It was a riveting weekend for the EISA skiers that did not go according to plan. Due to a mix of rain and snow the GS scheduled for Friday was switched to a slalom.  

“Despite tough weather conditions, the Bates carnival went off without a hitch. We had to switch the slalom event to Friday, but the track was really solid — and thanks to Sunday River’s comp and event crew and coaches on the hill, we were able to maintain the course and create an excellent event,” commented Bates Head Alpine Coach Micaela Holland.

Despite the tough conditions, the eastern collegiate racers persevered. Thanks to the many slip runs and course prep by the Sunday River race crew, the Carnival went off with men skiing first.

For the men’s race, Dartmouth and UVM dominated with the Big Green and Catamounts battling it out on Monday Mourning. After first run Jagge Lindstoel (UVM) took the lead racing to a 52.82 with Kipling Weisel (DAR) and Erik Arvidsson (MIDD) trailing by just a half second.  Arvidsson had a tough second run, falling out of the top 30. Tim Gavett (MIDD) with a fast second run of 57.41 overtook Weisel, and Lindstoel won both slalom runs with a combined time of 1:50.15 up from the rest of the field by 0.87. Gavett took second, and Weisel took third.  Other notable performances included David Domonoske (DAR), who jumped eight spots to seventh place overall. The Dartmouth men won the slalom event placing three in the top six, leading the way for their women’s team to follow suit.

“It was really snowy and pretty dark skiing but the track held up really well,” remarked Stephanie Lebby (DAR).

On the women’s side, it was Williams College with a big day as Maddie Dekko took home her first collegiate win and the team’s first podium and win of the season. After a second place first run, Dekko was able to overtake Woodhouse (UNH) on the second run to win by a slight margin of 0.07. Behind Woodhouse was Lucia Bailey (MIDD) in third and Stephanie Lebby (DAR) in fourth. Nellie Ide (HAR) and Gwen Wattenmaker (DAR) rounded out the top five tying for fifth.

“We had a pretty solid day we ended up with three in the top 10 with fourth, fifth, and 10th and we won overall for the women’s alpine so that was great,” said Lebby on the Dartmouth women’s victory.

Gwen Wattenmaker/Steve Fuller photo

Bates Carnival GS

The weather took a positive turn on Saturday for the Bates Carnival.  “The giant slalom today couldn’t have been more ideal weather conditions,” said Holland (BAT). In lieu of the sleet from the day before, racers were met with clear sunny skies and an aggressive surface. 

“It was good snow, good surface, great weather compared to yesterday, and all around a great time,” commented Hannah West (BAT).

The women kicked out of the start gate on T2 down to Monday Mourning with a straight set, landing Josefine Selvaag (UVM) in first. Lucia Bailey (MIDD) was close behind in second, and Lisa Olsson (UNH) finished in third. Luckily, the nice weather stayed through to the second run keeping the GS surface firm for the afternoon. 

“First run was definitely a straighter course, second run there was a lot more swing making it a lot more challenging but it also made it all the better,” said West (BAT). 

With a more technical second run, the skiers were tested in their endurance and GS skills. Selvaag was able to hang onto her lead with the combined time of 2:18.59.  Making jumps into the podium was Abi Jewett (DAR) in second and Gwen Wattenmaker (DAR) moving up four spots to third. Fanny Sanderberg (UNH) made strides up to fourth and Lisa Olsson (UNH) fell to fifth. Other notable performances include Hannah West of Bates moving up seven spots to 11th, and Stephanie Lebby (DAR) moving up 10 places to ninth.

“Overall my second run was a lot stronger than my first but hopefully we just continue it to the next race,” remarked West. 

The men had a good surface to work with as well. Previous GS winner this season Patrick Kenney (UNH) came down looking to snag another gold with the first run time of 1:03.22. Mathias Tefre (UVM) finished on his tales in second, and familiar face to the podium Erik Arvidsson (MIDD) landed in third. On their home hill, two Bobcat men rallied into the top 10, Arie Van Vuuren and Joe Gillis finding their groove in eighth and tenth after the first run.

“First run was really good for me, I didn’t have many mistakes and it was what I had planned on doing,” exclaimed Van Vuuren (BAT). 

The second run brought out some great performances moving skiers up in the rankings. Dartmouth’s Drew Duffy blazed down to win the second run moving himself all the way up to third place from his 13-place first run. Alkier skied clean and aggressive making his way to the top of the podium, Andrew Miller (DAR) took second while Arvidsson moved to fourth and Kenney slipped to fifth place. The Bobcat men held their pace ending up ninth and eleventh overall. 

“Second run I got a little rattled coming down on the flats but it was fine. It’s my first top ten and it feels really good,” said Van Vuuren on the Bobcats’ success. 

Overall team rankings for the Bates Carnival put Middlebury College on top winning with 850 points, just two points ahead of the past three Carnival winners, UVM, and taking third is Dartmouth. The Carnival season continues with the Williams Carnival being held next weekend Feb. 14-15. 

Men SL Results: University Sunday River Resort (USA)

Women SL Results: University Sunday River Resort (USA)

Women GS Results: University Sunday River Resort (USA)

Men GS Results: University Sunday River Resort (USA)

A San Francisco Bay Area native and Bates College graduate, Sierra Ryder has ski raced all over the country starting in the West growing up skiing on The Squaw Valley Ski Team, and then back East on the EISA NCAA circuit. Sierra is a proud Bates Bobcat and is grateful to have skied carnivals for four years serving as a captain for the Bates ski team her senior year. She now resides in San Francisco where she works for the CBS San Francisco News affiliate KPIX5. When she is not working you can find her running on Crissy field or skiing at Squaw.