Double Weekend: Ozbaldy and Washington Nordic Cup

 Many thanks to Rob Corkran for this fun report on all the goings-on this weekend at Cabin Creek!


Terrific, might be one of many superlatives to sum it up!  Ski racing at Cabin Creek could hardly have been better this weekend.  Conditions were favorable on Saturday, with hard wax for the Washington Nordic Cup Finals, a classic King’s Court sprint. About a hundred juniors were present.  The junior sprint course as it has evolved is great.  Down the road, up Amabalis, right onto the Berg into the cabin compound and THROUGH the snowmobile shed, down around the PK backwards and up to the finish.

The Ozbaldy 50k today was on a course in superb condition and the leaders were able to ski the Ozbaldy downhill with the aplomb of the great Asbjorn Nordheim who inspired the name through the fecund imagination of the late Dick Arkley.  Even the few who skied classic found ideal conditions and were able to ski on Swix 45 and 50. About 150 racers entered one or other of the races today.

Kongsberger veterans, this great weekend is part of your legacy.  It would never have happened had not you created these courses, this compound, this tradition of running great races.  On hand to help out, old-timer Helga Moen!  

[Note: long-time member Per Johnsen was the original race instigator; he decided the local area needed a 50k so he made it happen, and for the first few years he timed it the old-school way, by standing at the finish line with a notepad and a pencil and a stopwatch.  The legacy lives on; thank you, Per!]