This semester at Holy Cross has been very different from the rest of our time here. Many people have begun to join clubs and intramurals to become more involved in student life here on the hill. Last semester, Gracie signed up for the HC Club Alpine Ski Team, which she says has been the best decision she has made here at Holy Cross.
At the start of winter break, all 25 members traveled to Sunday River, Maine for a two-week training camp. While there, they stayed in a house, made dinners together, played games, and got to know each other post skiing. They had a fantastic time, made good friends from all grade levels, and created friendships that have followed them back to campus.
Following the camp, they traveled every Friday post-classes to various mountains such as Jay Peak, Dartmouth, Whaleback, and Sugarloaf. They began their days with an early wake-up and set the courses with other schools in the Thompson Division (WPI, BU, NE, CONN, UNH, etc.). Racing all of these other schools allowed them to make new friends at Holy Cross and all around New England. They stayed there all weekend and traveled back on Sunday afternoons following two full days of racing.
At the end of the season, the men and women teams qualified for regionals, and they went on to compete at Sugarloaf just last weekend! Unfortunately, they did not move on to Nationals, but they had the best time and had the opportunity to ski against varsity teams such as UCONN.
The Ski Team has allowed Gracie to find her “family” here on the hill. It is an opportunity for all to become involved, make new friends, and have an all-around good time. There is no prior knowledge of racing required – it is open to everyone! We can not emphasize enough how important and fun it is to participate in various clubs, activities, and intramurals here on campus. It allows everyone to gain the full Crusader experience and make the most out of their time here on the hill!
If interested, check out the HC Ski Team Instagram for more information and pictures! @hcskiteam