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I do love winter
I do love it when it snows
But plane delays blow

Anyway’s I’m excited to spend the holiday’s with my family and spend some time in Salt Lake City getting ready for Senior Nationals. Here are some photos I’ve collected in the days just before the most recent dumping of snow, so try and imagine 4 more feet of snow in the image.

A nice sunset glow on Castle Peak

The top of Judah at Sugarbowl, could probably use some more snow eh?

Pescado Frito, tasty but maybe more so not under a meter of snow

Why you should join the farm team

Here is a substantial list of reasons a skier should join the farm team. I’m very grateful to be where I am.

 

1. We have a lot of snow before and after most other places in the country have snow. So instead of doing things other than skiing, like roller skiing and running, you will do what you came here to do, SKI!

2. Unlike other places that also get a lot of snow we have 8 hours of daylight on the darkest day of the year to ski in the snow

3. While you are skiing on all that snow in all that daylight, it will be warm. Despite what locals here might say, compared with most other ski towns in the country Truckee is pretty warm. This week was especially cold and I skied in high single digits once.

4. There are two ski areas with each 100+ km of skiing, which makes over distances (and all skiing) awesome

5. Our coaches are not only some of the best I’ve worked with but also some of the nicest people you will ever meet

6. The area has a strong nordic community with a number of generous sponsors who are commited to making you feel at home here and supporting cross country skiing. The amount of support I have received here beyond what was in my contract, from housing to finding a job and making sure I’m fed well, has been amazing.

7. Despite flying a bit under the radar nationally the funding the Farm Team is on par with a majority of clubs in the U.S.

8 There are a ton of junior skiers to workout with, coach, be role models for and silly with. Even though I’m supposed to be the one getting them excited about skiing, I find it often works the other way.

9. The college summer training program Martin Benes runs brings a very solid group here to train each summer.

10. Truckee is a cross training paradise. With good late season/summer snow tons of road and mountain biking, trail running, and of course paddleboarding

11. It doesn’t rain here. It is either sunny or snowing. This season I have trained in the rain a grand total of 2 times, enough said.

12. Despite being at high altitude it is quite feasible to go train at lower altitude with out driving more than an hour. This also feels really good.

13. The Far West regions is one of the smaller ones in the U.S. and despite being a small region there are a lot of big name reps. This is a great combination to get equipment support.

14. California has awesome produce and really good Mexican food.

15. Being a ski bum (as that is what most people not familiar with professional cross country racing call it) is a completely acceptable lifestyle here.

16. All of your friends back home will be jealous of your rad tan and ripped body from all the pushups you will do.

17. Ski areas here are committed to hosting big races. Tahoe Donner XC’s interest and support is the reason Supertour Finals are here this April and Auburn Ski Club is as consistent a host for Junior Nationals as any other area.

18. On your days off, that other kind of skiing is pretty good here. Pictured here is fellow Farmer Noah thoroughly enjoying a typical day here.

19. It is beautiful here. Photo from Auburn Ski Club a few days ago.

20. Let’s be honest do you really need any more. . . Okay fine. There is a pretty cool lake near by. I hear it’s fairly large, blue, and beautiful. If big lakes aren’t your thing there are a lot of other smaller ones that make for great swimming all summer long.

I’ll post a list of why you shouldn’t join the farm team once I come up with a few reasons. . .

Familiar Faces in Canadian Worldcups

The next two weekends there are cross country world cups here in North America, Quebec the 7th and 8th and Canmore the 13th, 15th, and 16th. Having these races on this side of the Atlantic has the added perk of additional athlete spots for the U.S. and Canadian teams. If you weren’t already excited enough, three of these spots have been given to former Truckee locals! Farm team alumni Matt Gelso and Chelsea Holmes, who both now ski with Sun Valley ID, will be racing in the distances races of the Canmore. Truckee local Russel Kennedy will be racing for the Canadians in the sprint races in both Quebec and Canmore. Also the Australians Callum Watson and Paul Kovas who have been training here in the Tahoe area for the last couple months will be at both races.

Results and live timing for these races can be found here:

Quebec: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=31848&cal_suchsector=CC

Canmore: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=31849&cal_suchsector=CC

 

AND you can watch the races live online here: http://www.frombar.tv/c-11.html

Bozeman Update

With two of the the three races in Bozeman down, here’s an update on how things have gone. On a hilly skate course Thursday the women crushed with all three qualifying for the senior heats in a stacked field, Beth 15th, Katrin 21st, and Emily 28th. Also Patrick qualified 2nd for the junior heats and was the 3rd junior boy overall. Times were really tight for both men and women and despite not qualifying for the rounds thursday was a solid step forward from the races in West Yellowstone.

Saturday was a flat classic course were many of the men choose to double pole it on skate skis. In order to rest up and be ready for the classic 15km Sunday I sat out the race and played coach/wax-tech helping ben with testing skis. Conditions were soft and flat favoring skiers who could ski tall and strong. It initially looked like Beth had made the heats, she was even given a bib, but the correction of a previous timing error bumped her back into the most unfortunate position 31. Katrin saved the team by solidly qualifying in the junior women’s heats and ending up 3rd for junior women. Sunday’s classic race is going to be wild. The course is hilly, twisty, and turny, conditions are supposed to be snow/rainy, and there are over a hundred men in the mass start.

If you didn’t already know, ski coaches work really hard. This morning Ben had the wax table set up and was testing top-coats before the sun was up. So thank you all. As good as I think I am at waxing we would be in a lot of trouble without you. Also during my pretend-to-be-a-coach-day I learned some other tidbits about coaching. . .

As fun and useful as Walkie-Talkies are their harnesses are also pretty rad. They make you feel super important and are surprisingly convenient for carrying things.

 

Also ski bags are an excellent place to take a nap.

Sweet Dreams of Skiing

This weekend we have some pretty rad Supertour races in Bozeman. Skate Sprint on Thursday, Classic Sprint Friday, and a Classic Distance Race Sunday!! Race and shenanigans reports to come!

What’s the wax today?

Today I had a interesting experience that made me realize there needs to be more enticing answers to this common question. When approached by the standard master blaster a simple “extra blue” answer may be sufficient, however, when approached by an attractive skier or special someone such a response may be insufficient.

 

The following is a list of potential responses to “What’s the wax today?”

“I’m not sure but I’d love to put you on”

“Well it was extra blue, but once you showed up everything got warmer”

“Oh just some mix of you and me”

“How  abouta base of you with a layer of me on top”

“I’m not sure but I’m feeling a little red”

 

 

 

In other news I took a great nap on the drive from West Yellowstone to Bozeman today.

Mock Sprint

First and foremost, this video is probably the most accurate description of my relationship with sprinting.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnA1Q2JvvJo

In getting read for some the early season sprints at the West Yellowstone and Bozeman Supertours, we ran a mock sprint today at Auburn Ski Club. We managed to put together a pretty good group of guys, with fellow farmers Noah, Gus, and Wyatt, The Aussies, and some local junior skiers. The format went: self timed prelim, then 3 self seeded heats more or less staggered so everyone finished around eachother to make for some good fast pack skiing. I had some binding and proudly pulled up the rear, but it was still a blast and always fun to go fast.

 

Here are some photos: I am also the proud new member of a pair of Far West tights courtesy of Martin