Monthly Archives: January 2013

J1 Scando News From Trondheim, Norway

Adam St.Pierre, one of the trip leaders for the US Ski Team U18 Nation’s cup competition wrote the following from Norway.  Colorado RMN skiers attending are Keegan Swirbul (AVSC), Cal DeLine (SSCV), Cully Brown (SSCV), Haakon Sigurslid (DNSC), Evan Weinman (SSWSC), Gretchen Burkholder (SSWSC), and Hailey Swirbul (AVSC).

We’ve been in Norway for a few days and nights now. We are getting adjusted to the time change and into the routine and experimenting with some new foods! It sounds like most of your kids aren’t sending very good updates home, so here’s one from me! Also, check out the J1 Team page on Facebook for some pictures. We are working to get the J1 Trip blog ( updated for this year, hopefully tonight (trouble with passwords…)

Breakfast is served buffet style and includes a variety of foods, both familiar and foreign. Some kids are more adventurous than others. Lunch and Supper are served sit down style. Lunch at 12:30, supper at 6. We then have dinner (evening meal) at 8:30. Dinner strongly resembles breakfast.

We usually ski right after breakfast, today we’ll ski in the afternoon under the lights, to prepare for tomorrow’s night sprint. The sun rises around

9:30 and sets at 3:30. Many of the trails are lighted, but we’ve skiied in daylight so far. The people of Trondheim wear reflective high vis garments pretty much all the time, from what I can tell.

The venue is about a 15 minute drive from the hotel, which is right in downtown Trondheim. The other teams arrived last night so we’ll see them today I’m sure. There are 70 girls registered for the races this weekend and

94 boys. There are 6 athletes each from the US, Swe, Est, and Fin. There are the top 6 Nor athletes, who will be scored for nations cup points, then there are dozens of additional Nor athletes who will be here with their home clubs. The kids are nervous about the level of competition, hopefully their nerves result in positive energy!

The venue is called Granasen. They had tons of snow and great skiing from Oct-Dec. but 2 weeks of warm temps and rain wiped it all out just after New Years. They’ve been making snow and trucking it all over the courses. They are hoping to have all the trails for racing prepared today, so far we haven’t been able to train specifically on the course, because no one knows what it will be. The stadium is situated such that you must climb a pretty big hill to leave it, so the courses will all contain some hills. The trails are teared for great spectating from the stadium area which contains bleacher seating for a few hundred people. hopefully we get some spectators for the weekend!

Friday’s classic sprint qualification starts at 4pm. with heats from 5:30-7pm. Saturday are individual start skate races. We won’t start until 11:30am, girls 5km first, then boys 10km. Prior to our races are some open races that will see younger athletes, J6-J2 age. There are 100 athletes or more registered in each class, so the courses will be well skiied in! Sunday is the relay, starting at 10am. Girls will do 3 by 3km, boys 3 by 5km. The first leg is classic, the second 2 skate.

Our hotel is a few blocks from a huge mall, and right next door to a movie theater, movies are in english, with Norwegian subtitles. Everything is expensive here! Tonight we’ll go bowling after dinner. After the races we’ll do some fun stuff. Monday we’ll go to Norways’ biggest water park and go for an evening ski. Tuesday we’ll take a train ride to Roros and go for a long ski there, as well as check out the 1800s era mining town. Wednesday we’ll go to Meraker for a long ski, and maybe to check out the ski school there.

This was the school of Peter Northug. His youngest brother will be competing in the J1 races this weekend. I think our boys can whoop him!

Adam St.Pierre, M.S.

Pure Fluoro Waxes Banned For Some Classes At Vail JNQ

Mike Elliott, Executive Director for Rocky Mountain Nordic sent an email to RMN Coaches and RMN Skiers that for RMN Junior National Qualifying races, RMN usually bans the expensive pure Fluoro waxes.  However there are exceptions when RMN skiers compete directly against skiers, like college skiers, for USSA points and those skiers can use the expensive pure Fluoro waxes.  That is the case in the DU Invitational and RMN JNQ race January 19 & 20, 2013 in Minturn at Maloit Park.

On Saturday January 19, 2013, Female RMN OJ/J1/J2  and Male OJ/J1 skiers are eligible to use Pure Fluoro waxes.  Pure Fluoro waxes are banned for all other RMN skiers.  On Sunday January 20, 2013, Female and Male RMN OJ/J1 skiers are eligible to use pure Fuoro waxes.  Pure Fluoro waxes are banned for all other RMN Skiers.

The pure Fluoro waxes are the waxes that cost at retail $120 – $195 and can wax four to eight pair of skis.  Everyone is approved to use the Highly Fluoronated (HF) waxes.

