Auburn Ski Club Summer Junior Nordic Training

Tahoe City Summer Junior Nordic Training
In partnership with the Tahoe Cross Country – The Auburn Ski Club is again coordinating a Junior Development Training Team for the summer based in Tahoe City. Workouts combine fun, active activities in the outdoors with ski specific training and technique improvement. Sessions include hiking, running, roller-skiing, ski specific drills, strength & fun activities in the outdoors. Coaching crew – Kara Lapoint, Stephan Benier, Ben Grasseschi, + others.

The team will train 3 times a week, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays mornings from June 19th til August 25th. Please note – a minimum of 15 sign ups by May 15th is required for this training group to happen – so sign up now & tell your friends! (full refunds will be issued if the program doesn’t run – or you can choose to join the Truckee based program.)

Truckee based Summer Training
Devo Team: A fun approach to ski training. Workouts combine fun activities in the outdoors with ski specific training
and technique improvement. Sessions include hiking, running, strength, rollerskiing and other fun
activities in the outdoors. The Devo program is well known for its focus on fitness, fun, technique, and
team adventures. The team trains Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings

Comp Team: A serious approach to ski training. Expectation is that members of the Competition Team have their sights set on placing well at Junior Olympics, not just qualifying for the Far West Junior National Team. Workouts can be long and hard – building up through the summer to 3hrs+ runs (such as Sugar Bowl to Squaw) and roller-ski workouts (such as Cisco Grove to Donner Summit). The team trains Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday mornings

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Far West Nordic Summer Camps

Far West Nordic Summer 2012 Junior Training Camp Season will include Western REG, Lake Tahoe/Bliss, June Lake,  and PNSA/FW Camps.

Western REG: June 24-July 1
Open to Far West athletes by invite only. This is the premiere summer training camp for the best Juniors in the Western Region. Super motivating for the year ahead this is a must do camp if you are serious about your summer training and winter goals.

Lake Tahoe/Bliss Camp: June 26-28
Open to all Far West juniors age 12-19. This is our best camp for those of you who have never been to a Far West Camp or those of you who want a little extra push and motivation. Super fun and challenging right here in our own beautiful backyard, the west shore of Lake Tahoe. Camp consists of hiking, kayaking, general water mayhem, rollerskiing, technique, and fun.

June Lake Camp: July 19-22
Open to all Far West juniors age 13-19. A super fun and motivating camp for the ‘old hands” to the ‘newbies’. Camp consists of amazing hiking, rollerskiing, sightseeing, and technique-ing.

PNSA/FW: August 15-19
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.

For the up-to-date summer lineup, go to our Junior Camps Page.

Registration is now open.

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2013 Masters World Cup Reservations

2013 Masters World CupAsiago WMC 2013 hotel reservations are now available to the AXCS membership, and as expected this venue is proving to be extremely popular, and already in the first five days, 41 hotel rooms have been reserved. If you have your copy of the XC World Digest, Spring issue, you may want to review the information and make a reservation quickly as it is expected that the space will sell out.  If you are not a member (and you need to be to participate in this event as the Director of AXCS is our sole USA Representative), go to AXCS website to join and get more information about this exciting trip.  Dont’ delay as you might be disappointed, and although summer is right around the corner, next ski season will be here before we know it!

Western Regional Elite Camp

Annika TaylorPeter HolmesCongratulations to Peter Holmes and Annika Taylor on their selection to attend the USST Western Regional Elite Group (REG) Training Camp in Park City, Utah.  This camp is a cross country ski training camp for elite junior skiers from the five western divisions. They will have the opportunity to work with coaches from the US Ski Team and from other top club programs.

National J2 Camp

Congratulations to juniors Bria Riggs, Dylan Syben, and Peter Holmes on being selected to represent Far West Nordic at the 2012 USSA National J2 Talent Camp in Craftsbury, Vermont August 4-11.  This training camp provides top Junior 2 age class cross country ski racers with a great opportunity to work with other top J2’s from across the USA.  Selections were made on the basis of results from US Junior Cross Country Ski Championships. 

2nd Annual Wine Gala – Mt. Shasta Nordic

Saturday April 21, 7pm – 10pm
The Gallery in Mt. Shasta
Tickets $20, available at The Fifth Season, Village Books, or at the door.

Wine and olive oil tasting, wine auction, appetizers, and desserts. This is a benefit for Mt. Shasta Nordic. Come out and support your groomed community winter trails, quality Nordic skiing in Mt. Shasta.

If you can help contribute an appetizer or dessert to the event, or a donation to the wine auction, please email or call Jennifer Knight: or (530)859-0227.

Contact Info:
Jennifer Knight

Summer Housing Needed for Collegiate Athletes

This upcoming summer, we will once again be providing collegiate student-athletes the opportunity to come to Truckee and train as part of structured group. The program will benefit both the student-athletes, as they take advantage of the numerous training options in the area, as well as the local Nordic community. Exposure to these high level athletes will benefit the local juniors by providing them with exceptional role models. The collegiate student-athletes will help raise the level of training for our junior skiers as well.

As part of this program, we are aiming to provide housing for these student-athletes. They will be in the Truckee area from early June through the beginning of August. They are all highly motivated athletes as well as exceptional students. The host families who generously provided housing last summer had overwhelmingly positive experiences.

Over the summer, they will be involved in near daily training sessions lead by Far West and Sugar Bowl Academy coach Martin Benes, along with help from the rest of the Far West coaching staff. They will all be seeking employment in the area so that they may cover their various expenses.

For almost all the student-athletes, qualifying for the 2013 NCAA Championships hosted by Middlebury College is the primary goal. It is the objective of this program to provide them with the best opportunity to pursue their goals through a solid base of summer training.

This group and their future success will certainly provide Far West Nordic community with increased national recognition. In addition, the student-athletes involved with the program now, and in the future, have the potential to raise the level of Nordic skiing in the region. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts you may have.

Martin Benes

Billy Dutton Uphill 2012

Billy Dutton Uphill 2012

Billy Dutton Uphill
Squaw Valley USA
April 15, 2012
Race Results


It was a glorious day at Squaw Valley for the 2012 Billy Dutton Uphill. This year’s race honored both Billy Dutton and his mother Betty Walsh and racers sported flowers in honor of Betty. Congratulations to winners Tav Streit, Beth Thomas, Ross McMahan, and Paula Bossler. Tav Streit held onto to his title with a time of 37:09.9, followed by Farm Team racer Michael Collins in 2nd place at 37:42.4, and Farm Team racer Wyatt Fereday in 3rd at 38:41.1. Beth Thomas took 1st place for the women skiers at 44:43.5, followed by Kimball Pier in 2nd place at 46:20.7, and Celeste Leon in 3rd at 46:48.2. Ross McMahon, winner of the Tahoe Rim Tour snowshoe division, won the snowshoe division with a time of 42:42.0, followed by Chris Bell at 45:39.7, and Dave Briggs in 3rd at 47:16.9. Paula Bossler won the women’s snowshoe race at 54:39.1, Mary-Kate Boddy was 2nd at 55:20.4, and Marion Roger was 3rd at 55:24.7
Great job to all of the 167 participants in the race!
Thank you to Squaw Valley USA and the Dutton and Walsh families!