Four decades strong, the Wachusett Mountain Race League remains a weekly gathering of a Massachusetts skiing community.
“It reminded me of how I started,” former pro skier Noelle Lyons, who is a Wachusett league participant, said. “It’s just like you remember, like, I’ve never lost the love of skiing. I’ ve skied all my life and regardless of if I competed, I wasn’t one of those competitors that didn’t want to keep doing it. I wanted to stay connected to the community.”
Lyons, an alum of the U.S. Ski team, an NCAA All-American, World Extreme champion, and 24 Hours of Aspen participant, joined New England Ski Journal Basecamp podcast to discuss the Wachusett racing league. Chris Stimpson, public relations manager for Wachusett Mountain and Pete Marson, pace-setter and coach for the race league, also joined Basecamp hosts Eric Wilbur and Mike Specian to discuss what makes racing at Wachusett a cherished event.
“I can tell you it is just about getting out there in, in the middle of the week, and taking a bunch of turns,” Stimpson said. “We have people from all over the place come in and compete every night of the week. And then they all hang out in the bar afterwards and have a great time.”