Bjornloppet StartCampers will travel to the beautiful Bear Valley XC Centre on the Central Sierra’s west side for a weekend of racing and camaraderie. It is a super fun place to ski with great terrain and fun courses. Paul Peterson, and his staff at Bear Valley XC, are super accommodating and welcoming and will treat you all with great enthusiasm. We will race the famed Bear Valley Bjornloppet Skate on Saturday with a 10km Junior option and we will race the BV Bjornloppet Classic on Sunday with a 5km Junior option. There will be a 5km, 10km, and 20km option on the Saturday Bjornloppet Skate race.

Details on our Junior Trips page.



birkie14February 22, 2014
Cable & Hayward, WI
The 41st annual American Birkebeiner was held on Saturday February 22nd in Hayward, Wisconsin. A combination of heavy snow and gusty winds knocked down the large tent at the Birkebeiner Start area Friday evening. The wind chill was below zero at the start of the race, with a headwind to boot. 3780 racers completed the 50 kilometer skate race and 1865 completed the 54 kilometer Birkie Classic. Elite Team racer Patrick Johnson finished 14th overall (3rd M18-24) and Farm Team alumi Matt Gelso was the 1st American over the finish line, 7th overall, and Chelsea Holmes was 6th women.

50k Skate:
Matt Gelso 7th overall 1st M25-29 , 1st American
Patrick Johnson 14th overall, 3rd M18-24
Peter Hanson 191st overall, 176th men, 12th M45-49
Wyatt Fereday 520th overall, 461st men, 87th M25-29
Paul  Honeywell 1563rd overall, 1372nd men, 204 M50-54
Kevin Murnane 1977th overall, 1696 men, 195 M40-44
Chelsea Holmes 78th overall, 6th women

54k Birkie Classic: 
Glenn Jobe 110th overall, 101st men, 3rd M60-64

Mammoth Biathlon

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March 21-23, 2014

The first rule of biathlon is to have fun. And, we’re going to have a blast.

Registration opens February 20, 2014 and closes on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

Never shot a rifle before? We have clinics. Even if you can’t make a clinic, we will have an experienced biathlete at each shooting lane who can help you shoot and will keep you and everyone else safe.

Don’t own a rifle? We have community rifles and we supply the ammunition. We have kid’s rifles and we have adult rifles.

Don’t want to ski with a rifle? If you don’t have your own rifle, you ski without a rifle.

Own your own rifle? You can use it. You can ski with your own rifle or you can leave it in racks at the range while you ski.

More info at



For only the third time in 38 years, the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue (TNSAR) Team is canceling the race for 2014. “We’re sorry skiers but based on the collective feedback and input we’ve received, 2014’s The Great Ski Race® is officially, and unfortunately, CANCELED. Thank you to everyone who participated in our poll and to those of you who were willing to commit to a different course. A special thanks to those who responded to our outreach by providing us with donations.”

They will be back in 2015 and look forward to the largest turnout yet!


bjornloppet-2014-shirt-web41st ANNUAL BJORNLOPPET XC SKI RACE WEEKEND 

Bear Valley Cross Country will host the 41st Annual Bjornloppet XC Ski Race and Festival on March 8th and March 9th, 2014. This is one of the longest running ski races in the west and it is open to all ages.  In addition, the California Senior Winter Games (CSWG) will be held the same weekend in Bear Valley. Bjornloppet racers ages 50 and up will automatically have their Bjornloppet race times entered in the CSWG Nordic Race Results for the California Senior Winter Games gold, silver and bronze medals.

On Saturday, March 8th, the Freestyle (skate ski or stride) race begins at 10:30 a.m. and racers have a choice of participating in the 20K race, the 10K Open Division race, or the 5K Junior race (CSWG athletes ages 70 & up race in the 10K race).  On Sunday, March 9th, the race begins at 10:00 a.m. (don’t forget Daylight Savings Time begins—spring forward!) and racers can compete in the 10K or 5K Classic (stride only) or Snowshoe race (CSWG athletes ages 70 & up race in one of the 5K races).   Saturday’s race fees ($45 adult/$30 junior – deduct $5 if payment received by 2/21/14)  include the race, a t-shirt, the Bjornloppet awards party with lunch and Bjornloppet and CSWG medals; Sunday’s race fees ($30 for all – deduct $5 if payment received by 2/21/14) include the race and Bjornloppet awards party with snacks and Bjornloppet and CSWG medals. For an official Bjornloppet race registration form, visit our Events page at

For more information, contact Bear Valley Cross Country at 209-753-2834 or

2014 Ted Beauchamp Scholarship Awarded

Peter HolmesThe Far West Nordic Ski Association is pleased to announce that Peter Holmes has been awarded the Ted Beauchamp Scholarship for 2014.

