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Made it up to Canmore a few days ago, and the skiing’s been excellent.  It was a little tough to leave Sun Valley right after we got 6 inches of snow ourselves, but without a base, it wasn’t going to last too long.  We’re feeling really fortunate to be on such good snow this early in the season.  The crew up here has done an amazing  job laying down a fairly wide 2km track on some really solid terrain.  They’re making snow like mad too, so hopefully another trail or two will open up in the next few days.  It wasn’t more than a week ago when we were getting in some long rides in 80 degree sunshine down in Moab, so its a bit of a shock jumping right into winter up here.  The last few days its been some frosty hardwax skiing with temp’s in the low 20′s.  Today, a few of our Gold teamers hopped in the Frozen Thunder Classic sprint up here.  Mikey threw down a solid qualifier taking fifth, and Chelsea showed she’s made some progress in her sprinting getting into the rounds.  It was a fun, low stress way for the athletes to get out the cobwebs and burn some oxygen.

Simi Hamilton and Pat O’brien bringing it home in the quarters.

Chelsea Holmes

Newel double poling away from the field in the final on some skate boards

PG boys: Bolger, Costley and Lovett getting in some bounding intervals in Park City.

This guy biked across the country this summer.

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We’re up here on the Haig Glacier for our annual on-snow summer camp with Sun Valley juniors.  This year we’re sharing the camp with our friends from the north, Black Jack ski club out of Rossland, BC.  Thus far the ski track conditions and weather have been ideal.  The past couple nights we’ve had some solid freezes and have been able to get in double days up on the glacier which has been a treat.   The skiing’s located about a 1,000 ft higher than the huts, so big volume has been easy to come by.  Legs are getting strong with a 40 minute warm-up hike before each session.  The view is hard to beat, and with some exciting glasading on the way down, it goes by fast.  With us on the trip we’ve got some new teammates.  Nick Lovett out of Jackson, WY is taking a PG year, and Laurel Fiddler from Mammoth Lakes will be  joining the Community School Ski Academy for her senior year.  Here’s a few pics from life up here:

Laurel, McQueen and Maranda hiking down

Lovett working some V2 Alt Speeds

Gold Teamer Reid Pletcher hiking up with the Haig off to the left

“making those bitties sweat”

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This past weekend a number of athletes training with the SVSEF Summer Training Group took to the trails for the 3rd Annual Dollar Mountain 10km.  Some real fast times were laid down by winners Will Wicherski and Morgan Arritola.  Wicherski, a Boise native racing for Williams College now, crushed the course record with a time of 47:58 besting Zach Burney and Patrick Johnson who took 2nd and 3rd.  Arritola, fresh off a big Hill Climb win up Mount Ventoux in France, took 1:28 off her time from last year to finish in 51:03.

Link to Full Results: http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005142628

A few days prior to the 10km, Wicherski and Johnson also duked it out in the Harper’s Time Trial to record the seventh and eight fastest times ever run on the Hill Climb course.  Will ran a 12:36 and Patrick a 12:39.  Although fast, Ben True’s 2007 record time of 11:30 still is standing strong.

Sunday most of the team headed north for long runs and hikes in the Sawtooths.  Still a lot of snow up there!

 

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It’s going to be a busy hut this summer.  While 33 of Sun Valley’s juniors just completed an eight day training camp in Bend, OR,  another dozen or so of the best juniors in the country have arrived in town recently creating quite the summer training group.  Conditions in Bend this year allowed for some great spring skiing as Bachelor had about 20km groomed for us and most of the rest of the west.  Teams from Boise, Bozeman, Jackson, Park City, Salt Lake, and Colorado were all there making for some huge game days, and a fun sprint relay workout mid week where we had 22 teams of 3 cranking around a loop together.

 

Most of this summer’s training group:  Patrick Johnson (new Gold Team member), Mary Rose, Jesse Knori, Mali Noyes, Eliot Neal, Scotty Phelan, Torin Tucker, Will Wicherski, Austin Cobb, Sloan Storey, Danny Sundali, Margret Pope, Ben and Eric Lustgarden, Jack Steele, and Alexa Turzian (Gold Team).

 

Distance Double pole to Hailey

Jack Steele and Kevin Bolger working on their V1 speed

Skate Tour around Broken Top last week.

 

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This past weekend the Intermountain division held its first of three Junior National Qualifiers in West Yellowstone, MT.  There were your typical Intermountain conditions with temps in the twenties, sunny skies, and perfect corduroy.  SVSEF had a great weekend of racing taking home a combined 13 podiums in the J2, J1, and OJ classes.

Saturday’s sprint saw 123 competitors take to the line on a fast 900m loop.  At the end of the day on the men’s side, Bridger Tyler (Ind) and Sam Miller (BSF) took home the J1/OJ and J2 wins.  For the women, Michaela Webb (Wasatch) won the J2 class, while Maggie Williams (SVSEF) was the J1/OJ champ.

Day 2 saw an even bigger field of 183 juniors in the 5/10km classic individual start races.  In the J2 class Karsten Hokanson (Wasatch) and Leah Lange (PCNSC) took home the victories.  In the women’s 5km Jessi Knori (SVSEF) skied strong to take the top J1 spot, while Kelsey Dickinson (SVSEF) was the top OJ.  On the men’s side, Carl Smith (MSU) skied away with the OJ win, while Ketchum Wilt (SVSEF) was the top J1, notching his first ever JNQ win.

The next set of races for these juniors will be in Soldier Hollow at the Super JNQ Jan 27-28th.

For complete results from the weekend go to:

http://summittiming.com/races/race_results.php

Also coming up in Sun Valley is the SV Nordic Festival Jan 29-Feb 5th.  We’ve been very fortunate to have great skiing here since early November, and another couple feet of snow are expected to hit the valley this week, so if you’re looking for a great week of Nordic events and races check out the festival website for details.

http://www.svnordicfestival.com/

Evan Martell (3rd-Sprint) leading his quaterfinal heat

Women's A-Final (L to R Knori, Williams, Lowe, Stopol, Pope, Dickinson)

Men's Quaterfinal action

Ketchum Wilt (taking home the J1 win and SV Gameball for the weekend

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