June Lake Camp 2011 By Nancy Fiddler

The 19th running of the June Lake Camp lived up to its reputation once again as a four day whirlwind of fun in the sun in the beautiful Eastern Sierra.  Nordic athletes from Tahoe, Truckee, Incline Village, Mammoth, San Jose, and the Bay Area convened at the Oh Ridge campground July 21-24 for a dryland training camp that made better skiers out of each and every participant. Coaches for the camp were Ben Grasseschi, Kara LaPoint, and Nancy Fiddler, with help from collegiate skiers Alex Hamilton  (Bates) and Caitlin Curran (UVM). Read more

Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Race

Far West Nordic athlete Molly Zurn was second woman, 17th overall with a time of 10:07 in the 50 mile distance in last weekend’s Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Races. Far West Nordic coach and Olympic biathlete Glenn Jobe took 7th place in the 50 kilometer race. Far West master Andy Pasternak serves as medical director for the race.

Sierra Sun article and results


Mt Lassen CampAugust 17-21, 2011
Open to Junior National Qualified athletes
Signup Deadline: August 10th

Open to all Far West Juniors who have qualified for Junior Nationals. We have a friendly rivalry and shared training and technique experiences with Pacific Northwest Junior skiers. A super fun and challenging camp geared towards getting your ready for the hard training in the fall that is necessary to make you the best skier you can be. Camp consists of running, hiking, general water mayhem, rollerskiing, World Cup Soccer match, technique, and Fun; not necessarily in that order. Coaches will be Ben Grasseschi and Jeff Schloss and Ben Husaby (PNSA) and others.

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Gabi Rinne qualifies for Junior Nationals in 3rd sport

Far West Nordic junior, Gabrielle Rinne, is headed to the USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships in Wichita from July 26-July 31, 2011. This is the 3rd Junior Olympics for Gabi, having previously competed in December 2009 at the USATF Cross Country Junior Olympics in Reno, and on the Far West Nordic team at the Junior Olympics in March of this year in Minneapolis.

Way to go Gabi!

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Read the Sierra Sun article.

Squaw Valley Mountain Run

The 31st Annual Squaw Valley Mountain Run / Hike
Saturday August 6th, 2011
Starting at the base of Squaw Valley USA (6200’) the course climbs the 3.6 mile mountain run to High Camp (8200’) where awards, raffle, music refreshments & beer are provided. RUN, HIKE or let the cable car do the 2000 foot elevation gain & participate in the beautiful 3 mile FLOWER WALK on easy rolling terrain.

Go to www.squawmountainrun.com for more information and registration.

REG recap by Kara LaPoint

Near the end of June, three Far West juniors and I loaded up my car and headed for Park City, Utah. We spent a week there attending the USSA Western Regional Elite Group training camp; myself as a coach, and Austin Meng, Jordan McElroy, and Katrin Larusson as athletes. Athletes had to qualify to attend the camp, so our athletes were among a selection of the Western region’s most promising junior skiers. The Western REG is a big group, consisting of skiers from the Far West, Rocky Mountain, Intermountain, PNSA and High Plains regions — essentially, skiers from California up to Washington, across to Montana, down to New Mexico, and everywhere in between! It was really cool to see such a range of juniors so passionate about their sport working together to become athletes. Read more

Far West Trail Day

Far West Trail DayJoin us on Saturday, August 13.
Meet at the Truckee High School at 9 am.
We will be volunteering for The Truckee Donner Land Trust to construct/maintain outdoor recreation trails on the Donner Lake Rim Trail and/or Castle Peak Trail.
All members of all ages welcome. We will be working side by side with our Far West Nordic Junior teams.
We have about 15 juniors so far and it would be great to match that number with seniors and masters! So come out and help us work on our area’s great trail systems!
Sturdy footwear, work shirt, work pants, and gloves are recommended. Bring a hat, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We expect to work from 9 am to approximately 2 pm.  Bring water, lunch, snacks, and a Positive Attitude. Tools are provided. For project information visit http://www.tdlandtrust.org/

June Lake Camp 2011

June Lake 2010JUNE LAKE CAMP: June Lake, CA
July 21-24, 2011
Open to: all Far West Nordic Juniors ages 11-19 (11 year olds subject to coach’s discretion)
Signup Deadline: July 15


Open to all Far West juniors age 11-19. A super fun and motivating camp for the ‘old hands” to the ‘newbies’. Camp consists of amazing hiking, rollerskiing, sightseeing, and technique-ing.
Brought to you by Coaches’ Ben Grasseschi, Nancy Fiddler, Kara LaPoint, and others.

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