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2015 Junior National’s come to a close at Auburn Ski Club   Leave a comment

By Tim Hauserman

 

An amazing week of nordic racing at Auburn Ski Club has came to a close this past weekend. The Junior Nationals, held right here in our backyard, was a meeting of the best 14-19 year old cross-country skiers in the country. Our Tahoe and Truckee young men and women, representing the Far West Division, were in the thick of things against some amazingly steep competition. They were able to make it into the middle of the pack in the overall standings behind such powerhouses as the New England, Mid-West, Intermountain and Alaska divisions.

Here in Tahoe, our world class downhill resorts and top notch coaching create Olympic downhill skiers and medalists. That’s great, but it reduces the number of athletes available for the pool of nordic skiers. Regions of the country with snow, but without the quality of our downhill resorts, produce a lot more cross-country skiers to draw from. But what we lack in size, we make up with great coaching, amazing parental support, and a small group of scrappy skiers who through a lot of hard work brought home some amazing results last week:

 

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Hannah Halvorsen, from Sugar Bowl Academy, captured three top ten finishes, including a second place in a sprint race.

JC Schoonmaker, who races for Tahoe XC raced to a podium finish, with a last second lunge into third place in the 5K under 16 striding race.

Dylan Syben from Team Unleashed raced for a 4th place finish in the Men’s Under 18 Sprint Race.

Other top ten finishers included Tahoe XC’s Quinn Lehmkuhl and Sugar Bowl Academy’s Haydn Halvorsen

Now imagine how much faster those kids are going to be when we get the gobs of snow that are sure to bless us next year.

For more information on Tahoe’s great nordic kids, check out this article from last week’s Sierra Sun. http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/15433923-113/nordic-racing-tahoe-xc-racing-team-boasts-nine-locals

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2015 XC Junior Nationals at Auburn Ski Club, Soda Springs, CA!   Leave a comment

 

by Tim Hauserman

 

2012 Far West Junior National Team at Soldier Hollow, Utah

2012 Far West Junior National Team at Soldier Hollow, Utah

 

The best 14-19 year old cross-country skiers in the country are coming into town March 8-14 to compete in the 2015 XC Junior Nationals at Auburn Ski Club. These racers first had to face a winter of stiff competition to qualify. Now at Junior Nationals, the best of the best may someday qualify for the Winter Olympics.

For those involved in the big family that is the Truckee-Tahoe nordic community we are stoked to see a crop of local athletes that we have known since they were little tykes have their opportunity to shine. The races will be fast paced and grueling, taking on the steep ups and downs of the Auburn Ski Club terrain.

 

Peter Holmes skiing into third!

 

Lynn Richardson, first volunteered for the Junior Nationals in 2000, when her kids were 4, and after being thrilled by the speed of the athletes, hoped her twins would become racers some day. By the time they were 9, and the next JN’s were here, they had already begun racing. Her daughter Skyler raced in two Junior National Races during her high school career. “I was so happy being at every race and cheering for them,” she says.

I coach 5th graders and direct the Strider Glider program at Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area in Tahoe City. I remember some of this year’s JN competitors well: a shy Quinn Lehmkuhl in 3rd grade with a big smile on her face as she kept up with, and often passed, all the boys in her class. Or JC Schoonmaker who determinedly moved from the middle of a great pack of kids in 5th grade to the top of the heap just a few years later. And then there was Brandon Herhusky, who it seems would grow another foot taller every time you saw him.

To see our Far West Junior National athletes, please click on this link: Results/Far West Nordic

 

Truckee racers - Gabi, Savannah and Skyler

Truckee racers – Gabi, Savannah and Skyler

 

They are an amazing group of athletes that have worked hard to become great uphill skiers in a community composed mostly of downhill skiers. We should all be proud of them.

Click here for details and information on Junior Nationals: http://xcjuniornationals2015.com/

 

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Sunny Tahoe Donner Home   Leave a comment

11015 Bolzano Lo Res-1

11015 Bolzano, Tahoe Donner

If you are a sun lover like I am, you will love this home.  This property is south facing and both front decks are drenched in sun.  As well, the builder was very thoughtful with the window placement.  There are lots of windows.  This home sits on a lovely, level lot that backs to greenbelt for extra privacy.  It’s also located in the lower section of Tahoe Donner so less snow and easily accessible.

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The great room is warm and inviting with vaulted wood ceilings, woodstove on slate rock hearth, wood floors in the kitchen and wonderful light throughout.  This split level design features the master suite on the upper level with the two guest bedrooms and full bath downstairs. Additional features include log accents inside and out, private rear deck which looks out to the greenbelt, deep garage and lots of good storage.

 Owning in Tahoe Donner allows you to enjoy all the amenities.  From downhill skiing, the tennis courts and pools, to the workout facility and private beach at Donner Lake there is a lot to do.  If you would like more information about this property please contact me.  I will be having an open house on February 21st in the afternoon.  Stop on by!

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