2014 Masters Challenge

Congrats to everyone in this year’s masters challenge. Because of the lack of races, we decided to drop the minimum number of races down to 3 for this year. In an effort to keep things fair to the truly motivated racers out there who were able to get in 4 races, the final results within age groups will still be based on you 4 race total.

Please review your results and let me know asap if you find any scoring issues.

Hope everyone has a wonderful summer and we’ll see you back out on the snow next year.

Masters Challenge information and results.


2011 Masters World Cup Glenn Jobe

The Classic Technique Clinic  may be held on an alternate date in March.
The decision will be announced on March 25th if necessary.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 
Tahoe XC

Back by popular demand is our classic ski clinic. This year it will be led by renowned Far West coach and Olympian Glenn Jobe. Glenn was an Olympic Biathlete in the 1980 Olympic Games, was the 1981 National Biathlon 20 km champion, as well as a former Far West Nordic head coach.  He was the founder of both the Kirkwood and Tahoe Donner Nordic centers and has been coaching Far West Junior skiers since 1977.

We’re scheduling this clinic before the Tahoe Rim Tour to give Far West members time to improve their classic techniques and get “on-course” instruction from one of Tahoe’s best classic skiers. This clinic is geared to intermediate and advanced classic skiers looking to improve their skills and race performance. This clinic will include 2 hours of “on snow” time where Glenn will review various aspects of how you classic ski, help you correct bad habits, and identify opportunities for improving your skiing.

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Details on our Master’s Clinics page.

PSIA Nordic Fall Festival

MAC_PSIA_logo_Color_low-90x90Tahoe Donner XC (Weather and Conditions permitting)
December 12-14

PSIA and Far West are working together to bring you  “The Fall Festival”, 3  days of skiing clinics, teaching workshops and social events. Join us for sessions with top clinicians like former Olympians Nancy Fiddler and Katerina Housanova. Improve your skiing with Martin Benes, Sally Jones, Peter Mayfield and Julie Young.

 A variety of skiing and teaching oriented topics will be offered for intermediate and advanced skiers, as well as a Level 1 exam prep clinic (a great way to check out if you have what it takes to teach xc!) Sign up before Dec. 9 for early registration!

Additional Information and Clinic Schedule

Online registration is now closed. There will be day of signups. Please bring your current Far West Nordic membership card and cash or check only. Please contact Mitch Dion at (530) 587-7642 for additional information.

2013 Masters Challenge

masters challenge logoThanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Masters Challenge.  Please review your results and if you find any issues (e.g. I missed your results in a race), please let me know asap and I’ll get that corrected.   We’re currently working on some new very cool hats for this year’s winners which we’ll be getting to you in time for the snow next year. 

As always, if you have any thoughts on ways we can improve this race series (scoring, races we use, prizes), please let me know. We’re always open to suggestions.


Masters Challenge information and results.

Glide the Divide

Glide the Divide_Ralph & BruceGlide the Divide (North Routt Coureur des Bois), Steamboat Springs, CO

This year’s start-finish was at Columbine, about an hour’s drive north of Steamboat.  A 6 km spur (out and back) connects the start-finish to the main 45 km loop at rest stop #1 (Little Red Park). There begins a very scenic clockwise loop that initially heads due north to the Wyoming state line (rest stop #2, the “Wyoming Funny Farm”, where they had lots of goodies including whiskey and bacon!), then southeast back into Colorado for a very difficult climb up to the Continental Divide. After several kilometers (heading south) of sharply rolling terrain including rest stop #3 along the Divide, an exciting and technical downhill brings skiers into an open area called Big Red Park. Continuing west for about 10 km, rest stop #1 is again reached.  The one-lap 55 km course has about 3750 feet of climbing; the two-lap 100 km course has about 7200 feet of climbing (sounds like a couple nice bike rides, eh?) 

