I’m A Nordic Coach Again


As the title might suggest, I’ve begun coaching at North Tahoe High School with their nordic team. I haven’t been an official coach of anything since I was in Utah working with TUNA when I was 19 years old. It’s interesting to see skiing as a high school sport because I grew up with it only existing as a club thing you did outside of school. I found I had to do a lot of explaining to my friends in high school about how racing worked in the Intermountain region, as it wasn’t a part of the normal school-sports scene. I like the extra sense of community and pride that skiing for your high school brings to the experience. I think its easier to be recognized and supported by your peers when it’s part of your daily school life.

Hopefully later today we will get some snow to go skiing, but for now the high school practices have been good-ole dry-land training. It seems like a lot of the athletes are coming off of xc-running season, and as a result, they are kicking my butt in all the running we have to do. Maybe it’s just that I’m getting older, but it takes me a good 20 mins of what I consider level 1 before I feel ready to push the pace at all. These guys are fast from their first steps onto the trail.

So that’s it for now,



Warning: there will be links. Here are three songs to which I’ve been listening. Here are three songs I’ve been listening to (sounds better, but ends in a preposition). The first is Atlas Genius’ Trojans. I like it because it has a beat and the pulse for grooving right alongside. The second song that’s been on repeat in my small shack of a house is Oh Woe by Ben Gibbard of Death Cab. I’ve read hipster descriptions of Ben’s new stuff saying that they were excited for him to come out with a solo album, post-Dechanel breakup, because they wanted a return to the depressed, angst ridden, vaguely worded songs of the Death Cab they fell in love with before they were mainstream, but I’m very pleased to announce that the hipsters are disappointed with the un-ironic, catchy tunes he’s producing. Maybe you could argue there’s irony in producing a song with an upbeat melody and marching-ly driven guitars entitled “Oh Woe”, but I don’t buy it. And third: the Blue Scholars have just put up a video entitled “Anna Karina” on their you-tube channel. I won’t link it because it has curse words and this is a family friendly blog, but I really can’t rep them (or any other NW hip-hop artist) enough.

Finally, I probably don’t have to share this link if you have skier friends because you probably saw it on Facebook yesterday, but here’s the trailer for the new Sherpas Cinema movie, Into The Mind. They’re the same guys who brought you the sick LCD Soundsystem backtrack in JP Auclair’s Street segment in All.I.Can.

About Gus

My full name is Gustavo, though I go by Gus. I was a member of the UNR NCAA Ski Team from 2008-2010 and a founder of the UNR Winter Sports Club. I have been a Far West Farm Team member for 2 seasons so far and am looking forward to my third year. I’m working my way toward being a ski coach and english teacher, while still trying to be as fast as I can be. I love mountains and canyons and rivers. My favorite place to be outside of skiing is in the Grand Canyon, though I don’t get to go there as much as I’d like. I’ve started a collaborative project called #summitsunday this year. Check it out and join the movement at summitsunday.blogspot.com