PK skiing under the lights on the trails as the sun rises over the Chugach.
Dark but happy.
Ice hot tub on the left, ice bar in the center, bonfire on the right.
Ice pillars entrance.
Sending off my lantern and wish :)
Almond bon bons!
Being silly with PK after finding Christmas decorations on trees on the ski trails.
Getting silly with the King crab legs for dinner.
Me and “my boys” at the Christmas ski. Cameron, my “big” little brother and PK.
The group for Christmas ski in the falling snow!
Not really sure what they’re supposed to be, but the lights are cool and bright!
PK racing Santa to see who can light up the display out front. Pedal Power!
PK’s first stocking!
Snow falling on X-mas
Our Christmas visitor!
Little to big: Alaska berry syrups, Alaska Birch syrup, and Vermont Maple syrup
PK enjoying the complete puzzle
An odd collection of Lego sculptures
There was a photo of a woman actually wearing this!
There were LOTS of kids around.
PK’s creation: Eiffel Tower turned Japanese Pagoda. Mine is the Alaska Flag on the table.
The bonfire barrel
The giant terrorizing the village
Our very own Christmas tree, courtesy of my roommate and his girlfriend. (more…)
Because who doesn’t want to just lounge around in skiwear all the time?? ###teambonding###
Big shoutout to Craft Sportswear USA for the super awesome new uniforms. Comfort, class and superior function all around.
The ladies, Flora and mini-Flora (Oskar!) in West.
Having fun on a sunny recovery day ski in West.
The Flora clan joined us in West this year and never ceased to amaze us. Already getting after training at the gym!
Thanks to all my amazing equipment sponsors this year! Rossignol, Toko, Craft, Rudy Project and Skida. Photo: Ian Harvey/Toko US
In a good position during my quarterfinal
Coming off the sketchy downhill corner. You can see the giant puddle just behind us. They rerouted the corner wider during heats to avoid it.
Rosie crushing the final; no one in sight as she comes into the stadium.
Enjoying the sun in Bozeman with PK!
My two favorite Aussies! The 3 best friends together again!
APU ladies enjoying some good weather and good racing! Love these girls!
More team bonding with a sing-a-long night!
Pack ’em in tight!
Post-racing scramble-fest of waxing and packing ski bags!
Q: How many skis can you fit in a bag and still make it under 50lbs? A: More than you think, but you better be prepared to carry 12lbs worth of bindings in your carry-on.
Tyler, Thomas and Eric sporting our new travel threads from Craft and simultaneously moonlighting as techies with snacks.
Unfortunately I was traveling alone by this point or else I would have taken FULL advantage. If you’re traveling through Seattle N terminal, please take a picture and show me!!
Wow, in just a few hours it will be 2014. How can that be? Where did the year go?! I must say, it’s been a pretty good year. Some ups and downs, both in skiing and in life, but for the most part I have had an amazing year. So I thought I would recap the year with some highlights and photos from each month. Happy New Year and cheers to a happy and healthy 2014!!!!! (more…)
The first two weeks of the season are over and to be completely honest, they were far from satisfactory. There are lots of factors that may or may not have contributed to sub-par races but the bottom line is that I just didn’t race well. During a few time trials back home in November I felt less than stellar, unable to tap into that race feeling and fitness. In the first Super Tours in West Yellowstone I had the same feeling. (more…)
A lot of training happened this fall. After I came home from Australia, I pretty much jumped right back into the swing of things with the team, putting in a lot of quality hours and the time really flew by. September and October were some of my biggest months in terms of training hours, about 140 hours combined. It rained a lot in September, and one day I actually did a 2-hour workout on a bike trainer in my living room because it was pretty much a hurricane outside. I watched almost the entire Hobbit movie. (more…)
If you are a fan of American cross country skiing, please consider being a supporter too! There is just ONE WEEK left in the National Nordic Foundation’s “Drive for 25″, a fundraising campaign that supports nearly every American skier in some way or another. The NNF helps fund skiers from the World Cup all the way down to U-16 training camps. I personally have gone on several NNF-funded racing trips and camps, and it makes a huge difference. My goal for the last week of the drive is to garner AT LEAST one donation per day. Whether it’s $10 or $100, your support helps! See below to learn more about the NNF and click on the image to go to my fundraising page for NNF. Thanks for being a part of American Skiing! #skiingnation (more…)
As promised, the next Australian catch-up installment. After I’d been in AUS for about two weeks, we took a little drive north to Jindabyne, New South Wales for a weekend of racing in Perisher Valley. The drive was around five hours and took us out of the lush green landscape of the valleys around Bright into a more arid and high-desert landscape. (more…)
While I was in Australia, the two internet cables that run under the ocean from America and feed the whole island continent’s internet needs got attacked by too many bottom-feeding sea creatures and thus there was no way to access the “World Wide Web” while I was away. JUST KIDDING. The rest of my trip was just as fun as the first few days I posted about earlier. In order to save you from reading a freaking book here, I am going to divide the trip into a couple of posts and photos. This post is about my first couple weeks, training and having fun. The subsequent post will be race recaps of Australian Nationals and the Kangaroo Hoppet, as well as some photos from my mini beach/farm vacation post-races. I will also add a photo gallery with a lot more photos than what I put in the posts if you want to see more of my trip. (more…)