December 7th, 2013
The Sovereign Lakes NorAm 10 and 15 kilometre individual start freestyle races went off today in Vernon, British Columbia. Race starts were preemptively moved back to 11 AM due to forecasted cold temperatures. The decision was made this morning to cancel the races for the younger skiers and delay the start of the open category races until noon.
Brian Gregg (Team Gregg), fresh off a podium finish in last week’s West Yellowstone SuperTour, took the win for the men in 41:03. Matt Liebsch (XC United)and Graham Nishikawa (Canadian National Team) were close behind at 41:06 and 41:07, respectively, making for a tight race.
On the women’s side, Heidi Widmer (Alberta World Cup Team and National Team) skied to a commanding win in the 10 k freestyle in 33:14. Team Ninja had a very strong day, as members Amanda Ammar (33:41) and Zoe Roy (33:54) rounded out the podium in 2nd and 3rd place.
Sunday’s schedule has changed as well. The Open categories will do sprint qualification at 10:00, followed by the younger categories distance races (moved from Saturday), and then the Open sprint heats will be the final event of the day, weather permitting.
December 7th, 2013
After frigid temperatures pushed the Bozeman SuperTour classic sprint back three hours to noon on Saturday, race organizers ultimately decided to cancel the races at Bohart Ranch with temperatures around -18 degrees Fahrenheit just before noon.
For more information, visit the event website.
November 30th, 2013
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — Fueled by Caitlin Gregg‘s victory in the SuperTour-opening skate sprint on Friday, Team Gregg tallied two more podiums on Saturday. Caitlin won the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle individual start by more than a minute and 20 seconds, and her husband Brian took second to Norwegian Mads Strøm (University of Colorado) in the men’s 15 k.
Caitlin completed two loops of the 5 k course in 25:45.6 minutes, 1:21.4 faster than Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project). Kate Fitzgerald (Alaska Pacific University) took third (+1:45.8), Sylvia Nordskar (University of Denver) was fourth, and Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School T2 Team) finished fifth.
A freshman skier at Colorado, Strøm won the men’s three-lap race in 34:22.9. Brian Gregg was 14.1 seconds back in second, and Sylvan Ellefson (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/Team HomeGrown) placed third (+20.0). Matt Liebsch (XC United) finished fourth (+30.8), another Norwegian CU student, and Rune Ødegaard finished fifth.2 comments
November 29th, 2013
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — Caitlin Gregg, newly of Madshus Racing and Team Gregg, dominated one heat after another (plus the qualifier) on Friday, ultimately winning the SuperTour 1.3-kilometer freestyle sprint by a comfortable margin. In the first race of the 2013/2014 SuperTour season, Gregg topped Jennie Bender (Bridger Sk Foundation), who skied to second, and Becca Rorabaugh (Alaska Pacific University), who placed third in the final.
Rounding out the women’s final, Erika Flowers (Stratton Mountain School T2) took fourth, Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Green Racing Project) was fifth, and Andrea Lee (University of New Mexico) was sixth.
In the men’s final, Emil Johansson of Sweden’s IK Jarl Rattvik — who’s currently studying at the University of Colorado — pulled off an upset, skiing away from the field and winning by several meters. Reese Hanneman (Alaska Pacific University) and Ryan Scott (Ski & Snowboard Club Vail/Team HomeGrown) duked it out for second, with Hanneman edging Scott by a boot. Scott, the qualifier winner by six-tenths of a second over teammate Sylvan Ellefson, won his quarterfinal and semifinal as well leading up to the final.
Following Scott, Pierre Guedon (University of Denver) placed fourth, Sam Naney (Methow Olympic Development) was fifth, and Dmitriy Ozerskiy (CXC) sixth.No comments
November 29th, 2013
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — Caitlin Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus) came out with a serious fire on Friday morning, posting the fastest qualifying time of 2:55.52 in the women’s 1.3-kilometer skate sprint at the SuperTour opener in West Yellowstone. Unofficially, Gregg won the preliminary round by 2.18 seconds over Becca Rorabaugh (APU), who ranked second, and Anika Miller (Montana State University), who was 2.46 seconds behind in third.
In the men’s 1.3 k skate sprint, Ryan Scott (SSCV/Team HomeGrown) won the qualifier in 2:27.14, edging teammate Sylvan Ellefson by 0.62 seconds. Scott won the SuperTour freestyle prologue in West Yellowstone last year.
After Ellefson in second, Sam Naney (Methow Olympic Development) was third, 2.72 seconds behind Scott.
