Far West Nordic has completed its 2015 Junior Nationals Races. It was an awesome week of skiing, and an incredible job by the folks at Auburn Ski Club and all the wonderful volunteers. CLICK HERE to check out all the photos, from the Prelim time trials of the Freestyle Sprints on Monday to the Classic Relays on Saturday.


The 2015 Far West Nordic Junior National Team



A Letter from Tahoe Cross Country…

TXC_logo-newMarch 9, 2015

Dear Members of the TXC Community, We have all suffered a great loss personally and professionally with the passing of Kevin Murnane. He will be missed by all. TXC will strive to continue to provide excellent year-round activities, programs, and services under the guidance of Valli Murnane and the TXC Board of Directors. We recognize that these are difficult times for the community and we are all committed to moving forward in a positive manner.

Regards, Valli Murnane, Jim Robins, Doug Read, Jens Legallet, Gary Anderson, Dave Clohessy, Patti Dowden, Don Fyfe, John Gerbino, Don Heapes, Doug McNair, Rafe Miller


Junior Nationals Are Here!

jn2015_farwest-teamphotoThe wait is over! Junior Nationals start tomorrow, March 9th, with the Freestyle Sprint Competition. Far West Nordic has it’s largest team in 10 years, with 43 of our athletes from Truckee, North Tahoe, and Mammoth Lakes joining together to test themselves against the best young Nordic skiers in the country. To stay up-to-date with all the happenings, go to xcjuniornationals2015.com. To view photos throughout the week, go to www.macbethgraphics.com.


Far West Looking for Board Members

Far West NordicLooking to get more involved in your Nordic Ski Community? Here’s your chance — join the Far West Nordic Board of Directors. We will have an opening or two on the Board beginning with our new year in May, and could use dedicated, interested skiers, parents, or coaches. The board meets once a month on the second Monday, alternating between Truckee and Tahoe City. 

You can apply by going to our Board of Directors Information Page and either fill out our online form, or download our standard application. Applications are due by the April Meeting (April 14th), and Board elections will be held at our May meeting.

If you have any questions, email info@farwestnordic.org for more information.



Annika Taylor

Annika Taylor

In an unprecedented development, Far West Nordic is proud to have 4 of its current college racers going to the NCAA XC Ski Championships next week. The races will be hosted by St. Lawrence University and will be held on March 11-14 at the Mt. van Hoevenberg trails at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, NY. 

The four from Far West Nordic include:

  • Annika Taylor University of New Hampshire
  • Katrin Larusson, University of New Hampshire
  • Austin Meng, St. Lawrence University
  • Patrick Mcelravey, Middlebury College

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Kevin Murnane: A Celebration of Life

murnaneThere will be a Celebration of Life for Kevin Murnane at the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area on Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. The celebration will be out of doors, so please dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Volunteers will be managing parking, so please arrive early, or park at North Tahoe High School and walk to the center along the trails. Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area is at 925 Country Club Drive, in the Highlands in Tahoe City. For updates and information, please check www.lotsahelpinghands.com account # 725985

Nordic 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.


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!