November 30th, 2010
This past Saturday the APU Nordic Ski Center conducted a ski-a-thon. No bibs, no money, just a bunch of skiers of all ages who wanted to see how many kilometers we could do individually and as a group.
Our route was the 5k Spencer Loop in Anchorage, which opens with a 1k hill, that allegedly, exceeds FIS limits for climbing on a 5k loop. The trail then heads over a few more hills to finish it off. So all the km skied were well earned and earned is soft new snow. Everyone relished the chance not only to put in a good solid session of skiing but also to achieve our goal of 500 km as a program in a two hour time limit. Why 500km? Because that’s about what the APU Elite Team could do in a typical 2 hour session. We blew right through the 500 km mark and finished with 900 km!
Community is so important. It is through community we make skiing a part of our lives, we make it culture.
A break down by sub-group:
- 23 Master skiers completed 355 km in 2 hours. Most skied by two Masters: 25 km!
- 18 Junior skiers completed 330 km in 2 hours. Most skied by a single Junior: 30 km!
- 14 Devo (junior development) completed 215 km in 90 min. Most skied by 4 Devos: 20km!
- 55 skiers through 900 km on tough trail!
- Over 70,000 vertical feet climbed