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Methow Valley Nordic Hosting Online Auction Fundraiser

The Methow Valley Nordic Team is launching an online auction fundraiser on Nov. 20.

The Methow Valley Nordic Team is launching an online auction fundraiser Nov. 20-29.

(Press release)

The Methow Valley Nordic Team in Winthrop, Wash., is gearing up for the upcoming ski season with an online auction fundraiser.  Methow Valley Nordic Team started over 25 years ago and continues to develop kids who love to Nordic ski. Famous alumni include Sadie and Erik Bjornsen and Brian Gregg.

With over 100 kids signed up for this year’s program and snow in the hills, Methow Valley Nordic Team is off to a strong start for the 2015-16 ski season! Dryland training for the Team has been taking place throughout November and a crew of skiers will head to Silver Star, B.C., for our annual Thanksgiving training camp.  Competitions will begin in mid-December with some skiers focusing on qualifying for Junior Nationals to be held in Cable, Wis., in March and others aiming towards Biathlon trials in December where they hope to qualify for international biathlon races.  Many other MVNT members will work on furthering their skiing skills and enjoying the snow.

Methow Valley Nordic Team annual online auction opens for bidding on Friday, Nov. 20 and will close on the 29th.  The auction is at  Items range from “Ski Dreams” with athletes to clothing to packages.  With something for everyone, this is a good way to kick off holiday shopping!

Skiing Before Opening Day at Sovereign Lake (FS Report)

VERNON, British Columbia — Sovereign Lake and Silver Star are not officially opening until Nov. 12, but that hasn’t stopped local skiers from getting on snow in the provincial park. Reports of skiable snow began to trickle in on Oct. 26.  When FasterSkier arrived at Sovereign Lake on Saturday, Nov. 7 to investigate, about 25 kilometres of trail within the park was rolled and reasonable for classic skiing.  Intermittent snowfall during the day and another 10 cm overnight allowed the groomers to start serious work preparing the race trails for the NorAm races in December. The early season trail work is focussed on building a base and preserving the snowpack.   Until opening day, set tracks and smooth skating lanes are a rarity.  Despite the marginal early season conditions and closed day lodge, there were at least 50 skiers out each weekend morning. — Gerry Furseth

West Yellowstone Grooming Update

West Yellowstone – Rendezvous Ski Trails – 11/5/2015 Grooming Report (Press release) Those who have been missing the fluffy, white snow of winter are smiling this week. The 8+ inches of heavy, wet snow received earlier in the week is setting up a great base for early season skiing on the Rendezvous Ski Trails in West Yellowstone, Montana. Trails groomed: Rendezvous, Biathlon Range, Deja View, both Sprint Loops, Drewski, Jerry’s and the Doodle. Almost all trails have classic and skate. Some trails may still be a little soft in the center, but most of the classic looks very good. Early season conditions, so ski with care. More snow is the forecast for the coming week, with continued cool temperatures to hold the base. Only two weeks until the Annual West Yellowstone Ski Festival, and things are looking bright! For current trail conditions visit or follow us on Facebook and…

Snow Touches Down in West Yellowstone

It snowed in West Yellowstone on Friday, and according to West Yellowstone Chamber Marketing Director Wendy Swenson, more was in the forecast. West Yellowstone, Mont., is home to the annual Yellowstone Ski Festival, which officially kicks off the nordic racing season in the U.S. This year, the event will take place Nov. 24-28. Send your early season snow photos to Please include when and where the photo was taken, and whom it should be credited to.

Havlick, Caitlin Gregg Top USST Mini Tour in Park City

Miles Havlick of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) and Caitlin Gregg (U.S. Ski Team/Team Gregg) finished ahead of the pack Tuesday in the final pursuit of a three-day mini tour, hosted by the U.S. Ski Team (USST) at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. By winning the freestyle pursuits (approximately 9 kilometers for the women and 14 k for the men), Havlick and Gregg claimed the unofficial mini-tour titles. The USST was willing to publicize the top-three finishers for each event: Gregg, a 34-year-old USST rookie, placed first overall among the women, followed by Sophie Caldwell in second and Jessie Diggins in third. Both Caldwell and Diggins are teammates on the USST and Stratton Mountain School (SMS) T2 Team. Havlick, 25, beat out Simi Hamilton (USST/SMST2), who was second overall, and Brian Gregg (Team Gregg), who placed third. In addition to winning the freestyle pursuit, Havlick won Monday’s 15 k classic mass start and…

