Billy Dutton Uphill Canceled

2011 Billy Dutton UphillIn case you missed seeing it on our Race Calendar page, the 2015 Billy Dutton Uphill has been canceled due to lack of snow. Because of the uncertainty of whether Squaw Valley would even be open this late in the season, Squaw Valley USA needed to unfortunately cancel the race. We’re hoping for a rip-roaring 2016 season!

Racing, Venue Changes, and Snow Searching…

asc-pacos-race-2015_thomas-beth3Even though we’re all still waiting for some more white stuff in the Sierra Nevada, Far West Nordic Racing has been going strong! The Tannenbaum, the Snowshoe Thompson, Paco’s Freestyle, Lakes Basin, the Skogsloppet, and all the CNISSF races (thanks to Auburn Ski Club) have all been successful. But change is in the air:

A number of factors, including the current low snow levels at the Biathlon site, has prompted ESNSA to cancel this year’s event.

Due to the dearth of snow in the Tahoe Basin, the Alpenglow Race at Tahoe Cross Country, slated for January 25, has been canceled.

Because of low snow, January 19th’s Skøgsloppet Race will be held at Auburn Ski Club. A important benefit for the Truckee Schools’ Nordic Ski Teams, this is traditionally a very fun race for masters and juniors alike. It’s also a JNQ for the kids, plus a Fischer Cup and Masters Challenge race.

In addition to the Skogs, the 3rd CNISSF race of the season on January 23rd has been moved to Auburn Ski Club. Ostensibly down at Truckee High’s Surprise Stadium, ASC has often hosted this race and will once again.

Come out and race!

2014 Sierra Ski Chase Winners

goldrush2014_hanson-p8asc-prescup2014_twining-m2Here’s the final standing for the 2014 Sierra Ski Chase with an adjustment for low racer numbers due to the lack of snow this winter.  None of the 12 races in the Chase this year met the criteria for scoring with placing points + age handicap which is 40 or more adult (senior + master) racers.  However, we did have 4 races with 38 or 39 adult racers.  We decided to include these races for full scoring to allow for recognition of top race finishers, rewarding participation and perseverance as well as race performance and handicapping results based on age.  I hope this is a satisfactory solution to our low numbers this year.  Hopefully, we’ll have better snow and more racers next year!  

We will have some swag prizes to distribute to SSC & Masters Challenge winners at the Far West end-of-season awards and party to be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 1-4 pm at the Tahoe Park Beach on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.  Hope to see you there!

 Please let me know if you have any comments or questions.

Peter Hanson

Congratulations to Sierra Ski Chase winners Mischel Twining and Peter Hanson
Congratulations to everyone who participated this year!

Final Standings
Sierra Ski Chase information.

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


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!

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!

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