Brothers Lake and Jett Lindelof of Swanville recently wrapped another exhilarating season of ski racing.

Over the winter, the brothers brought home 16 medals and ribbons.

Since 2011, the Lindelofs, now ages 13 and 11, have been part of the Penobscot Valley racing development program, a junior ski racing program at Hermon Mountain where the boys learned to ski at the ages of 3 and 5.

This year, they continued to train and race through the Hermon Mountain's racing program and also joined the Camden Snow Bowl's midwinter racing program where Lake become a member of the Camden Snow Bowl middle school racing team.

That team earned the 2016-2017 state Class A boys Alpine ski championship.

For the second season, the brothers also trained at Sugarloaf Mountain, as they participated in Carrabassett Valley Academy's Friday Alpine training days.

This year, as recommended by a Camden Snow Bowl coach and encouraged by family, Lake also became an elite-level USSA skier, which enhanced his season by attending additional competitions throughout the state with some of the best ski academy racers in the country.

"We are so grateful for Hermon Mountain, the Camden Snow Bowl and CVA," said Tracey Lindelof, the boys' mom. "It is because of these racing programs, particularly by joining the Snow Bowl's middle school racing program this year, that our sons have developed into the skiers that they are now. It's a wonderful sport that we are happy to be a part of."

The month of January kicked off the brothers' season with racing excitement at Sugarloaf Mountain for Lake and Hermon Mountain for Jett. During that month, Lake also raced at Spruce Mountain in Jay, Kents Hill in Readfield, Mount Abram in Greenwood and Titcomb Mountain in Farmington. The brothers joined for the J.P. Parisien Memorial race on Jan. 16 at Lost Valley in Auburn, which this year was attended by more than 200 racers.

At that race, the morning slalom course was technical as Jett handled the tight turns well and produced consistent times of 31.42 and 31.03 for a sixth-place finish, just behind three Gould Academy and two Carrabassett Valley Academy skiers.

Lake did not finish his first run, then followed with a second-place run in 24.70.

The racing season continued on Jan. 22 at Hermon Mountain. Jett brought home two bronze medals from the Chip Chochrane Invitational, a race attended by the fast-and-fierce Valley Racing Team of Fort Kent.

The brothers finished the month on Jan. 29, as both attended a Maine Alpine Racing Association skills quest training event at Titcomb Mountain, where Jett placed third and Lake seventh in the morning's technical-skills judging, followed by an afternoon of dual-slalom racing.

The next month began with a strong start as the boys raced at the Camden Snow Bowl on Feb. 4, a beautiful, bright, but frigid day. Lake had two solid runs at 29.39 and 30.08, which placed him second among 83 middle school skiers and Jett had times of 38.17 and 42.19, which placed him 24th among 55 middle school boys racing that day.

After that, Lake traveled to Sugarloaf on Feb. 5 for a USSA qualifier, as he placed 28th among 63 boys, followed by the boys racing a paneled slalom course on Feb. 12 in Farmington. That was before an intense blizzard rolled in that evening, which dumped nearly three feet of snow statewide and made perfect ski conditions the rest of the season.

For Lake, mid-February was a time of skiing excitement, particularly due to the success of the Camden Snow Bowl middle school team. The Class A Alpine middle school state meet was a two-day, back-to-back event that, due to a snowstorm early in the week, required rescheduling of the giant slalom event at Sugarloaf to Feb. 17, followed by the slalom event the next day at Titcomb Mountain.

At Sugarloaf, Lake skied the giant slalom course with times of 24.25 and 25.78, which placed him eighth among 145 racers. The slalom event, however, was not a successful day for Lake, who did not finish either run due to skier shin pain that caused him to miss gates. Several other skiers on the CSB team skied slalom well, which helped propel the boys team into an exhilarating first-place finish, to capture the Alpine giant slalom and slalom combined state Class A middle school championship.

The end of February reunited the brothers at familiar races, including Big Rock Mountain in Aroostook, Big Squaw Mountain in Greenville and Camden Snow Bowl. The boys brought home three gold medals at the Weyerhauser Timber Classic on Feb. 25 at Squaw Mountain.

The next day the brothers were back at the Snow Bowl's Seacoast Kombi Classic, where Jett finished fourth with times of 58.99 and 1:01.99. At that race, Lake captured the U14 second-place silver medal for his stellar performance with times of 49.34 and 50.50.

With many skiers from the Valley Racing Team of Fort Kent skiing that day at the Snow Bowl for the first time, it made for a day of excellent racing competition due to both teams' incredible skill and comparable ability, said Tracey Lindelof.

In March and April there was a continuation of the ski season for the brothers. On March 4-5, Lake attended two MARA events, during sub-zero-degree arctic wind chills; a slalom qualifier at Sunday River and a giant slalom qualifier at Shawnee Peak.

Those were followed by another race on March 12 at Big Rock Mountain in Mars Hill where Lake earned a third-place bronze medal and Jett sixth.

On March 19, the last race of the season was at Hermon Mountain for the annual Family Fun Race. On this beautiful, warm, pure blue-sky day, with pristine snow, the Penobscot Valley Ski Club hosted a morning of dual-slalom racing for skiers, family members and coaches.

That was followed by lunch and awards where Lake and Jett were declared "speediest" of the day in their U14 and U12 divisions, along with their younger sister, Skye, who raced along with them on a gorgeous winter day.

To conclude the season on March 25, Lake, four other Camden Snow Bowl USSA skiers and their coaches, marched in the "parade of athletes" at Sugarloaf Mountain and escorted the U.S. Ski Team into the opening ceremonies of the U.S. Alpine Championships, followed by an impressive fireworks display.

This was a spectacular four-day national Alpine ski racing event, which has occurred only six times in Sugarloaf's history.

"It was an exceptionable and honorable opportunity to be a part of, one that will surely be remembered by all the young aspiring ski racers and their coaches in attendance," said Tracey Lindelof.

On April 15, the brothers wrapped their season at Sugarloaf, attending the action-packed East Coast Pond Skimming Championships, which brought lots of splashes, smiles and much laughter to all those who participated and spectated.

The Lindelof siblings are sixth- and seventh-graders at Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast and Islesboro Central School. They also are members of the Waldo County YMCA Bluefish swim team, Islesboro sailing team, Islesboro track-and-field squad and Midcoast Cal Ripken Baseball League.

They are the sons of Jeff and Tracey Lindelof of Swanville.