We’ve been extremely fortunate with the weather for Mt. Greylock Hill Climb rollerski race for two years in a row. The event is possible because of the partnership of Massachusetts Department Conservation and Recreation and the volunteers of the Berkshire Nordic Club. The Climb ascends eight miles to the highest point in the Bay State, winding through undulating terrain in boreal forest, making it an ideal venue for cross country skiers. This year saw the largest participation to date and with 114 finishers it was our largest rollerski race of 2022.
Greylock offers both long and short course options, with masters having the ability to choose between classic or freestyle skiing. The short course is seven kilometers and skiers ages U14 through M10 took to the course at :30 second intervals from the Jone’s Nose gate. The long course is twelve kilometers, starting at the Visitors Center, where skiers started in waves of five. Mixed gender skiers were seeded by U.S. Ski & Snowboard points making for some fun and exciting starts with 90 skiers departing the base in ten minutes! The top ten skiers of each gender used matched Swenor Alutech skis and over half the field was on the same brand and wheel speed.