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Old Coaches Race/Gathering Dec. 29, 2018

It was a great gathering at the yurt on Saturday.  Once again, lack of good organization lead to a fun and challenging OCR.

Here are the results, which, as you can see, lack accuracy or clarity.  Protests will be accepted, and refused, until next December, at which time the new protest period will begin.

Photos are bound to show up, once the unofficial photographer(s) forward them.  They won’t be paid until that time, or after that time either.

Race Recap

I got off to a good start, flying up the trail.  Next thing I knew Scott VO was cruising behind me and itching to pass.  After several blocking attempts he finally got by me, and we exchanged expletive pleasantries.  Further up the trail he stopped to take off his parka, re-wax his skate skiis, and possibly make a cup of coffee.  That allowed me to close the gap some.  It was a photo finish at the end, which means he was taking a photo of himself and relaxing well before I came across the line.

The HS contingent (Zane, KK, Connor, and Hazel were there to school us on speed and technique.  They all got by Norm on lap 2, but there was a question as to whether some may have short-circuited the lap.  However, since there was no official protest or video evidence, we must assume that Norm was schooled also.

Noah came back as a post-grad to grind out 3 hard laps of 5.7km each.  Word was that he double-poled most of the course = not easy.   I believe father John didn’t double pole much.

Anne “the beast” Austin won the ladies distance award, grinding out 2 laps while most of us just did one.  We were thinking of checking for PED’s, but none of us had the audacity to confront her.  But, at least she kept Joe in his place.

Dave Slovisky got the elder statesman award, but G. Hunker and Lee Lofgren aren’t exactly young pups either.  For that matter, there was a strong contingent of geriatric entrants in the field.  I think we all found our way home.

Maille represented Casper (and Lander), Bruce Cartwright bested the late (starting) Frank Berch, Drew Leemon wondered why the classic tracks disappeared on IP (my bad), Mara “the pretty” Gans was several minutes ahead of the Metcalfe/Woodruff tag-team (even though she did do an extra lap.)   And Mara smiled across the finish, so we will deduct time from her effort, maybe.

Thats it.  Hope I didn’t miss anybody.  There was a “Rob R88 Legs” listed on the start sheet, but I was flummoxed by that name.  He may still be out there.

Joe McGowan Fund Grant

Today Anne and Kevin McGowan presented a $1,000 unrestricted check to LNSA from the Joe McGowan Fund.    Joe was an avid skier, artist, and as close to perfect as a person could be.   We are deeply grateful to have had an association with Joe, and to receive this gift.

Joe had a saying  “Let’s go do some stuff”  which seems a fine mantra to follow.  Thanks Joe.

Old Coaches Race/Timetrial

Dec. 30th, Friday at Noon

Signup, Start/Finish at the Yurt at Beaver Creek

Categories for novice to serious skiers, classic or skate, 2km to 15km distances.

FREE (unless you complain, then it’s pricey)  It is supposed to be a fun event.

No prizes, but there may be holiday recycling of items.

Loosely organized – if you want water or food, bring it.  There may be toilet paper in the outhouse.   Spectators welcome, but why?

Direct complaints or questions to Wwebsterwy@gmail Dot com


OCR Results – revised

Good show everybody.  Results are OCR Results 12-26-15 – Sheet 1 revision1



Old Coaches Race will be at Golf Course!

Due to the forecast for harsh cold at Beaver Creek on Dec. 26th, the race WILL instead happen at the Golf Course at noon.  Register there by 11:45.  Skiathon, classic or skate tech’s acceptable.    Email forthcoming with more details.  Spread the word – plus you can pop into the clubhouse to buy some hot chocolate etc.

Citizens Race Saturday Dec 26th

xcskiworld mass photo

Start and Finish at the Yurt.

No Charge to Lander Nordic Members or guests/pledges (sort of like a fraternity we are)  Non-members may also race, but we will glare at you until you commit (and the officials may add time/distance to your effort).

NOON – LVHS Time Trial & Old Coaches Race Start. You can choose your technique and your distance; 5km, 10km or 15km options. This is open and free to everyone. Mass start is self-seeded waves of approximately 20 people.

This is supposed to be a fun intro to citizen racing, or it can be as serious as you desire.  Lycra to wool knickers are appropriate.  Youngest and oldest entrants will receive appropriate commendations.

Questions:  email wwebster@wyoming.com

Timing by the ValleyGirls Timing Consortium (or somebody)

Valley Girls Timing, not to be confused with Summit Timing!

Valley Girls Timing, not to be confused with Summit Timing!






Honest Scotties Ski Report for 4/16/14

SVO reported on todays skiing using a movie theme……….SVO trails report 041614

Click on the photo to enlarge.

Seemed accurate to me.

Snow vs. Copper

Snow is a Good Insulator!

As groomer dudes, we enjoy the Fall and follow the weather like we’re stalkers.  I have at least 5 different bookmarked websites dealing with weather conditions near Beaver Creek.  Now, you may believe that all of this recent/early snow is making us happy.  But the truth is, that it is also causing us some anxiety and sleepless afternoons in the process.  In an ideal world, Earl (the god of weather) would allow the ground to freeze hard before he excreted a layer of snow up there.  Frozen ground  means that a minor snowfall will be easier to groom, and last longer than a big dump on unfrozen ground.

Snow will insulate unfrozen ground from severe atmospheric cold, hence mud will persist longer, and the mud is more apt to get tilled up into our snowpack.  Dirty snow is not fun to ski, and it absorbs more solar heat leading to faster melting.

Not much we can do about it though.  Earl doesn’t always respond to reason or bribes.  Our choices are sort of limited, but include:

1. Do nothing until the ground freezes (hoping for no further snow, coupled with cold temps, for a few weeks).

2. Solicit volunteers to shovel the snow off the trails until the ground freezes.

3. Start grooming as soon as practical, so as to decrease the insulating ability of the snow, and hoping not to disturb unfrozen soil nor to brutalize the equipment.

After much cogitation (with limited mental resources), we will probably go with option #3.  Although we did feel that #2 (the option!) would be good preseason cross-training for the devoted, and also that Earl might look on that as an offering of penance, and reward us with a stellar (pun possible) year.

What all this means, sort of:  the grooming equipment is being prepped, the groomers are taking double the number of showers (2/week) so that we can skip some when grooming commences, and I have idle time to write idle missives while the idling snowmachines sit idle.

BUT, we do hope to be grooming before Thanksgiving, so get your affairs and equipment in order.   Gannet Peak Sports has new gear arriving, wax for sale, and operators standing by to take your calls (and to operate).  Also, the Fall Gear Swap (details coming soon) is scheduled for the morning of Nov. 23rd, so out with the old-new and in with the new-old.

Remember, snow is a much better insulator than copper, which is the focal point of this message.

The opinions expressed here are solely the responsibility of this computer, and are not to be attributed to the Lander Nordic Ski Association or any of its members/officers/lackys or offspring.  Just accept it on faith that all of it is true.

Humbly submitted 10/31/132012-10-24 BC Temp

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