Located in northwestern Massachusetts just minutes from Vermont and New Hampshire, Northfield Mount Hermon is ideally situated to provide a strong alpine skiing program together with one of the nation’s top college-preparatory academic programs. NMH alpine skiing provides an ideal balance between high level, competitive ski racing and a rigorous academic program that stands among the best in the nation's college preparatory schools. We enable academically motivated students with a passion for ski racing to develop both of these interests through a strong ski program that features both interscholastic and USSA racing. We are historically one of the top teams at the NEPSAC class A New England championships, and as one of very few traditional college preparatory secondary schools that offer a USSA race program, we fully support students who wish to pursue higher level competition through weekend and postseason races.
At NMH the academic program is clearly the first priority, yet our program allows alpine ski racers a chance to compete at high levels while maintaining an appropriate balance between skiing and academics. There is a long tradition of excellence within the ski program at NMH, and we are regarded as one of the best among New England independent schools.
NMH competes in the Mount Institute Ski League, a regional league within the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council. The MISL consists of independent and public schools from western Massachusetts.
League races are held at Berkshire East ski area in Charlemont, which is NMH’s home training site. Towards the conclusion of the MISL season, NMH sends a select team of boys' and girls' to the New England Prep School Alpine Skiing Championships (class A) where they compete against the best racers in eastern independent schools.
The boys' and girls' have consistently been among the very vest teams in the MISL and NEPSAC over the past four decades. Both girls' and boys' teams consistently distinguish themselves through their exceptional work ethic, sportsmanship, teamwork, and competitive achievements.
2018 Season Highlights
The NMH alpine ski team continues to be one of the best and most competitive programs in New England, and 2018 was perhaps the most successful season in team history. The NMH boys' alpine team finished the season undefeated in both MISL and NEPSAC championship races, as MISL and New England class A champions, with a perfect record of 57-0! This was the third New England championship title since 2003 for the boys' varsity team, and the first fully undefeated season by either team in over 20 years.
The girls' team also won the MISL championships, their sixth straight league title, finished with a record of 34-1 in league, and 47-10 overall including, New Englands, where they were fourth. The girls' have won 33 of the past 36 MISL races over the past six years, and during this time have accrued an incredible record of 176-4 in league races.
Nine team members earned All-league honors (finishing in the top 10 of individual rankings), four were named to the All-New England teams, and sic racers were selected to USSA postseason events.
In addition to interscholastic racing, NMH offers its ski racers the opportunity to compete independently in races sanctioned by the Eastern Division of the United States Ski Association. Through these races, NMH athletes have a chance to compete at a higher level, and to race against some of the best junior racers at the regional and national level. NMH fully supports these initiatives, providing transportation and coaching for these events. As part of our plan for athlete development, all members of the team are encouraged to consider participating in the weekend USSA races, which are, of course, entirely optional. We typically travel to USSA races every weekend, competing primarily in the Tri-State Alpine Racing Association of USSA. We also travel to some races in VT and NH. A few of our racers have entered regional FIS competitions as well.
Every year, NMH has the distinction of qualifying several team members to USSA postseason events. We typically qualify between five and eight team members to these elite events each year. Our USSA program distinguishes us among boarding schools with skiing programs. Very few traditional, academically rigorous college preparatory schools offer a fully-supported USSA program in combination with an interscholastic ski team, and we proudly offer both.
We train at Berkshire East four days a week, and combine slalom and giant slalom training with on-campus strength & conditioning workouts. We have first-class training, including full-length GS on a consistently excellent surface. Berkshire East is widely regarded as the best ski racing venue in southern New England. Video analysis is also a standard component of our training program - we take video during practice, then immediately transfer it to a tablet which the kids view on the bus ride back to campus. We also have a wireless timing system that we regularly use to time training runs. Finally, we offer preseason training camps in Colorado in November.
NMH’s academic schedule permits the alpine ski team to get more training time than most of our peer schools, without making any sacrifices to the academic program of the School. After students finish their academic courses they can turn their attention to ski practice, leaving campus at 2:00 and returning before dinner. One of the greatest strengths of the NMH ski program is that our students receive a substantial amount of training time, yet our academic standards are never sacrificed.
At Northfield Mount Hermon, we offer a top-quality alpine skiing program coupled with a strong college-preparatory curriculum. NMH is among the finest independent secondary schools in the nation and we firmly believe that we have the proper balance of academic and athletic attention.