17 April, 2005
Hello everyone. Did you do your taxes? If you haven't it's
too late now, watch for guys in black suits talking into their sleeves.
This is the new West Ski Team webmaster, Anson. If you have any ideas
for new postings feel free to click on the webmaster link up at the top
of your screen.
Currently, Holly is wandering the
depths of the South American rainforest, most likely getting
lost. When I get an actual location for her I'll put up a
"Where in the World is Holly" map. Sometime soon there will be a
summer training plan on the
website for those of you not in Winterstars/APU/Team Alaska or
29 March, 2005
E-mail from Jane Sauer and from Coach to next year's skiers.
Hello Ski Team Parents,
First of all, I apologize for
forwarding that OLD email about park bonds.
(Let me explain: my kids had been on my computer and had opened that
message to get an email address from it. When I sat down at my
that message was still opened and I figured those darn kids were once
reading my emails--a common occurrence-- and that it was a new message.
forwarded it to all of you before realizing it was from last year. Just
more reason why I should keep my kids away from my desk (and/or why I
read emails carefully before forwarding)!
For those of you who wanted to be
informed about the parent meeting that was
held before spring break, here is a summary:
As Holly explained in her "Adios"
email, she would like to come back as
coach next season but needs to find a supplemental job to earn enough
and hopefully some benefits in order to support her coaching habit. If
have any ideas, let her know. Louisa is in pretty much the same boat.
hopeful that we will have both of them back next year.
The booster club will order team
jackets for next season for skiers who do
not have their own jacket. The jackets will be exactly the same as the
sold this past year. These jackets will be checked out to skiers at the
beginning of the season and checked back in at the end of the season,
like the racing suits. Skiers still be able to purchase their own
at cost, just as in prior years. And, we will also sell jackets to
and other supporters, again at cost (appx. $110). If you or your skier
would like to purchase one of the team jackets next fall, please email
the size you would like to buy so we know what to order. We will be
the order during the summer.
We will also use funds to purchase
some ski equipment for skiers who do not
have their own equipment. Again, this stuff will be loaned to skiers
the ski season.
Diane Moxness has volunteered to
be the webmaster for the "Parent" page on
the ski team website. (Her son, Anson, will be the webmaster for the
team website.) So, in addition to emailed pleas for help, we will have
updated list of parent volunteer positions that still need to be filled
that parent page that you will be able to check. More on that next
That's about it.
Dear West athletes, parents, and
I am writing to say thank you and
goodbye for now as I lam leaving tomorrow afternoon for South America.
I've spent a great week in Seattle visiting with family and friends,
running, hiking, and road biking and its time for the next step of my
adventure. I hear that you guys got a few new inches of snow today and
there was good skiing. I hope that some of you took advantage of that.
I'm excited that some of you are
planning to do a bit of summer training- its going to make all the
difference in next year's season. Hopefully someone will be able to put
together a few summer activities, either roller ski demos and/or team
BBQs to keep the spirit and motivation high. In the meantime, stay
active and keep in touch! I will be kicked off Whitman email soon so I
have a new address. brooksha [at] gmail [dot] com Feel free to send me
an email whenever and I will definetly write you back- it just may take
a while. I'll also be sending Anson, (the new webmaster) a few updates
about my trip. Check the website if you're interested.
Happy spring and thanks to
everyone for their hard work and dedication this year.
p.s. Seniors-where are the emails
that you promised me? I want to know what you'll be doing next year!
16 March, 2005
Tomorrow, at 7.00 PM, there will be a parent meeting to discuss
activities / support for next year. The meeting will be at the downton
City Market at 13th and "I" street. Also, there will be utensils left
over from the banquet for pick-up there.
9 March, 2005
Check the JO results!
I've gotten a couple Valentine's Relay photos up now.
8 March, 2005
Have a very pleasant International Women's Day.
7 March, 2005
Some State photos are up now. I've more Region IV and Valentines Relay
pics to post...soon. I hope.
The Junior Nationals results are here: http://www.fasterskier.com/racing2070.html.
6 March, 2005
It was great to see people racing today, and to see people helping at
the station by Westchester! Thanks a lot!
To Anson and Daniel: As soon as I figure out what to do with the
server, and what ASD will allow me to get away with on their servers,
I'll give you guys the stuff for the site.
26 Feb'ry, 2005
See everybody at the Banquet tomorrow. Juniors need to arrive early to
help set up, while freshmen need to expect to stay late to help clean
26 Feb'ry, 2005
I'm so elated!
Welcome back guys!
25 Feb'ry, 2005
The plane from State comes in Saturday evening. I think that the flight
number is Alaska Airlines 180, and the arrival time is about 6.oo PM.
If you know otherwise, please correct me.
Second, the Estes lost their sled.
"SOS! We left our (new) black sled at the East relay
with the drink jugs and
bench. Please let us know if you have it. We would be happy to pick it
Kathy & Bill Estes"
I saw it there, although I don't know what became of it afterwards.
24 Feb'ry, 2005
The Hulens sent information regarding the banquet, uniform returns, and
the Tour of Anchorage. If you lost it or didn't get it, click here.
I got the first of several Regions pictures posted. I also turned some
in to Ms. Pozzi for the yearbook.
And finally, unofficial race results from state are
available at http://www.nscfairbanks.net/competition/competition.html.
I'll post them when they're final.
21 Feb'ry, 2005
State Skiers: Holly says to take today or yesterday off. If you took
yesterday off, ski today, for no more than an hour.
Tomorrow will be an important practise. Stay healthy.
20 Feb'ry, 2005
From April Cook
Dear Parents travelling to FBX and West Team Boosters:
The time for departure to FBX is close.
Diane Moxness and I are co-ordinating the parents and Boosters meals.
SHe has offered her room for kitchen and dining.
I had hoped to meet w/ folks who were around after the races and awards
yesterday. We do not have a clear head count of attendees and some of
Boosters indicated a preference for "doing our own meals." Sounds great
in theory, but to do that, you need wheels, and, for those of you who
have been to Birch Hill, it is out of town. So, packing lunches, water,
etc., would be a really good idea. Since tomorrow is an ASD holiday, it
would be a great day to do a COSTCO run, have a little baking session,
William, do you have a head count? Parents, can you pls let me know if
you plan to go and we can also get a head count?
19 Feb'ry, 2005
Way to go. Results are up.
18 Feb'ry, 2005
Bus leaves West at 9.15 tomorrow morning. Actually, Holly's letter says
9.oo, but she said 9.15 today. Good luck everyone.
17 Feb'ry, 2005
Hello West Parents and Supporters!
We are nearing the home stretch of the season and for
many of your kids, the regional races will be the last race of the
season. We previewed the courses at Kincaid today and its in great
shape. I am very glad that we can have at least one race at the main
venue this year! As always, there are many pertinent details about the
upcoming weekend. I will go in chronological order:
Pre-race prep day. We will be waxing. All skiers should bring BOTH
skate and classic skis to wax. If you have extra wax benches, forms,
irons, extension cords, etc that would be a great help. The earlier you
can bring them, the better. Kids can bring running shoes as there will
be a short, optional jog. Most of the athletes will be taking a day
"off." Please encourage your son/daughter to be in the weight room for
the mandatory 2:30 meeting. If you are interested in seeing a start
list, it is posted on the NSAA website, anchoragenordicski.com
Friday, Individual Classic Race, boys 7.5k, girls 5k~
Those registered to race will have an early dismissal from school at
approximately 9:45. People who aren't racing aren't excused from
school. The bus is scheduled to arrive at Kincaid by 10:30 in time for
a noon start. NOTE TO POTENTIAL WAXERS: I am expecting the wax
to be more difficult than it has been in past races. Any help testing
and waxing would be much appreciated. The last weather report I saw
called for a low of 16 degrees and a high of 35. I am guessing that we
will be using either a sticky hard wax or klister! The starts are two
skiers leaving every 30 seconds. The order is Boys A&B, Girls
A&B, Boys C-f, Girls C-f.
Athletes are expected to ride the bus to and from
Kincaid. On Friday night there will be the final spaghetti feed at the
Mcmahon residence (?)
