We awoke to 0 degrees and clear skies.

The course was in great shape, looping around the Nordic Heritage Center Lodge, complete with quick downhills and roller-coaster whoop-de-dos.

Qualification went well with Kristin, Doug, Noah and David advancing to the elimination rounds. Hans also squeaked his way into the J2 rounds after a shuffling of times.

In the afternoon David, Noah and Kristin fought valiantly, yet failed to advance to the semi-finals. Noah’s smile didn’t seem to disappear all day after receiving the nod from Middlebury College this morning. Kristin and David were happy too, as they both qualified for the open heats as a J2’s.

Doug was the team hero today. He had the fastest qualification time and cruised to victory in all of his heats. Doug not only illustrated his speed, but sound advancing strategy. Things will be interesting when he gets a shot at the big dogs in Houghton.

Tomorrow the classic races start at 9am. The tracks were beautiful and firm today. The storm is not supposed to hit until after the races…

Well we made the drive. Roughly nine hours.

Tomorrow we will preview the courses at the Heritage Nordic Center.
Skate sprint on Saturday. Five and ten kilometer classic Sunday.

and another long drive home in a Noreaster…