by Jack, barely edited by Sara
After a quick packing of the van, five impeccably dressed skiers and a handful of parents climbed in for the ride to White Mountains Regional High School. After a ride with a new playlist by the likes of Sara, we departed the van and set up our small but homely camp with military precision.
Being almost go time for the two “men,” both Adam and myself (Jack) started our respective warmups. Soon, both of us were on the line, and after a quick icy start, were on the course. Adam commented that “falling on my face was bad, but I did well.” My only comment on my race was that there is a big difference between Eastern Cups and high school races with high school being at least 5x easier.
Next up were the girls with Sara in the second wave for Ford Sayre, followed respectively by Perrin in the fourth wave and Johanna in the seventh wave. The girls had a great start with Sara commenting that she passed lots of people and she had a good start. Johanna and Perrin are both MIA as this post was being written in the back seat of the van. However, they were kind enough to provide a comment before their disappearance, saying that they did well on the hills and had a blast.
Speaking of having a blast while on the subject, the Holderness team parked right next to us and proceeded to build a small half pipe from the back of their mini-bus and took turns skiing off and attempting to jump off a small mound of ice and compact snow. Needless to say, there were some successes in between the multiple, but hilarious failures.
After a hard and fun day of racing to say the least, our team took a detour to Chutters (“The longest candy counter in the world”, they have the Guinness certificate hanging on the wall). After donning gloves, we walked and stalled at the glittering array of different jars containing the god of the teenage and child alike: sugar. Finally, after making our purchases, we left and returned to the van for the candy-powered ride home.
Before the sugar highs, the song that’s been stuck in the team’s heads since last weekend was performed in the back of the van: