I spent Thanksgiving weekend skiing and racing just outside of Yellowstone National Park in West Yellowstone, MT with my teammates Brett Denney, Nick Hendrickson and Tyler Smith. There wasn't as much snow in West as usual, but compared to everywhere else right now, we were lucky to have some.
Skiers from all over the country flock in and invade West for this early snow camp. It was fun to see some old friends from the Nordic community as well as have some very tough competition in the race. We raced against over 150 guys in the 9k skate race (individual start - fortunately)!
Back in Park City we still have snow on the jumps, but the XC trails are gone again. Time to for some more snow dancing.
I owe a lot of thank you's for the generous giving during the National Nordic Foundation's Drive for 25! We raised almost $55,000 from the community, plus another $17,000 in matching grants! This exceeded last year's benchmark and puts the NNF much closer to it's annual fundraising goals.
I want to assure everyone that their dollars will be well spent. Every chance that we get to compete is an opportunity that I appreciate and will make the most of. And besides the numbers and dollars, the overall support of the ski community stepping in to help its athlete means everything to me.
We started jumping on snow this Wednesday, which is the earliest I've ever started the winter and was only one week after we finished jumping on plastic! We'll get a good few weeks of jumping in before the Continental Cup here on December 14th. That and the altitude will give us a strong home-field advantage!
The snowstorm Brutus hit hard in Utah, dumping snow from early Friday through Sunday afternoon. I'm no scientist but I think we had over a foot and a half here. Snowbird Ski Resort got close to 50 inches!
We got back out on the snow on skinny skis Saturday. Unfortunately we had testing today and again tomorrow on the treadmill. Not that testing is all that bad, it's just hard to be inside on rollerskis with the itch to be out on the snow! But, with the way things are looking, it should be a good winter. If we're lucky, we'll be jumping on snow towards the end of the week. That will mean only a week or so off from the time we stopped plastic jumping, last Wednesday, which is pretty hard to beat.
I'll keep you posted and try to get some pics up. I just have to brave taking off my gloves in the cold...
Don't forget - this is the final push for the Drive for 25, which officially ends Wednesday. If you haven't donated yet, now's the time
For the final two weeks of the National Nordic Foundation's Drive for 25, we have matching donors who are going to match every dollar that we raise for Nordic Combined up to $15,000! This last push of fundraising will be huge in order to help us meet our goals.
Read more on the NNF site here.
Or go directly to donate here.
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