When it comes to his pre-race preparation, Trent Pfeiffer said that it's about the music he listens to on the bus from Monument Mountain High School to the Bousquet Ski Area.
Once Pfeiffer got to the Pittsfield slopes, it was all about being in tune with the mountain. He won all six races league races in 2014, was named the All-Eagle Most Valuable Player for boys Alpine skiing.
"It's really everything. Plenty of rap, rock and roll," said Pfeiffer. "Pretty much anything I like that gets me excited."
Pfeiffer, an All-Eagle selection a year ago, took the MVP award by winning all six of the league races. The All-Eagle team is based on how the top racers finished in each of the six races.
Pfeiffer said that he and teammate Trevor McFarland listen to music on the way to Bousquet.
"Once I find songs I like, I add them to the playlist," said Pfeiffer. "It changes from week to week."
Like most high school athletes, Pfeiffer has to pack away his race thoughts during the school day.
"I'm only thinking about it in the back of my head," he said. "When I get on the bus to go to the mountain is when I start to concentrate on skiing."
That concentration worked for Pfeiffer, who was untouchable on the Bousquet race hill in the regular season.
While most of January and February went just fine for the Monument junior, his day on Feb. 25 at the Wachusett Moun tain Ski Area didn't go quite as well as he'd have liked. That was the day the best of the Berkshires gathered in Central Massachusetts for the MIAA Alpine Skiing championships.
"I think it could have gone better at states," he said. "I think at states, I would have liked to have done a little better in both disciplines."
Pfeiffer was 20th out of 130 finishers in the slalom, and No. 3 among all the skiers from Western Massachusetts. His finish in the giant slalom wasn't nearly as good. He finished 40th out of 110 finishers in GS. Pfeiffer was, however, the top Berkshire racer in that event.
"I was pretty confident going into the season. I was hoping to do well," said Pfeiffer. "I wanted to get first. I wasn't sure how everyone else would do."
Pfeiffer is a three-sport athlete at Monument. He plays for a top-caliber boys soccer team and is part of a building lacrosse program.
"[Skiing] helps me get over my personal nervousness. It is an individual sport. It's only you when you go down the hill," he said. "That mental toughness carries more into the other two sports."
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