Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pepsi Challenge 2018

We went to Biwabik on March 3rd for the Pepsi Challenge race at Giant's Ridge. Everyone left Fargo on Friday afternoon, and arrived in Biwabik Friday evening. We ate at the spaghetti feed in the Biwabik Park Pavilion. The food was great! A few club members won door prizes provided by the race sponsors. After dinner, we checked into our hotel and went swimming.

Saturday was a beautiful day for a ski race! It was sunny and warm (almost too warm for racing)! We had skiers in the 10k, 25k skate and classic, and the 50k skate races. Several of our skiers received age class awards for their races. Overall it was a great day for our last ski race of the season! We look forward to next year's Pepsi Challenge!

Korte & Birkie Weekend

Birkie weekend was, as always, eventful. We had one skier in the Korte on Friday and eighteen skiers in the Birkie on Saturday. There was a slight mishap with sleeping arrangements the night before the Korte, but luckily, Colby and Josh F. were able to figure it out and they were able to stay at a church, where the Birkie skiers also stayed. We all crammed onto the floor of a church nursery, and had a great night's sleep before catching the bus to the start at 6:15am. The morning was cold, but it gradually got warmer throughout the day, until a snow storm hit right as our last skier finished. After the race, we all headed up to Duluth to spend the night before the long drive home. Saying that everyone was tired that weekend is an understatement!

Finlandia 2018

The third weekend of February brought the NDSU Nordic skiers to the Buena Vista trails in Bemidji, MN. The weather was a little chilly, but it was a vast improvement from the cold snap we experienced in the couple of weeks leading up to it. We had a few skiers in the 25k pursuit, one in the 50k skate, and the rest raced in the 25k skate. As always, the food following the race was delicious and we even had a skier place! Camille Johnson, freshman, placed third in the Women's 25k Pursuit.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Mora Vasaloppet

The club had 11 skiers participate in the Mora Vasaloppet on February 10th this year! A club member's parents graciously hosted the team at their house in Mora on Friday night. We had a spaghetti dinner, played card games, and watched the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics. On Saturday we had skiers compete in the 35k and 58k races. Everyone had a great race! The course was perfect, and the weather was much warmer than the City of Lakes skate races! After the race, we stopped to take a team picture at the Dala horse.

On the way back to Fargo, we stopped to see the ice palace in Detroit Lakes. It was made out of ice that was supposed to be used to build the ice palace at the St. Paul Winter Carnival. Although we were tired and wanted to get home, everyone agreed that it was worth stopping at!

We can't wait to go back to the Vasaloppet next year!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

City of Lakes Loppets

Our Bison skiers were in Minneapolis for the last weekend of January and the first weekend of February for the annual City of Lakes Loppet races. We had a number of skiers participating in both classic and skate events. Classic races were held the last weekend of January. Temps were perfect for a day of skiing! Skate races were held the following weekend, and it was a bit chilly to say the least. Temps were sub-zero for the start of the races, and hovered near zero all day. Despite the cold weather, our tough Bison from Fargo raced with a smile (well, maybe more of a grimace. Close enough). Overall, it was a great couple weekends for racing!

                                See if you can spot the Bison on the start line!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Thanksgiving Trip to West Yellowstone

 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!