The Endestad Atomic Masters Ski Camp in Whitefish, Montana took place again the first full week of November this past week. It was cold again but not like last year. Most days were up into the single digits with last Friday at a balmy 17F.
Seventeen master skiers participated in the ski camp with four of us from the Midwest: John Arntzen, Bob Eneberg, and Lee Skinner (all from Illinois) and myself. Instruction was again superb, with coaches Sally and Audun Endestad (both former Olympians), John Estle (former USSA National ski team coach), and Scott Jerome from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My trip report from last year on Nordic Ski Racer can be found in the archives from last December which describes a typical week at ski camp.
Endestad group on hill freestyle:
Here is a portion of our group obtaining instruction in uphill freestyle technique.
Moose ribs and ocean salmon:
The cuisine highlight of the week was the cookout at the Endestad homestead with moose ribs from Audun's hunting trips and ocean salmon caught by Tim Miller a former NCAA ski champ and Endestad Atomic instructor and now an Alaskan fisherman in the Anchorage area.
High School relay:
The 3 main local Fairbanks High Schools put on their first relay practice race of the season. One team, Lathrop HS has over 40 members which is impressive.
Julie Coulter at start of Continental Cup 5km
Anna and Jessica at 5km finish:
Michigan Cup skiers and now UAF university athletes participated in the Continental Cup vs. UAA. Anna (top of photo) and Jessica Coulter of Traverse City placed 5th and 2nd respectively with times of 15:28 and 15:03 for the 5km freestyle event out of 15 women participants. Coach Scott Jerome thinks both of these Michigan athletes can make the travel team, which will be a real accomplishment.