SKI WITH THE OLYMPIANS

Northstar-at-Tahoe 
Thursday, April 14, 2011
1:30pm – 3:00pm Masters Clinic
3:30pm – 5:00pm  Junior Clinic

MASTERS CLINIC
This is your chance to learn from and ski with three of the best  U.S. skiers who compete at the World and Olympic level: Kikkan Randall, Kris Freeman, and Andy Newell. They will be doing a clinic at Northstar-at-Tahoe on April 14th. Cost is only $40 per person (plus afternoon Trail Pass) to ski with some of the best cross country skiers in the world!  Masters Clinic from 1:30pm to 3:00pm.

Clinic Registration is available to the first 36 respondents. Sign up soon!

JUNIORS CLINIC
From 3:30pm to 5:00 pm, there will be a FREE Junior Clinic, to be followed by a fun event/relay race, then a short Q&A and poster signing (bring what you’d like signed). For availability information on the Junior Clinic, email Mark Nadell at mark@nadell.net

Auburn Ski Club Spring Fling

 

April 17, 2011 9am-2pm
Auburn Ski Club

Auburn Ski Club’s annual end-of-season party.
Come enjoy a BBQ lunch, games, awards, and fun including the annual Slush Cup where skiers, snowboarders, sledders and kayakers attempt to ski across water.

CHELSEA HOLMES BREAKTHROUGH YEAR by Jeff Schloss

Chelsea Holmes has been a good ski racer for a number of years. She was atop ten finisher at JO’s in 2005 and she was an NCAA All-American while at UNR in 2009. But by all accounts this year has been a breakthrough year for her. Chelsea started the year strong with some top ten Super Tour finishes at West Yellowstone in November and then just kept getting better. Some of the highlights of this awesome season include a  7th place at US Nationals,second place in the Aspen Super Tour, winning the Tahoe Rim Tour and the Great Ski Race, winning both skate races at Canadian Nationals, and a third place in the hill climb finale of the Super Tour finals. I feel Chelsea is one of the top six women Nordic racers in the United States right now and has a good shot at making the US Ski team World Cup team next year.
Chelsea worked as an assistant coach with the Sugar Bowl Academy this year and she was an incredible roll model for the SBA athletes. She has a super strong work ethic and really helped motivate the kids to push themselves much harder than they thought they could. Additionally Chelsea’s bubbly, fun personality made every workout more fun for everyone. Chelsea is truly an awesome athlete and coach and having her here in the Far West is a real blessing.
Chelsea is a great example of the value of sticking with the sport. She could have easily quit skiing after a mediocre 2009-2010 season, but instead, she set some high goals for herself and focused on her training to a new degree for 2010-2011. Her huge jump up in the results for this year are directly related to this new focus and this can be an inspiration to all Far West racers. You may have some bad seasons in your career but if you set some powerful goals and really focus on doing what you need to achieve those goals then you too can have a breakthrough season-just like Chelsea.

CHELSEA HOLMES: MARCH FISCHER SELECT ATHLETE

Far West Nordic Farm Team racer Chelsea Holmes has had an outstanding year. In recognition of her achievements this season, Fischer Skis has chosen Chelsea as their Fischer Skis Select Athlete of the Month for March. Faster Skier article

Highlights of Chelsea’s year include 1st place finishes in both the 5k freestyle and 30k freestyle at the Canadian National Ski Championships in Canmore, Alberta, 2nd place finishes in the Boulder Mountain Tour in Sun Valley and the Owl Creek Chase in Aspen, and a 3rd place finish in the final race of the USSA SuperTour Finals, the Hill Climb. Chelsea was 7th Overall for the USSA SuperTour finals. In Far West region races Chelsea won both the women’s classic division of the Tahoe Rim Tour and The Great Ski Race in which she finished 3rd overall.

Way to go Chelsea!!

 

MAMMOTH MARATHON

Tamarck Lodge XC
April 3, 2011

“It was a great race, Nancy Fiddler called it mixed conditions, but the racers where enthusiastic and had a good time.” – Ueli Luthi (race director)

39 racers completed the 42 kilometer marathon and another 49 completed the 21 kilometer half marathon.
In the women’s marathon, Julie Young was 1st with a time of 2:28:19.1, Carolyn Tiernan was 2nd, and Far West junior Allie McDaniel 3rd.
In the men’s marathon 1st place went to US Biathlon team member Wynn Roberts with a time of 2:01:07.1, 2nd place to Tav Streit, and 3rd place to Far West junior Austin Meng.
In the women’s half marathon Far West coach Nancy Fiddler from Mammoth was 1st at 1:09:38.8, with Far West juniors Annika Taylor and Katrin Larusson taking 2nd and 3rd. In the men’s half marathon Far West Junior Alec Wiltz was 1st at 1:09:00.8, with Far West head coach Ben Grasseschi 2nd, and Joe Walker 3rd.

Complete results.

