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

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Billy Dutton Downhill

This tweet struck me, and I think it's important to keep in mind today. On a day when we're all glued to sad news and the social networks following the incidents in Boston, I wanted to share a lighthearted video of the aftermath of the Billy Dutton Uphill: the Billy Dutton Downhill.

G-Unit

Music: Be thoughtful today. Listen to something unplugged or slow.

Billy Dutton Uphill

Today I raced the Billy Dutton Uphill, and what a great way it was to end the season! But more importantly, it was #summitsunday!

The summits today were numerous.

1st I tandem skied with Johannes for the Billy Dutton Uphill Race

People were so impressed that they made a division specially for us. See the later photo, but spoiler, we won.

Then we summitted High Camp for the finish of the race

 

I guess Johannes technically crossed the line before I did

Then I tandem skied DOWN Mountain Run with Spencer (a video to come)

 

Summitted the chair in the Village for good measure

THEN, I went tele-skiing with Alex and Johannes at Northstar for N*’s last day. At this point my phone was dead, so there aren’t any photos, but it was equally as epic.
All in all, a pretty good day.
-GusTruck
Music: I can’t get over this music video. Maybe it’s the Skeleton Dance Party at around 1-minute into the video.

Get The Fun

I’d like to preface this post by saying how much I’ve enjoyed being a part of the supertour finals as an athlete these past few days. I’ve just finished racing the first three races in the mini-tour, and will now be switching over to the volunteer aspect of the competitions. The pressure of racing is off, and weather permitting, it’s time for me to have some fun in the California sun.

Can you see the lake?

Today was the course inspection day for the 2013 Supertour Finals pursuit style hill climb event being hosted at Royal Gorge and Sugarbowl tomorrow morning. The race course starts with three kilometers of flat skiing in the meadow at Royal Gorge and then climbs up the alpine area at Sugarbowl to the top of the Disney lift. It’s going to be brutal, especially in soft conditions. But Sugarbowl graciously offered lift tickets to the athletes as a part of their inspection of the course, and I -of course- seized the opportunity to show my xc athlete credentials in order to strap on some fatter skis (relatively speaking) for the day, and rip around at a place I’ve never skied before. I did a quick inspection of the cat-track leading up to the top, and then proceeded to “inspect” the other terrain and chairlifts Sugarbowl had to offer.

It started as a foggy and misty day, especially at the higher elevations. Today also happened to be #summitsunday. The  summit photo (above) is of me at the overlooking lake view. Can you see it? Eventually the clouds burned off and it became a beautiful sunny day.
I can’t express how much fun I had skiing today with all the other nordies. I met a bunch of new people too. I’ve gotta say, take a bunch of nordic skiers downhilling and you’ll laugh your butt off at their enthusiasm, questionable ski attire, and unfamiliarity with edges. You can’t look down us too much though, because we shred with so much passion that it makes up for our downhill technique flaws. On the whole you can tell that we’ll can get down the mountain, but it’s rather unpolished and that makes it all the more fun. My only wish was that there was one more rest day between today’s “inspection” and the race day so that more of the athletes could have come skiing all day, instead of being worried about saving their legs for tomorrow. You gotta get the fun while there’s still fun to be had.
-Gus Truck
Music: I’m beginning to forget which songs I’ve shared here. Here are several I’m not sure whether have made an appearance yet.
Calexico’s “Splitter” I like the driving rhythm guitar.
CHVRCHES “The Mother We Share” Turn it up, close your eyes, rock to it. Sorry for the swear.
The Decemberists “Rox in the Box” 1) Girls Skateboarding. 2) The lyrics. I can’t decide if it’s about mining, or sailing, or general hardship, or suicide, or what. but I like it.

The Invasion Has Begun

 

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There are several of the nation’s fastest skiers rolling into town and checking out the trails at Royal Gorge and Auburn Ski Club for the Super Tour Finals. It’s really exciting to see and be a part of, so get out there and enjoy it- and make a new friend or two (turns out, nordic skiers are pretty fun people to be around.)

After skiing at ASC this morning I tried to teach myself a little bit about long-boarding in the parking lot. I’m just learning, but I’ve found the more I play the part of the laid-back California skater dude, the easier the balance is. I was beginning to think myself pretty “steezy“, but then I saw the first 40 seconds of this video.

Music: I’m joining the Alt-J team. I like his delivery (strange, but unique and refreshing).

Peace out guys,

#G-unit

 

Archery Biathlon in Utah

I made a quick trip to Utah on the train on Thursday in order to pick up a new truck, and also to do an archery biathlon the next day at Alta Ski Resort. This was my second ever archery biathlon and I ended up winning the thing!

 

Here are some photos from the adventures.

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Cruising in to the finish after shooting clean on the last lap (4/6 total)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s an awesome photo from Alta’s Community Enrichment program which captures the spirit of this race. Great lycra and lots of fun 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s the new truck, and proof that winter exists in Utah. Snow in SLC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I brought home Wasatch Brewery’s commemoration ale of Alta’s 75th Birthday. Utah breweries do it right.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’ll call it “cloud seeding”, not polluting. Picture from the drive home across the west desert (east of California though)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music: This is my Jam today

-guscle

Sugar Rush

Hey guys,

I just wanted to give a quick thank you to the staff at Royal Gorge(ous) for putting on a very fun and fast race today at the Sugar Rush. The course was “flying” fast, the tracks were firm, and the sun was out. It felt like what spring skiing should be in California: lots of snow, lots of sun. The skiing in the Van Norden Meadow remains excellent, especially in the morning.

 

Here’s a picture from my inverted #summitsunday following the race.

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Music: I love the drums and transitions in this one: The Dø ‘The Wicked and the Blind’

Also, since it’s St. Patty’s Day

 

 

Be Brave. Live.

-Gus