Heat wave forces skiers across border

by Ben Zimmerman | 2/10/05 6:00am

While Hanover may presently find itself in the midst of this season's first true blizzard, the late burst of precipitation comes too late to save cross-country skiing.

Though alpine events will remain at the Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center, N.H., a lack of snow combined with relatively warm temperatures has driven the cross-country portion of the Carnival to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe,Vt.

The action at Stowe -- which doubles as UVM's home course -- kicks off on Friday with the men's 10-kilometer classical race at 10 a.m., followed by the women's five-kilometer classical an hour and a half later. Competition resumes the next day at 9 a.m. for both the men and women in the 4x5-kilometer mixed freestyle relays.

Back at the Dartmouth Skiway, the women's first giant slalom run starts at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, while the men will have to wait until 10:30 a.m. The ladies continue to go first later in the day, commencing their second run at 1 p.m. to the men's 2 p.m. start.

The men and women's slalom begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. with second runs slated for 12:30 p.m.

The Big Green goes into the weekend fresh off its first win of the season, and with home-field advantage -- at least on the alpine side -- it could be Dartmouth's third Winter Carnival win in a row.