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2015 XC Junior Nationals Committee Meeting


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JN 2015

August 25, 2014 @ 6 pm

Just 200 days until March 8 and the start of the 2015 XC Jr. Nationals!

Anyone with interest in helping organize this exciting event (or just learn more) is encouraged to attend the next organizing committee meeting Monday, August 25th, 6pm at the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, 11071 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee (across from Start Haus, parking is behind the building).

The Committee is looking for a few more key volunteers to lead sub-committees and support these athletes dreams.

Check out the 2015 Junior Nationals website for more details on the event.

Tahoe XC Fast & Female Event

11 am, July 28, 2014 at Tahoe Cross Country


Junior Nordic Girls:  This day will be led by the phenomenal group of women training in the Truckee/ Tahoe area who are excited to share their stories, expertise, and passion for nordic skiing. Designed for young female athletes from 11 to 14 years old, you should come prepared to do a little rollerskiing, a lot of dancing, and with plenty of questions for the elite women skiers. Older Juniors are welcome to come as well, as participants or helpers. Girls Only! (Wearing pink is highly recommended.)

CLICK HERE to reserve a spot. Email Wilson Dippo wilson@tahoexc.org for questions.



asc-sprints-2013_johnson-patrickThe Far West Elite Team is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 race season. We are looking for highly-motivated skiers who are passionate about the sport and capable of being role models and mentors in our community.

These athletes are an essential part of our mission to produce a high level training, racing, and cross country skiing environment in the Far West Division. They will be working closely within the divisional Ski Clubs by volunteering and assisting coaches at junior practices. This is especially important for the perpetual motivation and development of our junior skiers. They will also help elevate the quality of Master skiing in our area by providing support with clinics, coaching and race/training events.

Applications are due by July 21. The team will be named on August 1.

If you are interested, please submit a cover letter, athletic resume, and proposed race calendar to info@farwestnordic.org. Your cover letter should explain why you would like to come to the Far West region and how you can contribute to our community.

Auburn Ski Club Summer

ASCAdventure Day Camp:  Don’t miss this great opportunity for kids in and around the Truckee/Tahoe area to get a taste of adventure this summer! ASC is offering a multi-sport day camp for kids aged 8 and up July 7-11. Join our expert staff in adventures on the trails, river, and lakes that make the area one of the premier summer destinations in California. Please see the Auburn Ski Club website for more details. Registration is online and simple.

Firecracker Mile: Come have fun and support ASC Training Center at the Firecracker Mile. This is a great family event. The run goes along the 4th of July Parade route through Truckee and finishes in old town by the train station.  Participants are cheered on by thousands of parade spectators. Please participate and encourage your friends and family to join you.  If running/walking isn’t for you then please consider volunteering. Contact Meg Seifert: m.seifert@assoc.auburnskiclub.org if you can help. New this year, an elite wave and a fun wave. The elite wave is for all competitive runners, the fun wave will still be timed, but it is better for families and walkers.  Online registration is now open. Register online today.

Squaw Mountain Run:  Save the date… Saturday August 2, 2014. The Squaw Mountain run is a 3.6 mile run, walk, or hike from the base of Squaw to High Camp. It is a great way to enjoy Tahoe in August. When you get to the top you can enjoy a raffle, food, music, beer and more. Please participate in the event and encourage your friends and family to join us. If you don’t want to run or hike then come out and volunteer.  With such a big event ASC need lots of volunteers.  Please contact Megan Seifert: m.seifert@assoc.auburnskiclub.org if you can help.  This is a great fundraiser for the ASC Nordic programs as well as the Gene Upshaw Memorial Tahoe Forest Cancer Center.   Online registration is now open. Please think of running in memory or in support of someone with cancer and think about fundraising to help support the Cancer Center, there is a fundraising page set up for all participants through Active.com.

See the ASC website for more event details.

Venue Change for End of the Season Party

PLEASE NOTE: Our End-of-the-Season Party for Far West Nordic has been moved!

fw_logo-small06The end-of-season awards and party will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 1-4 pm at the Rideout Community Center on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City, CA  96145.

This is a potluck, and you should bring your own utensils, plates and a cup.  Far West will provide water and lemonade.  If you want something stronger, you should BYOB.

There will be opportunities for basketball and ping pong, but you’re probably best leaving your kayaks and SUP’s at home.

This party is open to Far West Nordic juniors and their families, elite team, masters, and members.  Spread the word.


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

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.

Wild West Gourmet Ski Tour

txcCome on out tomorrow, Sunday March 8th,  to support the Tahoe XC Ski Education Association. Wild West Gourmet Ski Tour starts at 12:30pm. Be sure not to miss out! Call 530-583-5475 for tickets. $40

Band Sneaky Creatures, Beverages from Truckee River Winery, Deschutes and Coffee Connextion, Food from Jake’s, Bridgetender, Tahoe House, Mamasake Squaw, Wolfldale’s, Christy Hill, Men Wielding Fire, Lanza’s, Sugar Pine Cakery, Uncommon Kitchen, Sunnyside. Best Wild West Costume wins a 2014/15 TXC Season Pass

First Annual Taste of Truckee at Tahoe Donner

TD_Logo_Option1Tahoe Donner’s gourmet food and wine event

Truckee, CA– Tahoe Donner’s first annual Taste of Truckee gourmet food and wine event will debut at the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center March 23. This event is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and foodies alike.

This inaugural event will happen whether or not skiing is available and includes skiing or snowshoeing for the day PLUS a voucher for a day pass for next season too! This event will take place whether the Cross Country Ski Center is open for skiing or not.The tour will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with après fun taking place until 4:30 p.m. Cost, including trail pass, is $35 for adults and $20 for 18 and under if purchased in advance; add $10 if purchasing the day of the event. A trail pass for the 2014/2015 season, valued at $27, is included. Rental equipment is just $5. Admission includes a raffle ticket and kids carnival games too! 

 Tickets can be purchased online at tahoedonner.com/shop or by calling the Cross Country Ski Center at 530-587-9484 or Member Services at 530-587-9400.

A percentage of proceeds will be donated to our local Tahoe Food Hub, and to Far West Nordic Ski Education Association.