Chuck Lyda Memorial Biathlon

Chuck LydaSeptember 14-15, 2013 
An event combining Running and Shooting in memory of Charles (“Chuck”) Clinton Lyda (1952-2010), avid biathlete & friend of Auburn Ski Club.

The 3km Novice and 1km youth races are open to beginners as well as experienced biatletes.  We offer an optional clinic on Saturday to learn more, and a mandatory safety briefing on race morning

You will run / jog a short loop on the trails and shoot 5 rounds at the drop down targets; run another loop (after completing a 45m penalty lap for each missed shot); shoot another 5 rounds; do your penalties and run to the finish.

You do not have to be a great runner to have fun in this event!

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October 26, 2013

Truckee Community Recreation Center


The 28th annual Far West Nordic Auction/Raffle Party will be held on Saturday, October 26th at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. This is the “CAN’T MISS” EVENT of the season. This is Far West Nordic’s largest fundraiser for its Junior Nordic Programs. Please plan on attending and bidding on some of our great prizes. Check for updates on our Auction page. Tickets will be available at the door..

Winter Home Stay Needed for 2 Australian skiers

G’day mates! It is ‘olde’ coach Ben asking you all to consider supporting two skiers from Australia looking for a home-stay in Tahoe during their ‘summer’ break.

The dates would be apprx early December to end of January. The girls are 12 and 17 and come as a unit tho they are not related. Lola, aka “Master Yoda” is a super keen and lively skier, and her Austrian xchange student, Jackie, are hoping to come over to the US to learn funny words like banana and pineapple and teach you words like knackered and stuffed and sacked and lollies and… oh and they want to ski with you too.

If you can provide a comfortable home stay and transportation to ASC Devo practices, races, and/or other trainings, please contact Lola’s mom, Anne Timewell, directly- Her email is:

Your investment could be for all, or part of the time they are here if another family would also like to share the load, (they have tentative arrangements to secure lodging for the Christmas week if that time period is an issue for your family). 

I know it may seem early to you all to be thinking of this, but planes and schedules and finances need to be addressed for the family on this end so please look into your calendars and hearts and see if these girls would fit in. 

I can personally vouch for both of them and feel that you and your family would find them very easy to get along with. And, who knows; they may return the favor one day! Australia is a pretty sweet place!…

So please let Anne know as soon as possible if you are willing to host her daughter Lola and Jackie.

PS They are also into horses and horseback riding and “Master Yoda” uses the ‘force’ to levitate during ski races…

May the Force be With You, 
Master Ben Kanobi

Ian Ethan’s Open Land Trio California Tour

Former Far West Nordic Farm Team racer and webmaster Ian Ethan Case returns to the Tahoe-Truckee for a series of concerts for Trails & Vistas. Ian’s music on the Acoustic Double-Neck Guitar is an experience not to be missed!

Sat. 9/7  – Donner Summit, CA – Trails & Vistas Art Hike
Sat. 9/7  – Truckee, CA – Trails & Vistas Concert
Sun. 9/8 – Donner Summit, CA – Trails & Vistas Art Hike
Sun. 9/8 – Truckee, CA – Clinic @ Tahoe School of Music
Tues.9/10 – Donner Summit, CA – Trails & Vistas Children’s Hike

More information at

2014 Nordic News

FW_NordicNews2013-coverFor over a decade, NORDIC NEWS has been THE magazine for people who love nordic skiing and racing in the mountains of California & Nevada.

We are looking for ARTICLES, IDEAS, and LEADS for this year’s issue of Nordic News. If you have anything to contribute please let us know. If you think you can write a great story about Nordic skiing — whether it’s witty, informative, technique-oriented, personal experience — Email us your ideas. Nordic News is a community driven magazine and we value your input!

In case you missed it, last season’s Nordic News is available here.

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Mammoth Seeks Cross Country Ski Center Manager

mammoth logoJob Description:

The Cross Country Ski Manager plans, directs and coordinates the operations of the cross country ski center including rentals, sales, banking, ski patrol, grooming, marketing and ski school.

This person will continue to develop the Cross-Country Ski program at Tamarack Cross-Country Ski Center including instructor training, lesson programs, junior team program, trail maintenance, retail, and special events.

Ultimately the manager is responsible for achieving goals in guest, employee, and financial measurements.

Job Requirements:

  • College graduate or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience and or training in all aspects of cross country skiing management.
  • PSIA certification or equivalent.
  • CPR and First Aid certifications or equivalent.
  • Nordic track specialist preferred.

More info and application.