Join. Because who wouldn’t want to race, train, and live here?
Join. Because who wouldn’t want to race, train, and live here?
Summer training is going great and it’s a volume week, a.k.a. lots of mini-pizzas…
Saturday I raced in the Fossavatnsgangan 50km race in Iceland. It was the first time I had ever been to Iceland and raced outside of North America. This race was especially memorable because my grandfather passed away last week. He was one of the major reasons why I came to love skiing so much. Growing up skiing was a family activity. All of my extended family on my father’s side would go cross country skiing together from ski races where we had most of the family competing and days spent touring around Stowe, VT. I remember my grandfather best for staying active despite growing older. At 80 he finished the bike race up the Mount Washington Auto Road. At 82 he raced the 25km Great Glenn’s to Bretton Woods Ski Marathon and this fall at 90 years old he was still riding his road bike with clip on pedals. The red bike, from 1985, I use for a road bike used to belong to him and has traveled thousands of miles under both of our own power.
Here is a picture of my dad and I with our (grand)father’s skis at the race here in Iceland.
The race itself was quite the adventure. Due to a very wet and windy storm they changed the race courses, distances, start times, and start location the day before the race. Visibility was fairly low and wind was high, there are almost no trees in Iceland just open snowfields. It would be fair to say over the last few weeks my focus wasn’t prioritized on ski racing and I skied most of the race by myself. I had a blast and just kept on going, like my grandfather did. In the end I finished 8th, but managed to walk away with some hardware.
I got a plaque for finishing 3rd in my age group 16-34 because they didn’t include the racers on the podium in the age group awards. Engraved on the plaque is a map of the course we were supposed to ski but didn’t.
Maybe the best part of the race was the awards/cake party. In town after the race, all of the locals made hundreds of amazing cakes for all the racers. I ate so much I was almost asleep when they called me up for the awards, which was difficult to follow since it was in Icelandic.
Tomorrow the top priority is to find some hot springs on the drive to the airport. There are tons of super scenic naturally occurring hot springs here!!
And here is the whole crew I came with on the Red Carpet
Most of the aptly named Wolffish
Spicy is wrapping up the season in Wind and Ice Land…Gus is off to the Promised Land. After a hectic and awesome Spring Series and a summery Distance Nationals (big shoutout to all the Far West coaches and all the volunteers for a fantastic end to the season), I kicked off the spring in Colorado with some epic shredding DOWN the mountain for once….
(skiing down hills is surprisingly tiring)
(skiing in Vail doesn’t suck.)
More like Windland…
We’ll ski Thursday and Friday before the race on Saturday.
And the Ben Grasseschi honorable mention of the day…
In an effort to visit some family and prolong the race season as long as possible, I’m off to Iceland to do one more ski race. The race is called the Fossavatnsgangan (for real, http://www.fossavatn.com/) and is a 50km classic on May 4th. I’ll be doing the race with my dad and some of his ski friends. I realized today this race will be closer to the first race I do next season than the first race I did this season, Yikes.
Here’s a photo courtesy of wyatt of a little late season training in CA. Who says style doesn’t count for anything.
Far West Senior Team updates and thoughts on racing and training throughout the year as well as technique ideas (and videos!) and equipment and race-preparation info they hope you’ll find helpful.
Spencer is a born and raised Mainer and a recent graduate from Bowdoin College. After experiencing summer skiing and real mexican food during the first year of the Far West College Summer Residency Program in 2011, he had little choice but to come back and race for Far West!
Hi. I live in Reno, NV and just completed my masters degree in hydrology at the UNR graduate school. I competed in three NCAA skiing championships for Colby College from 2008 to 2011, where I majored in geology. Originally from Boise, Idaho, I’m pumped to be skiing and racing in the Sierras. I like mountain biking, running, eating salmon, walking on my hands, dumpster-diving, and playing guitar.
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
hey everybody! I am a recent Bates College graduate originally from the lovely state of Vermont. I enjoy snow, sunshine, and lounging….all great reasons to move to Tahoe. I’m stoked to be out here and ready to rip it up this winter!
2004 Graduate of Sugar Bowl Academy. Raced in 6 Junior National Championships (7 X All-American). 2003 represented the US Ski Team in the J1 Scandinavian Cup race series in Sweden. Spent the 2000 & 2004 summer’s training and racing at the Snow Farm in New Zealand. 2009 Graduate of Northern Michigan University. 2010 season competed as Senior member of Team Far West switching my focus from cross-country skiing racing to biathlon! During the 2011 season I focused only on biathlon, competing in 18 races with some respectable results. Currently, I’m racing for Auburn Ski Club and Far West Farm Team, focusing on the NorAm Biathlon race series attempting to qualify for the USBA team.
Hi Everyone! I hail from midcoast Maine and graduated from Williams College in 2012 with a degree in Sociology. I’m so excited to return to Truckee for my second year on the elite team and to continue coaching at Truckee High School and Auburn Ski Club. Last season, I had the opportunity to compete for the first time at US Nationals and the American Birkebeiner and I’m looking forward to continuing to improve this season on the national circuit. I am also excited to race locally in the Tahoe area and compete once again for the Fischer Cup. Think Snow!
Head Coach Far West Nordic Senior “Farm Team”. UNR Winter Sports Club director. August Teague was head coach of University of Nevada XC ski team for six seasons. Teague helped UNR to top 10 finishes in three of his first four years in Reno, including ninth-place showings in 2005 and 2008 and a 10th-place effort in 2007. In May of 2007, Teague was named to the Cross Country Coaches Committee at the United States Ski Association (USSA) Congress in Park City, Utah. Prior to coming to Nevada in 2004, Teague spent one season as the head Nordic coach at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash. Teague lettered four years as a member of the University of Denver cross country skiing team. He helped the Pioneers to three NCAA championships from 2000-2002.
Co-Head Coach Far West Nordic Senior “Farm Team”. Ben is currently the Head XC Skiing Coach for Far West Nordic as well as Head Coach for Auburn Ski Club. Ben grew up skiing in Montana and Idaho and was a member of the College of Idaho XC Ski Team. Ben’s strengths as a coach are his ability to keep athletes motivated and excited about training and competing. Coaching/Athletic Highlights Head Coach Far West Nordic Junior, Seniors, and Master Programs Head Coach Auburn Ski Club Juniors and Masters Programs Member of College of Idaho Ski Team US Ski Team Junior Scandinavian Trip Coach
Martin has been a Nordic coach for a range of programs from NCAA champion Dartmouth College to working with 1-2-3 Ski! at Auburn Ski Club. Martin grew up racing in the Far West division in high school, competing on three junior national teams. This is his 6th season as a Nordic coach, having coached for Auburn Ski Club, Dartmouth College, Bates College, Far West, and, currently, Sugar Bowl Academy. As a coach he has worked with Far West junior programs the past 5 summers as well as coached for Far West at 3 junior nationals, 3 nationals, and various other camps and competitions. He is also the founder/creator and head coach of the Collegiate Summer Residency Program. He has been Nordic skiing his whole life and raced competitively from 8th grade through senior year of college, serving as captain of his college team for his senior season.