Saturday, November 12, 2016


UAA ski team assistant coaches Sara Studebaker-Hall (nordic), left, and Anna Berecz (alpine), right, attend a rally for the skiing programs at UAA and UAF outside the Loussac Library in Midtown Anchorage Thursday. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)

A lot has happened around here in the past couple of days.  There was a whirlwind of activity as members of the Anchorage and Fairbanks ski communities mobilized to show support for NCAA skiing at Alaska's two major universities. Big simultaneous rallies were planned for Thursday evening at the Anchorage Public Library and on the UAF campus. But we got the news just hours before the rallies that the NCAA had essentially dared the university to cut the ski teams and face whatever sanctions and consequences might come of it, precipitating an announcement from President Johnsen that the UAA and UAF ski teams would not be cut after all. Naturally, the UAF and UAA ski teams owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the people who stood up and made their voices heard! 

Loading up the rental rigs at Denver International Airport.
There wasn't much time to celebrate after the rally. The alpine team needed to pack bags for a 4:15am rendezvous the next morning at the sports complex for a flight to Colorado for training camp in Summit County. And the nordic team had an early morning time trial on skis at Hatcher Pass.

It was a little crowded out there today.
The alpine team has agreed to let me haul gates around, slip courses and take video at their camp again this year. There's not much snow around here, but enough for us to get our work done.

At Loveland

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