As the temperature approaches 50 degrees our Bill Koch Youth are still skiing! Where the afternoon sun softened the snow it gets even a bit mushy, but in the shade the snow is firm enough to skate. These guys are having fun picking out there favorite conditions: sunny and mushy, shade and skate.
Head to head sprints were interesting, but there’s enough diversity in age so that everyone captured a blue ribbon. As it continues to snow maybe next week we can have a longer course and a coach’s challenge!
The team of females. Lots of questions.
Call it a treasure hunt or call it ski orienteering these youth like maps especially if in color. There were some very interesting dynamics at the club’s recent Bill Koch Youth Ski practice, though and probably a mistake dividing groups between male and female. Us older generation remember reading “Men Are from Mars, Women from Venus”.
The boys team. We know where we are!
This was a short story version of that book! In short the females found 4 locations, the boys got only 3 and were last seen headed south. They were still on the map though.
Photo by Carrie Buetow
We were fortunate to have snow for this year’s Clifton Park Winterfest on February 10. Even with light rain at times we were able to enjoy the snow excellently groomed with the Shenendehowa Nordic Clubs new gooming equipment in Garnsey Park, Rexford. We had 4 youth finish the Nordic Ski Races: The two in front are enthusiastic new skiers in what we call the “lollipop” class 6 years and under. The two on the snow bank are in the U10 (under age 10) class. Three others joined in a citizen’s race. Results are summarized:
Lollipoppers (0.5 k)
- James Clark 0:06:21 1st Place
- Logan Turnock 0:06:40 2nd
U10 (~2 k)
- Nolan Gilloolie 0:15:08 1st place
- James Buetow 0:16:34 2nd
Citizens Race (~2 k)
- Aline Flaherty 0:17:26 1st place female
- Charlie Huff 0:11:46 1st place male
- Jim Flaherty 0:17:56 2nd place male
Later that evening nearly 80 community and club members enjoyed a candlelight ski and snowshoe event with bonfire, marshmallows, hot drinks and good company and great fun on snow.
It’s official. The Shenendehowa Classic is postponed to Sunday, February 18. Hopefully the weather will be better. In case you are wondering the snow at Saratoga Biathlon firmed up quite nicely and Curt Schreiner did some magic. Today’s skiing was superb.
Those pre-registrated are still good for the February 18 date unless they tell me they cannot make it.
Now I hope we can all cram in a rewarding and fun season before the snow really heads north.
Race officials just conferred.
The race tomorrow, January 13, 2018, at Saratoga Biathlon Club in Day, NY is off.
We are concerned about
- early morning travel
- temperatures are not expected to drop early enough this evening so snow can drain, freeze, and new snow to accumulate
- by the end of the day tomorrow, our chief of course should be able to have conditions perfect, but who wants to ski in the dark?
We are working on a postponement to February 17 or 18 whichever can be worked out.
Even though we have sufficient snow the Family Moonlight Ski scheduled for December 28 in the Vischer Ferry Preserve in cancelled due to the polar conditions. Please go skiing during the day when it is warmer, but make sure if you go alone that you let someone know where you are and when to expect you back.
Remember the old Norse saying, “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”