Lake Tahoe Ironman 2014 Volunteers


Honor Top Female non-pro 2013 Ironman finisher Kara Lapoint, now turned Pro! Cheer on 2014 Ironman Athlete Coach Jeff Schloss!

Sign up to volunteer by clicking on the link below. The shifts available are:

Packet Stuffing Party, Wed., Sept. 17th, 10am-4pm @ Squaw Valley
Gear Bags #1, Sunday, Sept. 21st, 10am-1pm @ Squaw Valley
Gear Bags #2, Sunday, Sept 21st, 1pm-6pm @ Squaw Valley

You are encouraged to sign up for 1, 2 or all 3 shifts. You will receive FW Bucks based off of how many shifts you fill. CLICK HERE to to sign up. Look for the links “Halvorsen Packet Stuffing Party”, “Halvorsen Gear Bags 1″ and “Halvorsen Gear Bags 2″. The password to get in to sign up is: halvorsen (all lower case). 

Please contact Julie Halvorsen directly at with any questions you may have. 

Mammoth Marathon

Mammoth-marathon14The Mammoth Marathon combines mind, body and soul into a scenic and challenging race at Tamarack Cross Country Ski Center. Whether you finish the race or support the racers, come be a part of the 36th annual Mammoth Marathon.

Race day is April 6th, 2014. Start time is 9:00
Course will be announced on April 3rd. All entry fees (except the Kids Race) receives a trail pass for April 5th, race entry, a t-shirt, awards banquet and raffle ticket. Extra banquet tickets can be purchased at the door. Chef Marc Mora and his students are excited to bring you a gourmet meal created especially for our racers.

Online registration


Summer Housing Board 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.

In a departure from previous years, we are asking Far West community members to utilize a Housing Forum through the Far West website. Those interested can post their rooms/homes so that athletes coming this summer can coordinate directly. Rent is fine, but please keep in mind these are college students, for whom money is tight.

They are all highly motivated athletes as well as exceptional students. 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. Please contact Coach Martin if you have any questions.

Martin Benes

US National Biathlon Championship

asc-biathlonThe US National Biathlon Championships were held in Jericho, Vermont March 13-16th. Glenn Jobe led a group on biathletes from Far West including juniors Peter Carroll and Sam Zabell, former Farm Team racer Phillip Violett, and ASC Program Director Dave Eastwood. 

In Friday’s Individual Race Sam Zabell took 2nd in the Youth Men 17-18, Dave Eastwood was 3rd Senior Masters Men 40+, Phillip Violett 5th Men 21-29, and Peter Carroll 6th Youth Men 17-18.

Saturday’s Sprint Race: Dave Eastwood 4th Senior Masters Men 40+, Peter Carroll 5th Youth Men 17-18, Sam Zabell 6th Youth Men 17-18, and Phillip Violett 7th Men 21-29

Sunday’s Mass Start Competition: Sam Zabell 3rd Youth Men 17-18, Peter Carroll 5th Youth Men 17-18,  Dave Eastwood 4th Senior Masters Men 40+, and Phillip Violett 8th Men 21-29.


Tahoe Rim Tour Canceled

Regrettably there is not enough snow to hold The Tahoe Rim Tour this year but it will return next year.
Please join Far West Nordic on April 13th at Squaw Valley for the Billy Dutton Uphill, our remaining fundraiser and season finale!

Ulrich Luscher

Long time Far West Nordic member and Nordic ski racer, Ulrich Luscher died last week while hiking on a San Jacinto trail. He was found about half a mile from Wellmen’s Divide, a 9700 foot high vista. Ulrich was 81 years old.

Ulrich wast an inspiration to is all, Nordic racing into his 80’s, most recently  last month’s President Cup Race at Auburn Ski Club.

Read the Los Angeles Times article for more info.


Many of you have anecdotes about Ulrich to share, here are a few. Please add your comments and stories!

Ulrich was completely comfortable in the outdoors. Not too many years ago, while in his 70s, he was backcountry skiing near Castle Peak. As he was heading back at the end of the day, he realized that he had taken a wrong turn. Since it was starting to get dark he knew that he didn’t have time to retrace his route and make it back to the car. No problem. He just made a small shelter of pine boughs and paced around this area all night to keep warm. When daylight came he found the correct route and skied back to this car. He never told his wife, Joanne, about this because he didn’t want to worry her.

Some years ago, Ulrich was racing Echo to Kirkwood. His chief rival in his age group was Ron Ruby. They had actually been at MIT together, Ron doing his post-doc work, and Ulrich teaching after finishing his PhD there. Since the race was in two specific sections (uphill in rough terrain, downhill on groomed tracks), everyone always went up with skins, took the skins off at the top, and skied down on his/her skate skis. Ron had practiced all winter, taking the short race skins off his skis, throwing them in his jersey, thereby losing minimum time. During the race, at the top of the hill, Ron who was a bit behind Ulrich, grabbed the skins off his skis, and went after Ulrich. Ron near killed himself trying to catch Ulrich, which he could not do. The reason Ron could not catch Ulrich: Ulrich being a good Swiss had stopped at the top of the hill, stepped to the side of the trail, and carefully, neatly, rolled his skins. Ron had not seen Ulrich at the side of the trail, so Ron spent the rest of the day chasing a skier who was behind him. Vintage Ulrich.

This is a story Ulrich told us last Month in Austria: When he was about 14 years old, his Swiss school had a ski camp for the boys (meanwhile, he supposed, all the girls were sent to cooking classes). However, while skiing Ulrich broke a bone in his lower leg — not a serious break — and was in a cast for a short time. That very same week, his older brother broke his femur while skiing, and was in traction in the hospital for a very long time. Their father was so angry that he smashed all four of their wooden skis. This did not, however, keep those boys from resuming their skiing careers the next winter.

Are YOU Tough Enough for The Billy Dutton Uphill?


April 13, 2014
Squaw Valley USA

Once a year, Squaw Valley USA hosts a very special event: participants start at the base of KT-22 and go UP the Mountain Run to High Camp. Ski it, skin it, run it, snowshoe or hike, whatever works for you (sorry, no motors or jet packs.) The Billy Dutton Uphill is a unique race with a tough 2000 ft. of climbing over the 3.2 mile course. A fun challenge for recreational athletes, runners, snowshoers, XC and backcountry skiers, or anyone who loves a good climb. Come and test yourself in this beautiful mountain setting! Awards and party at High Camp with silent auction, raffle prizes, music and food. 
Check out the great silent auction and raffle prizes at!

Sign Up

Billy Dutton Uphill – Volunteers Needed

2011 Billy Dutton UphillThe Billy Dutton Uphill is scheduled for Sunday, April 13, 2014 and we hope many of you are planning to participate either as a race participant or a volunteer. .  
As you know, Far West Nordic relies heavily on our fantastic volunteers and we would really appreciate it if you could help out to make this event a success. We need help with everything from race registration to timing to helping with the post race party, raffle and silent auction.  We also need help with prize collection prior to the event if you are not going to be available on race day.  If you are able to assist, please use our VOLUNTEER SIGNUP FORM or contact Stacey Herhusky.

California Gold Rush


Date: Sunday March 16, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM Gold Rush/9:10 AM Silver Rush/9:20 AM Bronze Rush
Start: Royal Gorge XC
Wave Start 
Distance: 45 km Gold Rush/30km Silver Rush/15 km Bronze Rush
Cost: Register by March 10: $45 • Register after March 10: $60 
No Race Day Registration

(Short, Fun Kid’s Course or 3 km. or 6 km. Junior Course with Obstacles)
Saturday Junior Races are Free!