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