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Our Team. What it Means to One.

By Izzy Kannegieser

Being a member of the ski team here at Midd has been one of my best experiences in college so far, and it means so much to me beyond just alpine skiing. The team has been my family at Middlebury since day one, and I can say honestly I’ve never been a part of a closer, more tightly knit group of people. I still remember meeting some of the kids on the team during our summer training camp last year in Mt. Hood. I was an incoming freshman and really nervous to be meeting the team for the first time, and so of course I was expecting it to be really awkward. I was so surprised when people on the team I had never even met before were giving me big hugs and welcoming me to Middlebury, like we were great friends and they’d known me for years. Pretty early on I realized that being apart of this team meant way more than just skiing fast, it also meant being supportive of and committed to my teammates.

class of 2017

Training on the hill is intense but fun. The guys and girls almost always train together, and we’ll usually take one or two warm-up runs before taking five or six runs in the course. We’re all very hardworking and motivated, which really ups the intensity during training and keeps everyone focused and pushing hard to make every run count. We’re also super supportive of one another and aren’t afraid to give each other advice on the hill or during a video session. The level of commitment from our coaches Stever and Abby is pretty unreal- they’re out there with us everyday: setting our courses, fixing gates, taking video, giving us feedback both on the hill and in video sessions.  The doors to their offices are always open, and sometimes I’ll just go in to hang out or talk about something completely non-skiing related, or if I’m stressed about something they’ll listen and help me out. They’re great on the hill as coaches but honestly I think they’re just as awesome off the hill as people I can trust with anything.

As a team we do so much more than just train at the Snow Bowl. Besides working out weekday afternoons in the offseason together, we also eat lots of meals together, dominate the intermural soccer and hockey circuits on campus, partake in some pretty intense paintball games, play a little too much volleyball, have sweet bonfires and cookouts, and occasionally struggle through the late-night study sesh in the library together. My teammates are also some of my closest friends at Middlebury; they are people that I can count on and I know will have my back when I need them, and I feel lucky every day that I get to be apart of something so special.

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Mentoring the Next Generation

Yesterday the Middlebury Alpine Ski Team members joined the Middlebury Snow Bowl Ski Club junior athletes for a fun partner based dryland session.  Athletes partnered up and engaged in age appropriate body weight, balance, agility and flexibility exercises.  The partners will remain what  we call “buddies”, and will keep in touch throughout the fall and winter with the college athlete providing mentorship and friendship to the junior skier.  Our next mentoring event will be on December 30th when we do our on snow Bagels and Buddies program.   This event is at the Snow Bowl and the “buddies” (and coaches) enjoy bagels, doughnuts, fruit and juice followed by some freeskiing and heated duals in a panelled slalom on the Cameron.

Thanks everyone for a great session.  Here are some pictures from yesterday.


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Physical testing. The numbers are in.

Last week was busy with physical testing and a tough week of conditioning sessions.   Congratulations to the girls and guys for putting out some impressive numbers and scores.  The team gets tested each year in September and November and we compare the data from the two testing dates to evaluate gains, strength and any weakness.  We also use the data sets to compare to previous years to make sure improvement is being made each year.

This year we saw a huge rate of improvement from just about the whole team in almost every exercise/test.  That sounds like a generalization, but as I look at the data it is splattered with personal “bests” and other impressive results.

Of note was Ghassan breaking the 100 push up mark in the max push up test.  That is the highest score I have seen in the 9 years I have been there.

Christoph pushed (stood up) 500 lbs from a seated 90 degree position.  Also called “out of the hole”  That too is a record for the most weight since I have coached the team.

The data and information is an indication of the effort and hard work this summer and fall and shows that the restructuring of the conditioning program is effective.  Props to Abby for her hard work on that.

christoph pushing100lbs

Nice work team. Keep up the good work.

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Physical Testing Today

Today the guys and girls will have physical testing.  It’s time to see how hard everyone worked this summer and fall.  With very little time before we get on snow, we will take the results and do some last minute fine tuning as we increase our agility and power programing.

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Friends of Middlebury Skiing Letter

Dear Middlebury Skiing alumni, parent, friend and fan,

This time of year finds us welcoming and getting to know our first-year students and happy to have our returning skiers back on campus! We want to thank you for your sustained interest in the Middlebury skiing program, and for your past support. As an alum, a parent, or a past team member, your help allows us to continue to improve as a team and to be innovative year after year.

Many of you have received a letter in the mail asking for financial gifts directed to the alpine ski team.  Feel fee to use the format in the letter or the link at the bottom of the letter.  You may also click on the link on the top right of this page which will allow you to give online.  Or use this direct link to give to the alpine team.

The funding goes toward our fall travel to Colorado which provides amazing early season training that is necessary for the development of each athlete on the team. Without the help of alumni, parents and friends, we could not provide such high quality early season training. In addition, funding has helped provide our end-of-year banquet, the NCAA reception in the East, and the Friends of Skiing event, which we host each year following the Middlebury Carnival. These events offer a chance to gather together and celebrate all aspects of Middlebury skiing. In short, the donations we get from people like you are critical to how we function as a team.  I hope you will take this opportunity to support the alpine teams.  If you would like more information or just want to chat, please feel free to call us. You can reach me at the numbers below.

Stever Bartlett


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Masters Training Day Fundraiser

The Middlebury College Ski Team is offering a one day GS and slalom training day tailored to the needs of masters ski racers. Train at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl on The Cameron and The Lange which are two outstanding training trails. Benefit from training with NCAA Division I athletes and from coaching by Middlebury College Ski Team coaches Stever Bartlett and Abby Copeland. For more information visit  or check out our facebook page. Keywords Masters training Middlebury.

CAMP Tuesday December 23rd – Morning GS and Afternoon SL
SCHEDULE: 8:15 – 8:45 Registration, Bagels, juice, fruit, coffee and welcome words
9:00 – 11:30 GS drill courses and GS training
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch and Sprongo/computer video Review
12:30 – 2:30 Slalom Warm up course and Full Length Timed Training
2:30 – 3:00 Cool Down and review
$120 per athlete. Includes lift ticket. All proceeds go to the Middlebury College
Alpine Ski Team.
Register: Limited to first 20 athletes. To reserve a spot
Contact Stever Bartlett. (802) 282- 2880

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Middlebury Jr. Ski Club Pancake Breafast and Chairlift Rides Fundraiser




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Sharing the road with fall colors

Mary enjoyed the beautiful fall weather recently with a bike ride to the Snow Bowl.  The colors are in full force right now!

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Swimming with the Men's Team

KBR. Swimming. Hunting. School.

Sleeping. Eating. Going to class. Working out. Doing homework. Sleeping. Eating. Going to class. Working out. Doing homework. Sleeping…….

Yup, I’d say the gang is following a pretty good routine lately. Check out some pics from the first two weeks on campus.

[caption id="attachment_4368" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Girls Team at Kelly Brush Ride Girls Team at Kelly Brush Ride[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4366" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Swimming with the Men's Team Swimming with the Men’s Team at Dog Team Tavern[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4367" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Rob Hunting with his Dad and Dog Rob Hunting with his Dad and Dog[/caption]



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Congrats Hig on the win in NZ

Congratulations to Hig Roberts who graduated last spring and has been training and racing this summer to make a bid at national team criteria.  His recent win and podium in NZ will give him an opportunity to springboard onto further greatness.   His win earned him a 7 point FIS result and his podium produced an 11.  He currently holds 9 FIS points which lowers his world ranking from 166th to about 50th .

Best wishes Hig.  Way to represent Middlebury as a recent alum.

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