Women’s qualifier top 10
1. Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus)
2. Rorabaugh (APU)
3. Miller (MSU)
4. Patterson (CGRP)
5. Kemp (SVSEF)
6. Flowers (SMST2)
7. Guiney (CGRP)
8. Bender (BSF)
9. Pokorny (SMST2)
10. McDermott (independent)
Also: 11. Kate Fitzgerald (APU); 15. Hajkova (CU); 20. Fritz (APU)
Men’s qualifier top 10
1. Scott (SSCV/Team HomeGrown)
2. Ellefson (SSCV/Team HomeGrown)
3. Naney (MOD)
4. Davis (SMST2)
5. Guedon (DU)
6. Ozerskiy (CXC)
8. Vermeer (CGRP)
9. McCrerey (DU)
10. Packer (SMST2)
10. Gelso (SVSEF)
Also: 12. Havlik (SVSEF); 14. Saxton (SMS); 15. Ødegaard (CU); 16. Bjornsen (APU/USST); 19. Schulz (CGRP); 20. Deline (SSCV/Team HomeGrown); 21. Hanneman (APU); 23. Kling (APU); 25. Resaland (University of New Mexico); 26. Gregg (Team Gregg/Madshus); 28. Wolcott (CXC); 29. Knight (Atomic); 30. O’Brien (CGRP)No comments
November 28th, 2013
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — Hundreds of skiers were all smiles during their various Thanksgiving-Day jaunts along the Rendezvous Ski Trails on Thursday morning. Chief trail-pass enforcer Thor Godar said this was one of the happiest years on record among Yellowstone Ski Festival skiers.
He estimated the “grumpy” rate was as low as 3 percent.
Temperatures reached the mid-30s by early afternoon, when several skiers left the trails to enjoy other Thanksgiving festivities and rest up for the SuperTour freestyle sprint on Friday. Check out the start list here.
Cooped up at home and wishing you were skiing? Live vicariously through the following video from the Rendezvous Loop (not GoPro quality, we apologize).
And one of the eastern journey to West Yellowstone from Far West’s Skyler Mullings.No comments
November 27th, 2013
WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. — The U.S. SuperTour season officially opens on Friday with the men’s and women’s 1.3-kilometer freestyle sprints at the Rendezvous Ski Trails. Qualifiers begin at 9 a.m. Mountain Time, and senior heats are scheduled to start at 11:50 a.m.
Friday’s 1.3 k freestyle sprint schedule:
- 9 a.m. Qualifier
- 11:15 a.m. Adaptive heats
- 11:30 a.m. Junior (U20) B & A finals
- 11:50 a.m. Women’s quarterfinals
- 12:15 p.m. Men’s quarterfinals
- 12:40 p.m. Women’s semifinals
- 12:50 p.m. Men’s semifinals
- 1:05 p.m. Women’s final (no B-final)
- 1:15 p.m. Men’s final (no B-final)
Contenders: At least 65 females and 125 males, based on preliminary entries.
Seeding: Ranked based on FIS points first, then USSA points
Start order: Randomized; should be posted online Thursday at noon Mountain Time.
Saturday: 10 and 15 k freestyle individual starts, beginning at 10 a.m.
Course: Homologated 5 k loop (including parts of Deja View, Doug’s Doodle, Sheppard’s Shortcut, Tele Hill) | Start/finish
November 22nd, 2013
There’s snow in West Yellowstone, and it’s looking good. Real good, based on a photo sent by West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation (WYSEF) Program Director Moira Dow.
Freeheel & Wheel owners Melissa Alder and Kelli Sanders took the following shot during a Thursday morning ski on the Rendezvous Ski Trails:
November 8th, 2013
The Alaska Pacific University (APU) Elite men and women recently tested their engines on Hatcher Pass some 3,800 feet above sea level and about an hour and a half drive from Anchorage, Alaska. According to head coach Erik Flora, the crew arrived bright and early Tuesday to take advantage of superior conditions.
“Skiing at Hatcher Pass was near perfect, with hard wax conditions and beautiful tracks,” Flora wrote in an email. “We used a course with a long 65 meter climb in prep for this winter’s championship courses in Sochi and Val di Fiemme. Hatcher Pass is one of my favorite courses for early winter training.”
Because of the nature of the classic time trial as a training indicator, Flora did not publicize the results. They time trial at Hatcher Pass between two and five times year, and have two more time trials left this fall.
“The terrain and close proximity to Anchorage make it super good for training,” he wrote.
FasterSkier’s veteran contributor, Nat Herz was on site early Tuesday morning and caught the men’s team in action.
November 6th, 2013
About two and a half weeks out from the West Yellowstone Ski Festival, a positive report from West Yellowstone Ski Education Foundation (WYSEF) program director Moira Dow:
“The first pass with the roller happened Monday (11/4) and Doug caught this photo with the sun shining in between snow showers,” Dow wrote in an email. ”There are over 6″ on the ground in town and on the trails. SnoTel is reporting over 38″ on the Black Bear Plateau, 17″ on the Madison Plateau, and 9″ on the Whiskey Trail. NOAA is predicting snow for the rest of the week and into next. With the current temperature of 18 degrees F, this snow isn’t likely to go away any time soon.”