Saturday, Skate Relay Day. Boys 4x5k, Girls 4x3k~
The bus will leave West at 9am. The order for the day is 10:30 Girls
Open, 10:35 Boys Open, 11am Girls A&B, C-D, Boys A&B, C&D,
E-I will follow all together. There will be awards after the completion
of the race for both days. On Saturday we are scheduled to help
clean-up Kincaid along with Service, East, and South. It would be great
to have helpers.
Lets end this season with a BANG. Volunteers, cheerers,
any way we can boost team spirit is highly appreciated. Once again
signs, noise makers, etc, etc are completely welcome. Come wearing
school colors! (You know you like them!)
FYI: We have some special seniors, most of whom will be
racing their last high school race. They are:
Fiona Worcester, Jordan O'Connell , Jenny Wooly, William Tuovinen, Jeff
Wiltsey, Nat Wilson, Matt Cameron, Cale Jorgensen, and Sean Doody.
Please let me know if I forgot to mention anyone.
It isn't too early to begin thinking about the end of the season
banquet. Both Louisa and I are leaving town shortly after ski season.
We will set a date for the banquet soon. If anyone has ideas for a
venue large enough for 70 skiers and their families please let me know.
Also, if anyone wants to create and be on a "banquet committee" that
would be great. I think that the end of the season banquet truly has
the potential to set the tone and motivation for the upcoming year. I
do not have time to plan the whole thing with State and Junior Olympics
on the horizon. The team captains will also be doing a bunch of the
Many skiers have shown interest in traveling to the State meet in
Fairbanks to show support for our team. I think it would be great to
have a bunch of teammates there. However, there are many logistics that
go into making this work. Many of you have asked me a bunch of
questions, hopefully this will help you.
West administrators said that if both the parents and
coach excused team members to travel to state it would be okay to miss
school. This is a personal decision between you and your son or
Fairbanks in far away and those of us going to compete
are flying. Due to the distance this trip entails transportation,
lodging, and food- don't forget supervision. I will be completely
engrossed with waxing and organizing the 12 racers who are competing at
State and will NOT be responsible for any other West Ski Team Member. I
would love others to show up but all of my energy is directed to the
racers. Other members of the team will not be allowed to stay in the
varsity rooms or eat the varsity food. Please understand this is not
trying to be exclusive, but rather give the athletes the focus and
space they need to perform their best.
So, I think it would be great if there was a parent (preferably whose
son or daughter isn't competing) who would be willing to do a bit of
organizing for those who want to attend in support. Please let me know
if you are interested so I know who to direct people too. If you are
wanting more details about the state meet check out asaa.org. Go to
I think that is all I have to say right now. (Sorry for
the saga) Please come out and volunteer, cheer hard. The kids have been
working hard and they deserve lots of support. (Photographers are
always needed too!)
Call the hotline often and see you soon,
16 Feb'ry, 2005
Dress up tomorrow. Meeting at 2.3o in the weight room.
The spaghetti feed will be on Friday at Julia's house.
15 Feb'ry, 2005
Reminder: there will be circuits at 6.15 in the weight room tomorrow
Tomorrow we'll be back at Kincaid. Skate and classic are both
12 Feb'ry, 2005
I've got the highlighted results now. I'm hoping for some great
pictures to put up.
11 Feb'ry, 2005
Bus leaves West at 8.45; show up around 8.30 or so. Uniform? Costume?
Skis? Poles? Warm clothes?
10 Feb'ry, 2005
Love the snow, but cancelling practise was a bit disappointing.
Hopefully as many as people as possible got to go ski or run on their
own or in groups.
Tomorrow there will be practise whether or not there is school. And we
need 12 line poems.
9 Feb'ry, 2005
Skiing tomorrow will either be at Russian Jack or Kincaid, depending on
the status of grooming.
We need to come up with a 12 line love poem referring to the other
teams and volunteers for the race.
Holly's most recent letter is on the Parent's page.
8 Feb'ry, 2005
Nice snow, isn't it?
Belated congratulations to all the skiers who raced this weekend!
Tomorrow will probably be a slower, gentler practise. There's a good
chance that it'll be either classic or skate.
7 Feb'ry, 2005
We're probably skating tomorrow, after everybody cleans up the ski
room. It's a mess, really.
And think snow!
5 Feb'ry, 2005
Results for the Besh races can be found here:
See everybody Monday!
3 Feb'ry, 2005
Sorry about the buses today - that was just bad luck. Hopefully
everybody made the best of the situation.
Good luck to everybody in Fairbanks right now; best of wishes!
There will be no official practise tomorrow, but skiing in
groups would be good. If anybody wants to set up a carpool, e-mail me
and I'll post your message here. Otherwise, just spread the word
2 Feb'ry, 2005
Happy Birthday Daniel!
1 Feb'ry, 2005
Reminder of circuits tomorrow morning.
Update: Latest news from holly on the parent's page.
31 January, 2005
On Wednesday, there will be morning circuits at 6.15 AM.
There will be no official practise on Friday because Holly and many
skiers will be driving to Fairbanks for Besh Cups. It would be cool if
some of us could organise a car pool and go to Russian Jack or Hilltop
See you tomorrow - keep it kilter now!
29 January, 2005
Highlighted results are on the sidebar. See y'all Monday.
If you have photos, give to me. I'll also make an honest attempt to get
more pictures posted tomorrow.
Dear Parents, Volunteers, and Skiers,
This upcoming weekend, the West Ski Team is co-hosting
the "Skiathlon", a pursuit style race which includes a classic mass
start, a transition area where skiers will trade classic equipment for
skate equipment, and a skate race to the finish. This is an exciting
new format which is used in national and world cup level events as well
as Anchorage high school races! It is my goal to make this the most fun
high school race yet- with your help that is possible.
As the event co-host (with South) we will need
volunteers to help out with specifics of the race. However, we will
also need LOTS of help with the West team. Just as this race has the
potential to be the most fun, it is guaranteed to be the most
complicated. On Friday skiers will have to glide wax both their classic
and skate skis. On Saturday we will need help with kick wax, (possibly
klister!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) getting kids to the start in time, someone to
organize and man the transition area, people to ride the bus, snacks,
drinks, taking pictures, people cheering on the course, etc. My hope is
that West is the most energetic, spirited team out there. (big,
obnoxious signs and bullhorns are okay!) This weekend is especially
needy because both Louisa and Ben are out of town. In addition to my
coaching responsibilities, I need to make sure the event as a whole is
More on Friday:
I have seen a huge decline in pre-day wax help since the New Year. Yes,
it is getting easier because the skiers are becoming more comfortable
with waxing their own skis. However, because we have twice as many skis
to wax, (78x2=156) we could really use your help. We will need as many
extra benches, forms, irons, and extension cords as possible. My goal
is to be done by 6:30 when we will head to Anson's house for a special,
(surprise themed) spaghetti feed.
I have been trying to get scrappers with "Skiathlon 2005" engraved on
them. However, the people who distribute the scrappers, (I was trying
to get clear ones so the design would show through) won't call me back.
If you have an idea for awards and could help get them made, (we do
have some money) please contact me. I would like to have awards for top
ten varsity/jv and top three for C and Open. Anyone below JV usually
goes unrecognized and I think it would be cool if they could get an
award as well. Also, if anyone owns or has access to a big stereo/mic
system that we could use that would be great. I would love to have
pump-up music and a microphone for announcements. Maybe NSAA has
something like this already that we could use?
As many of you know, this past weekend many of us traveled to Soldotna
to participate in the Besh Cup races. Typically these races have been
geared towards those trying to qualify for Junior Olympics. However, I
think that everyone who went would agree that they are fun races and
the opportunity to travel with other skiers is awesome. The next (and
final) Besh cups are in Fairbanks the weekend of February 5th and 6th.
I think it would be great if we could get a large WEST turn-out. Now is
the time to start making travel arrangements, sign-up for the races,
etc. Perhaps in years to come we can think about all traveling
together, renting a house, etc......... Just a thought.
That's it for now. See you all soon! Email or call with
I know, ski team overload! But.... Saturday night, Juniors and seniors
who are interested in skiing in college, (at any level, not just NCAA)
come to come over to my house for college talk, pizza, and a sauna
~ See sign up on ski room door.
#1 priority right now is awards! If we could get
something other than a traditional medal that would be great
Happy New Years!
