Summer Adventures: Beth (and Phil!)

Beth (JNT alum, Bates senior & 2011/12 Bates ski team captain)
I spent the summer in Truckee, CA with Phil (and a visit from Cate). We were part of a 12-person collegiate training program comprised of skiers from Bates, Williams, UVM, Bowdoin, St. Lawrence, UNH, and Middlebury, coached by former Bates assistant coach/current Sugarbowl Academy coach, the legendary Martin Benes. We were able to ski on snow, on trails groomed by Auburn Ski Club (where 2005 & 2009 Truckee JOs were held), until July 4, which was incredible. We even had a sprint race with the local high school teams on July 3rd! After the snow melted, we put in a lot of rollerskiing, hiking, running, and biking, along with backcountry skiing, cliff jumping, barbecuing, and general fun. Highlights were a 3.6 mile race up Squaw Mtn, 17 mile ridge run from Sugarbowl Mtn to Squaw Mtn, doublepoling up Donner Pass (named for the historic Donner Party), and a 14-mile run down into Royal Gorge to cliff-jump. North Lake Tahoe is a fantastic  and beautiful place to train, with a great nordic community. We were also able to train with both the Sugarbowl Academy team and the Far West team and their awesome coaches, Jeff Schloss and Ben Grasseschi, on a regular basis. We had very competitive weekly soccer and ultimate Frisbee tournaments with the younger teams (usually getting our butts kicked by the Californians). All in all, it was a fantastic few months, and I can’t thank everyone who contributed to the success of our group enough.

gorgeous snow… perfect tracks… in late June!
Beth – drifter time trial
Phil – backcounty on July 4th

Beth – July 3rd sprint race
Phil – July 3rd sprint race

hiking in August

skiing in June
Phil – squaw mtn run

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