Nordic Nation

Compiled and Edited by Allison Slavick

Feb 18, 2015

Ben Saxton was added to the World Championships teamfollowing strong results at the U23 World Championships. A team of 17 cross country athletes will represent the US in the event that opens Wednesday in Falun. Live coverage of every cross country event will be available on usskiteam.com and universalsports.com, plus on the Falun2015 Live arena mobile app for iOS devices.

Defending World Champion ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson headlines a team of two men and five women named to represent the USA in the Feb. 18-March 1 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Falun.

Hendrickson will be joined by newcomers Nita Englund and Tara Garaghty-Moats and veterans Jessica Jerome and Abby Hughes. Junior Will Rhoads will join Olympian Nick Alexander for the men.

The Championships open in Falun Feb. 18. The entire Championships schedule will be streamed live by the USSA at www.usskiteam.com and will be available on the Live Arena Falun2015 mobile app in America.

The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club has announced the first annual Moose Dewlap Citizens Trek, scheduled for February 21st, 2015. This is new all-day Nordic ski trek through the beautiful Lake Wenatchee, Meadow Creek area outside of Leavenworth, WA.

The Moose Dewlap Citizens Trek will replace the Hog Loppet that the Club has hosted for more than a decade. The Meadow Creek area is in a snowy part of the Cascades that’s sheltered from high winds and avalanche dangers, making it an ideal location for the outing.

The Trek will cover 43k/26 miles of groomed trails beginning at 1,925 ft. elevation and topping out at 3,350 with an elevation gain/loss of 2,525 vertical ft.  The route is a looped out-and-back, starting and ending at the Lake Wenatchee Rec Club.  To register on-line use the following link: Webscore. For more information as well as a map of the course visit, skileavenworth.com.

The Alpenglow Mountain Festival is gearing up for its bi-annual, ten day celebration of human-powered mountain sports, events, clinics, equipment demos, presentations, film and more.

Exploring some of the best activities Lake Tahoe has to offer, the event is the only mountain lifestyle event in North America that is entirely free and community-centric.

The winter edition runs from February 21st through March 1st. Avalanche instruction, guided backcountry, splitboard, and snowshoe tours, natural history excursions, Nordic instruction and racing highlight the event.

The event includes film, presentation, and equipment demos, and the Festival is geared toward beginner and intermediate mountain enthusiasts, offering a range of activities for all interests and ability levels.

Driven by fun, community, health, education and the embodiment of the mountain lifestyle, the Festival is designed to inspire participants to enjoy and explore North Lake Tahoe’s playground with friends and family. For more information and to see the complete line-up of events, go to http://alpenglowsports.com/festival/.

Liz Stephen, Kikkan Randall, Jessie Diggins, and Simi Hamilton lead a team of 16 cross country athletes named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships February 18 – March 1 in Falun, Sweden. 

Randall and Diggins are the defending champions in the team sprint from 2013 in Val di Fiemme, Italy. The team balances newcomers and veterans in a strong and diversely talented team. 

“There are good opportunities for us in bringing a big US Team to Falun,” said Head Coach Chris Grover. “We have a mix of experienced World Cup skiers and some new faces looking to make their mark at the highest level. Over the past few weeks, many US athletes have been building their fitness and it could be seen in their results in the Rybinsk World Cup this past weekend. We expect to see some peak performances in Falun.” Stephen finished second on January 23 in the 10k freestyle race in Rybinsk, Russia—the top World Cup distance result by an American woman. Stephen took advantage of perfect conditions for her light frame, colder temperatures and newly fallen snow, to ski into an emotional first World Cup podium finish and a landmark result for the U.S.

Competitors have a new event to choose from for the Great Bear Chase Ski Marathon, March 7, 2015, in Calumet, Michigan, hosted by UP Health System. Race organizers have added a 50k skiathlon to the lineup. Skiers entering the event will complete the first 25k using classic technique on the Swedetown Trails race course, change skis in the exchange area in the stadium, and ski the next 25k freestyle. The skiathlon will have prize money for the top four male and female winners, and awards for the top three skiers in each age group.

“As far we know, this is the only marathon-length skiathlon in the U.S.,” said race director Angela Luskin. “The skiathlon has become a popular event at other ski venues and we think the marathon length will have broad appeal.” Participation in the skiathlon will be capped at 100.

The Great Bear Chase will continue to offer 10k, 25k, and 50k races for both classic and freestyle techniques. For more information and to register, visit www.greatbearchase.com.

Gunnison-Crested Butte Valley in southwestern Colorado is off to a momentous start to winter. Crested Butte Nordic Center opened with some of the best early season conditions on record.  All season long, the Center will offer free skiing and ski gear for youth ages 17 and under. The Mountain Store Citizens Race Series is held on Saturday mornings at locations within Crested Butte Nordic’s groomed trail network. The series began with five and ten kilometer lengths in early December, with race distances increasing up to 20 k leading up to the 29th annual Alley Loop Nordic Marathon on February 7. Upcoming Citizens Race dates are January 10, 17 and 24. The Valley has the unique distinction of being one of the birthplaces of mountain biking and continues to push the envelope with a fat bike race series, including a race on February 6 in Crested Butte in conjunction with Alley Loop. Check Facebook for more details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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