I hope that everyone had fun and restful breaks because
its time to get back into the swing of things! I wish that the weather
would cooperate but in the meantime, I would like to make sure that we
are doing everything possible to increase our level of fitness and team
spirit. Eventhough it was incredibly icey we had a fun practice at
Hilltop today. It was good to practice relay handoffs for this upcoming
weekend's race, the skate sprint relays!
A few details about the race:
~We will wax for Saturday's race on Friday, there will
be a spaghetti feed afterwards. Please bring extra benches, forms,
irons, and extention cords to make this process go quickly. I have been
super impressed with the help and effort so far, lets keep it up!
~The race location is changed to Bartlett High School. Bartlett is the
host for this race and apparently they have more snow than we do at
either Hillside or Kincaid. Get excited to check out a new venue.
~The format for this race is 2x2x2 meaning that we will have teams of
two skiers who each ski a 2-kilometer course twice. It should be very
exciting!! (Please take video and pictures- if you take digitial
pictures, please send them to Nat, our Webmaster- who by the way is
doing a spectacular job with our website!)
~Steller kids: I know that you guys are immersed in intensives right
now- what a cool program! We miss you at practice. I just wanted to say
that we still expect you guys to race in Saturday's race! Tomorrow at
practice is the ABSOLUTE LATEST to tell me that you aren't racing. So
far, there is only one skier who has communicated this to me. I am
assuming that everyone else will be there and stolked to ski fast!
We are either at or incredibly close to our fundraising
goal of over 5,000!!!! Congratulations to everyone and their hard work!
I would like to give a special thank you to Will Estes who raised over
700 dollars. Also, To Anson Moxness who has raised over 500! Anson has
been the inspiration and hard worker behind this effort. He has put in
countless hours organizing, collecting money, corresponding with the
NCCSEF people- If you see Anson, please give him a large "Thank You!"
Because of everyone's hard work West will be able to have fast skis!
(and maybe some team jackets in the near future!) If you haven't
collected all your pledges, don't think that its too late! We will
always take more money! If you want to go out and solicit more
donations that would be cool too. I'm proud of all of you.
Two West skiers, Fiona and Max are racing at Soldier
Hollow right now. THere is a huge field of the Nations best skiers down
there, a really cool scene. If you want to follow their progress go to
Thanks for the continuous spirit and hard work. You guys
are awesome! Keep up the good work,
28 January, 2005
Skate skis, classic skis, warm-up skis, boots, poles, uniform, warm
clothes. See you tomorrow! Bus leaves West at 9.oo.
27 January, 2005
Ski meeting at 2.3o on Friday. Be on time.
Everybody should dress up tomorrow. It would be really nice if more
people did so. Cale's thinking of an incentive for people to dress up,
or rather, a punishment for not doing so. And it'll probably hurt.
We need parent volunteers for the race Sat. and for waxing Fri.
Hopefully everybody planning on doing ID theft got a call tonight.
Cory, Max, or William, I need a team roster if you have one. Thanks!
See you at Anson's house for the spaghetti feed!
26 January, 2005
Tomorrow is absolutely the last day to tell coach if you know that you
won't be racing.
Sign up for the identity theft...thing, and the college info session at
We need as many parent's as we can get to volunteer at the race.
25 January, 2005
If you didn't do intervals today, you can tomorrow. We will
Circuits will be at West at 6.3o AM. Apparently, Mr. Lynch is okay will
skiers using the laboratory safety shower in SCI-1 before class, if you
can't get into the locker room.
I have the newest letter from coach on the Parent's
page. Everybody should read it.
Um, sorry if the page appears a little funny every once in a while
tonight -- I'm trying to work out a bug. Rather than do English. Eh.
Update: Argh! Computers are
anal pieces of...oh wait...there it goes.
24 January, 2005
I know that I'm late. More Bartlett
photos have been posted, including the infamous "Lexy is Sexy"
ones. I hope to soon get up some photos by the Hulens, some photos from
Chugiak by Coach Holly, and some team pictures. If you have given me
pictures that I didn't mention, send me an e-mail because I forgot.
Congratulations to everyone who was in Soldotna!
We are hosting the next race, the Skiathalon, this Saturday. It's
usually at Kincaid, but who knows...?
20 January, 2005
There will be no official practise tomorrow, but everybody is
encouraged to get out and ski. Maybe a group can meet at 3.oo at
I wish everybody going to Besh cups great luck!
19 January, 2005
I finally got the Cook Inlet Cup
Skating tomorrow. Good luck on finals.
18 January, 2005
Tomorrow, wear your ugliest ski suit. Try to be uglier than Holly.
Also, there will be circuits in the weight room at 6.25. Recommended
for all, and virtually required for varsity.
I don't actually like finals all that much.
17 January, 2005
I have a lot of pictures. More than I know what to do with right now.
I'll be posting more when ever I have time, probably over the next week
or so. Thanks a lot to all the people who gave them to me.
There is one new gallery up now.
Update: Ugh...having tech problems. I'll get them up as soon as I can. Okay, got it fixed.
Coach Louisa put together a spreadsheet for percent back for individual
skiers for the season thus far. It's pretty cool stuff. You can find
it, along with an explanation of how to use it, on the sidebar to the
15 January, 2005
I have the results up - sorry that it took a while. Congratulations to
Right. So if you drop something while racing, don't go back to pick it
up. I fell and my hat came off. A few seconds after righting myself and
skiing away, I noticed that my head seemed cold. Idiot that I am, I
turned around, skied back, tried, and failed to retrieve my hat. A
parent brought it to the finish line for me - I'd like to thank him.
14 January, 2005
The bus will leave West at 8.45 PM. Do you have your skate skis? Skate
poles? Skate boots? Uniform? A snack?
See you all tomorrow morning.
13 January, 2005
There will be a meeting at 2.3o PM tomorrow in the weight room. Also,
because this is the day before a race, you must wear nice clothes.
Must. Imperative. Required.
The race will, I hear, be at Mirror Lake. It will be 10k for boys A and
B, and 7.5k for everybody else. I remember back in the day when all
boys *hrrm* men had to ski 10k.
That all I can think of at the moment. Um, return wax and corks if you
have them. I'm sure that I'm forgetting something else - but no
11 January, 2005
Tomorrow will be skate at Hillside.
Also, I think I'm going to start posting daily ("occasional") pictures
on the front page.
11 January, 2005
Bartlett split times are up.
10 January, 2005
More classic tomorrow, probably at Russian Jack. And, uh, sorry for
playing Ultimate. We probably shouldn't have done that.
Should have some new pictures up soon. Oo! And Coach Holly's picture is
9 January, 2005
We will be bussing out on Monday. Bring classics, skates, and shoes in
the event that we have to do dryland. Spread the word.
9 January, 2005
Incomplete results were posted late last night. I now have complete, highlighted results up.
By the way, the website is up to 3 000 visits in the past year. See you
8 January, 2005
Yeah, I'm waiting for the results to be posted too.
6 January, 2005
The rumour is that the race is now at Russian Jack. Check the hotline
Tomorrow everyone is expected to wear either nice shirts and ties
or skirts or nice pants. Anyone who doesn't owes Cale a bag of
Swedish Fish. We will be waxing for the race and probably doing some
We made $6 003 from the Ski-A-Thon! Awesome! Thank Anson.
5 January, 2005
The meet this weekend is, for now at least, moved to Bartlett. Check
the hotline for updates.
Update:I have the new
letter from coach posted on the Parent's Section.
Also, I updated Coach Louisa's contact information and spread a notice
from April Cook via e-mail.
4 January, 2005
First post of the new year!
We will try to skate intervals tomorrow, if there's still any snow....
Tomorrow is also the absolute last day to give Anson money.
William and Lex will be holding a...fundraiser...for tsunami relief.
You can give them money too, tomorrow.
Ugh; bad weather, isn't it?
I've finally got the Ski-A-Thon pictures posted.
Remember to collect Ski-A-Thon money and to look at the schedule for practises.
Opps, this was sent last Friday:
Anson's address; get the Ski-A-Thon money to him.
Diane Moxness (aka Anson's Mother-Unit)
1213 S Street Anchorage AK 99051
Dear Parents and
Friends of the West High Ski Team,
December 20th, the West High School ski team will be holding our
primary fundraiser for the year, the "Skiathon." This is a fundraiser
benefits both the West Ski team and the National Cross Country Ski
Foundation. (NCCSEF is a foundation that promotes X-C skiing
America.) Swix, the sponsor of this event, is offering a bunch of great
prizes...such as t-shirts, racing poles, high fluro waxes, and
videos...for athletes who participate.
