Look for it at a ski area or ski shop near you!
In this year’s Nordic News you’ll find
“Fast, Female, & Pretty in Pink, The US Ski Team’s Rise” by Brad Rassler
“The Awkward 80’s, A History of Skating” by Nancy Fiddler
“Pushing The Walls” The Walt Raineri Story by John Gerbino
“Be…..Here…..Now!” A Junior Racer’s Perspective by Skyler Mullings
“The Kangaroo Hoppet” Skiing Down Under by Ben Grasseschi
and much more…
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!
Wild Cherries Coffee House in Truckee will be donating 10% of all sales on December 14th to the Far West Nordic Elite Team. Come and enjoy a coffee or meal and help support the Elite Team!
Follow the Elite Team Blog!
First race of the season is ON at Tamarack XC on Sunday, December 15th! The 10km Tannenbaum Classic is a fundraiser for Mammoth Nordic Youth Programs.
Details and registration at Tamarack Ski Center.
Far West Nordic’s Board of Directors approved a $500 grant for Eastern Sierra Nordic Ski Association. ESNSA is working to build a sustainable Nordic program for the Mammoth area’s youth. It will be working with the local high school and middle school as well as Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to offer a comp team, after several years of not having a program.
Far West Nordic members in the Truckee/Tahoe area, we need you help welcoming and accommodating our junior members from the Mammoth area. Please use our Housing Board if you have housing you can offer to Mammoth juniors and their families who are racing in the December JNQs, ASC Freestyle Sprints on December 21st, and the Snowshoe Thompson Classic on December 22nd.
Please visit the December JNQs Housing Board and let us know what accommodations you have to offer!
Far West Nordic is no longer employing a head coach, and as such is not able to provide wax support at JNQ races. Waxing for JNQ races is either done by the individual racers and their families, or by their team/club coaches. Race wax recommendations are available on the Race Schedule page. Most team/club coaches are willing to help unaffiliated racers with wax advice and application, but only after they have taken care of the racers they are responsible for. It’s advisable to make these arrangements in advance if needed.
Far West Nordic Elite team athletes braved -4 degree temperatures in Bozeman, Montana for the 15k classic Bohart Ranch SuperTour. Patrick Johnson was 3rd with a time of 44:59.2 and Spencer Eusden was 28th at 50:39.4. Former Far West Nordic Farm team racer Chelsea Holmes took 1st place in the women’s 10k. Make sure to check out Spencer’s “Live from Bozeman” on the Elite Team blog
Sunday, December 8th: A cold winter storm dumped over 18″ of fresh powder over the Tahoe Basin. Auburn Ski Club, TDXC, and Tahoe XC all officially open today marking the start of the 2013-2014 Ski Season.
Do you need to earn more Far West Bucks for this year’s trips, races and camps? Amazon.com has a great program that can help you earn hundreds of dollars in Far West Bucks. Basically, you out to the Amazon distribution center in Fernley for one or more of our 8 hour shifts and wrap holiday packages. Amazon gives Far West 70 cents for each package that you wrap and 90% of your earnings go into your Far West account. The other 10% will benefit Far West.
You must be 18 to participate. You will be working out on the factory floor for two, 4 hour shifts with a lunch break in between, standing at a work counter and wearing ear protection. For initial shifts, expect to wrap 20-25 packages an hour, but with experience it is possible to wrap 40 packages per hour and earn $200. You can work as an individual, or get together a group to all work toward the same Far West account. We usually carpool out there to save the cost of gas and have more fun together. Sign up soon as spaces are limited.
These are our shifts for this year:
Tuesday December 3 – 7:30-5pm
Sunday December 8 – 7:30-5pm
Thursday December 12 – 7:30-5pm
Saturday December 14 – 7:30-5pm
Tuesday December 17 – 7:30-5pm
Thursday December 19 – 7:30-5pm
For more info contact: Karen Sessler, email@example.com
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.
Details on our Master’s Clinics page.
FAR WEST NORDIC presents the 7th annual Tahoe Rim Tour & Race, a point to point 26 kilometer race from Tahoe XC to Northstar California. This is a fundraiser for the Far West Nordic Ski Education Association’s Junior Ski Programs.
We hope you can join us for this very special event that interconnects some of the most scenic parts of Tahoe XC and Northstar’s trails. We’ll have on-going festivities at Northstar as racers come in. Enjoy an end of race lunch followed by awards.
See you at the 2014 Tahoe Rim Tour!
On line registration is open.
Visit www.tahoerimtour.com for more information
Please remember to send in your dues to either renew your membership or join Far West Nordic Ski Education Association for the first time. Your membership not only helps support the program financially, it also shows your commitment to our organization. It encourages you to become more connected to the Nordic community by either registering yourself and/or your family for a race, volunteering for a race or other Nordic supported event, sending your child to camp and/or signing them up for one of the many nordic programs offered throughout the area, becoming more educated about the benefits of nordic skiing and most importantly knowing you belong to such a beneficial program for both our youth and everyone in our community.
For the full list of benefits see our Membership page.