Hello NASTC Friends!
Although we are not looking at much snow on the ground here in downtown Truckee, the storm system did deliver what was needed. Some resorts are reporting as much as 18 inches in the upper elevations!
The next few weeks are filled with some action packed ski racing. The first slalom races of the season just wrapped up in Finland this past weekend, with Marcel Hirscher on top of the men’s podium and U.S favorite Michaela Shiffrin sitting in 1st place ! for the women. Next weekend is the start of the women’s speed races at Beaver Creek, with the men’s first speed events at Lake Louise. Then the men and women swap locations for another week of Downhill, Super G and GS. Thanks to Michaela’s strong placing in Soelden and her victory in the Levi slalom, she is sitting on top of the leader board with Lara Gut hot on her tails. Ted Ligety is in second place with Austria’s Marcel Hirscher in the top spot.
NASTC is a drop off location for the Project Mana food drive. If you find yourself in Truckee, to or from the Start Haus, Granite Chief or one of the local resorts from now through December 23, stop by and drop off any unopened and unexpired canned or boxed goods at our office: 10710 Donner Pass Rd, Ste 100. Hours: 9:00-2:00pm, Mon-Fri. (530)582-4772.
Tahoe and Reno locals or anyone who is up in the area this weekend – the Warren Miller movie, Ticket to Ride, will be premiering at the Pioneer Center in Reno. Show times are 6:00pm and 9:00pm. Each showing is accompanied by a raffle with some really cool prizes including 2 Tahoe-based NASTC courses! Click on the following link to watch the trailer. http://www.skinet.com/warrenmiller/brightcove_playlists/video/2594315396001
It is dumping up north, Red Mountain has had 40 inches of snow since November 1st. Knowing their reputation for lots of dry light snow, conditions should be good for the NASTC Powder & Cat-skiing Camp, January 16-20. Space is still available if you’d like to check into the “white room” with us and feel the powder floating up around you.!
NASTC COURSES NOT TO MISS THIS SEASON:
All Conditions/All Terrain Alpine Meadows – January 26-28
This course focuses on introductory to advanced level all mountain skiing skills. W! ork on fundamentals of skiing off-piste terrain, tactics for steeps, chutes, trees, bumps and more. Ideal course for skiers that want to start skiing more of the mountain and for those that are looking to improve their off-piste skiing skills.
Snowbird, UT – February 1-5
This course is geared for advanced level skiers that want to improve their off-piste skiing skills and tactics. The terrain at Snowbird is big and has a lot of variety to offer the seasoned skier. You will definitely be pushed and challenged to step up your off-piste skiing performance.
La Grave & The Southern Alps, France – March 1-8
If you had to choose one ski adventure for the whole season, this one would be it. La Grave is the destination on! just about every expert skier’s list. The general! area of La Grave is home to some of the top skiing destinations in Europe. La Grave offers a very different scenery than what is traditionally expected out of a European ski getaway. The area of La Grave has a rugged and wild beauty about it. The villages are made of stone and sit at the base of craggy mountain peaks. We will be skiing in the areas of Alpes d’Huez, Serre Chevalier, Les Deux Alpes and La Grave. You will build up the technique and tactics throughout the weak to ski the glaciated off-piste terrain. This is a great heart pumping adventure where you will be carefully guided by seasoned professionals. Skiing past blue glacier ice, winding your way on skis back to the village, having a top quality trainer to coach you to new heights in your skiing and to help you through the challenging areas, sitting by the fire with drinks in hand re-counting the day’s adventures is an experience that will mark y! our skiing career forever.