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Fireside: Glenn Jobe, Mr. Biathlon

Glenn Jobe has played a pivotal role on several fronts in the advancement of Nordic skiing in the Sierra region. He grew up on a cattle ranch in northern California and went to school at the University of Nevada-Reno where he skied on the alpine ski team. In his senior […]

Fireside: Dale Niggeman – Racer, Tinkerer, Inventor

“I never thought CAT skis would turn into a mass market product. My biggest motivation was for myself,” laughed Dale Niggeman. While the invention of CAT skis started as a personal quest for self-improvement, today Niggeman’s dreams reach farther than his own race results. At the urging of friends in […]

Fireside: A Couple that Skis Together…

by Adam W. Chase “Since skiing and other outdoor sports are so much a part of who we are, I think it would be impossible to marry someone who didn’t have that same passion,” exclaims Tracey Cote. “Since Patrick and I like the same activities, we spend a lot of […]

Fireside: John Schmitt

St. Paul native John Schmitt isn’t known worldwide for his work as a mortician. However, skiers from all over the world warmly recognize and greet him as the contagiously enthusiastic “Voice of the Birkie.” Through the past two decades, Schmitt has announced 20 American Birkebeiners beginning each with his famous […]

Fireside: Roy Carlsted

By Kate Devlin This ski season, Roy Carlsted of St. Paul, Minnesota, plans to compete in four cross country ski marathons, including the Mora Vasaloppet and the American Birkebeiner, major accomplishments for any skier. However, having just celebrated his 80th birthday, Carlsted will likely be one of the few racers […]

Fireside: Ski For Light

by Kate Devlin For 43-year-old Kathy Strahan, learning how to cross country ski meant more than just overcoming the normal frustration beginners experience. In her quest to ski, the California native tackled chronic knee problems, complete blindness and her own fears. Blind since age two and physically active all her […]