The weather in Breckenridge, Colorado changed after my hard roller ski intensity session on Monday morning. We received several inches of snow by the time I headed out for a strength session in the afternoon.
Last night Emilia and I got dressed up for a date.
Friday afternoon, after I presented to the Aspen Elementary School, I drove back to Breckenridge. I went over Independence Pass, which is about thirty minutes faster than going through Glenwood Springs. The pass closes in the winter and is often already closed by this time of year, but it’s been warm and dry here in Colorado. I reached the top just after sunset.
Dale Strode wrote a very complimentary article in The Aspen Times about yesterday’s Aspen Nordic Party and Fundraiser. You can see it here.
The Summit Daily Newspaper put together a great article about the Summit Nordic Ski Club, including my visit on Tuesday. You can see it here.
This morning I drove down valley from Aspen to do the same workout I did last month in Park City. For the session I skied up the beautiful and gradual rails-to-trails bike path called the Rio Grand Trail.
I just got back from an incredible party at the Limelight Hotel. It was our annual Aspen Nordic Sendoff Party and Rocky Mountain Nordic Angel fundraiser. The event was a roaring success. We had an incredible turnout, raised a ton of money, sold almost all of the auction items and were overwhelmed by the display of support. I loved seeing so many people whom I had not seen in years. This community is absolutely amazing.
It’s almost midnight and it’s been an incredibly long day, so I’m not going to write much. I cannot possibly name everyone I need to thank for making the event such a success. THANK YOU to everyone who helped organize and setup the party, THANK YOU to the numerous businesses and individuals who donated valuable silent auction items and finally THANK YOU to everyone who attended for your generosity and support. I am overwhelmed, humbled and honored to represent this community.
I did not get a single picture of the event. I was too busy talking. However, I know some other people got some pictures, and I will share them or link to them when I see them.
I did however got some pictures of the Maroon Bells during my two hour double pole roller ski this morning.
This will be a short post. I’m trying to get back on a schedule of posting in the middle of the day because it allows me to get to bed earlier.
We awoke to a fresh layer of snow in Breckenridge this morning.
First I want to remind everyone that the annual Aspen Nordic Sendoff Party and Rocky Mountain Nordic Angel Fundraiser is this coming Thursday, November 6th at 5 p.m. at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen. We have upwards of 115 sweet auction items and there will be free pizza and beer. It’s always a really fun evening. I hope to see you there!
Yesterday morning I went on my last Park City roller ski of the year. It was a two hour double pole session (which ran a little long) and I went around my go-to Town Loop. It was extremely windy, which made it challenging at times.
First I want to extend a huge congratulations to Erin Moening and my friend Conner Truskowski for being the recipients of the first annual Peter Hale Memorial Scholarship from Madshus. I’ve gotten to know Conner because his family had me and my sister over for dinner in Anchorage last spring and I went to lunch with him when I was back in Anchorage in July. He is an extremely nice, motivated and professional young man, and he is a fantastic choice by Madshus to receive this award. I have not had the pleasure of meeting Erin, but I’m sure I will see her on the international ski circuit in a couple of years. As recipients of this award, a full setup of top-of-the-line skis, boots and poles will be donated to both Conner and Erin’s ski clubs for them to use. The setups cannot be given to the athletes themselves because it would jeopardize their NCAA eligibility. You can read more about Conner and Erin and the award itself here.
I have been insanely busy over the last three days. I haven’t had time to breath and I certainly haven’t been sleeping enough.
On Tuesday night, my last in Canmore, Alberta for the U.S. Ski Team’s Fall Camp, my teammate Liz Stephen and I joined our friend on the Canadian National Team, Devon Kershaw, and his roommate for an awesome dinner at Devon’s new home.