There wasn’t much that could slow down Aiden Moser this season on the mountain. The same couldn’t be said last year of the John Stark Alpine skier.
“I’ve probably coached him for a half of a dozen years so I’ve seen his progress,” said Hopkinton Alpine Coach Bob Berliner, who also oversees the John Stark program. “He’s a hard worker and I knew he had the talent if he could ski to his abilities. He had a rough year last year but he really kind of set that aside and really blossomed this year.”
Instead of dwelling on a season of disappointments, Moser turned a new page heading into this year. He forged a sharper mental approach out of his frustrations and the results on the hill spoke volumes of his progress. The regular season brought with it plenty of victories and top five finishes, but postseason racing is where it really matters and Moser saved his best for the big stage.
First came the Division II championships – an event where Moser stumbled in the 2015-16 season after failing to finish his second run of the giant slalom. He wouldn’t trip up this time.
Moser stole the show, producing the two fastest runs in the giant slalom en route to a first-place finish with a time of 51.91, and then cemented himself as one of the area’s top skiers with another victory in the slalom where he finished first in 76.13.
“He’s a hard worker and he puts a lot of pressure on himself,” Berliner said. “Last year, he put too much pressure on himself and this year he was more relaxed and focused.”
Moser’s success and composure carried over to the Meet of Champions at Cannon Mountain on March 2. Racing against the best New Hampshire has to offer, Moser skied through the slalom with the sixth fastest time at 1:21.76 – 7.37 seconds behind the top finisher – and nearly added a top 10 finish in the giant slalom before settling for 13th with a two-run total of 1:36.13.
While Berliner is responsible for both teams, he was quick to point out the example set by Moser for the Generals, and it’s pretty clear to see why.
“He’s definitely a help out there. He has always helped and he’s a strong skier so he’s a good role model for the younger guys to look up to,” Berliner said. “It was always fun going to races being a coach for two different teams and I was always happy when he had a good result.”