For the first time in his high school skiing career, Lucas Bonnevie decided to stay home. Bonnevie attended Carrabassett Valley Academy his first three years in high school, but decided to compete with Mt. Blue his senior season.
Bonnevie’s abilities were evident from the first race, when he torched the Otter Slide slalom course at Titcomb Mountain in Farmington with precision and style.
“Lucas is a very talented skier,” Mt. Blue coach Mark Cyr said. “He brought a lot to the team this season and proved to be an important team member.”
Bonnevie finished first in the Class A giant slalom and fifth in the slalom to help the Mt. Blue boys to the team title. He won the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A title in both the slalom and giant slalom as Mt. Blue won the overall title.
For his outstanding season, Bonnevie has been named the Morning Sentinel Boys Alpine Skier of the Year. Teammate North Kay and Maine Central Institute’s Gary Kersbergen were also considered.
“It was really fun being part of the team at Mt. Blue,” Bonnevie said. “I was really happy with the season, I finished every race and we were successful as a team.”
Bonnevie’s presence created plenty of enthusiasm and competition. In most races, Bonnevie laid down the fastest run of the day on his first run, setting the standard for everyone else.
At the conference championships, Bonnevie skied a 44.02 in his first run of the giant slalom competition, which was 2.5 seconds faster than his nearest competitor. He was faster on his second run, finishing in 43.66 to win the title by four seconds. He also posted the two fastest times in the slalom.
“He has a great feel for the mountain and the snow,” Cyr said. “He trained hard this winter and put in a lot of time on snow to have the results he did.”
At the Class A championships, Alex Gowen of Falmouth was one-tenth of a second faster than Bonnevie after the first run of the giant slalom. Bonnevie, however, skied with precision in his second run and won the title by 1.5 seconds.
“Near the end of the season at states, I was skiing as well as I had all year,” Bonnevie said. “I was really into it, there were some very good skiers and you had to focus.”