Showing posts from April, 2021

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

It's no surprise to anyone who spent any time at the Pass this year; there was a LOT of snow!  It made for terrific skiing, but it also meant super-groomer Nick spent a lot of time whipping it into shape, and the grooming budget ran dry by the middle of March.  It would have really been a shame to have to stop groomed skiing with all that delicious snow still on the ground, so Kongsbergers partnered with a local nonprofit to set up a go-fund-me type donation system that brought in enough money to extend Nick's grooming until the end of March.  BIG thank you to everyone who contributed! (Rune's photo) But there was still plenty of snow, and plenty of skiers wanting to ski, so Kongsbergers stepped up again and, along with a contribution from one of our sponsors, paid for Nick to continue grooming for the first two weekends of April.  Skiing in April is just a treat, and evidently a lot of people thought so, as evidenced by the parking lot one Saturday in April! (Rune's ph

More Norwegian Inspo

Last year, with the race season stymied by the pandemic, ageless legend Anders Aukland went searching for a new challenge, and found one: he and his brother Jurgen and teammate Joar Thele headed out on a long ski, a very long ski, to set a new record for nonstop skiing.  They ended up skiing 516km in 31.5 hours.  But it didn't take long for a challenger to be inspired to step up, and the following week, 45-year-old Henrik Sollie beat that record, skiing 530km in 32 hours. So this year, with a still-disappointing, covid-stunted race season, Anders came back to set a new record, putting it high up on the shelf out of reach.  Heading out at 6am on a Saturday morning a couple of weeks ago, and stopping only for refreshments and to put on warm clothes during the cold night, he and Thele and Simen Ostensen ended up setting three new records: Ostensen skied 550km, then stopped.  Thele continued to the 610km mark (37 hours), then stopped.  And Aukland just kept skiing and skiing and skiing