Jack Novak has never been to Asia before. Lauren Fritz has skied on five continents. Both Alaska Pacific University skiers are crossing the Pacific Ocean this week to race in the tenth annual China Tour de Ski, which begins in Changbaishan on January 1. Expect camels, long bus rides, communal poop shacks – oh, and a $36,000 purse.
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What’s the significance of 0.39 seconds? For most of us, it’s the blink of an eye. For a midpack World Cup racer, it’s the difference between Tour de Ski start rights and staying home over the holidays. Swiss–Canadian skier Heidi Widmer and the meaning of margins.
Alaska Pacific University skier Eric Packer, the 2015/2016 SuperTour leader currently spending World Cup Period 1 in Europe, opens up about the training that got him there, as well as his career highlight to date. Plus the Birkie, breakfast, and beards.
APU’s Scott Patterson and Jessica Yeaton, UAA’s Hailey Swirbul, and the UAF team all skied well in Fairbanks over the weekend in the continent’s first FIS races. Patterson jokes that he plans to purchase a time turner, so that he can “continue to win every single race in the U.S.”
The previously scheduled rally to #savealaskaskiing suddenly became more a celebration than a wake, as local supporters gathered in Anchorage on Thursday afternoon to celebrate that morning’s decision and talk about what comes next. Another gathering was held in Fairbanks at the same time.
#savealaskaskiing may have achieved its mission, as the NCAA’s decision not to take any action on the University of Alaska’s waiver request has led the school’s president to recommend against eliminating any sports on either campus.
UAA nordic coach Andrew Kastning may have a new baby and a new job search arrive at the same time next spring. His athletes may need to apply to college again for the second time in two years. Behind the dollars and cents, the human cost of the proposed end of UAA skiing.
Ski racing on natural snow has returned to North America. APU skier Scott Patterson used Saturday morning’s Race to the Outhouse #1 to “lay down the law on some juniors and masters” en route to an easy victory.
University of Alaska officials previously suggested that all sports had been viewed equally as they attempted to balance the budget. But new documents appear to suggest that men’s ice hockey is more equal than others.
The earliest FIS race ever held on natural snow in the Northern Hemisphere occurred in Fairbanks on this date in 1996. It was also one of the best races that two-time Olympian Ben Husaby ever had.
As news spread of the pending end of Alaska’s two NCAA ski programs, prominent alumni and local skiers begin to weigh in. Brian Gregg, Sadie Bjornsen, Holly Brooks, and others share their reactions.
The 2016/2017 school year will be the final season of NCAA-sanctioned college skiing in the state of Alaska, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen announced at a Thursday afternoon press conference.
It’s not just a truism that one of the best ways to get good at going fast is to practice going fast. At least that’s the principle that Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center (APU) coach Galen Johnston brings to bear when working with his athletes, no matter their age level or experience.
The University of Alaska president has recommended two options that could preserve the future of intercollegiate skiing at one or both of Alaska’s NCAA member schools – but both options may be without precedent in modern NCAA history. The final decision will be made by the Board of Regents in mid-November.
A closer look at the U.S. Ski Team’s new selection criteria for 2017 World Championships, designed to reward the top performers in a given season and discourage points chasing. “Athletes who skied fast in the spring of the previous season no longer have a potential advantage over those athletes skiing fast in the current season,” U.S. Ski Team Head Coach Chris Grover wrote. “…The athlete that is winning races is most likely going to make the Team.”
Here’s an in-depth look at the upcoming U.S. SuperTour schedule, addressing why the season’s first races won’t be in West Yellowstone, why some SuperTour races are in Canada, why U.S. nationals are returning to Soldier Hollow so soon, why there is a skiathlon at Spring Series, etc.
Facing drastic cuts to Alaska’s state budget, a review team has proposed several options, some of which would end Division I college skiing at one or both of Alaska’s two NCAA schools in Anchorage and Fairbanks. “It’s scary not just for us, but it can start to be scary for the rest of the college ski teams around the country,” UAA Nordic Head Coach Andrew Kastning said.
During the U.S. Ski Team’s Alaska camp this month, FasterSkier caught the team during a rollerski in Anchorage and chatted with U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb. He addressed everything from the upcoming World Championships to Kikkan Randall’s return, the assimilation of new team members, and what gives the U.S team its competitive edge.
Anchorage-based reporter Gavin Kentch observes and outlines the ins-and-outs of a U.S. Ski Team classic speeds rollerski. U.S. women’s coach Matt Whitcomb explains how each session is deliberately engineered and how a single workout can vary among individuals. (Includes photos and video clips)