This fundraiser is
important for a number of reasons: We have purchased a
bunch of great, new things this year that need to be paid for. The team
owns four radios so coaches can communicate out on the trails. This is
important for giving splits, and for safety. (We also purchased a palm
for splits.) Thanks to Martin Hansen, we are getting a team tent which
serve as a central waxing station and meeting point at races. (Many
graciously donated money to help with this one.....thanks!) I have also
purchased a lot of wax and tools that will keep your kids' skis running
fast as possible! In the near future, we would like to purchase team
that would be loaned out at the beginning of the year like the rest of
uniform. Other teams have this, we do not.
Here is what the
team is asking you to do: Please encourage your athlete(s)
to call family members, take a spin around the neighborhood, or ask
co-workers for donations and/or pledges for our Skiathon. A pledge form
attached to this email. People can pledge a certain amount of money
per-kilometer skied or a flat donation. I encourage athletes to ask for
flat donation, that can be collected on the spot, rather than a
per-kilometer amount, which would require going around again after the
and trying to collect money.
Our team goal is
to raise Five Thousand Dollars. I know this may sound like
a lot but, if you divide $5,000 by the 78 members of the ski team, it
out to $64.10 per skier. Considering that some of our skiers have
raised a lot more than that (for example, Anson who has already raised
$500!!!), I think that it is a realistic goal. Who knows, maybe we can
With one of the
largest ski teams in West's history, we need a budget to
perform comfortably and safely. West is a young team with a lot of
and amazing team spirit. Please help us meet our goal!
Skiathon details to follow soon. Please set aside Monday the
20th to participate. (Note to Skiers: Attendance this day is mandatory
unless you already have plans to be out of town- in this case, athletes
still expected to raise money. Downhill skiing is NOT a legitimate
The actual Skiathon will be limited to about 2 hours, probably
There was talk about a BBQ. Then the kids are planning on going
a team and having a White Elephant gift exchange. All in all, it should
fun day! As always we will need some volunteer help!
Its time to race
again! The annual Lynx Loppet Invitational is this coming Friday and
Saturday! This race is a fun one; seven teams from outside of the
Anchorage School District will be joining us so it will be a HUGE
field! At the Service race last weekend we set a record of 395 skiers
for the largest ASD race ever. West was a large part of that and a
great presence out on the trails! We hope to have an even larger
percentage of participation in the future.
The Lynx Loppet is
a pursuit style race meaning that there is a classic, interval start
race on Friday and a skate race on Saturday. Your start time on
Saturday is dependent upon your Friday finish. For example, if Louisa
where to beat me by 2 minutes in the classic race then she would have a
2 minute head start on Saturday. The winner is whoever crosses the line
Everyone is very
excited about this race. However, we have a lot of work ahead of us.
The conditions in the past month haven't allowed for much classic
skiing at all. Therefore, that will be the focus of the week: classic
technique and teaching the kids how to wax. If you or anyone you know
is available to come and help at practice that would be great. We can
always use more "coaches." You really don't have to know much.....
Waxing is another huge issue. We have a practice bus on Thursday and I
want to use it. So, we will be practicing and then returning to school
for waxing. This will run into dinner time and there was talk about
providing some food at school. Anyone interested in spear-heading this?
On Friday the athletes will be receiving an early dismissal from
school. Buses will be leaving West at 10:15 for a 12:30 start. This may
sound early but we need to have time to ensure that everyone has kick.
Classic races always require more time.
Varsity and the top 100 boys and girls will move on. This means that
not everyone on our team will be racing two days. However, I still hope
and expect everyone to be there seeing that there will be a lot of
cheering to be done! Race waxing for Saturday will happen after Fridays
race before leaving the race venue. (Its supposed to be at Kincaid but
if we don't get more snow it will be switched to Service) If we have to
re-wax on Saturday with something faster we'll do it.
Now, here comes my
shameless plug for volunteers. This past weekend was awesome and I hope
we can keep that level of participation and spirit. Here are some
things we need help with:
~Race waxing on
Thursday. 5:15-whenever we get out of there. We are going to try and
speed up the process
~Set-up, testing, waxing on Friday. Also people for the start, finish,
bib hand-out, etc. Waxers will be needed as early as possible. Patrick,
Louisa and I will be out there as early as nine.
~People to help race wax after the race on Friday for Saturday.
~People to help on Saturday. That race time is 10:30
~We also need some parent volunteers to ride the buses so that Louisa
and I can wax test.
~People to commit to taking video and pictures during the races
There has also
been talk about borrowing a Mountain Hardwear Space Station for the
team. For those of you who have never seen one of these, its awesome!
It's a $5,000 dollar tent and can hold approximately 40 people.
Considering the cold temperatures we've had lately I really want to put
this tent up as a "West warming and gathering place." Kids could leave
their warm up there, go to get warm, etc, etc. If we want to do this we
would need some people to volunteer to help set it up. I'll be honest,
its not easy but can be done. I'm sure someone out there will want to
tackle this project! If nothing else, it will make the kids feel cool
and important which we all know is very important(!)
Thank you VERY
much to those of you who have been helping out. I really appreciate
your generosity and commitment to the team. Especially those who don't
even have kids on the team. If you see Patrick Mcgownd, (Toko Rep),
Paul and Rob from AMH, or Bela, the coach from last year be sure to
give them special thanks. I've been getting a lot of good feedback that
West is a force this year. Lets keep that up!
One last note- The
spaghetti feed will be at Roz and Fiona's house on Friday night, the
night after the classic race. A map with more directions will be coming
home soon. Thank you very much to Jane Sauer (Max and Lex) who hosted
the athlete spaghetti feed and Sam and Jackie Cason (Drew) who hosted
the parent spaghetti feed last week! Last but not least to Kathy Estes
who organized all the uniforms!
If you are
interested in any of these volunteer positions, please contact either
me or Jane. I'm having a hard time returning all my emails so if you
email me, I'll just expect you to be there unless you have more
specific questions. Thanks so much!
More to come soon,
Please pass this
info along to those who didn't get it!
A Merry Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or festival of choice to all.
Practise is again at 10.ooAM at Kincaid tomorrow.
The winter schedule is here.
Looks like the Ski-A-Thon was a success, thanks to everyone who
collected pledges and was there. We had a pretty fair turn-out. I will
post some pictures sent in by Mr. Waters soon.
Practise tomorrow (Wed) will be at Kincaid at 10.ooAM. Bring classic
skis and wax if you have any.
Update from Coach Holly:
There are still a few hours to get some additional pledges! Family,
neighbors, parent's co-workers- go hit 'em up!
So, a re-cap of
arrive at Kincaid no later than 10:45. On days without buses people
have a tendency to wander in whenever they want. Please be on time
tomorrow seeing that there are specific directions and we want everyone
to be able to raise a lot of money. The skiing will end around 1pm. You
guys should bring your SKATE skis.
-We will be having
the costume contest before the ski. Go ahead and dress up for the ski!
Just make sure it doesn't impede with your skiing.
-Linda Hulen will
be bringing drinks for a "feed station" to put in the stadium. If any
other parents/friends want to help come that would be great. I'm going
to have the kids do laps through the stadium and i would like someone
to be able to help keep track of how far they've gone.
-We were initially
going to have a BBQ after the ski but that is cancelled. Instead, there
are optional evening events. (the skiathon is MANDATORY but the evening
events are completely optional)
-5pm people are
meeting at Julia and Liam Mcmahon's house for caroling. (its encouraged
to wear your ski team coat or hat!) -1315 Virginia ct. 277-7058
"progressive party is moving to Celine Dammond's house. IF you don't
want to go caroling show up here. Celine's address is 1001 West 19th
Ave. 276-8844. The Dammond family is providing tortillas, beans, and
ground beef. Athletes are asked to bring drinks, chips, salsa, sour
cream, guacamole, dessert, etc..... at Celines we will also be having a
white elephant gift exchange. If you want to participate, please bring
a gift within the range of 5-10 dollars that you think others would
-Good job to those
of you who did the Besh Cup races this weekend!
