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Cheapest Way to get Sweet Stuff

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Have you ever wanted some German National Team training gear, or Finnish race suits, or stonegrinding packages, or World Championships bibs, or Marwe rollerskis, and all kinds of other sweet stuff for way less than their market value? Well now you can get it.

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The APU Nordic Ski Center is hosting an online auction where anyone, anywhere, can purchase some really cool stuff, with all of the money helping to offset the skier’s travel/racing costs. There is a huge array of items, from sporting gear to clothes to household items and art. Check it out!

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http://www.32auctions.com/organizations/1532/auctions/1663

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I think I might have to go buy some stuff myself, its all such a good deal!

Spring Recap

Monday, May 16th, 2011
The last month or two here in Alaska have been filled with so many different things, and I have tried to blog about a few of them during that time. However, I only mentioned a few, so here is a super-brief recap of my spring.
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As soon as we all got back from Sun Valley, the backcountry skiing was crazy good. We had some insanely nice weather, which made it so fun to get out in the mountains. There were some huge groups getting together and earning turns, and there were a lot of good times.

Bootpacking, with a tiny bit of the Chugach behind me

Skinning up with Lars and company - (photo credit - Charlie Renfro)

At the top of Pastoral Peak

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As sweet as the backcountry is, two or three 5hr skinning days a week will make you pretty tired. And with the sun and snow that we were having, there was no way I was going to just lay on the couch, so I put in a ton days at Alyeska. Since I spend basically every day of the year going uphill, it can be nice to watch the vertical tick by while standing in the tram or sitting on the lift. And there are no shortage of fun people to shred with. 

Riding the lifts at Alyeska, looking back towards Girdwood and Turnagain Arm

We found nearly every possible air on the the entire mountain, and managed to pull my rib-muscles with some tweaked grabs

Jack and Forrest abiding by the one-piece ski-suit rule: no matter what, always throw spread-eagles

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Once May rolled around, we kept skiing; but of the more familiar, aerobically-oriented variety. The snow in Hatchers Pass has been unreal for cross-country skiing all month, and we have had some great workouts. I got in a nice 2.5 hr skate ski just two days ago on the 13th, but it sounds like the groomers are calling it quits for the season at this point. 

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Nearly the entire APU team has been going up there together and getting in some seriously solid workouts. It’s so nice to start off the years hours on real snow. 

The great big train

Brent digging into some post workout birthday cake

An upper bowl in Hatchers Pass

Although its sad to have done our last road-access on-snow skiing of the year, it will only be a little break. We are going to be firing up a full summer of glacier camps starting in the first week of June, which should be sweet. Until then, we will unfortunately have to dust off the rollerskis.

Start-Up Camp: Video!!

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

This week kicked off the training year for the APU crew. It was so sweet to get the whole group together for training sessions everyday again, and we started off with a solid week of distance and intensity.

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While we used a wide assortment of different workout methods, by far everyone’s favorite was skiing. Yes, thats right, real skiing. The conditions up in Hatcher’s Pass are unreal right now, and Ed Strabel from the Mat-Su Ski Club has been working hard to groom it for us. So on top of some bomb-tastic crust skiing, there is about 6k of groomed trail. It has been so sweet to start off the training year by actually doing the sport that we are training for, instead of having to resort to wheeled contraptions.

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I decided it was definitely worth the effort to make a short video about the skiing, so here it is. All of the footage in this video was shot within the last few days. Check it out!
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Thanks again to Ed for the awesome grooming!!!