May 21st, 2013
Between City Creek and the City, lies a ridge that is home to the Wasatch Steeple Chase. The week started in the 90s so when Friday’s clouds and the temps in the 50s rolled in, the time seemed right to head back to the open ridge. As the morning moved along the clouds lowered onto the higher peaks to the south and by evening the rain brought out the green.
Skied an early sunrise accompanied by a few clouds, crunchy snow, and a grand old lightning scorched Limber Pine. Wasatch Mountains.
Grand views and sun-cupped snow skiing along the moraine and among glacial polished bedrock and eratics.No comments
May 13th, 2013
Okay, so the skiers slept in a little. One stayed asleep in the car, never touching the snow. The sun-cupped snow would swallow your skinny race baskets when used for forward propulsion, and still, not a day to miss out in the mountains. The record breaking heat in the valley and no freeze over night didn’t change the always stunning scenery and the ski was followed with ebelskivers at the cabin.No comments
April 17th, 2013
Running. Running the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Simple. A tribute…
…A tribute to all involved and specially to Rosie who had started home when she recieved a text from a blast injured friend. Her story through another:
April 18, 2013; “Rosie spent the night here last night and I got to hear the story.
When Rosie got to Copley Sq, she willfully ignored the commands of the police to leave the scene, and went into the center of the fray where she found her competitor friend sitting in a pool of blood with a large piece of shrapnel protruding from her leg. Rosie was shocked and angered to find that no one helping her. The EMTs were dealing with the most severely wounded, and everyone else who could help had fled when the bombs went off, or was ordered away. There were numerous other injured people on the ground, also without help. Rosie sized up the situation and, supporting her friend, walked/limped away from the scene, hailed a cab, and went to Mass General Hospital. She gave the driver a $40 tip to cover the cost of cleaning his cab (blood). They are both (Rosie and friend) doing better. Friend is still hospitalized.
Rosie has nerves of steel, but she smiled sweetly when I told her about the T-shirt idea.” (to say, “Everyone needs a friend like Rosie”)
March 18th, 2013
The Fairbanks, Birch Hill Junior National Championships continued with skate sprint racing on Thursday and classic distance racing on Saturday. Mornings were well below zero but warming to the mid-tens on Thursday and low twentys on Saturday making for cold slow snow in the morning and faster afternoons. Thursday’s sprint racing continued into the early evening. Watch some hot junior skiing with photo finishes, crashes, and beautiful cold sunshine.
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March 12th, 2013
After a year of qualifying races, Junior National Championships began yesterday at the spectacular Birch Hill venue at Fairbanks, Alaska. Cool sunshine switches to cold as the inversion in town drops temperatures to -31F in the valleys and hopefully warmer here on the hill. Intermountain team videos will continue to amass at this blog throughout the week. Internet has been spotty (okay, there are 400 skiers relaxing online) so keep checking back.
February 25th, 2013
The cold-front blizzard roared in from behind just as the skiers of the adult waves lined up for 20km. Watch this year’s video of the finale of five races or watch last year’s as there are difficult to tell apart, the conditions being so similar. The track went from hard and fast during warm-up to shearing-off with the three inches of new snow. A few corners were missed as blinded skiers skidded onto the ice-pond at the bottom of the hills, yet everyone found thier way back. Another great year of racing thanks to the skiers, the race organizers and crew, sponsors, and The Utah Nordic Alliance.
February 11th, 2013
Watch “the race that didn’t happen and the one that did instead.” The 5-9 inches of snow in the forecast over the top of a week of icy skiing, never fell. 5mm was closer so dust-on-crust greeted the powder hungry skiers and many wax, klister, and wax over klister combinations were tried. Most of them worked until they were ground off …and the course skied rather well – thanks to the groomers! Yes, the crash is in here.
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February 3rd, 2013
On another dazzling week-end Soldier Hollow and The Utah Nordic Alliance hosted five USSA division JNQs and the Wyoming State Championships. In addition to Intermountain, the Rocky Mountain, Far West, Pacific North West, and High Plains divisions brought over 650 junior skiers together. Although the skiers raced together and podiumed as a western US National championship, each division scored their own skiers for points toward qualifying for Junior Nationals in Fairbanks, Alaska. The sprint qualifier videos are here as are the distance races. The J6-J3 and the sprint heats will show-up this week too. Keep checking back.
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January 31st, 2013
Morgan Smyth and Matt Johnson brought their teams together for a 40 person, double wave start, team relay. Team Soldier Hollow and TUNA raced the Mountain Dell track for a 3X2 person relay race as the week’s storm cleared. Watch highlights of J6 through OJ skiers competing head-to-head in the best little race ever!
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January 21st, 2013
Jeremy Teela slid in just ahead of Demong for another exciting finish to a Wasatch Citizens’ race at Soldier Hollow, Utah. The beautifuly groomed track emerged from the fog as the junior racers chased each other around either a one km or a three km loop. By the time the waves of adults hit the start, the sun was warming the morning-cold track taking the squeak out of the snow and speeding up the skis.