Spazzing Internet in Bozeman- big surprise, so I’m doing it on my phone which has an interesting idea of when to post, my apologies for repeats.

Montana is hitting 50 degrees today and it is HOT HOT HOT. As a past and current Far West skier and current CU Buffalo, I am posting before I join the team in Soldier Hollow.

The Montana course hasn’t changed much in the four years I’ve skied here, and I heard from my mom it has changed much in twenty years. Same sideways, off kilter hill with brutal herringbone hills and 180 degree turns.

With some intervals today, we started our week hard, hoping to defend our national title against Utah, which will be difficult.

Wishing my teammates good luck tomorrow on the sprint course- DRAFT DRAFT DRAFT.

Riding the Montana Hills

NCAAs is kicking off and will run to completion before I join the Junior National team in Soldier Hollow for the relay.


I’m sitting here in my house, looking back on the years. Starting Nordic in 7th grade, doing okay not really caring where I placed, to 8th grade where I finished 4th in my second race. I didn’t know about nordic racing or Junior Nationals or Far West. I had the teenager disease, I thought that the nordic world was just me and my team, duh. I raced through the year and was always wondering how Sam Zabell always won. Then I heard about Sugar Bowl Academy, and though “Wow that would be really cool to go there” and then discarded the thought. I never thought that I would end up here, going to Sugar Bowl, joining Far West, qualifying for the JNs, and now I am here, GOING TO JNS. Look out the rest of the nordic world. We’re coming…….FAR WEST, FAR BEST!!!!!!!

One More Day…

To start off with, this new website is looking really awesome!! It seems that I have absolutely no excuses this year for not blogging. I have a two week spring break which will include JN’s and was astounded to hear today that I have absolutely no homework assigned. This leaves me with no other choice than to catch up on my reading and BLOG, daily.

For me at least, this is the time of year that I start to feel placid. The training part of the year is over, now it’s time to perform. My body is itching to race after tapering for the past week. I have to keep telling myself to calm the heck down! Going into my fourth year at JN’s, I realize that the anticipation factor will never go away.

It seems like it was only yesterday that we were packing up for Minneapolis. To my surprise, it’s already a new year and a new set of faces. For many, this will be their first year at JN’s. I can already tell that everyone is putting on a very serious face going into this trip; they realize that this is a big step up. As I’ve always said, nothing can prepare you for JN’s like going to JN’s. Thus, I’m excited for a new group of teenagers to go and experience what I felt in my first year at JN’s.

With that, it seems that I must begin my absolute least favorite part of the trip, packing. Can my bag pack itself?? We depart at 7 a.m. tomorrow for the always scenic drive through Nevada. Once there, we will head straight to the opening ceremonies. I am definitely looking forward to what this one will bring as each opening ceremony has had a very unique touch. Here we come Soldier Hollow!!! Far West Far Best!

All of our work culminates

I’m sitting in study hall the day before we depart for Junior Nationals in Soldier Hollow. I am surrounded by my friends, both alpine and nordic. The signs of impending national racing is obvious. In the corner, a pair of freshly hotboxed classic skis awaits packing; there are several bags of gear belonging to alpine racers, trying to cram in a last training session before they leave for their own races. All of us have worked extremely hard. Not just on snow this winter (rollerskiing for nordics!), not just in conditioning sessions in the fall, but in many winters previous as well. All of our hundreds, possibly thousands of hours of training have paid off in the past and helped to show the correct road to where we want to get to. We have all prevailed in the past and we have all come up short at some times, but each and every experience has helped us to move forward. The reason we can do what we can do is because we can build off of our experiences and continue onward to be better than we were in the beginning. We all possess and powerful drive to be the best that we can be and we always strive to be better than we are now. For some of us, this will be their first Junior Nationals. For others, it will be their last Junior Nationals. As a team, we will prevail and show the other divisions that we are a powerful, motivated, and united team of elite racers. All that is left to say is this:

Just Do It

2012 Junior Nationals

 USSA Junior Championships
March 3-10, 2012
Soldier Hollow, Midway, Utah
Soldier Hollow was the site of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games for biathlon, cross-country, and nordic combined.