See you all
As Coach Holly eloquently says: "GO OUT AND GET PLEDGES!"
Congrats to Anson, Otto, and Kenneth for getting the most pledges so
far. The goal is 5,000 dollars.
Meet at Kincaid on Monday at around 10.45 for the Ski-A-Thon. We'll
have a barbeque afterwards.
Optional caroling in the evening, followed by a burrito feed.
There are four new galleries of photos up, courtesy of Coach Holly!
Break schedules were handed out yesterday. The soonest thing coming up
for most of us is the Ski-A-Thon on Monday, which is mandatory.
On the Parent's page, I posted the most recent letter from Coach Holly,
with information pertaining to the Ski-A-Thon.
Lose your Ski-A-Thon form? Download and print a copy.
Skate distance / technique work tomorrow, proabably at Kincaid.
Did you collect money for the Ski-A-Thon?
If you can manage it, go skiing. Otherwise, go running.
Or you could collect money for the Ski-A-Thon.
Plan for Tuesday is classic technique.
Collect money for the Ski-A-Thon!
We'll be meeting at Beartooth for Napoleon Dynamite,
showing at 5.3o. Get tickets by 4.oo or 4.3o.
We did awesomely at Service, way to go West!
If anybody has pictures, send them to me and I'll post them.
Update: I now have the highlighted results
10 December, 2004
Highlighted results are up. Congratulations to all.
Bus leaves West at 8.3o tomorrow.
8 December, 2004
Boys wear shirts and ties, girls wear skirts or nice pants tomorrow.
After practise at Service, we will be waxing at school. Expect practise
to go overtime. Woe be it to those of us who have a 15 page English
paper due Friday.
The spaghetti feed will be at Fiona's house on Friday - the map is on
the ski room door.
Don't forget about Anson's Skiathalon / Skiathon fundraiser pledge
For varsity, race evaluations were due today.
7 December, 2004
E-mail from the coach is on the parent's page. Skiers should read it
too; it's where it is because that's where I had room.
Still interested in photos, if anybody has any to contribute. Also,
sometime in the near future, we'll be collecting mugshots for the
website. If you don't cooperate, we'll post those name-recognition
photos from the early November. It's your call.
6 December, 2004
Last call for team jacket orders is this week; contact Linda Hulen at
There are some new photos up too.
The Secret pal sign-up sheet is on the ski-room door. Cale will take it
tommorrow and hand out bags Wednesday.
This week will be mostly concentrating on classic in preperation for
the Lynx Loppet. On Friday, team members will probably be excused from
class at around 10.oo AM.
4 December, 2004
I have the highlighted results posted. If
anyone has any pictures or video, get it to me, and I'll post it.
Update: I have some pictures
taken by Mr. Waters posted.
3 December, 2004
The bus leaves West at 11.ooAM on Saturday. Everybody needs to ride the
bus to and from the race.
Check back here after the race for results.
We have a link to the New East
High Ski Team Website.
3 December, 2004
-Unofficial practise as 12.3o at Service-
Don't ski for more than an hour.
There is still waxing at 2.3o at West, and then the spaghetti feed. I
told you that it would snow on Thursday.
2 December, 2004
First post of the month! I'm so psyched!
Friday we will be waxing skis. Also, because this is the day before a
race, boys must wear nice shirts and ties and girls must
wear skirts or nice pants. Ignore Willy.
The spaghetti feed is at Max's house. Maps are available in the ski
room. Bring food.
As far as we know, the race is still on at 1.ooPM on Saturday. The bus
will probably leave West at 10.3o or 11.oo, but we'll know more
30 November, 2004
Letter from Jane Sauer, 30 Nov 2004
Hello Ski Team Parents,
Sorry about the bussing fiasco today, and good work to those who
managed to make it to Kincaid.
There is important information about the upcoming ski race on the Parent's Page.
Also, hopefully everybody managed to sign up for the ski buddies on the
ski room door. Cale was planning on taking the sheet home today, and I
don't know if there will be a chance to add more names to the list
This is a message on behalf of Coach Holly:
This Friday's practice will be dedicated to waxing skis
... in preparation
of Saturday's race. While the ski team has a few waxing benches, waxing
forms and irons, in order to get 70-some pair of skis waxed within a
hours, we are hoping to round up some more of this equipment. If you
waxing bench and/or ski form(s) and/or waxing iron that you could spare
several hours on Friday, please bring them to the school by 2:30pm on
Friday. Please tell your skier to let Holly know what you will be
so she will know how many waxing stations she will have on Friday. The
current plan is to wax in the hallway near the ski room so any
be dropped off there. (Be sure to put your name on everything so you
back!) Also, please arrange to pick up any gear you lend us (or have
skier bring it home) at the end of practice.
Also, we could use 4-6 parents to help with Friday's
waxing. You don't have
to be an expert, just generally familiar with the waxing process and
follow instructions. (We'll have "experts" there to give those
instructions.) If you are able to spend an hour or so helping, please
anytime between 2:30 and 5:00 and Holly will put you to work.
For Saturday's race, Holly was hoping one of you will
volunteer to be the
official West "video taker." Is there anyone out there who would be
to video our racers (i.e., not just your own child)? If so, please
call to let me know. And, if you need a video camera, we can get you
Also on Saturday, we might need a few extra hands to
make sure all our
racers are at the start line when they need to be and, especially if it
cold that day, to put blankets on the skiers after their finish and/or
them to the warm drinks. (Only Nora Shew...Nat Wilson's mom...signed up
help at this week's race.) The racers will start in pairs, every 30
so it is important that each skier knows his or her start time and is
and ready to race at the appropriate time. If you can help Saturday,
We will also need two parents who can ride the bus from
West to Service with
the skiers...and back again too. Please let me know if you can ride
to or from the race on the bus that day. The bus will leave West at
Finally, the most important support you can give is to
come to the race and
cheer for West (actually, for all the participants...just cheer more
for West)! We are hoping for a strong cheering block for our young
Wear those lovely West colors (!!), bring your cow bells, inspirational
signs, and generally be ready to show and voice your support for our
skiers! Also, please remember to take those pictures for our team
Letter from Jane Sauer, 28 Nov 2004
Hello Ski Team Parents!
Well...let's hope for snow because our first race of the
season is set for
this Saturday. Here is the race information....including a reminder
who signed up to bring drinks and snacks and to help at the race. I am
sending information about the Skiers' Friday Night Spaghetti Feed
happens to be at our house this week).....AND a special "Parents
Night Spaghetti Feed"! (These spaghetti feeds will be held no matter
happens with the race.)
Also, we will be placing another order for West team
jackets, for delivery
in mid-January. If you would like to order a team jacket for your
please call Linda Hulen at 561-3798 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race: Saturday, December 4, at 1pm at Service High School; 5k Skate for
boys; 3K skate for girls (Note that this may change due to weather;
please call 277-WEST for updates)
Bus Leaves West: Skiers should verify with Coach Holly as to what time
they need to be at West Saturday morning
Drinks: Jane Sauer
Snacks: Sharon Vaissiere, Beth Pope
Race Volunteer(s): Nora Shew
FRIDAY NIGHT PRE-RACE SPAGHETTI FEED FOR SKIERS AND
COACHES (Skiers should bring home flyers this week with the following
Time: Friday, December 3, 6:00-9:00pm
Place: Max and Lex Treinen's house
1436 "O" Street; 248-0674
Directions: From West High, drive toward downtown on Minnesota, which
turns into "I" Street
Turn left (west) on 13th Avenue (at light at City Market);
Turn left (south) onto L Street
Turn right (west) onto 15th Avenue
Turn right onto O Street; we are the green house, second on the left
Please Bring (By Last Names):
A - G Drink
H - N Salad
O - S Bread
T - Z Dessert
SATURDAY NIGHT POST-RACE SPAGHETTI FEED FOR PARENTS AND
skiers should be bringing home flyers with the following information)
Time: Saturday, December 4, starting at 6:00 pm
Place: Sam and Jackie Cason's house (parents of Drew)
4107 Balchen Drive
Directions: From West High, turn west on Northern Lights, and south on
Turn left/east onto Balchen Drive (which would be 41st Avenue)
The house is on the right side, just as Balchen curves to the left;
house with red trim
The Casons will provide the "main course" (i.e.,
spaghetti). Please bring
whatever you like....appetizer, salad, dessert, wine, beer, etc.
GO WEST....and THINK SNOW!!
Thank you. Please call me, or Linda Hulen at 561-3798,
if you have any
Letter from Coach
Dear West Parents:
I would like to thank everyone who has already agreed to
volunteer in some form or another. This is a big team (We have 75 on
our roster this year- the biggest West team in history as far as I
know!) and there are many components that go into making it successful.
I have been having a great time at practice thus far- hopefully you've
been getting good feedback on your end as well. I just hope the rain
stops and the snow falls!
Before my shameless plug for more volunteer, I wanted to
let you guys know that tomorrow, Friday the 12th we are having a waxing
clinic with Patrick Mcgownd, the Alaska Toko representative. Patrick
has graciously agreed to help us race wax this season which should be a
HUGE help. Tomorrow, he will be talking about everything from basic
waxing to more technical stuff. He's bringing a van full of stuff to
show us as well. Every athlete on the team must learn how to wax their
skis seeing that they will be in charge of a large portion of the race
waxing. Patrick will also provide heavily discounted order forms for
waxes, gloves, and poles. Parents are welcome to come to this event- I
think that it will be great.
As Jane mentioned in a previous email, I am looking for
volunteers to help out with coaching. With a team as big as ours, it is
just too much for Louisa and I to give everyone the attention they
deserve. So, we are looking for people who would be wiling to come to
practice and help out. Please don't be intimidated. You don't have to
be a great skier to help out! We have all levels of athletes on the
team including beginners who need extra attention. Our team will be
going to Kincaid three days per week, Tuesday-Thursday. Volunteers
could either ride the bus with the team from West or meet us at the
Coming to practice isn't the only way that you can help.
Thank you to those of you who have signed up to host spaghetti feeds,
bring drinks to the races, etc. Now that practice has started and I'm
thinking about skiing 16 hours of the day I've thought of a few more
things that would be nice. If you are interested in helping out with
any of the following, please contact me (or Jane)
-Ski team web site development- I would include rosters,
pictures, more announcements, links, etc. [Editor's note: Please send
any content you want posted to me (Nat)]
-Race videos- if you are planning on video taping any of the races
please let me know. Video is a great tool for kids to watch. You see
everyone but yourself ski on a regular basis. We also talked about the
possibility of making a skiing video?!!!
-Scrapbook- We've had a few parents offer to turn in pictures. It would
be great if we could get someone to head up the project and make an
awesome West ski team scrapbook. I really want to stay on top of
clipping news paper articles.
-Uniforms-Kathy, I have you down for being in charge of uniforms, do
you want any help? This includes numbering them, making an inventory
and helping pass them out....
-Fundraising!- Everyone's favorite. I know that Anson is heading up the
Skiathalon but I've heard a few other ideas floating around. More money
is always needed for the team to buy waxes, team gear, etc. This year
we also really want to buy a tent (apparently every other team has one)
Walkie talkies, and split machines....
-Toko order form- I need a parent who would be willing to be in charge
of the Toko order form that we'll be turning in. This includes
collecting and organizing orders from team members!
-Ski Room Improvement- Our wax room is small and our limited space
could used more efficiently. Drew and Anson are enthusiastic about
revamping it but could use some help. Right now it is complete chaos
with skis, boots, poles, etc for 75 people. A large part of this would
be a big trip to either goodwill or the dump. We have a LOT of old
stuff that I would love to get rid of.
-More help at the race we're hosting!-West is co-hosting the Skiathalon
January 29th with South. I know we have some parents signed up to help
that weekend but seeing that it is our event, we will need a much
higher level of participation. I want to show those other schools that
we can host a fantastic race!
I know that I had a bunch of other things in mind but
its late and they're escaping me right now.
However, if you don't feel as though you have time to donate, there are
many things that the ski team needs. Many of these items may be in your
garage collecting dust... it could be as simple as pulling it out and
sending it/them with your athlete to practice:
-Any old skis, boots, or poles that you are no longer
using. We have many team members who do not own their own gear. We need
more to lend out. This is your change to get ride of it!!
-wax benches, forms, irons, etc.....
-filing cabinet/ folders
-old tv/vcr for viewing ski videos
-ski videos/books- or $ to purchase them. It would be cool develop a
ski library where athletes could check stuff out to study up!
-snacks or practice? (frivolous, I know- but it would be nice every
once in a while)
That's all that I can think of right now.
We have a wonderful group of athletes as well as parents
this year and i think and hope that you will find time spent committed
to helping the team fun and rewarding. The parent spaghetti fees should
be a lot of fun.
Thanks so much for your support, I hope to hear from you
10 Nov Letter from Jane Sauer
Hello West Ski Team Parents,
The good news is we have a lot of kids who have signed
up for the ski team!
This means that our coaches Holly and Louisa have their
hands full. We are
hoping to get a third coach on line soon, but in the mean time--and
after we get another coach--our coaches could REALLY use some extra
practices. Having more adults at practice would be much better for the
70 skiers too!
If you are able and willing to help, please email Coach
email@example.com or call her at 677-7701 for more information. You
don't have to be a fast skier to help!
We are hoping we can set up a somewhat regular schedule
so that we can have
extra help each at each practice. For example, if you could commit to
every Tuesday, or every other Tuesday, that would be great. On the
hand, if you can only come once in awhile, or only for specific weeks,
would help too!
In general, we'd like the "assistants" to be at West by
2:30 (and ride the
bus to Kincaid with the kids) but if it works better for you to meet at
Kincaid at 3:00, just let Holly know.
Holly would also like to have extra "waxers" on Fridays
("wax days" )after
school.... Again, please email or call Holly if you can help.
4 October Newsletter (Jane Sauer)
Dear Parents of West High Skiers:
With our first snowfall last weekend come thoughts of
the 2004-05 ski
Just to fill you in on some ski team news:
Coach: First of all, West High has hired a head coach
for this year. Her
name is Holly Brooks. She is a recent graduate of Whitman College, an
excellent skier with strong junior national and college results, 3-year
captain of Whitman's ski team, and has had several coaching
Brooks is excited to be coming to Alaska and to West High! She has been
that she will have a strong group of parent supporters to help her in
first year of coaching a high school team! We also have some strong
candidates for an assistant coach(es) though that decision will not be
until a later date. Of course, we are all grateful to Coach Bela for
on the responsibility last year and hope we will see him at races and
a few practices this season!
Pre-Season Meeting: A ski team parent informational
meeting will be held at
the West cafeteria on Thursday, October 28, starting at 6:30. Our new
will be there, along with Paul or Ben from AMH (to talk about gear),
will hand out season calendars. We will send more information about
meeting when the time gets closer.
Missing Racing Suits: It seems that we are short a few
team racing suits.
Please check your closets and drawers for any ski team racing suits
might not have been turned in. If you have one, please let me know so
add it to our "count" and bring it to the parent meeting. And, if you
anyone who was on the team in years past, please ask if they happen to
have a West High racing suit top or bottom.
Contact Information: Finally, I am sending this email to
parents from last
year. Please let me know if you want to be taken off this list or if
like these emails to go to a different email address. Also, if you know
other parents of skiers or potential skiers (i.e., freshman!), please
forward this email to them and ask that they get back to me with their
THINK SNOW (at least in a couple weeks)!
29 November, 2004
The message about the race and the two spaghetti feeds from
Jane Sauer is in the Parent's Page. Not my
best formatting job, but it should be readable.
28 November, 2004
Thanks to everyone who showed up on Saturday, and a thousand thanks to
everyone from every school that helped to shovel. Saw some West people,
some Service, and some Dimond. Hope for good weather to come!
There will be a parent spaghetti feed next Saturday at 6.oo PM. Details
will be on the Parent's page when they're available.
26 November, 2004
Saturday practise will be at 11.oo at the Hillside Parking Lot.
We will be doing intervals. After practise, there will be a shovelling
party, so bring a shovel. All the cool people do it.
25 November, 2004
Friday, Service, 10.oo, Skating.
25 November, 2004
I posted "The Fable of Judd and Celeste" here,
so print it out and put it on your bedroom wall or whatever. Stay
24 November, 2004
Ugh. So they were actually serious about those intervals. Well,
Thanksgiving will be painful.
