Showing posts from January, 2023

Stampede to Fun

  Sometimes this old world seems tattered and sad, and when it does, we're lucky to have skiing, to move that needle back toward happy.  Today, we were lucky to have an incredible winter day -- bright blue sky, sparkling sunshine, squeaky fast snow, gorgeous grooming -- and we were lucky to have the Stampede, a joyful and exuberant celebration of skiing for all ages, all types.  With five race distances (0.5k, 1k, 2k, 5k, and 15k), there was something for everyone; we had racers from five years old to over 70, and all those kids amped the fun factor up high.  It was a day for big puffy coats and hand warmers, for kids cheering for their parents and parents cheering for their kids, for awesome displays of skiing prowess and inspiring displays of people just getting to the finish, for racers flinging themselves across the finish line and collapsing in glory, then jumping back up to compare stories with their friends, for music and dance parties and draw prizes and medals.  We finishe

Let's Stampede!

STAMPEDE FREESTYLE AT CABIN CREEK, JANUARY 29, MULTIPLE DISTANCES INCLUDES WASHINGTON NORDIC CUP Jeff Hashimoto is the race director. Please contact him if you have questions about the Stampede or WNC or other race directorish questions. Augustina Harper is the Webscorer organizer.  Please contact her if you have questions about registration. In 2022, we received 292 Stampede registrations—the Stampede is KSC's most popular ski race! We want to engage the community of cross country skiers and especially young skiers.  There is a distance for everyone and we welcome your participation.  Register early so that you can get a spot in your preferred wave. Kongsberger Ski Club has waived early entry fees for youth skiers (aged <20 years as of December 31, 2022).  This applies to the 0.5k, 1k, 2k, and 5k distances.  Free registration until January 26 at 5:59pm.   General Registration   Info Open since January 11, 2023; regular registrat

Gunnar Hagen Race Reports

When this is the WSDOT forecast for Snoqualmie Pass: "Rain before 4pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Cloudy. High near 34, with temperatures falling to around 32 in the afternoon. Wind chill values as low as 22. Southeast wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible." ... it can only mean it's Gunnar Hagen time!  And actually we lucked out; the rain held off until after the 30k racers started, after the 7.5k racers started, after everyone finished and Augustina and Anne recorded their results, after Esther and Steve's delicious lunch was devoured and Jeff delivered his usual top-notch job as MC.  Then the rain started, and then no one cared because another super fun Gunnar Hagen was in the books. I had promised this blog's training contributors, who kept us up to date on their training progress all summer and fall, that I wouldn't bug them again until nex