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Archive for January, 2011

Back to Bozeman

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The whole team is back in Bozeman preparing for our home race this weekend.The seven athletes that traveled to nationals are glad to be back skiing on the 25k of snow covered trails at Bohart Ranch. We had some great results at nationals including a win by Ryan Scott in the U23 skate sprint, a 6th place by Jessica Yeaton in the junior women’s 5k skate and a win in the U23 classic sprint by Ase Carlson.
This weekend we are hosting the first RMISA race of the season. On saturday the men will start it off with a 10k skate at 9 am followed by the women’s 5k at 11 am. Sunday’s races will begin at 9:30 am with the women’s 15k mass start classic and conclude with the men’s 20k classic at 11 am. The course is in great shape are we are looking forward to a great showing at our home race. Look for results and pictures of the race here this weekend.

-Pat Madden

Ryan Scott on his way to the U23 victory. Photo by Carl Smith.

Bobcats in Rumford Dub

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Check out the video of the MSU bobcats’ escapades at the 2011 Senior Nationals in Rumford, Maine

2011 Bobcats in Rumford Dub

Video by: Ben Westesen

Christmas Break in the Last Frontier

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The first weekend back for Christmas break had many of the Alaskan crew from the MSU Nordic team racing in the first two Besh cups, held in Chugiak and Anchorage. Many of the Bobcats had decent races and placed well against the other collegiate racers. It is highly recommended to never use your warm-up skis in a classic race. Especially when your race skis have been waxed very nicely, let’s just say I won’t be  making that mistake again any time soon.

After Christmas while many were prepping themselves for Nationals, I headed 90 minutes North of Anchorage to Hatcher Pass with fellow collegiate skier Cole Talbot (UVM), his brother Silas (2011-2012 Dartmouth freshman), and friend Dakota to complete an Avalanche safety course. Hatacher Pass is the destination for many Nordic skiers in Alaska for early on-snow training. This was my first trip to Hatcher Pass in January. Mother Nature graced us with three days of nice weather and relatively warm temps. The first two days of the course focused on rescue techniques and snow stability. Our last day of the course focused on terrain, we got the opportunity to use our knowledge from the two previous days to  pick a safe peak to hike up and ski down. During my avalanche course many of my fellow MSU teammates headed to Rumford Maine to Senior Nationals.

I spent a relaxing New Year’s at my cabin with my parents, fellow MSUer Heidi Rogers, and family friend Laura Gardner. We went on several nice long skis to welcome in the New Year.

~By: Rachelle Kanady