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 May 27, 2010: Volume 11, Number 4   

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done skiing?
To bike or to ski is a question that comes up for those individuals living near the mountain during the shoulder seasons of Fall and Spring.  In the Fall we jump on our skis with 2 inches of snow fall, and in the spring we give up skiing way to early to get on our bikes when it is to wet. 
 
Follow this link to a video that captures this battle all to well. Done skiing?
 
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If you have been watching the Giro d'Italia, you have seen some spectacular racing. You have also seen allot of Rudy Project on the heads of the racers including Ivan Basso, David Arroyo & Vincenzo Nibali.
 
David Arroyo pretty in Pink Rudy's.
Arroyo in Giro Pink
 
 
Rudy Project is a modern, marketing oriented company that has established itself as a leading brand worldwide. Rudy Project designs and manufactures hi-tech sunglasses, goggles, helmets and accessories using the application of science, advanced materials and computer technology to create functional, aesthetically superior and technologically advanced products.
 
Rudy Barbazza, a pioneer in the Italian sunglass and sporting goods industry, founded Rudy Project in 1985. Through his vision and dogged commitment to technology and innovation, Rudy has created a company and a creative environment that has achieved many "firsts" in manufacturing eyewear, goggles and helmets.
 
Rudy throughout the years has been a champion of sponsoring and supporting athletes at every level of competition. It is no wonder that Rudy Project products have been worn by many greats including Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain, Jan Ullrich, Erik Zabel, Claudio Chiappucci, Abraham Olano, Michellie Jones, Spencer Smith, Laurence LeBoucher and countless others.
 
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Evi Smiles with Salomon
 
Evu Sachenbacher 

Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle, the 5-time Olympic medalist from Germany, will race on Salomon cross-country skis, boots and bindings in her ongoing quest to challenge her body and mind through World Cup, World Championship, Olympic Competition.

Evi, along with here now famous "smile of winter", burst upon the scene at the 2002 Salt-Lake City Olympic Games. Her beaming smile and complementary positive attitude is matched by her competitive drive and endless determination. This rare combination has made her, and her sport, a fan favorite at home in Germany and wherever people have the opportunity to meet her and see her in action.

 
After the Olympics in Vancouver, Evi decided that if she were to commit to 4 more years of never ending training and racing and still retain her "smile of winter" she would need to find new ways to keep her body healthy, her mind strong, and her skis fast. After several tests, Evi was convinced to get the best possible products from Salomon to fulfill her objectives and dreams.

Evi stated "I had a warmest welcome from all the people at Salomon. The passion they have for sport is tremendous and is put into each and every product they make. From the first moment I tested the new equipment I felt a perfect connection between the skis, bindings, boots and me. I had the feeling that these products are specially made for me. I am now extremely excited to start training for next season and its World Championships in Oslo, and the next 4 years culminating with my 4th Olympics in Sotchi in 2014."
 
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Images from Pierre Thomas
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Patrol Loppet Series
Utah
 Weekends
 
Wolf Creek Pass finally opened this weekend about one month late. The Duschene Ridge runs from there to Strawberry Reservoir about 35 to 40 miles away. In between is a rolling expanse of plateaus, meadows,  gently sloping hills and 6 to 8 feet of snow at 9500 to 10,000 ft. altitude . 

 
The Patrol Loppet Series will commence every weekend until further notice. 
 
patrol loppet snow
 
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Bend Oregon On-Snow Camps 
 
June 8-13 & June 18-22
Bend Camp,
Summer on Snow XC Skiing
 

Skiing at Bend Camp is available to USSA club and divisional teams who will provide their own coaching and support and through programs like "Fire and Ice, Bend Camp 2010" run by the Mt. Bachelor Ski Education Foundation who will provide coaching and support. 

Bend Camp will groom the trails at Mt. Bachelor for two blocks of skiing to accommodate varied school release dates.
Block 1 has skiing from June 8th - 13th with daily grooming for both classic and skating.   Teams from Sun Valley, Boise, and Steamboat are already confirmed for this period. 
Block 2 skiing is from June 18th to 22nd and will include "Fire and Ice, Bend Camp 2010" a five day all comers training camp featuring Torin Koos, Lars Flora, Kristina Strandberg, Dan Simoneau, and Tim Gibbons as coaches. 
 
