HAVERHILL — The family that skis together competes together.
Merrimack Valley youth skiers were treated to a sort of home-slopes advantage at yesterday’s Eastern Massachusetts Championship Ski Race, held at Bradford Ski on South Cross Road. A Bradford Ski Team contingent of over 100 racers, all children aged 5 to 18, joined teams from around the state in the season finale.
Over 500 skiers from five teams came to the Eastern Massachusetts Buddy Werner League crescendo, with some families coming from as far away as Shrewsbury and Canton, according to Haverhill parent Mo Trout.
For one family, with 10 children spread across three households, the event was right in their backyard.
“We all like to spend time with each other, and skiing is a good sport to do it with, especially with your friends,” 12-year-old Rachel Cavallaro said.
The Bradford Ski Team practices every Tuesday and Thursday night at their home slopes, with races every Sunday since January pitting two teams in the league against each other.
It is here that the three households — the Cavallaro family in North Andover and Trout households in Haverhill and Belmont — come together three times a week.
“Every Sunday is a holiday for us during the winter,” Rachel said. “We just hang together, and we all enjoy skiing.”
Carmen Trout, 14, of Belmont, said they “still hang out together on holidays too. This is just an extra thing.”
Seven Trout and Cavallaro children competing in yesterday’s event said that skiing together helps them improve their skills. Maria Cavallaro, 12, said seeing her siblings or cousins, like her brother Nolan, on the slopes can teach her new tricks.
“I see him do it, I want to do it,” she said, laughing. “It doesn’t always work out, but we try.”
Nolan said everybody in the family “has their strengths and weaknesses. They’re all, like, ‘you can do this better, you can do that better,’ and we teach each other.”