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Old 11-20-2007, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is the situation as of 5:00 PM, Sunday, November 18: There is still no significant snow on the Rendezvous Ski Trails but the forecast looks better than it has in a long time. Our groomer will asses the snow situation in town and on the plateau early tomorrow morning and will groom what he can. HEADS UP: The road to the plateau is a sloppy, icy mess and US Forest Service Law Enforcement personnel called me this afternoon because they received several complaints today about people driving too fast. For your safety and the safety of others, please slow down! One other thing for those of you headed to the plateau: please do not park in the area near the second gate. Instead, use this area as a drop zone and turnaround and park down the road.

The weather forecast for West Yellowstone (zip code 59758) reads as follows:

Tonight: Windy with rain and snow showers. Low 28F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 40%.

Tomorrow: Windy with snow showers evolving to a steady snow. High 36F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 80%. 2 to 4 inches of snow expected.

Tomorrow night: Cloudy with snow. Low around 15F. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Snow accumulating 4 to 6 inches.

Tuesday: Periods of snow. Cold. High 23F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 80%. Significant snow accumulation possible.

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 20s and lows 2 to -2F.

Thursday: Considerable cloudiness. Highs in the mid 20s and lows in the low single digits.

The inconvenient truth about the Super Tour races: As of now, we are planning on holding the Super Tour races. The organizing committee will meet Tuesday morning, November 20th and make a decision as to whether or not we will proceed with or cancel the races. The committee’s decision will be posted on this web page by approximately 12:00 noon, MST, Tuesday, November 20th.

The Fall Camp Nordic Ski Clinic Update: The 5 day clinic will proceed as planned for those interested in participating. Although snow conditions are currently marginal, there are coaches in West Yellowstone ready to teach. Additionally, the current forecast looks good. The on snow portion of the clinics will take place on the plateau unless we get snow here in town. A decision as to whether we will hold the 3 day clinics will be made by approximately 12:00 noon, MST, Tuesday, November 20th. If you have questions, please call Drew Barney at 406-646-9379.

The Indoor Ski Show: All of the ski manufacturers have committed to displaying at the Indoor Ski Show on both Tuesday and Wednesday night. We expect to present a full schedule of wax clinics, films and other entertainment. You can also expect the manufacturers to demo boots on the plateau Wednesday morning if we aren’t skiing on the ski trails in town.

For a report that is updated twice a day, visit Yellowstone Ski Festival / Home



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Old 11-26-2007, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WEST YELLOWSTONE, Montana - The U.S. Ski Team's Laura Valaas (Wentachee, WA), who cruised to nine victories and the USSA Cross Country SuperTour sprint title a year ago, showed Friday she hasn't lost a beat. She led each heat en route to winning the opening SuperTour race of the season.

"Laura commanded every heat she was in. It was impressive," said U.S. Continental Cup Coach Matt Whitcomb. The women raced over a 950-meter loop while the men competed on a 1.6K course. Garrott Kuzzy (Hayward, WI), a Team CXC skier, won the men's event, edging Michael Sinnott (Sun Valley, ID), who competed for Dartmouth College the last four winters and now trains with the Sun Valley program.

Valaas was sprint silver medalist at the 2007 Under-23 Championships and 24th at her first World Championships in Japan. She skied (with Kuzzy) for the new Team CXC program last season but moved to Alaska to train with the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Club when she wasn't with the U.S. Ski Team. She topped Swiss racer Karin Camenisch for the win Friday.

The University of Denver's Katie Ronsse (Anchorage, AK) was third with APU Nordic's Kasandra Rice (Anchorage, AK) completing the final foursome. Olympian Lindsay Williams (Hastings, MN), who was eliminated in a semifinal heat, finished fifth as she came back to win the B Final.

"Laura looked great. She was in control all the way," Whitcomb said. "To ski that competitively this early in the season and at this elevation [6,600 feet] shows how strong she is. She's very fit. Lindsay had a photo finish in her quarterfinal and is also in great shape. She was in charge during that B Final."

The men's podium included Kuzzy, Sinnott and Norway's Even Sletten with Dave Chamberlain (Bethel, ME) in fourth place.

Whitcomb praised West Yellowstone race officials for their course preparation following up to 13 inches of snow overnight Monday into Tuesday. "They've been unbelievably creative to make the courses more challenging. They added 650 meters to the men's course to really test endurance and skill, and that's upgraded the racing. Good for them, good for the athletes," he said.

