Nordic Skiing Varsity
With its excellent coaching staff and 10km of groomed, on-campus trails, our Nordic program has a long tradition of producing world-class athletes, including Olympians.
Led by former U.S. Nordic Team Coach Pat Casey, our skiers compete on several levels, the best vying to make the Eastern team and represent our region in national competition. Athletes who are new to the sport are taught both classical and skate techniques and learn to appreciate the glories of Nordic skiing through the beautiful New Hampshire winter. All students compete in the local Lakes Region league and the larger New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Series. A select few represent the school at the annual NEPSAC championships, and many compete in other regional events, notably the annual Stowe Derby.
In the off-season, students have access to a fleet of roller skis, four ski ergs, a full weight room, and up-to-date cardio equipment. Many graduates go on to ski in Division I collegiate programs including Dartmouth, Colby, St. Lawrence, and Williams.
As reported earlier this spring, campus has seen a buzz of activity as Holderness School works to complete a number of projects in advance of the 2022-23 academic year.
Nine Holderness School student-athletes committed to play competitive college athletics on Wednesday, May 4. These students represent some of the top athletic talent in New Hampshire and New England and are testaments to Holderness School’s culture of academic and athletic excellence.
In a moving show of support for a teammate who lost his father to cancer at the beginning of the school year, all 29 members of the Holderness boys varsity lacrosse team shaved their heads to raise nearly $30,000 for the Sarcoma Center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
There is no terrain too rugged, race too long, mountain too high, climate too severe, or obstacle too difficult to keep Mirna Valerio from feeling the power of her body and using movement as a form of liberation and wellness. In her New York Times bestselling book, A Beautiful Work in Progress, Valerio writes, “This body isn’t meant to be stagnant or cease moving. When we stop moving in mind, body, and spirit, we stop learning. When we stop learning, we stop living. Therefore, when we stop moving, we stop living. We stop evolving toward being the human we are destined to be.” This is the message she carried to Holderness School these past few days.
Holderness School is pleased to announce that Annie Smyth-Hammond ’16 will join the Admission Office as Assistant Director of Admission as well as serve as Head Coach for the Girls Varsity Ice Hockey team.