No snow? No problem
Ryan Summerlin June 13, 2014
Submitted by Utah Olympic Park
Park City Nordic Ski Club (PCNSC) has come off one of its most successful winter seasons ever. The club qualified an unprecedented nine skiers to compete at the U.S. Junior National Championships in Stowe, Vermont. Junior Nationals consists of the top 50 skiers in three separate age classes from each of the ten divisions in the country. Roughly 450 kids went head to head in competition. In Stowe, PCNSC represented the Intermountain Division with solid results from all of the skiers. One highlight came in the U16 girls’ relay team where Leah Lange took her team from third to first in her anchor leg.
Other winter highlights from PCNSC’s winter season include winning the Western Youth Festival. This race series is geared towards skiers ages 12-13 and is attended by about 10 clubs in the Intermountain Division. The kids coming up through the club are showing enormous potential and are sure to be competitive on the national scene in a few years. All of these races were held at the Utah Olympic Park in a fun and festive atmosphere.
PCNSC also won the Intermountain Club Championships in Sun Valley in late March. Demonstrating great strength in all age classes, the club was able to beat much larger clubs like Sun Valley and Bozeman. At the end of the season PCNSC was one of the strongest clubs in the region.
PCNSC summer programs are now in full swing. The club’s main summer goal is to create a strong training atmosphere while having fun. PCNSC is traveling to Bend, Ore., this week for on-snow training and later in the summer the club will make a trip to Canmore, Alberta, Canada (site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games) for a hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies and roller skiing on the Olympic trails in Canmore. PCNSC will finish off the summer with a challenging backpack trip into the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming.