Farm Team/TDXC Waxing Special

Waxing Special – FUNDRAISER – February 23 to Saturday March 1st             

Get your skis a clean, fresh coat of wax and structure at TDXC by Far West “Farm Team” waxing pros – Holly, Gus & Spencer
Waxed skis  = easier gliding, smoother turning and more fun at the Great Ski Race!

  • Basic clean, structure & CH wax                  $15
  • Basic clean structure & Low Flouro wax        $25
  • Clean, structure & HF wax                           $40
  • Add graphite or additional base layer        $10 per layer

Drop your skis off at Tahoe Donner Cross Country before noon Sat March 1st – and request a special “Farm Team” wax

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Far West Farm Team to help these athletes with their race travel expenses.

The Great Ski Race

GreatSkiRace2013PosterSunday March 3rd, 2013 9AM
Tahoe XC to Truckee 
Be a Part of the Largest Ski Race In California

The 37th annual point-to-point 30km Great Ski Race is an event not to be missed! Sign up by March 2nd to catch lower entry fees. Race day registration in person by 8:30am.

The Great Ski Race course is in excellent condition due to sufficient snow and cold temperatures. There are some thin spots at the Truckee end but there will be shovel brigades deployed this week to fill them in, and the regular course will be used. Race day forecast: Sunny and a high of 50 degrees, perfect for the post-race party. Register online at until midnight Thursday 2/28. 

Fischer Cup, Masters Challenge, and Sierra Ski Chase Event.

Benefit for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.

American Birkebeiner

birkie2013-webThe 40th Annual American Birkebeiner was held on Saturday, February 23rd. Six inches of fresh snow fell on Friday, slowing the pace on the 50 kilometer course that goes from Cable to Hayward, WI. 3953 racers completed the 50 kilometer skate race and 1799 completed the 54 kilometer Birkie Classic. Farm Team racer Wyatt Fereday finished 49th overall and Holly Whitney was 39th woman. Far West master and board member Peter Hanson finished 135th overall and Farm Team alumni Michael Collins was 184th overall.

Holly Whitney  5th Women 18-24, 39th woman, 359th overall, 2:5238.5 finish
Wyatt Fereday  7th Men 18-24, 49th overall,  2:23:40.4 finish
Peter Hanson 9th Men 45-49, 135th overall, 121st men, 2:35:09.0
Michael Collins 46th Men 25-29, 184th overall, 164th men, 2:40:01.4 finish

Read Wyatt’s “Birkie Fever” post in the Farm team blog.


This season there were 7 Junior National Qualifiers. Junior racers had to ski in 4 of the 7 races, and have a QUALIFYING time in 3 races, including both a classic and a freestyle (skate) race.
Pending acceptance of their spot on the team, the following are the athletes that qualified for the Far West Nordic Junior National Team for 2013. The Team and 8 coaches head to Fairbanks Alaska from March 8-17th.
Thanks to all who participated in the races this season.
Way to Go Team!

J2 Girls:  Hannah Halvorsen, Amanda Kirkeby, Savannah Blide, Lizzie Larkins, Kyla Burrill, Jenna Rohlf**, Tara Gallant**
J1 Girls:  Bria Riggs,  Camille Hartley, Katrin Larusson, Raylene Chew, Madison Kwasny**, Elise Hardy, Skyler Flora, Danielle Nivinski*
OJ Girls: Joelle Romo
J2 Boys: Dylan Syben, Sam Zabell, Julien Bordes, Peter Carroll, Casey Jobe, Skyler Mullings, Brandon Herhusky, Ryland Belisle**
J1 Boys:  Peter Holmes, Shane Christian, Aaron Deeter, Evan Vomund,
OJ Boys:  Patrick McElravey, Alex Koptyko, Branden Deeter

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

Complete JN standings.

Asiago 2013

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The Masters World Cup Championships are underway in Asiago, Italy and Far West Nordic masters have turned in some strong performances. Congrats to all and Go Far West! Read more

The Cobblestone Relays

cobblestonwebFamily Nordic Ski Racing Returning To Downtown Tahoe City
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Family races, Elite Races, Snowshoe races

Back by popular demand…Skiing right through the Cobblestone Center! Get your team together! Parents, kids, everyone. After a hiatus of several years, this popular event returns to downtown Tahoe City. The Cobblestone Nordic Relay is a fast paced, cross-country relay race which begins in the Cobblestone parking lot then flies around the trails of the Tahoe City Winter Sports Park. Not only will it be an incredibly fun race, but an awesome spectator opportunity at The Cobblestone. Come participate or cheer on the racers. Proceeds benefit the Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association. $15 for adults, $10 for kids under 12, including lunch at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

More Information: or call 583-5475.