Spring conditions prevailed for Saturday’s race. Luckily, mostly overcast skies kept a lid on the temperature, preventing the transformed but clean snow from breaking down. Grooming was superb, so the skiing was fast and fun.  Ralph Johnson won the M60-69 age group (eighteenth overall) in the 55 km skate race (3:29:06). I finished fourth in the M50-59 age group (fourteenth overall) in the 100 km skate race (6:57:59). A highlight for me was racing against (Olympian) Johnny Spillane. I lined up right behind him for the start, and I managed to hang with him for maybe 10 seconds! This is a well-organized and very fun event: a great course with great views and great rest stops staffed with great people. Go do it!      -Bruce Pauly

Snow Mountain Stampede

Snow Mountain StampedeBruce Pauly and Byron Beagles traveled to Snow Mountain Ranch (near Winter Park), CO for last weekend’s Snow Mountain Stampede.  In the 42 km Freestyle Race on Saturday (start temp 20 degrees F higher than night before’s forecast!), Byron won the M60-69 group, Bruce was 9th in the M50-50 group.  In the 42 km Classic Race on Sunday (2 laps of hardwax conditions, 2 laps of klister conditions, with extensive blown-in powder…  kickwax?!), Bruce won the M50-59 group and Byron won the M60-69 group.  For the Combined 42 km Classic and Freestyle, Bruce was 8th overall (won the M50-59 group) and Byron was 14th overall (won the M60-69 group).  Andy P: It must have been those cool jackets!!

The Great Ski Race 2013


750 racers registered and 609 finished what turned out to be one of the most difficult Great Ski Races. A mixture of rain and wet snow made for a slow, sloppy course with the mist at the start turning to snow on the fiberboard freeway. Brian Gregg from Minneapolis was first with a time of 1:34:43 followed by Farm Team racer Spencer Eusden at 1:35:12 and Olympian Marcus Nash at 1:35:31. Olympian Katerina Nash won the women’s race, 6th overall, with a time of 1:39:49, Farm Team racer Beth Taylor was 2nd at 1:45:05, and Caitlin Gregg, winner of last week’s American Birkebeiner, was 3rd at 1:50:12. Far West master and blind skier Walter Raineri, guided by Olympian Beth Reid,  finished in 2:44:40, classic skiing the race on zeros. Walt won the stand up adaptive category and also received an inspirational award, a bronze plaque with the inscription ” The Great Ski Race 2013 . Get out there and just do it. NO EXCUSES.”

Race Results
Photos by MacBeth Graphics

The Great Ski Race

GreatSkiRace2013PosterSunday March 3rd, 2013 9AM
Tahoe XC to Truckee 
Be a Part of the Largest Ski Race In California

The 37th annual point-to-point 30km Great Ski Race is an event not to be missed! Sign up by March 2nd to catch lower entry fees. Race day registration in person by 8:30am.

The Great Ski Race course is in excellent condition due to sufficient snow and cold temperatures. There are some thin spots at the Truckee end but there will be shovel brigades deployed this week to fill them in, and the regular course will be used. Race day forecast: Sunny and a high of 50 degrees, perfect for the post-race party. Register online at www.thegreatskirace.com until midnight Thursday 2/28. 

Fischer Cup, Masters Challenge, and Sierra Ski Chase Event.

Benefit for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team.

American Birkebeiner

birkie2013-webThe 40th Annual American Birkebeiner was held on Saturday, February 23rd. Six inches of fresh snow fell on Friday, slowing the pace on the 50 kilometer course that goes from Cable to Hayward, WI. 3953 racers completed the 50 kilometer skate race and 1799 completed the 54 kilometer Birkie Classic. Farm Team racer Wyatt Fereday finished 49th overall and Holly Whitney was 39th woman. Far West master and board member Peter Hanson finished 135th overall and Farm Team alumni Michael Collins was 184th overall.

Holly Whitney  5th Women 18-24, 39th woman, 359th overall, 2:5238.5 finish
Wyatt Fereday  7th Men 18-24, 49th overall,  2:23:40.4 finish
Peter Hanson 9th Men 45-49, 135th overall, 121st men, 2:35:09.0
Michael Collins 46th Men 25-29, 184th overall, 164th men, 2:40:01.4 finish

Read Wyatt’s “Birkie Fever” post in the Farm team blog.

Asiago 2013

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The Masters World Cup Championships are underway in Asiago, Italy and Far West Nordic masters have turned in some strong performances. Congrats to all and Go Far West! Read more