Far West Nordic 2013 Season Kickoff Party
Sunday, December 8, 2013
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Guest Speaker: MARCUS NASH and other Tahoe Olympians
2-Time Olympian and 9-Time National Champion
Social hour with cash bar, 3 course dinner with beer and wine,
and “Chance” raffle!
Cost is $55 for Far West Nordic members and $65 for nonmembers.
Group discount for a table of 10 Far West Nordic members $500.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door for some great prizes to help you get ready for the ski season! One raffle ticket included with admission.
Read more for menu and raffle prizes.
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…
The 2013-14 cross country ski season is finally knocking on the storm door! With the predicted snowfall amounts overnight Auburn Ski Club Training Center will open a limited number of XC trails Sunday, December 8th. We are anticipating tiller groomed trails with classic tracks and a skating lane. Check the trail report for updates……there is a possibility some trails could open Saturday afternoon.
The training center office will be open 8:30am – 4:30pm for those still needing to join and purchase a season trail pass. Daily trail passes will be discounted to $12 for adults and $6 for. The training center and XC trails will be open Wed. - Sun. 8:30am to 4:30pm.
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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Far West Nordic athletes are on the road home after another successful day of racing against some of the fastest skiers in the nation. In the 15K Skate today, Patrick Johnson of the Far West Nordic Elite Team placed 12th in his class and teammate Wyatt Fereday was 27th. Shane Christian was 14th in U20, Peter Holmes was 4th in U18 followed by Dylan Syben in 8th and Julien Bordes in 11th. In the 10K women’s skate race, Elite team member Holly Whitney was 12th in her class. In the U18 class, Danielle Nivinski was 9th, Bria Riggs 13th, Savannah Blide 14th, and Elise Hardy 20th. In the U16 class, Hannah Halvorsen took 3rd. In the 5K women’s race, Chloe Gorman placed 6th in the U14 category. In the U16 category, Lizzie Larkins was 7th and Eleanore Hamilton was 25th. In the men’s 5K race, Skyler Mullings took 4th place in the U16 category and Brandon Herhusky took 20th after a disappointing crash. Far West Masters Peter Mayfield was 9th MM and Sanborn Hodgkins was 1st FM60.
These are impressive finishes, especially considering our team did not get on snow until this week—-It looks like it will be a very exciting season!
25 Far West Nordic athletes and coaches are spending Thanksgiving in West Yellowstone. The 1.3km freestyle Sprint Competition marked the start of the SuperTour season and racers report excellent snow conditions.
Advancing to the finals Dylan Syben (MJR), Lizzie Larkins (FJR), Bria Riggs (FJR), and Danielle Nivinski (FJR) and racing in the FSR quarterfinals Hannah Halvorsen.
Far West Nordic results: Patrick Johnson 22nd MSR, Dylan Syben 4th MU18, Peter Holmes 7th MU18, Sam Zabell 14th MU18, Wyatt Fereday 31st MSR, Julien Bordes 21st MU18, Shane Christian 22nd MU20, Peter Carroll 24th MU18, Brandon Herhusky 3rd MU16, and Skyler Mullings 4th MU16.
Hannah Halvorsen 2nd FU16, Danielle Nivinski 5th FU18, Bria Riggs 6th FU18, Lizzie Larkins 4th FU16, Holly Whitney 11th FSR, Savannah Blide 15th FU18, and Elise Hardy 17th FU18.
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.