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Role Reversal

Posted by Rosie Frankowski on Oct 31st 2014

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.

Alaska Pacific University's campus the morning<br> after I arrived in from Park City

Alaska Pacific University's campus the morning
after I arrived in from Park City
Thomas O'Harra and Andre Lovett excited to get out on skis for the first time 

this fall
Thomas O'Harra and Andre Lovett excited to get out on skis for the first time this fall

Jade Hajdukovich from APU

Jade Hajdukovich from APU

Since it was a recovery week we turned the ski into more of an adventure and broke our own trail

Since it was a recovery week we turned the ski into more of an adventure and broke our own trail

A moose kill up the trail had two brown bears eating from it. This is a picture of the larger bear and you can see the moose down the left of the bear.

A moose kill up the trail had two brown bears eating from it. This is a picture of the larger bear and you can see the moose down the left of the bear.

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.

A ton of baking ingredients I was able to order from APU's cafeteria

A ton of baking ingredients I was able to order from APU's cafeteria

Some of the many products of those ingredients that went up to Fairbanks for coaching snacks :)

Some of the many products of those ingredients that went up to Fairbanks for coaching snacks :)

Views of Denali accompanied us a good portion of the drive from ANC to Fairbanks

Views of Denali accompanied us a good portion of the drive from ANC to Fairbanks

Views of the mountains along Denali National Park

Views of the mountains along Denali National Park

Jack Novak repping the best ski company in my opinion. Of course, his rock skis might not be the best example of their equipment...

Jack Novak repping the best ski company in my opinion. Of course, his rock skis might not be the best example of their equipment...

One of the speedy skiers we worked with.

One of the speedy skiers we worked with.

NMU teammates reunited in Alaska! Christina Turman coaches the University of Alaska Fairbanks team now and allowed me to jump into one of their workouts which was lots of fun.

NMU teammates reunited in Alaska! Christina Turman coaches the University of Alaska Fairbanks team now and allowed me to jump into one of their workouts which was lots of fun.

Games of Capture the Flag and Sharks and Minnows made the time fly by.

Games of Capture the Flag and Sharks and Minnows made the time fly by.

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.

The skiing station at Fast and Female

The skiing station at Fast and Female

The girls competed in relay obstacle courses and had some spectacular falls and saves

The girls competed in relay obstacle courses and had some spectacular falls and saves

Amber Hajdukovich starting her turn

Amber Hajdukovich starting her turn

Ski Station Selfie.

Ski Station Selfie.

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!

Still loving my Fischer boots on snow!

Still loving my Fischer boots on snow!

Good training trick for cold weather: fill your water belt up with warm/hot water and you will get a little warm-up with each drink.  (Credit goes to Malin Eriksson for that one...).

Good training trick for cold weather: fill your water belt up with warm/hot water and you will get a little warm-up with each drink. (Credit goes to Malin Eriksson for that one...).

Early morning last ski in Fairbanks. Cold but beautiful!

Early morning last ski in Fairbanks. Cold but beautiful!

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-Posted by Rosie Frankowski on Oct 31st 2014

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