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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:





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.

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:



North Lake Tahoe and Truckee Ski & Snowboard Swaps   Leave a comment



Winter is coming, and if you are in need of some winter gear, put these dates on your calendar to participate in these well known local ski swaps.

For those of you with kids who grow out of their winter equipment waaaaaayyyy too quickly, you already know that the swaps are a great way to pick up some used equipment for a fraction of the cost of new.

New equipment from local vendors are also available too, for those who want to try out some of the latest equipment. In addition, you will find clothing and other miscellaneous winter must haves. Local reps from ski shops and resorts will also be on hand to answer your questions.

Most of the local ski swaps benefit youth sports programs in the area, so not only can you pick up some great deals, but you’re helping the local community as well.


NORTH TAHOE SKI AND SPORTS SWAP in Tahoe City is this Saturday, October 25 at the North Tahoe High School. Hours are from 9am and 3pm.  If you have items to sell, bring them on October 24 between the hours of 4 and 9pm. Volunteers get to pre-shop at 7am. Admission is $1


TRUCKEE SKI & SNOWBOARD SWAP – Saturday, November 8th. Hours are 11-4pm at the Truckee Community Center.  8924 Donner Pass Road. Admission is $2. For more information, visit their website: Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation


XC Ski Swap at Tahoe XC – November 14 from 3-9pm.  In addition to winter ski equipment, there are snow shoes, kayaks and other outdoor gear to be purchased as well. Visit their website here: Tahoe XC


And if you’re looking for a ski area job, both Northstar and Diamond Peak are BOTH hosting job fairs this weekend from 9am-1pm. Click the links to the ski area websites – (in the left hand column) to get the latest job postings and their respective job fairs.





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