Summer Housing Needed for Collegiate Athletes

FW_NordicNews2013-webThis 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 mid-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 2014 NCAA Championships hosted by University of Utah 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 the 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

Studio Apartment for Rent in Serene Lakes, Donner Summit

studio apartmentStudio Apartment for Rent in Serene Lakes, Donner Summit

  • Just two blocks from Summit Station, Royal Gorge
  • Partially furnished: bed, dresser, kitchen appliances and table
  • Cozy: ideal for an individual
  • Sunny southern exposure with two large windows
  • Electric baseboard heating
  • Bathroom with shower
  • 6900’ Elevation; Great trails for training and lake for swimming
  • Rent for summer: $500 / month. Includes all utilities!
  • Move in anytime between now and June
  • Call John for details at 775 336-0244 (w) or 775 230-2530 (cell)

Summer Fun Runs & ASC Junior Nordic Team Fundraisers

firecracker mile 2012 start

Firecracker Mile
Wednesday July 4, 2013
Event starts 10am by US Bank. 1 mile gravity fed fun event for all ages & abilities. Run through the crowds waiting for the parade.

Outdoor Rep Sale
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Don’t miss out on some great deals on your favorite brands of outdoor clothing and footwear, nordic and alpine skis, cycling stuff, backpacking gear, etc etc. Sale starts at 9am -1pm in the Boreal parking lot (Far West end). 15% of proceeds go to Auburn Ski Club Junior programs.

Squaw Valley Mountain Run / Hike
Saturday August 3, 2013
Starting at the base of Squaw Valley USA (6200’) the course climbs the 3.6 mile mountain run to High Camp (8200’) where awards, raffle, music refreshments & beer are provided. RUN, HIKE or let the cable car do the 2000 foot elevation gain & participate in the beautiful 3 mile FLOWER WALK on easy rolling terrain. All participants in the run / hike and flower walk will be entered in the raffle for some great prizes.

Go to for more information and registration.

Tour De Manure

Tour de Manure
Sierra Valley Metric Century
Saturday June 15, 2013
Sierraville Volunteer Firehouse 8am
Ride with us through the ranchlands, meadows and historic communities of Sierra Valley in this organized tour benefiting the Sierraville Fire and Rescue Department. Keep your eyes open for hawks, yellow-headed black birds, sandhill cranes, deer, and other wildlife abundant on these headwaters of the Feather River. Both metric- and half-century routes give sweeping views over the valley from terrain that has only mild elevation gains.

The 62-mile route starts at the Sierraville firehouse heading west toward Sattley, turns north on A-23 to Beckworth, goes east for 2.5 miles on Hwy 70, then back into the center of the valley toward Loyalton and Sierra Brooks, and back down historic Hwy 49 to Sierraville. The 42-mile route cuts off the Sierra Brooks leg. The 30-mile route follows the gentle curves of Hwy 49 toward Loyalton and back.

Entry fee includes SAG wagon, food and drink stops,  t-shirt, and a POST-TOUR PARTY with FOOD, LIVE MUSIC and DANCING.

Go to for details.
Proceeds benefit Sierraville Volunteer Fire and Rescue.


fw_logo-small06The Far West Nordic Annual Meeting and the Annual Election of Directors and Officers will be held Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Truckee River Winery (11467 Brockway Road, Truckee CA). Appetizers and wine and an informal get together from 5:30 pm followed by the board meeting and annual election of directors and officers at 6:30 pm. Come meet the Far West Nordic directors, officers, and committee members. Learn how you can get involved and help shape the future of Far West Nordic.

Western Regional Elite Camp

Congratulations to Peter Holmes, Patrick McElravey, Julien Bordes, Dylan Syben, Katrin Larusson, and Hannah Halvorsen 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.

Far West Nordic Summer Camps

junelake2012Far West Nordic Summer 2013 Junior Training Camp Season will include Western REG, Lake Tahoe/Bliss, June Lake,  and PNSA/FW Camps.

Western REG: June 22-June 29
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 25-27
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 18-21
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 14-18
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.

2013 Billy Dutton Uphill



2013 Billy Dutton Uphill
Squaw Valley USA
April 14, 2013

by MacBeth Graphics

Soft snow at the bottom and windy and icy at the top made this year’s Billy Dutton Uphill a runner’s race. Congratulations to JP Donovan for the overall win and to Wyatt Fereday, Mary Ellen Benier, and Callie Ewing. Great job to all of the 168 participants in the race!

Thank you to Squaw Valley USA and the Dutton and Walsh families!