Thursday, February 11, 2016


The team's been hard at work.  They went off to Fairbanks for some racing last weekend.  I wasn't able to make it to that one.  I heard reports of improvements in our racing form and some encouraging results. This week we continue our work toward finding championship form - NCAA's is less than a month away.

Here's Andrew and Skippy at Kincaid
Etienne in our glide-out trial to test downhill skills

Anchorage is on track to have our worst winter in history.  We're glad there's snowmaking at Kincaid.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In Alaska

When I go on the road with the team, it means that when I get back to Alaska I need to go on the road some more - to catch up with my responsibilities around here. So while the team has been getting some training and some schoolwork done, I haven't been able to see much of them because I've been spending most of my time flying around Alaska.

I did make it to one day of training.  We did some sprints at Kincaid.
More Kincaid sprints
We skied at Turnagain Pass over the weekend. The Girdwood Nordic Ski Club had groomed a 3km skating trail, and everybody was there.  Thanks Deb, Pete, and the rest of the Girdwood Nordic Ski Club!
The crust skiing came a little early this year.
Usually we don't get crust skiing at Turnagain until April or May.
Most of my time this past week has been spent in airplanes over Alaska...
...and in places like St. Paul Island, in the Bering Sea.
At larger airports, the de-icing process involves a large tanker truck that hoses down the plane with anti-freeze...
...but on St. Paul Island, it's done with a push broom...
...and a little hand-pump spray bottle.
It takes a long time.  This process took about an hour, and by the time it was over, the job needed to be re-done because it had taken too long and the de-icer was no longer effective. After a couple hours of de-icing, we made it out.  Almost had to stay for the night in St. Paul and wait for better weather to try again.  Actually, I think this is the first time I have NOT gotten stuck in bad weather in St. Paul.

This weekend, the team goes to Fairbanks for some racing (Besh Cup) while I go to California for a few days of alpine skiing.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Steamboat Day 2

Today was the day for mass-start classic skiing. Results are at in case you're interested.

Etienne was feeling a little under the weather, but that didn't stop him from leading the field out of the start.
50 meters later.  Etienne still leading it...
Toomas getting refreshments from Sara
Calvin Von Deuling
The women's start.  Mack in the mix.
Mack in the refreshment zone
Skippy hoping for a drink
Mackenzie. Second lap.
In the afternoon, I went up to the hill to catch a little GS.  Here's Maria Gudmundsdottir.
Chuck .
Chuck.  Seventh place today.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Giant Slalom

We raced this morning. Skating. Individual start. Mackenzie was sixth.  Her best race so far this year. She continues to improve as the season progresses. I was tasked with taking video for technique analysis, so I didn't really get a chance to take any pictures.  But I did take one picture.  Here it is:
It's Etienne, looking bushed after a day in the tracks.
In the afternoon, the alpiners were racing their second run of giant slalom at Mt. Werner.  I went over and checked it out.
Chuck (again)  She was 12th today
Sean.  He was fifth today.  Or fourth.  Or seventh... I wasn't really clear about what Sean was trying to tell me.  "...Fourth in NCAA qualifying... but fifth in college... but seventh overall."  You figure it out.
Annamal and Sparky after a long day in plastic shoes
Back in Nordicland, it was all about waxing skis for tomorrow's mass-start classic races.