In its second year, NANANordic reached three times the amount of villages and more than twice as many students in Northwest Alaska. And if you ask founder Lars Flora, they’re not done with spreading cross-country skiing just yet.
Sorry, New Hampshire: the Vermont-based teams of Craftsbury, Stratton, and UVM had a lock on the podium at the Craftsbury Spring Tour after 10/15 k pursuits based on the previous two days’ results. Sophie Caldwell consolidated her lead to win by a mile, while Pat O’Brien worked some slick skis through the sunny snow to edge out Eric Packer.
Recently back from Europe, Sophie Caldwell has dominated Craftsbury’s mini-tour so far, winning the 3.6 k prologue by over 30 seconds and the sprint qualifier by ten. The men’s field is tighter, after Pat O’Brien and Paddy Caldwell dueled it out in the prologue and then the sprint final came down to a drag race between SMST2 teammates Eric Packer and Skyler Davis.
Brian and Caitlin Gregg doubled up to sweep the men’s and women’s 10 k freestyle at the Vail Mountain Games on Friday. The pair have been training in the Rockies all week to get ready for the Aspen SuperTour this weekend and the altitude training clearly paid off. Click through for photos and video of the event.
Timing Problems at Craftsbury, Bozeman Sprints Shine Light on Challenges of Hosting Bigger, Better Races
In Bozeman earlier this season, bibs had to be redistributed for SuperTour sprint heats once starters were already on lining up. More recently and catastrophically in Craftsbury, an Eastern Cup had to cancel its sprint heats and hold a second qualifier after cascading hardware failures wreaked havoc on results. Here’s why we can’t expect these problems to go away.
A week ago, Yellowstone Ski Festival organizers saw the writing on the wall and started planning ahead. They might not get much snow, but they were going to get people to the white stuff somehow. For the first time, they offered a shuttle system to the South Plateau, which required some timely logistics.