Skier Problems

I have three nordic related jobs. I’m an athlete for the Farm Team, a coach at North Tahoe High School, and a ski instructor at Tahoe Donner XC. Running between these jobs on a daily basis has made me appreciate the art of packing. I’ve found both body and mind focused on the act for itself and its metaphorical resonances. It’s very Zen. I still don’t understand what Zen means though, even after reading that article.  Both zen and packing seem to have paradoxical natures. We put these things in a bag only to take the majority of them out of the bag, only to put them back in the bag. It’s a little like ski waxing, actually. Wax on, only to take it off again. If this was twitter or instagram I’d hashtag it #skierproblems

minor variations on this theme are placed into bags every day.


Music: Here’s a simple song which I really like. It’s great how much Buck Owens can get out of a few words like “love’s gonna live here again”. Also, just because it was featured in a windows 8 commercial, don’t forget how wonderful this song is: Kishi Bashi‘s Bright Whites

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