February 25, 2012
Cable & Hayward, WI

Conditions were fast for the 39th American Birkebeiner with the temperature at start time about 10 degrees.  3738 racers finished the 50k Birkie Skate. Far Team racers Michael Collins and Wyatt Fereday along with Far West master Peter Hanson represented Far West Nordic.

Michael Collins 27th – Men 25-29, 128th overall, 120th in gender, 2:23:54 finish
Peter Hanson 11th – Men 45-49, 176th overall, 166th in gender, 2:28:07 finish
Wyatt Fereday 132nd – Men 18-24, 1215th overall, 1082nd in gender, 3:13:20 finish

Read Wyatt’s Blog Post on the Brrrrrkie.
Read Michael’s Blog Post on the Birkie.

Junior Trips

Mammoth Marathon
March 31-April 1, 2012
Our Annual Un-Official End of the Season Trip will be to Mammoth for the Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, and 10km
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. 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 Camps page.


The 2012 The Great Ski Race is cancelled due to lack of snow.

For only the second time in 36 years, the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue (TNSAR) Team is cancelling the race for 2012. “We are an industrious bunch of winter enthusiasts, but even the most optimistic person can’t combat a petulant winter. It’s not just that there there isn’t enough snow…it’s that there isn’t any snow on long portions of the race course.” After considering alternate plans – and when there is this little snow there are very few alternate plans – TNSAR decided to avoid putting on a race this year that would not match the expectations and level of quality that everyone has come to expect.

Suffice to say…we will be back in 2013 and look forward to the largest turnout yet!

Junior National Team Meeting

Saturday, 25 February
JN Team Meeting 4pm.

Tahoe XC Yurt (lookers left of the Great Race Start/Nordic Center) just outside Tahoe City.
Parents are asked to attend as well.
*It will be a potluck affair:
– All Sugarbowl and Mammoth athletes bring a Dessert to share.
– All ASC and other athletes bring a Salad (pasta, green, fruit, ceasar, etc) to share.
– Everyone needs to bring his/her own utensils and dishes and cups.
– Pizza and Juice/Water will be provided.
Plan to meet and greet and mingle for a while and then we will get down to business. Meeting should end apprx 6pm.

Business includes;
* Athlete Code of Conduct:
– All athletes and their parents will need to sign the Code and we will go over it in the meeting.
– We will also go over Trip Policy and rooming/lodging/transportation arrangements.
– We will also discuss Team Spirit, Team Support, and Team Goal(s).
– We will discuss Equipment and planning.
– We will go over age group coaches/coaching and how race days will look.
– Etc.

More details on our Junior Trip page


Sunday February 26, 2012
10 AM Pro race; 12 noon Youth/Novice race
8km Pro/ 8 & 4km Novice/ 1km Youth

8km novice race added to ASC biathlon

In response to many of our local racer’s requests – Auburn Ski Club has added an 8km Novice race to Sunday’s biathlon.
With the Yosemite race being cancelled- so no citizens xc race this weekend – its your chance to check out biathlon

No experience required – (though there are novice clinics on Saturday) – YOU MUST attend the 11:30 am safety clinic & novice racing begins at noon.  Forecast is for cooling temps – so snow should still be great in the afternoon.

PRE REGISTRATION ONLY – go to for more information


The 3 Junior National qualifier races this season were the ASC Classic Sprints, Allan Bard Classic, and the ASC Presidents’ Cup.
At this time we have 29 athletes, plus 9 coaches heading to Soldier Hollow from March 3-10.
Pending acceptance of their spot on the team, the following are the athletes that qualified for the Far West Nordic Junior National Team for 2012.
Thanks to all who participated in the races this season.
Way to Go Team!

J2 Girls:  Bria Riggs, Gabrielle Rinne, Savannah Blide, Amanda Kirkeby, Skyler Flora, Danielle Nivinski, Camille Hartley, Tara Gallant***
J1 Girls:  Katrin Larusson, Cassidy Cichowicz, Laurel Fiddler, Joelle Romo, Raylene Chew
OJ Girls: *Melanie Swick, *Annika Taylor, **Joanne Reid
J2 Boys: Sam Zabell ,Peter Holmes, Dylan Syben, Julien Bordes, Peter Carroll, Evan Vomund, Eli Yale
J1 Boys:  Patrick Mcelravey, Jordan Mcelroy, Shane Christian, Branden Deeter, Alex Koptyko, *Joe Piercy
OJ Boys: *Austin Meng
J3 Boys: *Brandon Herhusky

* = Accepted via Petition Process
** = Accepted via Automatic Qualification
***=Qualified but did not accept

Complete JO standings.

ASC Presidents’ Cup

There were 116 racers at Auburn Ski Club for today’s President’s Cup, the 3rd and final Junior National Qualifier for this season.

Farm Team racer Elias Bucher won the 10 kilometer men’s race with a time of 20:43.7, Far West junior Patrick McElravey was 2nd at 20:47.0, and Tav Streit was 3rd at 20:53.6. Far West junior Cassidy Cichowicz won the women’s race at 23:37.3, Nancy Fiddler was 2nd at 23:48.7, and Laurel Fiddler was 3rd at 24:02.1. In the 5 kilometer J2/J3 race Gabrielle Rinne was first for the girls at 11:57.2, with Hannah Halvorsen 2nd, and Skyler Flora 3rd. Peter Holmes was 1st for the boys at 10:37.5, with 2nd place going to Sam Zabell, and 3rd place to Julien Bordes. The 2 kilometer junior race was won by Ryland Belisle and Alexandra Tinsley.

Race Results
JNQ Results
JNQ Standings
Photos by MacBeth Graphics

The Fight to Fly

U.S. ski jumper Lindsey Van talks about the new documentary Ready to Fly.  The film is about Lindsey’s – and the team’s – 13 year struggle to win approval to compete in the Olympic Games (they’re going to Sochi in 2014). Read more about this inspirational story in Outside Online.