Thanksgiving Dinner in West Yellowstone
Eleven members from the NDSU Men’s and Women’s Nordic Clubs spent Thanksgiving break in West Yellowstone for their annual week long ski festival. Amazingly, our two vans were packed and westbound by 6am Wednesday morning! With a few quick stops along the way, we pulled into our hotel, which was only a block from the trail head, just in time for supper at the Slippery Otter. The weather was unusually warm, but a thick base layer of snow made for super fast skiing on the Rendezvous Ski Trails. We made good use of the snow and got two days of hard training in before the race on Saturday. Many worked on technique and everyone worked on endurance at the high elevations. The team even hopped over to Idaho to hike in the mountains for a couple hours one afternoon before supper. Elite skiers and coaches from all over the world were on hand for classes and lessons. Social time was enjoyed around the trailhead campfire and ski expo booths. David also taught everyone some card games. Several members demoed new equipment and got a feel for different styles of skis. For supper on Thanksgiving, we all enjoyed a delicious feast at The Branch Restaurant adjacent to our hotel. Thanks to Jacob for finding us such great digs! The hotel was super fancy! For the ride home, everyone was good and sore, but all that fresh mountain air was worth it!