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Alpine Ski Racers Hit High Marks at NEPSAC

Feb. 18, 2022 — A third-place finish by the girls’ alpine team in the Class A NEPSAC Championships this week put them in the top 5 for the 11th consecutive year, making NMH the only school to have achieved this, according to head coach Greg Leeds. 

In the championships in Shawnee Peak, NMH had five racers finish in the top 10, which, according to Leeds, has not happened in at least the past 26 years of the school’s history.

The NMH girls’ team finished third out of 10 teams, and the boys were fourth of 12 teams. Out of 40 race runs — with five skiers each on the girls’ and boys’ teams competing in two runs of slalom and two runs of giant slalom — there were 38 clean finishes. 

The day kicked off with the giant slalom race. On the girls’ team, Chiara Pinci ’24 took third place and Bridget Stephen ’24 took ninth. Olivia Weinstein ’22 cracked the top 20 and NMH was in third place behind Berkshire and Nobles, who were consistently fastest and eventually tied for the team win, with Berkshire earning the title in a tie-breaker.  Parker Toyloy ’25, CC Cunningham ’25, and Areia Heilman ’22 added solid finishes to the team.

The boys then took to the giant slalom course. Ryan Choi ’25 started an incredibly successful day as he placed third of 60 racers (and later added a fifth place in the afternoon slalom). Right behind Ryan was Matthew Weinstein ’22 in fourth. Zach Wells ’25, Alex McCullough ’23, and Toby King ’23 all had clean runs, and NMH was in second place heading into the afternoon slalom.  

Leeds said, “NMH entered the afternoon in a great position. On the girls’ side, we needed some help to crack the top-2, and Berkshire and Nobles didn’t open the door for us. Other than a bobble by Chiara in the second run, we skied flawlessly and maintained our third place finish as a team.”

Olivia was our top finisher in 8th (her career-best result at NEPSACs), and even though Chiara blew out of the course in run #2 after a blazing third-place run #1, she quickly hiked and got back in to finish 13th, “an impressive display of determination and resilience,” Leeds said.

“In the final race, the boys’ slalom, the hounds were nipping at our heels as the strong teams that had not skied to their potential (Deerfield, Belmont Hill, Nobles) rebounded to place ahead of us. NMH had solid results, but we settled for fifth, which dropped us from second to fourth in the overall standing,” Leeds said.

Team alpine racing wraps up next week with the final MISL slalom at Berkshire East. The girls’  team record now stands at 29-4, while the boys are 38-9.

For complete results, see the NEPSAC skiing website: