Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lots of Training, Lots of Skiing, and Lots of Happy Kids!

Before I left for West Yellowstone and the start of my ski season I had one more stop to make. I went to the Anwatin Middle School (just a few blocks from my house) and helped out with the City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation's After school Ski Program. We had a great time using the running shoes, Ski Boots, and skis provided by many generous companies and individuals to help get these kids excited about Cross Country Skiing.
Anwatin Middle School Kids Rollerskiing!

The Second group out and done just before dark!
Now I am in West Yellowstone, MT preparing for the first races of the season. The snow is plentiful and the crowds are growing. I am loving the atmosphere!!! While I am spending many hours training, waxing, and preparing my other equipment for the long winter I also find that I have plenty of spare time. I had an idea about how to use this time to give back to the Community of West Yellowstone, where I have spent so much time for so many years. Brian Gregg and I have been visiting the kids at the West Yellowstone Elementary, Middle, and High School. The kids have been excited to have us and their enthusiasm make Brian and I happy about what we do. 
The after school program after our ski presentation and slide show.

Showing the kids what our skis feel like and how they work.
The West Yellowstone Girl Scout and Brownie Troop.

West Yellowstone After school Girls and our new PINK phones (we drew them!)

As the races start this week we are facing a serious blast of cold air. Stay tuned for some frigid ski stories and hopefully a race that goes off!

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