After three weeks on the road we returned home to Vermont on November 30th. Just under a week later it’s snowing here in the Green Mountains and we’re making plans to break out our rock skis tomorrow. Here’s a quick summary of our last few days in West Yellowstone with a few photos tossed in to keep the reading exciting!
Saturday, Nov 26: Classic distance races
On Saturday Rena and Nick both raced in the distance classic events, doing a 5k and a 10k respectively. Both had solid showings for their first races of the 2016 season!
Nick double poling toward the beginning of his second 5k lap.
Rena climbing across the sunniest patch of the 5k course.
While Rena and Nick raced the rest of the crew did an easy classic ski, enjoying much improved snow coverage that made for nice tracks, and cold temps that made kicking easy.
Sunday, Nov 27: Over distance classic exploration and THANKSGIVING!
With the races complete we headed off the groomed trails and up onto the plateau to explore for 3-4 hours. Much of the group stuck to the main road and explored the trails that host the West Yellowstone Ski Festival in low-snow years. Margo and Kat ventured in the other direction, finding the edge of the plateau, views toward town, and lots of fluffy powder!
Looking north toward town (the larger white patch just left of center) from the edge of the plateau.
Margo following someone else’s tracks from the day before.
In the woods. So peaceful and quiet!
After our ski the crew ate lunch and had some down time before cooking Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone paired up to prepare a dish to share with everyone.
TK cutting the first bird….
Tanner took the second.
Almost time to eat!
Dinner is served!
Monday, Nov 28th: Skate speed, Fantastical Beasts and a Night Ski!
With the festival over we had the trails pretty much to ourselves except for some college and elite teams that were sticking around the for the SuperTour events.
More fresh snow overnight left some trails that weren’t freshly groomed a little soft but it was still great skiing.
Tanner edging Greg at the line in one of our finish line sprints.
One last group picture before we head out of West Yellowstone!
Tuesday, Nov 29: Homeward Bound
We took a few minutes at our hotel in Boise to review our individual goals after all the training hours were complete.
Landing in Chicago enroute to Vermont. Foggy, gray and wet.
Elliot, Greg and Tanner (and Lola) exploring Mad River Glen this past weekend!
Luckily in Vermont we have white stuff on the ground now and are hoping to ski tomorrow! Stay tuned for an update as we head toward our first NENSA Eastern Cup of the season at Craftsbury on December 17! and 18th!
Keep the snow dance going…it’s working!