"Bend Camp is just about as good as it gets," says Torin Koos. "Back in the day I vividly remember skipping the last days of the school year and completing my education on the ski trails of Mt. Bachelor. I'm sure the attendees will learn lots, and have a hell of a good time doing it. After camp, get ready for a few of your conversations to start out, 'There was this one time at Bend Camp..."
Lars Flora adds "Growing up in Oregon, Bend Camp was a key moment in my development.  It provided great on snow training in an exciting and fun environment.  Back then a few US Olympians were around training at Mt. B and Dennis Oliphant was showing us the "Sun Country Tours Beaver Slide into the Deschutes."
"Fire and Ice, Bend Camp 2010" will feature:
         Daily coaching and instruction
         Five on-snow training sessions (2 Classic and 3 Skating)
         Five dryland training sessions (bounding, roller skiing, circuit training and strength training)
         Video technique analysis
         Whitewater raft trip
         Camp t-shirt
         BBQ and fun awards
According to Dan Simoneau, Nordic Program Director at MBSEF, "This is a great coaching staff that will provide skiers with the latest and greatest training and technique as well as an environment that will be motivating and fun.  This staff has two of this country's 7 skiers with World Cup podiums.  It has the experience of seven Olympic teams, an NCAA champion and so many national and junior national titles we couldn't count them."
Fire and Ice, Bend Camp 2010 will have the following options:
         3 day on snow only camp for skiers 8-11 for $100.
         5 day Junior Camp for skiers 12-18 for $250.
         5 day Masters Camp for $300.
For more information on bringing your team to Bend Camp or for information on The Fire and Ice camp contact Dan Simoneau at dansimoneau@bendcable.com or 541-350-9126. 
 
Registration forms for the Fire and Ice camp are available at   www.mbsef.org/programs/crosscountry/ or visit BendCamp on Facebook.
 
I look forward to working with you and building this into a cornerstone of US XC Skiing Development.  
 
PLEASE CALL.  I WANT THIS TO WORK FOR YOU.
Dan Simoneau
Nordic Program Director

 
Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation
563 SW 13th Ave, Suite 201
Bend, OR 97701
 
(541) 388-0002 office
(541) 350-9126 cell
dansimoneau@bendcable.com
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Coach needed at
 
Cody, WY High School

Cody High School of Cody Wyoming is looking for a head boys and girls nordic ski coach for the 2010-2011 school year.  Salary will be based on experience but will be between $5500.00 and $7500.00.  The official season runs from November 15, 2010 until February 26, 2011.
For further information please contact Tony Hult, Cody High School Activities Director at 307-587-6110 or email at thult@park6.k12.wy.us

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CXC Camps and Academy
CXC Camps 
Central Regional Elite Grop (REG) Camp (July 3rd - July 9th)
 Birkie Junior Technique Camp (July 26th - July 29th)
Birkie One-Day Junior Technique Camp - NEW! (July 26th)
Birkie Masters Open Camp (July 30th - August 1st)
CXC Woman's Camp (August 13th - August 15th)
 
CXC Academy
This season Matt Liebsch (the winner of the 2009 American Birkebeiner and Top 30 World Cup finisher) will provide a duplicate of his training log, comments, and notes that corresponds with one week of each training period.  This, along with running tips, bike workouts, and narratives by other top-level Elite athletes makes the third installment of CXC Academy better than ever!

As you might imagine, there are many different applications for this type of open-ended coaching tool.  Some people who used CXC Academy include: 32 coaches from all different levels, 31 High School skiers, 44 Citizen Racers, 5 members of the US Adaptive Ski Team, 5 Elite Skate Wave Birkie Skiers, 15 Wave 1 Skate Birkie Skiers, 43 Wave 2 Skiers, 24 Wave 3 Skiers, 25 Wave 4 Skiers, 15 Wave 5 Skiers, 12 Wave 6 Skiers, 3 Wave 7 Skiers, 1 Wave 8 Skier, and 3 Wave 9 Skiers.  As the numbers indicate, there is something for everyone in CXC Academy, and we will be posting new information throughout the entire 2010/2011 season to help you get the most out of year-round ski training. CXC Academy Info

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