SSCV JNQ & DU Invitational Jan 19 & 20, 2013 Information

January 19th-20th, 2013

Hosted by: Ski & Snowboard Club Vail & University of Denver

Team Information Sheet

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

7:00 PM Entries due

Email entries to Mike Elliott from Four Corner’s Timing ( – see attached entry form sheet

Thursday, January 17, 2013

12:00 PM Entry list will be published and distributed

6:00 PM Start list published

Friday, January 18, 2013

10:00 AM Course open for inspection

3:00 PM Course Closes

Saturday, January 19, 2013 Freestyle Interval Start

7:00-8:30 AM- Bib pick up

8:00 AM – coaches meeting

Estimated start times –

9:00 – Females Senior/OJ/J1/J2 ….5km

10:10 – Males Senior/OJ/J1………10km

11:20 – Males J2 …………………..5km

11:50 – Males J3/J4 ……………….3km

12:20 – Females J3/J4 …………….3km

12:45 – Males J5/6 …………………2km

12:50 – Females J5/6 ………………2km

Sunday January 20, 2013 Classic Mass Start

9:00 – Males Senior/MOJ/J1……..15km

10:20 – Females Senior/MOJ/J1….10km

11:00 – Males J2 ……………………5km

11:25 – Females J2 …………………5km

11:55 – Males J3 ……………………3km

12:05 – Males J4 ……………………3km

12:15 – Females J3 …………………3km

12:25 – Females J4 …………………3km

12:30 – Males J5 ……………………2km

12:35 – Females J5 …………………2km

Team Registration

  • Entries are due to Mike Elliott & Four Corners’ Timing by Tuesday, January 15, 2013 7:00PM
  • Bibs will be distributed in the school
  • There will be a $50.00 fee for lost or damaged bibs

Rocky Mountain Nordic Team Individual Entry Fees

  • J2 and older – $35 per race
  • J3/J4 – $25 per race
  • J5/J6 – $20 per race

Please make checks payable to SSCV

Course Notes, Inspection and Course,

  • No backwards skiing on course at anytime
  • Coaches and athletes will be the only skiers allowed on course that day


Seeding will be by FIS/USSA points


  • Buses will park in the bus circle of VSSA (old Minturn Middle School)
  • The gymnasium will be open for athletes and coaches.  We will provide a waxing area within the gym for a limited amount of tables and teams.  We will also have power and a coaches’ area near the start finish
  • Team Vans will be allowed to park behind the school
  • Bathrooms and locker rooms will be available – please make sure you instruct your athletes to be tidy
  • Additional bathrooms will be provided near the start/finish (outside)

RMN Skiers Qualify For USST European Trips

At the recently completed USSA National Championships at Soldier Hollow, Utah Jan 2 – 8, 2013, Rocky Mountain qualified 10 skiers to US Ski Team Trips.  In the J1 Scando Championship Team, RMN placed five out of the six on the Men’s Team.  See below.

RMN also pre-qualified 16 skiers for the Junior Nationals in Fairbanks, AK March 8 – 11, 2013.  Even the oldest alumni cross country skiers in Colorado can not remember so many young skiers pre-qualifying for the Junior Nationals.

U18 Championships Team (J1 Trip) Trondheim, Norway Jan 13 – 25, 2013:


Keegan Swirbul J1 Aspen Valley SSC
Cal Deline J1 SSC Vail
Cully Brown J1 SSC Vail
Hamish McEwen J1 Stratton Mt School
Haakon Sigurslid J1 Durango Nordic
Evan Weinman J1 Steamboat Springs WSC


Katharine Ogden J2 Stratton Mt School
Nicole Bathe J1 Central Cross Country Team
Gretchen Burkholder J1 Steamboat Springs WSC
Julia Kern J2 Cambridge Sports Union
Heidi Halvorsen J1 Green Mt Valley School
Hailey Swirbul J2 Aspen Valley SSC

Junior World Ski Championship Team:  Liberec, Czech Republic Jan 12 – 28, 2013


Logan Hanneman MOJ University of Alaska Fairbanks
Benjamin Saxton MOJ FAST Performance Training
Tucker McCrerey MOJ University of Utah
Kyle Bratrud MOJ Northern Michigan University
Sawyer Kesselheim MOJ
Forest Mahlen MOJ APU Nordic Ski Center


Mary O `Connell FOJ Dartmouth College
Corey Stock FOJ Dartmouth College
Heather Mooney FOJ Middlebury College
Anika Miller FJ1 Payette Lakes Sports
Sloan Storey FOJ University of Utah
Emily Hannah FOJ SSWSC – Harvard

Colorado University Invitational Sat & Sun Jan 12 & 13, 2013 Steamboat Springs

University of Colorado Invitational

Spencer J. Nelson Memorial

HOST: University of Colorado, Boulder

LOCATION: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

DATES: January 12-13, 2013;


January 12               Men’s 20k Mass Free, Women’s 15k Mass Free

January 13                Women’s 5k Ind. CL,  Men’s 10k Ind. CL,

9:00 AM Start Time both days


Send entries via email to Brian Tate at: using the attached template (4 corner’s timing) and copy me on your entries at

ENTRY FEES: R.M.I.S.A.                 $250.00 per sex (Up to seven athletes per team / 2 races)

Individuals                 $35 per individual

ENTRY DEADLINE: January 8, 2013

Seeding: FIS/USSA points,

LICENSES: USSA / FIS Sanctioned Event

T.C. MEETINGS: January 11, 2013, 6:00 Howelsen Olympia Hall

RACE ORGANIZER: University of Colorado Ski Team, Bruce Cranmer, Brian Tate SSWSC

OFFICIALS: Technical Delegate    Doug Ouren          

Assistant TD              Tom Scrimgeour

Chief of Race             Nick Rose

MEDIA/SPORTS INFO: Curtis Snyder (303) 492-3139,

AWARDS: After the races on Sunday the 13th

Trail Fee: Friday- $5, Prior days $10

INVITED TEAMS: University of Alaska, Anchorage, University of Denver, Montana State University,                   University of Utah, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming, Colorado Mountain College, Westminster College