Auburn Ski Club offering $5 cross-country skiing


Beginning February 6th and continuing through March, Auburn Ski Club will be offering $5 cross-country trail passes on Wednesdays. Skiers do not need to be Auburn Ski Club members. Auburn Ski Club operates a 20K groomed cross country trail system at their training center adjacent to Boreal Mt. Resort on Donner Summit. Says, ASC Executive Director Bill Clark, “Wednesday’s are usually quiet days at ASC and the $5 trail pass is our way of introducing more skiers to the ASC trails and programs”. 


Soldier Hollow Super JNQ



Far West Team at the 2002 Olympics statue at Soldier Hollow

Conditions in Soldier Hollow are pretty warm, with a few inches of new snow in the past couple of days. Far West Nordic has 33 athletes who made the trip, and are looking forward to the Freestyle Sprints tomorrow and the Classic Distance races on Saturday. They’ll be racing hundreds of the fastest athletes from the Intermountain, Rocky, Pacific Northwest, and High Plains divisions.
Read the recap in the Sierra Sun, Nordic racing | Far West athletes impressive at Junior Nationals.

2013 Tahoe Rim Tour


It was a blustery cold morning with a fresh dusting of snow for the 6th annual Tahoe Rim Tour. Farm Team racers took the classic division honors with Noah Brautigam 1st with a time of 1:37:04, Wyatt Fereday 2nd at 1:37:09, and Gus Johnson 3rd at 1:41:28. Holly Whitney was first woman, 11th overall, with a time of 1:54:51, Ellie Phillips was 2nd at 1:57:50, and Julie Young 3rd at 1:59:15. In the Freestyle division Dan Warren took top honors with a time of 1:36:02 and Beth Thomas was 1st woman, 2nd overall, at 1:37:02. Alex Ferneyhough and Mark Johnson took 2nd and 3rd for the men at 1:37:28 and 1:37:43. Genevieve Evans and Mischel Twining were 2nd and 3rd for the women at 1:40:07 and 1:44:07. In the Snowshoe division, Ross McMahan held onto his title witha time of 1:42:31. Dolores Bergmann won the women’s snowshoe division, 2nd overall, with a time of 1:51:22.

Race Results
Race photos

Auburn Ski Club to host fundraiser for the Sierra Avalanche Center

 Coming next weekend, January 26 and 27th the Auburn Ski Club Training Center will participate in the Sierra Avalanche Center Ski and Ride days. Auburn Ski Club will be one of many Sierra Ski Resorts this season donating a portion of ticket sales to the Avalanche centers non-profit forecasting and awareness efforts. Trail passes will be just $12 for adults and $5 for age 12 and under and the public is invited. All proceeds from day passes will be donated to the Avalanche Center. More information about the Sierra Avalanche Center and the 2013 Ski and Ride days is at 

Snowfest Queen



 Far West Junior TARA GALLANT will be a SNOWFEST QUEEN candidate for Far West Nordic Ski Education Association. Please show your support for Tara by attending Snowfest events and purchasing raffle tickets from her. 50% of the ticket sales she achieves will go to help support Far West Nordic’s programs. Raffle tickets are 6 for $5. Grand prize is two tickets on Alaska Airlines anywhere they fly. Show Tara Gallant and Far West some support! Please email to purchase tickets. 

Sierra Skogsloppet


Sierra Skogsloppet

Race Results
Photos by MacBeth Graphics

175 racers enjoyed a beautiful morning at Tahoe Donner XC for the Sierra Skogsloppet. Farm Team racers prevailed with Spencer Eusden taking 1st at 38:27, Wyatt Fereday 2nd at 38: 28,  Gus Johnson 3rd at 39:00, and Holly Whitney won the women’s race, 6th overall, with a time of 45:24. Cathy Howard was 2nd in the women’s race at 46:03 and Beth Thomas was 3rd at 46:50. The Sierra Skogsloppet is a benefit for the Truckee High School and Alder Creek Middle Schol Nordic Teams.

2013 Ted Beauchamp Scholarship Awarded

larusson-katrinThe Far West Nordic Ski Association is pleased to announce that Katrin Larusson has been awarded the Ted Beauchamp Scholarship for 2013. Katrin is a senior at Sugar Bowl Academy and has been at the top of her age group in ski racing for the past 5 years. Katrin has been a medalist at the US Junior National Championships in each of the last four years and has been the California/Nevada High School State Champion for the last two seasons.

The scholarship is 300 dollars but more importantly is one of the highest honors that a junior Nordic ski racer can achieve in the Far West Division. The Ted Beauchamp Scholarship was set up in 1995 to honor the memory of long time Far West Nordic Board member Ted Beauchamp. Ted gave tirelessly to help kids excel in the sport he loved and Katrin is a perfect young person to honor Ted’s name.

Katrin loves ski racing and training and one of her greatest gifts is her ability to mentor other athletes. She has taken numerous younger skiers under her wing and helped propel them to become the best they can be. Katrin plans to continue her ski racing career as an NCAA racer next year but hasn’t decided which school it will be. Whichever college is lucky enough to get her will be acquiring a dedicated ski racer who will give her all everyday, and will most likely be near the top of the pack in every race. She is someone Far West can be very proud of as she makes her way out into the larger ski racing world.

And, Thank You!, Ted Beauchamp Family; Sue and James, for your support of Far West Nordic Juniors!

Preski the TAHOE RIM TOUR Course


Preski the TAHOE RIM TOUR course. The entire course from Tahoe XC to Northstar will be groomed Wednesday January 23rd, for you to classic, skate, or snowshoe. Please purchase a $20 trail pass available from Tahoe XC to cover grooming costs and to help support Far West Nordic.  You must have your own shuttle if you choose to ski it one direction. Please ski during normal XC center hours between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM.

Bib pickup and registration will also be available at Tahoe XC at 8:30 AM.

Sierra Skogsloppet

Skogsloppet13_flyer-smallMonday, January 21, 2013 @ 10AM
Tahoe Donner Cross Country

Come race a 15 kilometer fun course around the Tahoe Donner trails. New 15 km 2 lap course, 7.5 km 1 lap course for juniors and novices, and 2 km youth race for under 13.

ALL profits benefit the Truckee High School and Alder Creek Middle School Nordic Teams!

Sierra Ski Chase, Fischer Cup, and Masters Challenge race!

Pre-Regististration is available until 5 pm Sunday:  $25 Adult, $18 Junior, $5 Youth 2 km
(Race Day registration will be Adult $30 / Juniors $23 / Youth $5)