Peter is a senior at North Tahoe High School and captain of the North Tahoe Nordic Team. He was a member of the 2014 U.S. Scandio Team representing the USA and Far West Nordic in Rovaniemi, Finland.

Ski racing is Peter’s passion. He is very dedicated to training year round, often training twice a day. He started competing in Nordic skiing in 7th grade. He is captian of the North Tahoe Nordic team and has received a leadership award for his work with other racers on the team. He is also an accomplished student and is on the Far West Nordic Academic Team. Peter plans to continue racing at the collegiate level next year. He is someone Far West can be very proud of as he makes his way out into the larger ski racing world.

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 Peter is a perfect young person to honor Ted’s name.

Congratulations Peter!

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


  • February 28 through March 9
  • Open to all Junior National Qualified athletes for 2014.
  • Cost:  $1640
  • Far West Uniform: $250
  • Signup/Payment Deadline: Thursday, February 20
  • Mandatory Team & Parent Meeting: Saturday, February 22 @ 4 pm at Auburn Ski Club (after the State Championships)

Junior Nationals this year will be held at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, March 3rd through the 8th, 2014. Our group will be staying at the Stowe Motel & Snowdrift, in a combination of houses and rooms. We are striving for every athlete to have his/her own bed accommodation. Food services will be supplied by the incomparable team of Linda and David Dore Catering.

Far West Nordic has established the price this year to reflect two important discounts:

1)  Our standard “Cost-Recovery” percentage has been reduced.

2)  Far West Nordic has included a $100 trip subsidy per athlete in the cost of this trip.

This cost includes all Coaching, Food, Lodging, Ground Transportation, and Entry Fees. It does not include Air Transportation (if necessary) from California to Vermont or incidental/food costs while traveling to and from Vermont.

Additional information on our Junior Trip page.

Sign Up


fw_logo-small06This 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 2014. The Team and 8 coaches head to Stowe,Vermont from February 28- March 9th
Thanks to all who participated in the races this season.
Way to Go Team!

U16 Girls:  Kyla Burrill, Hannah Halvorsen *, Eleanore Hamilton, Elizabeth Larkins, Claire Lang-Ree, Quinn Lehmkuhl*****, Bri Parker, Jenna Rohlf
U18 Girls:  Savannah Blide, Elise Hardy, Camille Hartley*****, Amanda Kirkeby, Danielle Nivinski, Bria Riggs, Tara Gallant *****
U20 Girls: Laurel Fiddler ****, Katrin Larusson***
U16 Boys: Ryland Belisle, Trace Calvin, Casey Jobe, Brandon Herhusky, Connor Kusumoto, Skyler Mullings
U18 Boys:  Carson Bold****, Julien Bordes, Peter Carroll, Aaron Deeter, Peter Holmes *, Dylan Syben, Evan Vomund*****, Sam Zabell
U20 Boys:  Shane Christian, Patrick McElravey **

* = Pre-Qualified on Basis of U.S. Scandinavian Cup Criteria
**= Pre-Qualified on basis of Top 20 Junior at U.S. Nationals
***= Pre-Qualified on basis of top 20 College Rankings but declined due to NCAA selection
****= Accepted via Petition Process
*****= Qualified, but declined competing at JN’s

Complete JN standings.

The Great Ski Race® at Royal Gorge 2014?

GreatSkiRace2014Poster-2Racers, It’s Up To You!

The Facts:

  • There is not enough snow in Truckee
  • Royal Gorge XC has excellent conditions
  • We can put on a “Great” Ski Race at Royal Gorge
  • Best finish party including food, beer, and live band
  • Single loop 30k and 15k courses

Additional info on the FAQ PAGE.

A decision will be made by midnight Wed Feb 19th.
300 more racers needed.
Please take the poll!!

Will You Register?