Merry Christmas

Laura Henze hands off to Julie Falke

The Incline High nordic team is featured in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza after the CNISSF high school and middle school opener. Pictures cannot really convey the brutal wind and icy precipitation that was hammering the athletes for 3km loop at Kirkwood XC on December 17th. As a small team that had to compete in a 3-person relay format, our results are hard to read. A team with our two boys Evan Vomund and Ryan Collins returned their team from 10th place to 6th place. I saw incredible effort from very new skiers who had been on snow for only a week or two.

Tomorrow is the first Junior National Qualifier. The 10km classic Snowshoe Thompson Race at Auburn Ski Club could be difficult. There is a good chance that falling snow will make for unpredictable wax conditions. Wednesday afternoon the Incline Nordic team worked on technical uphill climbs at Tahoe XC. If you haven’t made a few embarassing attempts at skiing up a slanted and uneven trail on classic skis, it’s a really good idea. No matter how fit you might be, reading the trail properly and being nimble on your equipment will make all the difference in a crowded race with people cheering on the sidelines.

Merry Christmas!

About Michael

I am running, skiing, and exploring the Sierra Nevada. I first learned to ski at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, I returned to Los Angeles to work for two fire seasons on the Little Tujunga Hotshot Crew (USFS). This is my second winter in Tahoe.