This past weekend I had the opportunity to head up to Fairbanks to volunteer coach at the First Trax Ski Camp, a camp for younger skiers put on by Trax Ski Shop and Nordic Journey's Skiku program. Fairbanks is one of the first places in the United States to get quality snow and so several years ago the community decided to put on a training camp on the Birch Hill trails for all skiers in Alaska to get on snow early. These people had the right idea! The snow at Birch Hill was awesome and I enjoyed skiing at one of the places many of my former teammates at NMU grew up skiing on.
Of course, enjoying the snow was just one part of the weekend, the second part was coaching a great group of kids attending the camp. With quite a few of us Alaska Pacific University skiers up here, we were able to split the skiers up into groups and I got to work with some high school freshman and sophomore skiers. I was blown away by level of my skiers fitness and technique! At that age I just started skiing and I was one of the skiers on the high school team who spent more time on the ground than actually moving. I remember teaching myself how to V2 (an uphill technique in skating) when I was a junior in high school after spending my first two years only using V1 to climb. The first day we worked on V2 drills and these kids were at a level I was at with technique my junior year of college! The world better watch out, Fairbanks is producing some speedy skiers.
Another big event of the weekend was Fast and Female Fairbanks, which Becca Rorabaugh, a teammate of mine, coordinated. Her event went off without a hitch and attracted around 35-40 girls ages 9-19 for an afternoon of fun activities. Also the UAF Nanooks ski, basketball and swim teams joined in as ambassadors. I worked at the ski station running relay races with Jade from APU and some UAF skiers who I know quite well from the Central Collegiate Region. All in all, it was a very fun but tiring few days.
Now I am back in Anchorage training and getting ready for the closely approaching season to start. Today APUNSC skied on the new ski trails in Girdwood, supported by the Girdwood Ski Club. Anchorage residents: if you haven't gotten out to these trails you need to try them! Challenging trails with great snow and grooming, surrounded by breathtaking views. Pretty incredible!
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-Posted by Rosie Frankowski on Oct 31st 2014