Nordic Skiing

The Bowdoin College Nordic Ski Team is one of only a few of the College's athletic programs to compete at the NCAA Division I level. As a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA), Bowdoin races against teams such as Dartmouth, UVM, and Williams, as well as traditional rivals Bates and Colby.

Bowdoin Nordic Ski Team blog

Professional Photography of the Nordic Team

Photos from the 2007 UNH Carnival

Great images from 2006

Current technique video

Historical archive of Top 30 Finishes by Bowdoin Nordic Skiiers

Official team practices begin in early October. Our team uses a large network of safe, well-paved roads for rollerskiing in the greater Brunswick area, as well as excellent running trails near campus and at Bradbury Mountain State Park. Bowdoin's proximity to the ocean and several rivers gives skiers access to many off-season training options, such as kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and surfing. On-campus facilities include a room dedicated to ski training, complete with a wide variety of strength training equipment: rollerboards, exergenies, converted rowing ergometers, medicine balls, and physio balls.

During the winter, the team trains at Pineland Farms, a world-class trail system located 30 minutes south of Brunswick. The Pineland trails offer some of the best skiing in New England. Due to immaculate trail maintenance, Pineland can open with minimal snow, and often has excellent conditions when other areas have little or no skiing. We also have a groomed 2km loop around Bowdoin's athletic fields, allowing our skiers easy access to on-snow training.

The head coach of the Nordic Team is Nathan Alsobrook; he can be reached at 207-725-3830 or by email at nalsobro@bowdoin.edu.

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Nordic Skiing Coaching Staff

Head coach: Nathan Alsobrook
Assistant coaches: Ezra Hark

Nathan Alsobrook, a 1997 graduate of Bowdoin College, has been named the new head coach of the Nordic Skiing program at his alma mater. Formerly the head coach of the Whitman (Wash.) College nordic ski program, Alsobrook began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant under Marty Hall at Bowdoin in 1999.

"As a former Division III athlete, Nathan is able to relate to the demands of being a student-athlete at a place such as Bowdoin," according to Athletic Director Jeff Ward. "Our nordic skiing program took great strides under the leadership of Marty Hall, and we look forward to seeing Nathan continue that trend."

An English major who graduated magna cum laude, Alsobrook was a four-year competitor on the nordic ski team as well as a cross-country and track team member. After serving as an instructor at Sunday River for two years following graduation, he joined the staff at Bowdoin as an assistant to Marty Hall for the 1999- 2000 academic year.

Following a season as an assistant at Colby, Alsobrook moved west where he earned his first full-time head coaching job at the Pocatello (Idaho) Cross-Country Ski Foundation, promoting cross-country skiing through coaching and training sessions. He returned to the collegiate ranks in 2003 as the assistant coach at Montana State University and then earned his first collegiate head job at Whitman in 2005.

At Whitman, he supervised the Division I nordic ski program and was also a member of the faculty as a Lecturer of Sport Science. Alsobrook has a wealth of academic experience and holds a Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from Montana State. His thesis work for the degree was specific to his sport, entitled "The Role of Upper Body Power in Classical Cross-Country Ski Performance."

Alsobrook takes the reins of a program that has improved in depth and performance over the past few seasons. In 2007, Bowdoin nordic skiing saw several best-ever performances by individuals during the EISA season and finished ninth at the Eastern Championships this past winter.

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Nordic Skiing Roster

Name Year Hometown/School
Tom Cook 2009 Manchester, NH
Krysia Crabtree 2009 Durango, CO
Nick Crawford 2009 Hawley, MA
Nat Herz 2009 Alna, ME
Courtney Martin 2009 Hermon, ME
Maresa Nielson 2009 Plymouth, NH
Matt Bowers 2010 Frisco, CO
Jeff Bush 2010 Minneapolis, MN
Colman Hatton 2010 Cape Elizabeth, ME
Niko Kubota 2010 Minneapolis, MN
Elissa Rodman 2010 Snowmass Village, CO
Walt Shepard 2010 Yarmouth, ME
Shem Dixon 2011 Avon, ME
Sarah Glaser 2011 Seward, AK
Grace Hyndman 2011 Yarmouth, ME

Head Coach: Nathan Alsobrook
Assistant Coaches: Ezra Hark
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 Nordic Skiing Schedule

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Nordic Skiing Releases

Date Posted Title
03/26/2008,  1:30PM Shepard Wins Crowns at Biathlon Nationals
05/25/2007,  1:30PM Nathan Alsobrook '97 Named Head Coach
04/17/2007,  11:00AM Marty Hall Resigns as Nordic Coach
11/12/2004,  1:00PM Nordic Skiing Legend to Give Clinic at Pineland Farms
10/18/2004,  1:00PM Nordic Team Preps For Season
11/26/2002,  8:00AM Nordic Ski Team Hosts Fund-Rasier
11/11/2002,  8:00AM Hall Elected Into New Hampshire's Hall of Fame
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Nordic Skiing : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1997, 1996, 1990