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Boys’ Alpine Skier of the Season: Belmont’s Lars Major

  • Belmont’s Lars Major attacks the slalom course at Gunstock during the Division III boys’ Alpine championships on Feb. 11. Major finished second in the slalom and first in the giant slalom, leading Belmont to a second-place finish in the division. SCOTT FITZGERALD file / Kearsarge Athletics

  • Belmont’s Lars Major attacks the slalom course at Gunstock during the Division III boys’ Alpine championships on Feb. 11. Major is the ‘Monitor’ Boys’ Alpine Skier of the Season. SCOTT FITZGERALD file / Kearsarge Athletics

Monitor staff
Published: 3/26/2019 7:06:02 PM

All alone under the cover of darkness, Lars Major rattled off run after run down the slopes at Gunstock Mountain. For the Belmont junior skier, these routine practice sessions became a critical tool for honing his craft late in the season.

“When I was by myself I got a good chance to get my head on straight and really focus on some things,” Major said. “Those night practices where I was just out there by myself, they really helped me feel good toward the end of the season.”

As the Division III Alpine state meet approached, Belmont coach Kevin Charleston could see an uptick in Major’s speed. By the time the championships were over, Major’s results spoke for themselves.

Up against a deep and impressive field, Major skied his way to an individual title in the giant slalom, edging the Kearsarge duo of Matthew Noyer and Aiden Markoff with combined two-run time of 1:04.56. Then for an encore, Major placed second in the slalom to secure the Belmont boys’ Alpine team’s runner-up finish.

The Raiders finished with 726 points – 43 behind first-place Kearsarge.

“He wasn’t skiing maybe as fast as he wanted to but he stuck with the plan, kept doing what he should be doing and never really doubted what he was doing or himself,” Charleston said. “He just kept plugging away at it and ended up just hitting his stride at the right time.

“Winning the GS and placing second in the slalom not only showed that he’s skiing fast, but skiing consistent, which is something that is super hard to do in ski racing,” Charleston added. “For Lars to be that consistent in four runs in one day. That’s impressive. No doubt.”

Not only that, but Major was up against some steep competition, including a handful of skiers who were a step ahead of  Major during the regular-season meets.

“That was the thing all year long. Those other guys were just a little bit faster than Lars, and by the time the state meet rolled around, he was kind of on the other side of it where he was kind of a little faster than those guys,” Charleston said.

Knowing how much work he put in behind the scenes, Major was relieved to see it pay off as he collected his title, earned a trip to the Meet of Champions and went on to represent New Hampshire at the Eastern High School Championships – a highly competitive event for skiers in New England.

“Skiing is a weird sport,” Major said. “You put in all this time on the weekends, at night, just hours and hours on the hill and many runs down the course just for 30 seconds to a minute of performance. It’s all just concentrating that energy, all that time and effort into a short amount of time and being confident enough in your skiing to go and perform to the best of your ability.”

Major’s two-run time of 1:17.17 on the GS course at the Meet of Champions netted him a ninth-place finish and a spot in the aforementioned Eastern High School Championships – an experience Major cherished.

“I knew of almost all of the kids that were on that New Hampshire team with me,” Major said. “It was really cool to meet a lot of them and hang out throughout those three, four days that we’re up at Attitash. They were all really good skiers and it was awesome being able to train with such a good group of kids and racers.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)

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