Things I love about skiing…

I a few days ago I taught an 8 year old girl who had never skied before how to ski. The interesting part was that she didn’t speak English. It was a super fun challenge. I did lots of exaggerated demonstrations, and it made me realize how universal skiing can be.

Last weekend Wyatt and I, along with a solid group of junior skiers went and raced the Bjornloppet races in Bear Valley. The cross country community there, though small, is very strong and extraordinarily welcoming. They put all of us Far West’ers up in an apartment basically on the Nordic ski trails (I could actually jump from the front steps on to a groomed trail). The races were a ton of fun. I had a career first by double poling a classic distance race on skate skis. It was hard but definitely the right call for me. Plus it made me feel like some silly Norwegian skier who won the classic sprint World Cup Wednesday on skate skis.

After the races Wyatt and I did what we could to give back and skied played games with the Bear Valley Strider Gliders, a program that gets young kids on snow and having fun on skis. Everyone had a bunch of fun and it was super rewarding to see how excited the kids were about skiing.

It has also been great to see fast skiers start to trickle in for Supertour Finals. We’ve got some snow in the forecast and I hope to see you all at the races.


Some happy farmers


The Great Ski Race

If anyone ever asks me what the Great Race is like, other then saying “It’s a great race” I’ll have to say its business in the front and a party in the back. This was my first time doing the race and I had a ton of fun. I was fortunate to have some of the fastest skis in the race. So fast in fact I went from being 3 minutes of the lead group, of Brian Gregg and farmer Wyatt Fereday at the top of the climb (11km), to winning the race by almost a minute at 22km. I ended up second behind Brian Gregg who caught me in the last two km partly because my skis weren’t quite as awesome in the last part of the race and partly because Brian is a darn good skier. Afterwards we all enjoyed the finish and watching other races come down the finishing hill. I think I saw everyone I’ve ever met in the Tahoe nordic community at the finish today, pretty awesome so many people came out to ski.
While skis will never completely make or break a race, the skis I had for the Great Ski Race helped out a bunch and I owe significant thanks to those who helped me not only have fast skis but also develop as a skier. All the Far West coaches, especially Martin Benes for waxing my skis and teaching me how to go fast. Madshus (I ski on their skis, boots, and poles) for all their support giving me the tools to ski fast. Also Roger Cheney, the local Rossi rep, last minute structured my skis and is a huge supporter of Far West Nordic and the Farm Team.