USSA SUPERTOUR FINALS: Updated

2011 USSA Distance National Championships 50k/30k & USSA SuperTour Finals
Sun Valley, Idaho
March 26-April 2

Farm Team racers Chelsea Holmes and Matt Gelso are representing Far West Nordic this week in Sun Valley, Idaho for the 2011 USSA  National Championships followed by the 4 race USSA SuperTour Finals
On Sunday, March 27th Chelsea Holmes was 8th in the Women’s 30k Classic with a time of 1:36:21.4

USSA SuperTour Finals Races:  
Tuesday, March 29 SuperTour Finals Prologue Freestyle: Chelsea Holmes 16th in the women’s 2.8k race; Matt Gelso 12th in the men’s 3.3k race
Wednesday, March 30 SuperTour Finals Men’s 15k and Women’s 10k Classic: Chelsea Holmes 7th with a time of 31:50.7, (+1:08.9); Matt Gelso 8th at 41:48.9 (+49.21).

Current Overall Standings with 2 races left to go: Chelsea Holmes 16th (1:08 back) and Matt Gelso 12th (:37 back)

There are 2 races remaining.  Friday, April 1, are the Classic Sprints and Saturday, April 2 is the final Hill Climb Freestyle which goes up Sun Valley’s Dollar Mountain.

Saturday April 2, 2011
Chelsea Holmes took 3rd in the final race of the USSA SuperTour Finals, the Hill Climb. Chelsea skied the challenging 4km in 15:36.4, just 32 seconds back from the winner, Kikkan Randall. Chelsea was 7th Overall for the USSA SuperTour finals.

Matt Gelso was 20th in the men’s Hill Climb and 13th overall for the SuperTour finals.

Way to go Farm Team!

 

MAMMOTH WINTER BIATHLON

MAMMOTH WINTER BIATHLON
Tamarack Lodge XC
March 25-27, 2011

“This was day one of the 2011 Mammoth Biathlon. Less than optimum conditions, but the organizers and volunteers pulled off a major miracle. The shooting faze of the competition had to be canceled. It came down to a cross country ski race in tough conditions. Today’s races consisted of kids, Disabled Sports, and the Wounded Warriors. It was REALLY impressive watching the Warriors grit it out. I was humbled…..”  – quote and photo by Jim Stimson

BILLY DUTTON UPHILL

BILLY DUTTON UPHILL
SQUAW VALLEY USA
APRIL 10, 2011 8 AM

UPHILL SKIERS, RUNNERS, AND SHOWSHOERS RACE AT SQUAW VALLEY

Billy Dutton was an athlete with extraordinary endurance, equally famous for his great smile as he was for his daily (!) routine of skiing UP the Mountain Run on classic skis. As one of the founders of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Billy’s legacy lives on today. The Billy Dutton Uphill commemorates Billy’s life and his many contributions to our community.

Squaw Valley’s original “run what ya brung” uphill race, an answer to the famous Chinese Downhill of the 70’s, starts at the base of KT-22. The course take you UP the Mountain Run, then over to the top of Shirley Lake and finally ends after a brief downhill at High Camp. The course climbs 2000 vertical feet over 3.2 miles.
There are ski and run/snowshoe divisions. Awards and party at High Camp with silent auction,
raffle prizes, music and food.

All proceeds from the Billy Dutton Uphill go to benefit Far West Nordic’s juniors program.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Contact Don Heapes

Visit www.billyduttonuphill.com for more information.

2011 MAMMOTH WINTER BIATHLON

MAMMOTH WINTER BIATHLON
Tamarack Lodge XC
March 25-27, 2011

“This was day one of the 2011 Mammoth Biathlon. Less than optimum conditions, but the organizers and volunteers pulled off a major miracle. The shooting faze of the competition had to be canceled. It came down to a cross country ski race in tough conditions. Today’s races consisted of kids, Disabled Sports, and the Wounded Warriors. It was REALLY impressive watching the Warriors grit it out. I was humbled…..”  – quote and photo by Jim Stimson

MAMMOTH MARATHON TRIP

April 2-3, 2011
Sign-up deadline March 28, 2011

MAMMOTH MARATHON: Our Annual Un-Official End of the Season Trip will be to Mammoth for the Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and 10km; April 2-3, 2011.
We will leave Truckee early on Saturday morning, drive to Tamarack and ski and register for the race. Then lunch and perhaps a little drive to the warmth of Bishop for some bouldering- our excuse for hanging out in t-shirts and shorts. Return to Mammoth and our luxury accommodations at the Mammoth School Gym. Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast will be served by the wonderful Linda Dore Foodservice. Yum. Sleep. Breakfast and Race. Return to Truckee apprx 5pm on Sunday.

This is a VERY fun end-of-the-year trip/race experience. You can choose to race 10 km., 21 km., or go for the big one — 42K! No pressure, just fun!

 

 

 

Details on our Junior Camp page.