Elite Team Beer & Cider Tasting Fundraiser

beertastingNew Moon Natural Foods
Truckee, CA

Friday,  February 13th
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee will be fundraising for the Elite Team once again! Sample beer with a Donation with the proceeds going to The Far West Nordic Elite Team. Come and enjoy a beer and cider tasting and help support the Elite Team! $10 Suggested Donation, with all proceeds going to the ELITE TEAM.

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Elite Team Announces Roger Chaney as Team Manager

tdxc_valentine2012_chaney-rFar 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 rossi_nordic@yahoo.com. To find out more about Roger and the rest of the Elite Team, CLICK HERE.

Far West Nordic ELITE TEAM Named


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.



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.

Elite Team Dinner

The Far West Elite Team is hosting a plated dinner at the Tahoe Cross Country Yurt Saturday April 12th at 6:00 p.m. Please join us as we wrap up the most successful season the Far West Elite Team has ever had and look forward to another great year. A delicious dinner will be served by the Elite Team in their finest attire. As part of a delicious meal, we will have a meat and a vegetarian entree options and are happy to accommodate other dietary restrictions if informed ahead of time. Cost will be 40$ a plate and capped at 40 seats due to space. All of the proceeds will go towards the Elite Team. Menu

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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

The Yellowstone Rendezvous Race

March 8, 2014
West Yellowstone, Montana

Elite Team racers took 3 of the top 4 spots in the 34th annual Yellowstone Rendezvous Race. Patrick Johnson was 1st, Spencer Eusden 3rd, and Wyatt Fereday 4th in the 50k freestyle race.

The Yellowstone Rendezvous is part of the American Ski Marathon Series,  North America’s longest-running and largest citizen’s racing and touring series, that highlights long distance ski events throughout the country. 

In other Far West Nordic Senior news, Farm Team alumni Matt Gelso was 16th overall in the Engadin Ski Marathon in Switzerland yesterday, only 11 seconds out of 1st!!!


birkie14February 22, 2014
Cable & Hayward, WI
The 41st annual American Birkebeiner was held on Saturday February 22nd in Hayward, Wisconsin. A combination of heavy snow and gusty winds knocked down the large tent at the Birkebeiner Start area Friday evening. The wind chill was below zero at the start of the race, with a headwind to boot. 3780 racers completed the 50 kilometer skate race and 1865 completed the 54 kilometer Birkie Classic. Elite Team racer Patrick Johnson finished 14th overall (3rd M18-24) and Farm Team alumi Matt Gelso was the 1st American over the finish line, 7th overall, and Chelsea Holmes was 6th women.

50k Skate:
Matt Gelso 7th overall 1st M25-29 , 1st American
Patrick Johnson 14th overall, 3rd M18-24
Peter Hanson 191st overall, 176th men, 12th M45-49
Wyatt Fereday 520th overall, 461st men, 87th M25-29
Paul  Honeywell 1563rd overall, 1372nd men, 204 M50-54
Kevin Murnane 1977th overall, 1696 men, 195 M40-44
Chelsea Holmes 78th overall, 6th women

54k Birkie Classic: 
Glenn Jobe 110th overall, 101st men, 3rd M60-64

Wyatt Fereday Wins Teton Ridge Classic




Congrats to Elite Team racer Wyatt Fereday for his win at the Teton Ridge Classic  yesterday, January 11th, at Teton Ridge Ranch, Idaho. Wyatt finished the 28 km classic in 1:36:33 ,  with a two and a half minute lead. 

Check out Wyatt’s race post in the Elite Team Blog.

Race results

Wyatt also took 2nd place in the Baker Creek to Prairie Creek SnowMaker Classic on January 4th.