Far West Nordic recently announced the hiring of Roger Chaney as the Team’s first official manager. Roger is no stranger to Far West, having grown up in the North Tahoe area and skied for the program as a teenager, and for Montana State University during his college years. He has been involved in the Nordic industry for years, as a Technical Representative for Rossignol skis, and currently as sales representative and Technical Team member for Toko. He has also supported a regional group of Masters skiers, the Truckee XC team. Roger is a familiar face to many racers at local competitions, serving the public with wax assistance, tuning, and more. Far West is excited to support him in his new role as Elite Team Manager. You can reach Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about Roger and the rest of the Elite Team, CLICK HERE.
Four separate Far West Nordic cross country ski teams came together for one last day of training and fun on August 23 for a run and rollerski session on the trails of Tahoe Cross Country and beyond. Tahoe XC, Auburn Ski Club, Sugar Bowl Academy, and half the Far West Elite Team participated by running from Tahoe XC to the Fibreboard Freeway, rollerskiing the Great Ski Race course to Soup Station #1, and then running to Watson Lake. The festivities didn’t end there, as Kevin Murnane and parents hosted a fun, season-ending barbecue for all. For some assorted photos from the day, check out the photos from the RUN & ROLL EXTRAVAGANZA.
The 2014 edition of the Squaw Mountain Run results are online. Auburn Ski Club is the driving force (and main beneficiary) of this event, and over 400 runners and hikers participated this year in perfect weather conditions on a beautiful day. And of course, Far West Nordic was there in force.
Even though it’s a running race, it’s notable that so many of the top finishers are connected to the Nordic world. Men’s winner JP Donovan is currently the XC ski coach for Incline High School, while second place Andrew Cobourn is a former top junior Nordic racer for the division. 8 out of the top 12 men’s finishers have Far West Nordic ties, and 7 out of the top 12 women, including overall winner Anja Gruber (Far West Elite Team).
Congratulations to all the participants. Results are HERE.
Photos by MacBeth Graphics are HERE.
Far West Nordic announces the prestigious Elite Team for 2014-2015 includes (from left to right, above) Spencer Eusden, Anja Gruber, Wyatt Fereday, Emily Blackmer, Patrick Johnson, and Sabra Davison. Spencer, Wyatt and Patrick are returning members, and our women’s team of Anja, Emily, and Sabra are new to our Elites. Also a new addition this year is our Team Manager, Roger Chaney.
Congratulations and Thank You for being a vital link to our development programs here in Far West. These athletes will be training with the Far West Nordic Junior Teams, fund-raising for Far West Nordic, doing Community Service, blogging, and RACING for Far West Nordic!
We are pleased to welcome them all to our team. Please stay tuned to the Far West Elite Team page for blog updates from the athletes. Please support them and cheer on their efforts when you see them out and about.
GIRLS DAY at TAHOE XC
The first annual GIRLS’ DAY at Tahoe XC was a huge success, with young female athletes learning, training, and having fun with coaches and role models. Designed after the popular Fast & Female program, there were over a dozen participants rollerskiing, strength training, and dancing. Thanks to Wilson Dippo, Valli and Kevin Murnane at TXC, and coaches Anja Gruber, Caitlin Bernstein, Britta Clark, Hallie Grossman, Heather Mooney, and Mary ellen Benier, with peer helpers Savanna Blide, Hannah Halvorsen and Bria Riggs. (And Doug Read for his awesome crepes.)You can check out lots of photos HERE
FW/PNSA Redwoods: August 13-17
Open to all Far West Juniors who have qualified for Junior Nationals. We have a friendly rivalry and shared training and technique experiences with Pacific Northwest Junior skiers. A super fun and challenging camp geared towards getting you ready for the hard training in the fall that is necessary to make you the best skier you can be. Camp consists of running, hiking, general water mayhem, rollerskiing, World Cup Soccer match, technique, and Fun; not necessarily in that order.
Additional information on our Junior Camps Page.
Registration is now open for the ASC Training Center’s Comp and Devo Summer programs. ASC provides high quality coaching and training in a fun filled and challenging atmosphere, directed toward skiers ages 12-19 who are looking to progress their ski skills and fitness for nordic racing.
Join us and participate in exciting summer activities that lead into successful skiing and racing as the winter approaches. We hike to the summits of mountains, roller ski, and nordic bound. We cross-train with activities such as soccer and ultimate Frisbee and have adventures all along the way.
More info at http://auburnskiclub.com/nordic/compdevo/
Congratulations to the New Far West Nordic Board of Directors
Far West Nordic held its annual Board of Director elections and election of officers on Monday, May 12, 2014. Congratulations to the incoming board. Julie Halvorsen will serve as board President, Fred Zabell as Vice-President, Stacey Herhusky as Secretary, and Mike Wells will continue as Treasurer. Welcome to new board members Bruce Culbertson, Gus Johnson, and Catherine Larkins.
A huge thank you to outgoing board members Paige Derdowski, Kathrin Hudson, Chauncey Parker, Michelle Syben, August Teague, and Steve Yale.
Thank you Truckee River Winery for hosting our annual meeting!
Adventure 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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
The “Devo” and “Comp” programs comprise of a super FUN summer full of multiple activities for athletes ages 11-19. Both levels have a strong focus on preparation for a great season of cross country skiing and racing. The head coach will lead athletes in activities that combine roller skiing, hiking, running, bounding, strength conditioning, agility and other fun activities such as mountain biking, laser biathlon, soccer, and Frisbee. TCCSEA has created a program that combines activities and allows younger as well as more mature athletes to develop skills that are advantageous for higher level athletic endeavors such as Nordic Skiing, Downhill Skiing, XC Running, Mt Biking, and more. Participants should be motivated to improve fitness and technique while having fun. The hope is to help develop fast skiers for the upcoming ski season and create lifelong patterns of health and fitness through the sport of cross country skiing.
Registration at http://www.txcjrteams.com/