Valjas, Nishikawa Win Frozen Thunder Classic Sprint

(Press release) The 2015/16 race season got underway on Monday with the WinSport Frozen Thunder classic sprint race at the Canmore Nordic Centre in Canmore, Alberta. It will be a historic season for Canadian skiing, featuring Ski Tour Canada 2016, a series of 8 World Cup ski races that will finish in Canmore on March 12. The Frozen Thunder course is made up of snow preserved from the previous season with the addition of natural and artificial snow when available. This season’s course is a little shorter than in the past at 1 kilometer, due to warmer temperatures last year that limited artificial snow production. Many of Canada’s top racers were in attendance for the races that were held at temperatures just a bit above 0 degrees Celsius. The event began with an individual time trial that seeded the athletes for the “Kings Court” heats that followed to determine final position.  The “Kings Court” format ensures…

CCC Names Pierre Lafontaine as New CEO

  (Press release) CANMORE, Alberta — From the lanes in the pool to making his tracks on the Nordic ski trails, medal-winning sport leader Pierre Lafontaine will take over December 1 as Cross Country Ski de Fond Canada’s (CCC) new Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors announced on Monday. One of Canada’s most distinguished sport leaders, Lafontaine brings a wealth of international experience with him to the cross-country skiing community, having served as CEO and national coach of Swimming Canada from 2005-13, followed by two years as CEO of Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Lafontaine has achieved success working in all levels of the sport system across Canada, the United States and Australia – from national team athletes to youngsters getting introduced to the sport at the club level. Prior to taking the reigns of swimming in Canada, Lafontaine spent three years as head coach of the Australian Institute of Sport. “CCC…

Women’s Ski Jumping USA to Expand Relationship with USSA

(Press release) PARK CITY, Utah (September 21, 2015) – Women’s Ski Jumping USA (WSJ-USA) is pleased to announce an expanded relationship with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Beginning on October 1, 2015, USSA will assume responsibility for coaching and other operations affecting the women’s ski jumping program. “The best direction for WSJ-USA is one that best serves the athletes,” said Peter Jerome, interim President of Women’s Ski Jumping USA. “I am pleased that USSA will be taking responsibility for the national women’s ski jumping program, including the employment and contracting of our two national team coaches, Alan Alborn and Vasja Bajc, and our partnership with UOP for our development coach, Lindsey Van. WSJ-USA will focus our organizational efforts on cultivating and supporting development programs and athletes―with an emphasis on the successful Fly Girls development program. This expanded partnership is a clear win for both organizations and will increase…

Park City Nordic Receives Multiple USSA Distinctions

  Utah Olympic Park Sport Club Park City Nordic Ski Club awarded 2015 USSA Club of the Year and 2015 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year; Both FLY Freestyle and Park City Nordic Ski Club receive USSA Gold Certification (Press release) PARK CITY, Utah (May 18, 2015) – Utah Olympic Park Sport Clubs celebrates a week of exciting announcements. Park City Nordic Ski Club (PCNSC) was awarded 2015 USSA Club of the Year and 2015 Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined Club of the Year on Friday, May 15 at the annual USSA Club Excellence Conference Chairman’s Awards Dinner. During the same conference, FLY Freestyle and PCNSC also received Gold Club certification from the U. S. Ski and Snowboard Association. PCNSC was selected as 2015 Club of the Year from a list of 430 clubs across 30 states and all disciplines. USSA has been presenting the Club of the Year award since…

Sovereign Lake Spring Fling: May 15 to 18

  The Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre in the southern interior of British Columbia is changing it up for 2015, with significant changes to the traditional May snow camp week. New for this year’s Spring Fling Ski Weekend from May 15-18 is a ‘casual’ sprint race, similar to the Canmore’s Frozen Thunder sprint last year where everyone gets three heats. Also new is the requirement that skiers register by May 10 at Zone4.  If the weather or an insufficient number of registrations forces the club to cancel, fees will automatically be refunded. FasterSkier went to inspect the trail conditions on April 25.  The skiing was great in fresh falling snow during the morning, but accumulating snow made for a more challenging afternoon.  It was a hard wax day for classic, but at the warmer end of the wax box. If you are feeling the urge to get some snow time to kick off the new training year…