West Yellowstone SuperTour

west yellowstone 11West Yellowstone Trip
November 17-25, 2012
Sign-up deadline November 9, 2012

How does a week of full time ski immersion sound? 7 days of on-snow training, technique, drills, and fun with Far West’s best coaches and our nation’s best skiers- the US Ski Team will be there as well as other divisions and clubs. Industry representatives and new product demos. A festive atmosphere. Join us to kick off your season in grand style.
Camp open to all Far West Juniors J1 and older. *J2’s need to talk to a coach and get his/her permission before signing up. This is an intensive camp with two x’s a day training and full skiing immersion. West Yellowstone is a long way from home in many ways…

Coaches:  August Teague- lead coach, Martin Benes, Glenn Jobe, Mary Ellen Benier

Details on our Junior Camps page.

Masters Jackets

masters jacket



We’re making one last call for ordering the new Far West Masters Jackets. Jackets are $125 and for every jacket ordered $50 goes to Far West Nordic! The deadline for orders has been extended to this Wednesday October 31st.   Don’t miss out- these are high quality XC jackets made in the US of A.   To order, e-mail Andy Pasternak



CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FAR WEST NORDIC ACADEMIC TEAM!!! Far West Juniors are amazing kids, on and off the snow! FWNSEA wants to recognize you for your academic achievements. The following Far West Nordic high school students have a GPA of 3.5 or above. Read more

SuperTour Finals 2013 Host Tahoe Donner Enjoys Early Skiing

October CorduroyBy Mark Nadell- The Sierra Nevada is accustomed to long ski seasons. Point in fact, 2011 seemed like it would never end, with an XC ski race held on Fourth of July weekend at Auburn Ski Club on Donner Summit.

But early season October groomed skiing, while it does occur, is usually reserved for places like Fairbanks and West Yellowstone. Autumn, 2013, however, brought such a significant late-October storm sent skiers around the region scurrying through the dust of their garages to find their sliding gear. Just a couple of days after a weekend of shorts and t-shirts, over a foot of snow fell in the higher elevations of the Sierra.

The site of next Spring’s Super Tour Finals Competition, Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area, began grooming earlier than at any time in its 27 year history. Not enough snow to send out the big machines, but the use of a new snowmobile-equipped roller and comb system put down almost 10 kilometers of grooming in the Home Range area of the resort.

And it’s still snowing, with even a bit more forecasted for the next couple of days and possibly more next week. While this doesn’t assure a smooth and continuous transition to winter, it certainly makes for some serious excitement (and fun) on the trails around Truckee and Lake Tahoe.  Other local XC ski resorts such as Auburn Ski Club and Royal Gorge also experienced significant early snowfall.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country will be one of the main hosts of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association 2013 SuperTour Finals and Distance National Championships, scheduled for April 2nd through April 11th, 2013.

Donner Lake Turkey Trot

Turkey TrotThe Donner Lake Turkey Trot 
Sunday November 11, 2012
The 36th annual Turkey Trot is a 7 mile road run around Donner Lake
Mashed Potato Mile for the kids
Win pies and Turkeys

Fundraiser for the Auburn Ski Club Junior Nordic Team.

Details at www.truckeefunrun.com


Cask As Canvas barrel


Our very own Kelly McElravey needs your vote! Have you seen her beautiful “skiers” cask? Truckee River Winery asked local artists to paint their retired barrels. The last day to bid and vote in the Cask As Canvas Competition will be on October 13th until 6pm.  Please vote for and/or bid on Kelly’s barrel! All proceeds from Kelly’s cask go to Far West Nordic.
Through out the week, the barrels will be at the tasting room, available for bidding and voting. You can also vote for your favorite on their Facebook page!


supertour workday 2012Saturday, October 13, 2012,  9:30am
TDXC lodge

Far West Nordic will host the prestigious SuperTour Finals and US Distance Nationals in the Tahoe area in April  2013. 
In order to host these high-caliber races all courses need to be inspected and certified to International Ski Federation (FIS) standards. We need your help preparing our trails for homologation!
Please join us this Saturday at 9:30am at Tahoe Donner XC for a trail workday. 
Bring: long pants, work gloves, close toed shoes, and a long shirt if you do not like to get scrapes from Manzanita. Water and a snack.
Optional: Bow saws, hedgers, pruners.

Senior “Farm Team” for 2012-2013

Far West Nordic would like to announce the naming of it’s Senior “Farm Team” for 2012-2013. Welcome to new Farm Team members Noah Brautigam, Spencer Eusden, Beth Taylor, and Holly Whitney and returning members Wyatt Fereday, Gus Johnson, and Phillip Violett.

CONGRATULATIONS!!! and Thank You for being a vital link to our development programs here in Far West. These athletes will be training with the Far West Nordic Junior Teams, fund-raising for Far West Nordic, doing Community Service, blogging, and RACING for Far West Nordic!

We are pleased to welcome them all to our team. Please stay tuned to the Far West Farm Team page for blog updates from the athletes. Please support them and cheer on their efforts when you see them out and about.

Follow the Farm Team blog and show your support by commenting on their posts….and make sure to “like” the team on facebook.

Masters Jackets

masters jacketDear Masters Skiers

Tired of showing up at big races and nobody knows where you are from? OK, so it may not be your biggest problem but Far West Nordic can still help. We’ve designed a new Far West Nordic jacket with the help of the really great people at Mt. Borah designs. According to their website, “the pro xc jacket is designed for serious skiers looking for an extra edge in performance”. I’ll vouch for that but I also think they are also a great looking option for non-serious skiers who are just looking to stay warm on the trails. For detail on the jackets, go to http://mtborah.com/product/pro-xc-jacket/. Of note- these jackets are 100% hand crafted in the US of A!!! (which means we’re also one up on our Olympic team).

The only possible change in design may be some sponsorship logos on the sleeves with the proceeds going to Far West Nordic (to be determined and if your company may be interested, e-mail me)

 Like they say on the TV, THIS IS A LIMITED TIME OPPORTUNITY!!!! I’m going to take orders for the jackets through Sunday Oct 28th. For sizing info, go to http://mtborah.com/customer-service/sizing-charts/

Jackets will cost $125 and will likely be ready by Jan 1, well in time for skiers going to Masters events. We will also have a signup at the Far West Auction but don’t wait until then!

If you have questions or want to order a jacket e-mail Andy Pasternak.



P.S. Many ancient cultures felt that buying Far West Jackets was good luck for ensuring snow. Can’t promise that but it is something to keep in mind.