordic skier has competed in three events for his native Canada, finishing 33rd in the men’s 15km classic, 57th in the men’s skiathlon, and helping Canada to an 11th place finish in the men’s 4x10km relay.
The Harvard ski team built on a strong start to the season with a seventh-place finish at the Saint Michael’s Carnival on January 21st and 22nd. Career-best performances were a dime a dozen for the Crimson, with junior Annabel Hagen, junior Emma Ryan, sophomore Liam McNamara, sophomore Elsie Halvorsen, and first-year Mads Groeholdt all having record days.
Competing in a total of four events over the course of two days, senior nordic skier Hannah Hardenbergh and freshman nordic skier James Kitch wrapped up a successful trip to the NCAA Skiing Championship.
Harvard is one of twenty four teams sending skiers to Stowe, VT to compete in the national championships, but it occupies a fairly unique place on this list. While most schools come from areas known for skiing — such as Colorado, Utah, Vermont, and Maine — Harvard is uniquely urban, with the closest mountains fit for skiing being one state over.