When it’s -15 F outside, most lower-48 skiers resign themselves to an afternoon in the weight room or even on the couch. But temperatures like those don’t faze Reese Hanneman and David Norris, two members of the Fairbanks Alaska Ski Team who contend with bone-chilling cold for much of the winter.
With readings hovering around the -25 mark, FasterSkier met Norris and Hanneman last week for an interview inside the lodge at their home venue, Birch Hill Recreation Area. Just a week after each had a fourth-place finish at Nationals in Anchorage, Norris and Hanneman offer accounts of those races, as well as some background on skiing in the cold, summer training with the U.S. Ski Team in Utah, and Lindsay Williams’ taste in music.
Both are now in Germany preparing to compete in the U-23 and World Junior Championships–visit FasterSkier this week for live coverage from those races!
A quick note—don’t be intimidated by the audio. It looks fancy, but all you have to do is press play. FasterSkier plans to bring readers (or listeners!) more multimedia features like this one throughout the course of the winter.
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Nat Herz is an Alaska-based journalist who moonlights for FasterSkier as an occasional reporter and podcast host. He was FasterSkier's full-time reporter in 2010 and 2011.