WINDSOR -- Soft snow left skiers with mixed reviews of the course at Notchview Reservation on Saturday, as the Nordic ski season kicked off in Berkshire County.
Some skiers found the fresh snow on the course difficult to maneuver through, but others weren't affected as much.
Final results were not available as of press time.
Individually, Matt Wiseman of Greylock was one of the first finishers to cross the finish line during this skate-style wave start competition. Despite his solid finish, Wiseman said the conditions of the course made for a challenging race.
"It was really choppy and uneven. It made for a tough race," he said. "It got skied up, so it affects your technique and slows you down."
With this being the first race of the season, proper technique was necessary for a strong time.
Taconic's lone varsity skier, Matt Rabasco, is embracing the challenge that soft snow presents.
"I feel like I did pretty good," he said. "I'm hoping that, after this race, other guys from my team will get confidence to come out for varsity with me."
Josie Marshall of Lenox and Grace Smith of Mount Greylock were two of the top finishers during the girls race. Both racers said the course offered different challenges.
"[The course] was a little tricky, especially with passing because the snow was so powdery," Marshall said. "The snow builds up on the sides, so when you're passing people, you tend to get caught in it. But it was nice on the downhills. It was really fast."
Smith said she was pleased with her performance and the course in the opening race of the season, despite not having another skier from her wave to race. The sophomore from Greylock added that the soft snow did make one part of the course particularly challenging.
"Shaw's Road. The big hill -- that was really difficult," she said. "Especially because there's a little downhill before it gets pretty steep. It was pretty mushy and hard for your skis to glide."
Mount Greylock coach Hiram Greene said the soft snow makes for slower times among the racers. However, he added that he was encouraged with his racers and hopes it's a good sign for things to come.
"I didn't see all results, but what I did see certainly gives me a lot of encouragement that we're going to do very well for the whole season," he said.
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