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AK Weekend Showdown

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Just this last weekend, I got to be a part of what was probably the most competitive set of races that has happened in Alaska since US Nationals. It was a really awesome weekend; UAF, UAA and APU teams all battled it out in a really fun event. Unfortunately, the FIS Mini Tour that was supped to happen in Fairbanks had to be re-located to Anchorage due to the first cold-snap of the year. However, everyone was really flexible and we all just ran it at Hillside. The weekend had a great atmosphere to it, and the skiing was superb.

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Mark Iverson showed everybody that he is the guy to beat in AK right now, taking convincing wins on both days. Yeah Sparky!!

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It was really nice to get out there and throw down in a race environment and blow all the junk out of the engine. I was fairly happy with how the weekend went for me, although those first real race efforts are always just brutal.

Myself and Ludwig Schott climbing

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It was awesome to have my brother down here, and I managed to hold him off for two more races. He is flying though… let’s just say, I’m glad I’m not still a junior!

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Becca Rorabaugh won the classic day, which was a super-fast 5k for both men and women.

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I thought that the coolest part about the weekend was just getting all the best college and elite skiers together from all over Alaska, on our own accord, and going for it. The competition was fierce; I figured out that in the men’s field, we had at least 7 guys who have been top-10 at US Nationals. Not to mention a bunch of fast Europeans and Callum Watson, the Aussie World Cup skier.

Callum and T-Korn

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It was a great weekend, and I would like to give a big thanks to Scott Jerome, Andrew Kastnings, and Erik Flora for putting it all together. Hope we can do it again soon!

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And now, on to West Yellowstone and the SuperTours. Stay tuned for more updates!

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THANKS to Bob Arnold for all the photos in this post!!!

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Jump Sesh

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

It has been snowing pretty much non-stop here in Anchorage for almost a week now, which has made the skiing basically perfect and the jumping conditions pretty dang good. Erik Bjornsen and I went out onto some of the ski trails around campus and set up a little jump to hit. It was pretty fun, but we are definitely always on the lookout for bigger and better spots.

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Myself, jumping off into the dark.

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Erik sending it.

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Im trying to bring "Hot Dogging" back...

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Erik just cant help but show some skin.

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Everyone is getting stoked for the FIS Mini-Tour in Fairbanks next week. Its gonna be a deep, fast field, and should be a TON of fun. Hope you see a lot of you there!

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Ski Sprinting in the Diagonal Style

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

This is going to be a very quick blog post.

Two pictures from this morning’s sprint workout in town. Thats it.

The ladies A heat taking it out of the gate.

The guys heat of 8 heading out onto the course.

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There, I told you that would be quick didn’t I?  🙂

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Its Here

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

We are now one week into November, which is a little bit scary. First of all, it means that the racing season is basically here. The skiing is super good all over Alaska, and we are headed up to the Fairbanks Tour de Ski next week, which are the first FIS races in North America.

After that, it’s off to West Yellowstone and Bozeman for the SuperTours, and then SilverStar for the NorAms, and then Rumford for Nationals. It’s pretty exciting to be on the verge of so much racing, but it also is a little bit intimidating in some ways. A lot of us have some pretty big goals for the season, but it is a little crazy to think about managing to achieve some of these goals. We want to make teams and qualify for big races, but what happens if we actually do? I know a lot of my peers that are extremely fast, hardworking skiers, and aren’t able to take advantage of the opportunities that they are earning because of lack of funding. I myself am concerned with being able to pay for the trip to Under23 World Champs if I make it. Heck, even friends on the US Ski Team aren’t able to go to big races because they can’t afford it. The problem reaches any young ski racer with international goals.

SOLUTION:

This is a cool concept brought to life by the guys at NNF, and it would be sweet to have people join in on the 15th. That is one week from now!

If you are interested, contact Pete or Matt at those email addresses above. Thank you very much for helping out!

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In other, much more light-hearted news, the skiing in Alaska in just unreal right now. It has been dumping here in Anchorage, I guess they have good, deep tracks up in Fairbanks right now. Last weekend we actually had to postpone a time-trial because it was too deep!

Before the big storm, we skied at Hatcher’s a lot.

Here, Aussie World Cup racer Callum Watson and I being stoked on the trails!

Now, there is perfect skiing in town. Kincaid, Hillside, and all the ski trails through the city have all been groomed up real nice.

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One more week, and training is done. Racing begins. And so it goes…

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Fairbanks… JUMP VIDEO and Camp!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

First off, I am super excited to say that MY NEW WEBSITE is finally up and going. I’ve been working on this thing for a little while, so it’s nice to have it finally out there on the interwebs! Check it out!

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Besides that little tidbit, I spent the last 5 days up in Fairbanks… skiing. It was awesome. The thing that makes Fairbanks so unique is that the skiing is very, very good with only an inch of snow. They had the entire 30k groomed, and it was so sweet to be putting in 70-80k a day on good trails. A big group of the APU team went up there to train and help out with the First Tracks Ski Camp.

We skied a ton, which included Erik, Pete and I sessioning the legendary Black Cross jump, which is smack in the middle of the FIS-homologation-pending race course!! John Estle, if you read this, don’t ever take that out! Its gotta be my favorite 50 feet of trail in the world!

JUMP VIDEO:

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The high-school camp was AWESOME!!

The idea was to get a ton of Alaska’s best high-school skiers together for a big pre-season training-camp kick-off, and it went beyond what we expected. The skiing and coaching was of course world class, and there was a ton of swag and fun stuff going on for the skiers, like a Halloween dance and crazy food smorgasbords.

They all had a great time training and chilling with other like minded kids, and everyone was just stoked to be able to ski so much.

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We did a team sprint time trial, which reminded me how painful those things are:

Everyone is super pumped for the camp next year… Its going to be bigger and crazier yet!

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