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Kevin Murnane

murnaneNordic Friends,

Our community lost a wonderful person long before his time on February 24th. Kevin Murnane was one of the driving forces behind the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Foundation and has been the manager of the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area for many years. Tahoe and Truckee’s loss, especially for those of us involved with the cross country ski community, will be huge. 

An bank account set up to accept donations for his wife Valli, and his 2 children, has been established at the U.S. Bank branch in Tahoe City. Donations for the family can be made in person at that branch. All contributions will go directly to benefit Valli and the kids.

For information on how to directly transfer funds to this account, please contact Rachel Crus at rachel@cruslaw.com.

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Amanda Kirkeby Awarded the Ted Beauchamp Scholarship

KirkebyMammoth Lakes’ Amanda Kirkeby has been named the recipient of this year’s Ted Beauchamp Scholarship Award 2015!

Amanda is a senior at Mammoth High School, and has been racing at National and Regional Competitions for Far West Nordic for over 5 years, at a very high level. She has also been a member of the Far West Nordic Academic Team since it was initiated in 2012. Read more

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Far West Nordic Junior National Team Named

jn2015-logo-50It’s been a long and grueling season, and our athletes have stuck it out through thick and thin (mostly thin) snow conditions. This year’s Team Selection was especially difficult, but we’re excited to have a super strong team heading into the second week of March at Junior Nationals 2015 at Auburn Ski Club Training Center.

Go to JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM page to see the complete list of athletes for 2015 and their respective rankings throughout the season. FAR WEST, FAR BEST!

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Sugar Bowl Academy Open House

SBA The Sugar Bowl Academy Nordic Ski Team will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, February 19th. We invite any local skiers to join us for morning practice followed by a quick tour of our campus. The day will begin at 9 AM with a skate ski with the SBA team and then a brief info session and tour with Head Coach Martin Benes. The open house will be over by noon. To RSVP, please email Martin Benes, Head Nordic Coach, at mbenes@sbacademy.org or Caitlin Bernstein, Assistant Director of Admissions/Nordic Coach at cbernstein@sbacademy.org

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Program Director Sought for Auburn Ski Club

asc_logo-circleAuburn Ski Club Training Center on Donner Summit is currently seeking a program director. The ASC Training Center is a multi-discipline organization that offers Alpine, Nordic, Snowboard and Biathlon programs and competitions. ASC also operates a 20KM XC trail system open to club members and the public. Resumes can be submitted to bclark@inc.auburnskiclub.org. For more information interested applicants can also call 530-426-3313×101.

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Racing, Venue Changes, and Snow Searching…

asc-pacos-race-2015_thomas-beth3Even though we’re all still waiting for some more white stuff in the Sierra Nevada, Far West Nordic Racing has been going strong! The Tannenbaum, the Snowshoe Thompson, Paco’s Freestyle, Lakes Basin, the Skogsloppet, and all the CNISSF races (thanks to Auburn Ski Club) have all been successful. But change is in the air:

MAMMOTH BIATHLON CANCELED:
A number of factors, including the current low snow levels at the Biathlon site, has prompted ESNSA to cancel this year’s event.

ALPENGLOW FREESTYLE IS CANCELED:
Due to the dearth of snow in the Tahoe Basin, the Alpenglow Race at Tahoe Cross Country, slated for January 25, has been canceled.

SIERRA SKOGSLOPPET MOVED TO AUBURN SKI CLUB
Because of low snow, January 19th’s Skøgsloppet Race will be held at Auburn Ski Club. A important benefit for the Truckee Schools’ Nordic Ski Teams, this is traditionally a very fun race for masters and juniors alike. It’s also a JNQ for the kids, plus a Fischer Cup and Masters Challenge race.

CNISSF TRUCKEE SPRINTS ALSO AT ASC
In addition to the Skogs, the 3rd CNISSF race of the season on January 23rd has been moved to Auburn Ski Club. Ostensibly down at Truckee High’s Surprise Stadium, ASC has often hosted this race and will once again.

Come out and race!

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Utah Super JNQ – Soldier Hollow

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  • January 28 – February 1, 2015
  • Signup Deadline: Midnight, January 19, 2015
  • Cost: $500

This is one of our most anticipated trips of the year for our juniors. We will travel to the trails of Soldier Hollow, Utah for their “SUPER JNQ” event, where hundreds of Juniors from all over the West converge for some incredibly fun and challenging racing. The trip cost will include all transportation, lodging, food, coaching, wax and support, race entries, trail passes.

 These races are two of our Far West JNQs. Please sign up early to enable us to plan our transportation for this trip. Contact Kelly Mcelravey with any questions regarding payment for the trip or the use of “Far West Bucks.”