Plan on practise on Friday and Saturday. Friday, we will meet at about
10.oo somewhere. Probably Service, although I'll get back to you on
that. Saturday's practise will be followed by a shovel party, which is
every bit as fun as it sounds. Somebody ought to bring quesadillas. And
23 November, 2004
Wow, good work today guys!
Tomorrow will be intervals, probably at Service.
After practise, the team will be going to the Beartooth for a movie at
8.oo. It would be a good idea to meet there and buy food around 7.oo.
Roz says to go. You really ought to go.
22 November, 2004
Unfortunately, because of Middle School wrestlers (They're cute, but
what good are they?), we will not have a bus tomorrow. We will be doing
core strength and the like around West, saving intervals for Wednesday.
18 November, 2004
Meet for practise at 10.ooAM at Service tomorrow. We will probably be
doing classic technique (Oh boy!)
17 November, 2004
Time trial at Service tomorrow.
16 November, 2004
Practise will meet at 2.3o, as normal, tomorrow. We should be skating
At 6.45 in the morning, there will be circuits in the weight room.
15 November, 2004
Intervals tomorrow; probably at West, but be prepared to go to Kincaid
if we get lucky.
On Wednesday, there will be circuits in the weight room as 6.45 AM.
I have an e-mail from the coach for anyone who did not get it last
week. Also, I have an update from Jane Sauer pertaining to a parent
meeting in early December. Check the "Parents"
11 November, 2004
Righto. Tomorrow's practise will include a waxing clinic with the Toko
guy, and games. Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, rugby, whatever. It'll be
10 November, 2004
The coaches are looking for parent help. Details are on the Parent's
Practise will meet at West Thursday at the normal time. The ski room
closes at 2.25PM, and a bus to Kincaid will leave at 2.3oPM. Skate
9 November, 2004
Team captains are Max, Cale, Fiona, and Laurel!
Tomorrow will be core strength inside followed by either a ski or a run
8 November, 2004
Argh, I'm posting this so late! I'm sorry.
We are trying to get a bus out to Kincaid for Tuesday, so bring skis. I
heard skate technique, but I'm not positive. There are problems with
the bussing, so practise might end up at West anyway.
5 November, 2004
Looks like we're planning to meet at about noon at Kincaid for
practise. It's really cold out, so dress carefully. Be ready for
31 October, 2004
There is now a search bar up by contact information. Search past
results, news, whatever. Thanks Mike.
29 October, 2004
First practise is Monday. To work out, athlete's paperwork must be in
order. The first practise is likely to be something of a team meeting,
and those who have not gotten their paperwork ready are still invited
to sit in.
I'm making some rather frustrating modernisations and general
renovations to the website's coding (Getting intimate with Notepad...)
I know that certain links in the news archive don't work, and that the
weather scripts only work on the main page. If anyone notices any other
problems, tell me. Thanks.
27 October, 2004
Parent's meeting Thursday, at 6.3o in the West cafeteria.
Coach Holly's contact info is now available.
24 October, 2004
I've consolidated the old results and photos here,
and made some general fixes around the site. Of course, I could have
created bigger problems, so if you see anything out of order, let me
Remember the meeting on Tuesday in Room 13.
19 October, 2004
There will be a meeting for returning and potential skiers on Tuesday,
26 October, in Rm 13 (Ms. Whaley's room) during lunch.
There are signs around school.
17 October, 2004
The new race schedule is up. Sorry that it took me a while. It's also
on the school
12 October, 2004
Amanda Prentke is missing her West Ski team hat. The name on the back
is "Amanda." If anyone happens across it, I'm sure that she would love
to know of its whereabouts.
9 October, 2004
Coach Holly Brooks sent an e-mail, reproduced here.
4 October, 2004
First post of the year! Yay!
Just some updates, courtesy of Jane Sauer:
The complete text of the e-mail sent by Jane Sauer is on
the parent's page.
- We officially have Holly Brooks as a coach.
- We have strong candidates for assistant coach.
- There will be a pre-season meeting for parents at the
West cafeteria on 28 October, starting at 6.3o PM. The coach will be
there + Paul and Ben from AMH to expound upon gear. Season calendars
will be handed out.
- We need the racing suits back. If you have one, or know
somebody who has one, please help us to get them back.
- I have decreed that there will be 14 inches of snow on
the night of October 23rd
19 April, 2004
I have a photo from the end-of-season banquet. I look like such a dork.
Anyway, for anyone who didn't take a picture, it's here.
17 March, 2004
Great end of season banquet last night. I suppose this is it for this
year - Remember to keep in shape for next season!
15 March, 2004
The AYS skiers, bitter that they will be missing the Tuesday potluck,
are setting up a "We-Missed-the-Party Party" on Thursday. There will be
ice cream, a slide show, and the such. Sounds like fun; here are the
Come to the We-Missed-the-Party Party
Thursday, March 18th (7pm - 9pm)
- Watch the West High ski team slide show!
- Admire your friends in lycra!
- Relive the thrill of victory!
- Celebrate the start of spring break!
- Eat ice cream!
Where: Home of Anson Moxness, 1213 "S" Street
When: Thursday March 18th
What Time: After dinner - 7pm -9pm
RSVP: 277-3189 (so we know how much ice cream to get)
Why: Because it will be fun!
How do I get there?
- Drive towards downtown on Minnesota/�I� Street
- Turn left at the light on 11th Ave (Pioneer Home is on the corner)
- Turn left on �S� Street
- Continue one and a half blocks
- Left-hand side of the street (between 12th & 13th)
- Two-story brown log house with a red door
9 March, 2004
New tidbits added to the Potluck Flyer. I tried to make the file
smaller than the one in the e-mail.
7 March, 2004
Thanks to all those who helped at the feed station, and congratulations
to all those who raced!
6 March, 2004
The Banquet will remain on the 16th of March.
6 March, 2004
First sunny day of March was yesterday. Fun stuff -- as far as I know
there were no really life-threatening injuries sustained. Ski 4 Kids
was today. There were a lot of people from Romig and Dimond
We still need as many people as we can get for the Tour of Anchorage
tomorrow. See you there!
2 March, 2004
Ski 4 Kids is this weekend, and as luck would have it, West is set up
to send volunteers from the ski team. The game is this: kids ski in a
fun race, which includes activities such as the Slingshot Biathalon and
Orienteering. These two activities are the ones West is helping at.
Volunteers can show up at around 11.00AM on Saturday. The race will
last until 3.00PM, so if you could stick around for two hour shifts or
such it would be peachy.
Need volunteer hours for NHS? Help out here!
Feeling left out because you can't volunteer at the Tour of Anchorage?
Help out here!
Have absolutely nothing else to do before The Music Man in the evening?
Help out here!
More information is on the Volunteer page,
By the by, I think we still need more volunteers for the
Tour on Saturday. Help out, it makes money for the team, makes us look
good, and gives one that warm fuzzy feeling inside.
2 March, 2004
Would anyone object to changing the Banquet date again, this time to
March 17th? This is a only a possibility; nothing has been
changed yet. E-mail Jane Sauer
if you have any conflicts with this date.
1 March, 2004
The results from State are up - I have copies of the PDFs uploaded.
These require Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view; if you would prefer the HTML versions are
If I have time, I will format the HTML versions and post them with West
skiers highlighted. Congratualations to all the State skiers!
26 February, 2004
Later that Night....
I have some photos from the East Relay posted.
Vote in the
poll on the sidebar, see if it works (Ok, doesn't work yet.).
26 February, 2004
Clarification: the potluck is on Tuesday, 16 March. Sorry about a
mistake in the flyer. Problem: Seems that this day is in conflict with
an AYS concert, which affects several skiers.
26 February, 2004
Lost and Found: FOUND at
the WORCESTER houshold, one small size beach towel w/
grey/teal/blue/pinks stripes and hibiscus floral pattern. Left at
[Worcester] house after the spaghetti feedhot tubbing. Please call
248-4165 to claim towel.
We still need more helpers for the Tour of Anchorage Feed Station.
There are additional details on the Information Page, or contact Linda
Hulen for more information.
Good luck to State skiers, who are heading to Fairbanks tomorrow
The End-of-Season potluck has been moved the March 16th. The
place has been changed to the West Cafeteria.