The opening weekend of SuperTour racing concludes Saturday with classic technique races, a men's 15K and a women's 10K.


2008 USSA CROSS COUNTRY SUPERTOUR
Yellowstone Ski Festival - Rendezvous Ski Trails
West Yellowstone, MT - Nov. 23, 2007
Freestyle Sprints (8 made finals)
Men's 1.6K
1. Garrott Kuzzy, Hayward, WI
2. Michael Sinnott, Sun Valley, ID
3. Even Sletten, Norway
4. Dave Chamberlain, Bethel, ME
5. Bryan Cook, Rhinelander, WI
6. Brian Gregg, Winthrop, WA
7. Gunnar Kristiansen, Norway
8. Anders Haugen, Anchorage, AK
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Women's 950m
1. Laura Valaas, Wenatchee, WA
2. Karin Camenisch, Switzerland
3. Katie Ronsse, Anchorage, AK
4. Kasandra Rice, Anchorage, AK
5. Lindsay Williams, Hastings, MN
6. Kate Underwood, Ketchum, ID
7. Ida Sargent, Orleans, VT
8. Sarah McCarthy, Telluride, CO



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WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont (Nov. 24) - Leif Zimmermann (Bozeman, MT), healthy after illness a year ago, out-skied Andrew Johnson (Greensboro, VT) to win a USSA Cross Country SuperTour 16K classic technique race Saturday.

The 2006 Olympic teammates started at the back of the pack and churned through the field throughout the four-lap race at the Rendezvous Ski Trails. Zimmermann finished in 38:31.7 with Johnson runner-up (38:40.4) in the first distance event of the new SuperTour season. The third-place skier was ex-Dartmouth star Ben True (Hanover, NH).

Swede Kristina Strandberg won the women's two-lap, 8K race with a time of 22:01.3. Laura Valaas (Wenatchee, WA) of the U.S. Ski Team, who won Friday's season-opening sprint, finished second in 22:52.0. Polina Ermoshina of Russia, a student at the University of New Mexico, was third (22:52.2).

Zimmermann is enthused about his healthy comeback and hopes to use the victory as a springboard toward qualifying for World Cup races next month in Canada. "That's my No. 1 goal, being in those races, so this is a good start," he said.

"You can gain some time on the hills, but you really can lose time on the flats and since there isn't a lot of climb here, I focused on skiing well on the flats," he explained. Zimmermann also was boosted by a strong show of support from his family and friends in Bozeman, which is about an hour away. He also trained and skied the Rendezvous Trails system for many years, "so I feel comfortable here...and they've done a great job with preparing the course."

U.S. Continental Cup Coach Pat Casey said in addition to simply being healthy this winter, Zimmermann "added maybe 100 hours to his training program. He's fit, maybe the most fit we've seen him, and obviously he skied well. There were five or six guys swapping the lead...and Leif took it.

"You always get a little anxious going into the first race of the season because you want to know where you stack up. Leif skied a smart race and this is an outstanding start for him," he said.

Pointing to West Yellowstone's elevation at about 6,600 feet, said, Casey added, "Strandberg really likes this course. She won here last year and she's good at altitude, so for Laura to ski that well in a distance race, at altitude and this early in the season is a good sign.

"Her endurance is excellent and that's a positive sign for her in getting through the rounds of sprints. We're really excited to see Laura skiing so well."

The U.S. Ski Team delegation will compete next weekend in Silver Star, BC, and then go to Bozeman, MT, for the next round of SuperTour events Dec. 8-9.


2008 USSA CROSS COUNTRY SUPERTOUR
Yellowstone Ski Festival
West Yellowstone, MT - Nov. 25, 2007
Men's 16K CL
1. Leif Zimmermann, Bozeman, MT, 38:31.7
2. Andrew Johnson, Greensboro, VT, 38:40.4
3. Ben True, Hanover, NH, 38:45.7
4. Garrott Kuzzy, Hayward, WI, 38:49.9
5. Mike Sinnott, Sun Valley, ID, 38:50.6
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Women's 8K CL
1. Kristina Strandberg, Sweden, 22:01.3
2. Laura Valaas, Wenatchee, WA, 22:52.0
3. Polina Ermoshina, Russia, 22:52.2
4. Lindsay Williams, Hastings, MN, 22:53.1
5. Ida Sargent, Orleans, VT, 23:00.1



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