Festival & BBQ

Truckee River Winery

September 18th 3pm til dusk

Come join the fun and have some food.
This is an event to get friends together, make new friends, learn about cross country ski resources in the region, see some cross country ski equipment, and get fired up about the upcoming ski season.

Spread the word and bring your friends!
Help us grow by introducing your friends to xc skiing and Far West Nordic.
Kids welcome!


Auctioneer 2009

October 23, 2010
Truckee Community Recreation Center

The 25th annual Far West Nordic Auction/Raffle Party will be held on Saturday, October 23rd at the new Truckee Community Recreation Center. This is the “CAN’T MISS” EVENT of the season. This is Far West Nordic’s largest fundraiser for its Junior Nordic Programs. Please plan on attending and bidding on some of our great prizes. Check for updates on our Auction page.

Mark you calendars!
Tickets available NOW from a Far West Junior.


For the Mammoth Nordic Competition and Development Teams, the summer months were the time to increase fitness levels for ski races many months in the future. For a group of dedicated cross country skiers from Bishop to Mammoth, there was not much sleeping in happening during summer vacation. Getting up early wasn’t much of a problem when the object is to get out there with your friends for a good workout.

Rollerskiing, running, strength training, hiking, stretching, ski walking and bounding, Ultimate Frisbee, and cycling were all part of the program for the two teams that trained together under the direction of coach Nancy Fiddler and assistant coach Bryce Tiernan. For the Competition Team, the focus was on high quality, ski specific training with the end goal to be competitive at the Junior Olympic level. The Development team was introduced to general and ski specific training, with an emphasis on base aerobic and strength training. The two groups trained together for some workouts and separately for others.

The Mammoth Nordic Competition Team officially started training as a group in early May. Weekends were spent skiing where there was good, smooth snow, usually up Rock Creek or at Tioga Pass, where copious amounts of snow remained far into the spring. The group focused on running and strength training during the week, adding rollerskiing when the skiable snow was gone in June. Athletes involved in the 2010 summer training block were Kathi Kirkeby, Maren Hauter, Joelle Romo, Laurel Fiddler, and Bryce Tiernan.

For the Competition Team athletes, the week was divided up into different workouts addressing distance and overdistance training, strength training, speed training and intensity training. Workouts were as varied as running track intervals on the Bishop High School track, rollerskiing at Watterson summit, strength training at Snowcreek Athletic Club, running at Shady Rest, and hiking in the high Sierra. A monthly strength test, a double pole test, and an uphill running time trial in Lower Rock Creek were part of the program to assess the fitness levels of the athletes.

Athletes involved in the Development Team (8th grade and up) took a more general approach to training, with cycling and hiking, and some running being the means for aerobic training. Rollerskiing and strength training were introduced, along with ski specific drills and agility exercises. Development athletes were subjected to the monthly uphill time trial, which showed every athlete making huge aerobic gains during the summer. Amanda Kirkeby, Kylie LaFramboise, Devin Burgenbauch, Jack Roten, Philip Oxford, and Carson Bold all participated in the Development Team workouts this summer. The summer training commenced in mid-June and ended when school began in August.

Some highlights for the teams this summer included kayaking on Crowley Lake, bagging summits like North Peak, San Joachin Peak, and Mts. Dana and Gibbs, the Far West Nordic dryland camp in June Lake, Ultimate Frisbee games with the MHS and MMS running teams, and competing in the Footloose Freedom Mile. The teams spent a great day volunteering for Friends of the Inyo on the Duck Pass trail, repairing damage to the meadow around Barney Lake.

Competition Team member Laurel Fiddler spent a week in early August in Houghton, Michigan participating in the USSA National J2 Talent Camp. Forty J2 (15-16 year old) skiers convened from all over the country for a massive week of learning, training, and bonding as Nordic skiers in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. For Fiddler, this was the high point of the summer, and she was quickly pressed into service upon her return to share her experiences with the rest of the team.

While some of the skiers will continue with dryland training this fall, others will keep in shape cross country running and playing soccer. All will be back when the snow blankets the Lakes Basin for another exciting ski season.

First Annual Far West Nordic Festival and BBQ

Festival & BBQ

September 18th 3pm til dusk

Truckee River Winery


Come join the fun and have some food.

This is an event to get friends together, make new friends, play some games, learn about cross country ski resources in the region, see some cross country ski equipment, and get fired up about the upcoming ski season.

Spread the word and bring your friends!


More info



September 18th 3pm til dusk
Truckee River Winery
FOOD: We provide the BBQ chicken, pork ribs, and vegi-burgers. You bring a potluck side dish or dessert. Beverages must be purchased at the winery.
GAMES: Horseshoes, Bocci, Ski limo sprints, Stumps Tug-O-War, and other outdoor games
EXPO: We are bringing together ski areas, organizations, and other information of interest to the nordic community including: Auburn Ski Club • Fischer • Kirkwood XC • MacBeth Graphics • Madshus • Northstar XC • O2 Fitness • Peltonen • Plumas Sierra Nordic Foundation • Roller Ski display • Rossignol • Silver Sage Sports Performance • Solomon • Sugar Bowl Academy • Tahoe Peak Endurance • Tahoe XC • Tahoe Donner Cross Country • Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance • Toko • UNR Winter Sports Club
and more!

Spread the word and bring your friends!
More info

JOHN CAMPBELL our thoughts are with you

John CampbellOn September 1st John Campbell, an avid xc skier and accomplished  triathlete known to many Far West athletes, went for a mountain bike  ride on trails near his Truckee home. When he did not return, Hedda Anya  organized a search.  An amazing group was mobilized with the help of  June Lane.  Mitch  Dion, Mark Nadell, Jeff Schloss, Beth Thomas, Joe  Dengler,  Steve and  Andrea Miller, all stalwart Far West members,  managed to locate him in the dark, get help, and he  was ultimately  airlifted to Renown ICU  where he currently  remains. This marathon   will  be John’s toughest.

If you’d like to follow along, please go to the following link which will be updated as often as possible.

If you’d like to send a card or note, please do so to:

John Campbell, P.O. Box 9194, Truckee, CA 96162.

Hedda has been at his side, and John’s children and sister have been coming and going along with a few close friends.

Please think positively for John, and perhaps he can sense our vibes, and come through this terrible ordeal.


Firecracker Mile5th Annual Fall Rep Sale:
Sunday September 26, 2010
Auburn Ski Club
Don’t miss out on some great deals on clothing, outdoor footwear, nordic skis, cycling stuff, backpacks, snowshoes, clothing etc etc. Sale starts at 9am -1pm in the Boreal parking lot (Far West end). 15% of all sales go to Auburn Ski Club Junior programs. The usual reps will be there + some new lines.

The Donner Lake Turkey Trot Trail Run
Sunday November 14, 2010
7 mile fun run around Donner Lake

Go to for more information and registration.


Trail Day 2010 Far West Trail Day
Savannah Blide and Emma Warren John Juba, Martin Benes, and Joe Piercy supervise the pick work of Allie McDaniel

Saturday, August 21.
Far West members wielding dangerous tools and wearing hard hats were on the prowl Saturday morning for the annual Far West “Trail Day.” Almost 30 Juniors and adults worked together on a section of trail in the Waddle Ranch area of Maris Valley. Truckee Trails Foundation organizers were amazed by the amount of work the group do in such a short time, particularly the ‘logging skills’ of Justin Ondry, Austin Meng and Joe Piercy. Martin Benes and John Juba ‘supervised’ the rock moving detail, and Coach Jeff Schloss led an expert band of rakers. Thanks to all who participated.