The 34th Annual Rendezvous Race

The 34th Annual Rendezvous Race will be held on March 2, 2013

Start off Your Spring Ski Racing with a Bang!

There are just over two weeks until the cannon fires for the 34th annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race, on March 2, 2013.  Make plans now to participate in this historic race, and experience some of the best skiing the world has to offer in West Yellowstone, Montana.  Race organizers are already busy marking the course and making final preparations for the event. If you have been to West Yellowstone at any time this season, you’ll know that the Rendezvous Ski Trails are in outstanding shape!

The Yellowstone Rendezvous Race is part of the American Ski Marathon Series and is a cornerstone of cross-country skiing in West Yellowstone.  Once again, this year the race is proud to have Yellowstone National Park Lodges as its corporate sponsor. There are six different race divisions offered for skiers of all ages.  Marathoners can enter the 50 kilometer freestyle race, which consists of two laps around the perimeter of the Rendezvous Ski Trail system.  Racers can enter the 25 kilometer classic or freestyle events, and the 10 kilometer race is a great choice for those preferring a shorter distance. The 5k and 2k races are geared for kids… bring the whole family!

Camaraderie at the start line follows racers along the entire course.  To support racers in the 25 or 50k division, costumed volunteers staff feed stations along the trails and the theme this year is “Dr. Seuss”.  Look for the Cat in the Hat, Sam I Am or even the Lorax!  Bragging rights are on the line, as racers get to vote for their favorite feed station and the winners gloat for the rest of the year.

For most, crossing the finish line is the goal… but the fastest skiers will be rewarded with medals and cash prizes at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening.  All racers are invited to treat themselves to the complimentary desert bar at the Holiday Inn after the race.

The Yellowstone Rendezvous Race is a fun, festive event in a unique location.  As the name implies, West Yellowstone sits at the western entrance to Yellowstone National Park, which is open to over-snow vehicles until March 15, 2013.  Inside the park, local snow coach companies offer ski tours around Old Faithful, Firehole Drive, Gibbon Falls, and many other spectacular spots. Alternatively, a short drive will find many trailheads for those interested in a light backcountry tour of Yellowstone National Park or the Gallatin National Forest. 

Visitors are encouraged to extend their stay and truly enjoy a winter wonderland that is unlike any other place.  Whether it is skiing or sight-seeing, West Yellowstone is the home base for winter fun.  There is no other place in the world where you can spend one day racing or skiing on 35 kilometers of professionally groomed trails and the next day see bison grazing next to hot springs or bald eagles soaring past geysers. 

There is still time to sign up for the Yellowstone Rendezvous Race. 

For more information please visit

Fast and Female XC Ski CHAMP Camp

fastandfemaleFast and Female 
Tuesday, April 2, 2013  1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Auburn Ski Club Training Center

Fast and Female is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment through sport of young women ages 9 to 19. By partnering with female olympians, they offer inspiring programming all over North-America. Through their non-competitive and fun initiatives, they strive to retain girls in the competitive sports of cross-country skiing, biathlon and complimentary summer endurance sports. 


  • March 8-17, 2013
  • Open to all Junior National Qualified athletes for 2013.
  • Cost:  $1,800 plus Airfare Cost via Far West Group Rate: $980, (which includes baggage costs of 1 duffle plus 1 ski bag per person) 
    For a total cost of $2,780 per person.
  • Far West Uniform (required) for those who do not own already: $250
  • Signup/Payment Deadline: February 24, 2013

Purchasing the group rate airfare is on a “FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED” basis. PAYMENT IN FULL IS REQUIRED. 

There will be an Official Team Meeting will be on Saturday, March 2, directly following the CNISSF State Championships awards at Auburn Ski Club. It is mandatory that athletes and parent(s) attend.

Coaches for this trip will include Mark Nadell (trip leader), Ben Grasseschi, Jeff Schloss, Kara Lapoint, Martin Benes, Holly Whitney, August Teague, and Joel Chew.

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