Team uniforms will be collected at the Banquet. Please launder the team
uniforms and pack top and bottom in separate Ziploc bags labeled with
name, size and number.
Okay, we have lost items found at the Worcestor household after
Friday's spaghetti feed.
One ski team vest. The tag is labelled with the initials "Lh." Perhaps
this is the number 47?
A single "Primasoft" wool sock found outside on the deck. Still in good
Call 248-4165 if you think one of these might be yours.
Update:The stuff was left
on the waxing table at Kincaid on Saturday, and is probably in the ski
21 February, 2004
Results posted. See you all later.
20 February, 2004
Results are up, sorry about the delay. Good luck tomorrow, everybody!
18 February, 2004
Information about race volunteers has now been posted. On Friday, the
bus will arrive at West at 10.15 AM. Bring food. On Saturday, the bus
ought to arrive at West around 8.45 in the morning, and will leave at
It would be really great if people could be taking pictures at Regions
for the website.
18 February, 2004
Information regarding this Friday's spaghetti feed at Ros and Fiona's
house is now posted.
17 February, 2004
Last week of hard workout for most skiers.
10 February, 2004
Good race to everyone who participated. Thanks a lot to everyone who
cheered or helped out. The course improvement since Thursday was
incredible. I would also like to mention that West's team won the
biggest snowball fight ever, although there ought to be a prize for
anyone who can tell me what team West was fighting on.
10 February, 2004
On the information page, notes about the last regular season race can
be found, along with details about both upcoming spaghetti feeds.
4 February, 2004
Thank you to Dianne Horbochuk for assisting with the spaghetti feed
There's quite a bit of new information posted here.
The Potluck flyer may be downloaded from the sidebar to the left.
2 February, 2004
Huge thank you from the coaches and the team to all those parents who
helped at the Skiathalon.
Also, Cale has lost a pair of Excel C2 poles. They have yellow baskets,
and red and black shafts.
31 January, 2004
Race results are up. Don't mind the names if they seem wrong; there are
a few glitches.
30 January, 2004
(From Jane Sauer)
For those of you who signed up to help at tomorrow's race, the Nordic
Ski Association asked that parent helpers meet at the timing building
at 10:15am. No one is really sure how this race will go or how many
volunteers we will really need so be ready to be flexible!
For those who were going to help later in the day, you can check in
with those who are working the "early" shift to see if and when they
want to be relieved.
And, there will be an awards ceremony following the race.
27 January, 2004
Nine additional volunteers are needed to help with the race this
3 for course set up
3 in the timing and finish area for the first half of the day
and 3 in the timing and finish area for the second half of the day.
If you can help out with any of these, contact Jane Sauer.
26 January, 2004
Right, I have information about the next race and the spaghetti feed
posted in the Information Section.
26 January, 2004
There is no Chugiak race on Wednesday. Perhaps it's too icy. Too much
The race scheduled for Saturday is, however, still on. Looks like it'll
be a fun little event.
21 January, 2004
Some items were found/lost at the senior breakfast last weekend. As
described by April Cook:
"FOUND, in 'MOBY' (Fiona's dad's white Suburban): one
eyeglass case, navy in color, w/ snap/hardshell design; 'ALASKA EYECARE
CENTER' printing on out side of case."
"LOST: One headlamp, yellow in color, heavy plastic
EVERREADY brand, labeled w/ 'WORCESTER.' Please return to Fiona."
"Our family enjoyed having the group over Sat.
evening/Sun a.m. You are a GREAT group of young people!"
20 January, 2004
The Chugiak race has probably been rescheduled for 28 Wednesday, this
20 January, 2004
This is a reminder that we need parent
volunteers for the West-hosted race later this month.
18 January, 2004
Say, if anyone has pictures from this morning,
or perhaps even video clips that they would like posted, try to get
them to me. I'll see what I can do.
17 January, 2004
I've got a spick of bad news: the race at Chugiak has been cancelled.
Apparently, it's too cold for the race. Also, we will be taking holiday
on Monday, so no practise. If you can, try to get out of skiis sometime
15 January, 2004
We will be waxing tomorrow (Friday) at West, at 4:00 pm.
Congratulations to all the skiers who have managed to come to practise
over the past few days--remember the race this coming Saturday at
11 January, 2004
Jan Buron and the Worcester family have helped us acquire the split
times from Saturday's race. Thanks a thousand! The link is directly
under the normal results link. I have highlighted all the West skiers.
11 January, 2004
In regards to Pia's Classic, thank you to parents Diane Moxness, Pete
Eberhardt, Wendy Buklis, Paula Cullenberg, Peter Crimp and April Cook.
And, thanks to the skiers who came out and helped: Anson Moxness,
Steven Buklis, Joe Bonney, Matt Crimp, Max Treinen, Nat Wilson, Cale
Jorgensen, Julia McMahon, Adriana Amaya, and Shannon Kuhn.
Congratulations to those who raced.
10 January, 2004
If anyone took pictures from today's race that they would like posted
online, get them to me [Nat].
10 January, 2004
Race results are up. If you signed up to help at Pia's, don't forget to
be at the Chalet @ 11.45 AM.
8 January, 2004
There is now a section on the sidebar relating to parent information
and volunteering. Tell me if it needs to be revised or changed in any
7 January, 2004
The spaghetti feed prior to the Bartlett race is at Matt Pope's house
The address is 3940 Clay Products Drive, and I assume maps will be
available at practise.
Phone # is 248-4338.
A-G brings dessert, H-N brings drinks, O-S brings salad, T-Z brings
"Directions: Drive West on Northern Lights Blvd; Turn right on
Telequana (Telequana is the third right past Turnagain Elementary
School); Turn Left on Clay Products
3rd house on the left."
7 January, 2004
IMPORTANT! We can make some
money by working at feed stations at the Pia's Classic race on Sunday.
Contact Paul Denkewalter at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 272-1811. We need at least 4 parent volunteers, along
with 8 or so student volunteers. The time slot is 2 hours, starting at
Come on guys; we made $500 last year, and that's money that can be used
for waxing supplies, etc.
7 January, 2004
MacGill Adams, who has helped West with waxing and at races, is going
to be helping on Thursdays as a "technique coach." Good stuff!
3 January, 2004
Break's over, and regular skiing practises are nigh on beginning again.
To welcome in the New Year, we have made several small updates to the
website, including the posting of a document about Achilles injuries by
So I lied about posting the practise photos over the weekend. Tough
cookies. Anyway, they're up now.
Winter Vacation Work-Out Schedule:
There will be optional* team work-outs on December 22, 23, 26, 27, 29,
and 30. Meet at the Kincaid chalet at noon. Do not miss more
than two days in a row.
*These are only pseudo-optional, really. Be there as often as
Cool, I got William's photos. With the exception of some pics of Mason
of questionable suitability (they're really gross), I will post them
over the weekend.
I have posted a bus schedule, and made some fixes to the calendar.
I still need William's photos, and it would be great if anyone else has
pictures to contribute.
Photos from Saturday have been posted.
Results from both Lynx Loppet races are available. On Monday we will be
doing circuits at West.
Thursday will be at Kincaid, where we will work on technique.
Afterwards, we will wax skiis at the school. There will also be waxing
after the race on Friday.
I have a bus schedule that will be posted within the next week; I have
a smidgeon too much homework to do it now. Also, if anyone sees
William, bug him to get him to send the photos from the race and
6 December, 2003
Race results have been posted. You can also check results at Anchorage Nordic Ski.
With any luck, we might have photos from practise and today's race
posted within the week.
2 December, 2003
Grethe and Max are team captains! Hooray!
2 December, 2003
Thursday will be at Service.
Heads-up from the Coach: Reminder that there is a race on Dec. 6th.
There will be time trials at Service on Wednesday, next week.
Try to get out and ski a couple times this weekend, since there will be
We will now be trying to stop by Steller on the way to Kincaid on
Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Next week, plan on skate-skiing.
Practise tomorrow is likely to involve waxing, so bring your skiis.
Next week, we will be trying to bus to Kincaid on Tuesday, Wednesday,
We are on the lookout for assistant coaches. Be sure to tell anyone you
know who may be able to help out.
There is practise Tuesday, 11 November, at West, at 2:00.
On Wednesday, 12 November, there with be a potluck at West at 6:00 PM.