Saturday March 3rd: Opening Ceremonies
Monday March 5th: Classic Sprint Competition (1.3k)
Wednesday March 7th: Freestyle Mass Start Competition (5k /10k /15k)
Friday, March 9th: Classic Interval Start Competition (5k /10k)
Saturday March 10th: Freestyle Relay Competition (3 x 1.3k relay); Closing Ceremony and Awards Banquet

Far West Nordic Junior National Team

The 3 Junior National qualifier races this season were the ASC Classic Sprints, Allan Bard Classic, and the ASC Presidents’ Cup.
The following are the athletes that qualified for the Far West Nordic Junior National Team for 2012.
Thanks to all who participated in the races this season.
Way to Go Team!
J2 Girls:  Bria Riggs, Gabrielle Rinne, Savannah Blide, Amanda Kirkeby, Skyler Flora, Danielle Nivinski, Camille Hartley, Tara Gallant***
J1 Girls:  Katrin Larusson, Cassidy Cichowicz, Laurel Fiddler, Joelle Romo, Raylene Chew
OJ Girls: *Melanie Swick, *Annika Taylor, **Joanne Reid
J2 Boys: Sam Zabell ,Peter Holmes, Dylan Syben, Julien Bordes, Peter Carroll, Evan Vomund, Eli Yale
J1 Boys:  Patrick McElravey, Jordan McElroy, Shane Christian, Branden Deeter, Alex Kopytko, *Joe Piercy
OJ Boys: *Austin Meng
J3 Boys: *Brandon Herhusky

* = Accepted via Petition Process
** = Accepted via Automatic Qualification
***=Qualified but did not accept

Savannah Blide

cnisfasc-cl-2012blide-s-goofy-LAge: 14
Hometown Truckee CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Far West
Age first skied: 3
Favorite Book: Harry Potter
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Kris Freeman
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Either running or football :)
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Probably Aaron Rodgers .
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Any of the trips really….
Best Racing Experience:
The classic JNQ in December
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I would want to fly!
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
I can’t touch my toes.

Peter Carroll

Screen-Shot-2012-03-14-at-1.21.14-PM Age: 15
Hometown Born in Seoul, South Korea Living in Truckee, CA
School: Sugar Bowl Academy
Team: Far West Nordic Ski Team, Sugar Bowl Nordic Ski Team
Age first skied: 5
Favorite Book: The Inheritance Cycle
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Petter Northug
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Paintball, Soccer
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Oliver Lang, David Beckham,
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
My most memorable Far West experience was the Soldier Hollow Super JOQ. I was so much fun!!! Not only was the racing challenging but getting to know my team mates was a blast!!!
Best Racing Experience:
My best racing experience was the Mammoth 5k JOQ. I started the race in 2nd to last and finished 6th!
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
I wouldn’t want to have a super human power. I like me the way I am. :)
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
Most people know their parents. I was adopted.

Raylene Chew

skiAge: 16
Hometown San Jose
School: Presentation High School
Team: Auburn Ski Club
Age first skied: 4
Favorite Book: Harry Potter Series
Favorite Nordic Athlete: Magdalena Neuner
Favorite Off Snow Sport: Speed Skating
Favorite Athlete in that sport: Apolo Ohno
Most Memorable Far West Experience:
Playing vile pranks on each other in West Yellowstone 2010
Best Racing Experience:
Soldier Hollow skate sprints 2011 – fast skies and fast competition
If you could have one superhero power, what would it be?
Teleportation because then I would be able to zap anywhere, anytime.
What is something most people can do that you cannot?
All of the Far West team is able to ski and train on snow every day (that is, when there is snow in Truckee!) except for me.