This 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. They will be in the Truckee area from mid-June through the beginning of August. They are all highly motivated athletes as well as exceptional students. The host families who generously provided housing last summer had overwhelmingly positive experiences.
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.
For almost all the student-athletes, qualifying for the 2014 NCAA Championships hosted by University of Utah is the primary goal. It is the objective of this program to provide them with the best opportunity to pursue their goals through a solid base of summer training.
This group and their future success will certainly provide the Far West Nordic community with increased national recognition. In addition, the student-athletes involved with the program now, and in the future, have the potential to raise the level of Nordic skiing in the region. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or thoughts you may have.