The Methow Valley Nordic Team is off to a fast start for the 2016-17 competitive skiing season, team director Leslie Hall said this week.
Hall said that about 100 young skiers have signed up for the popular program. “Dry land training has been taking place throughout November and a crew of skiers recently returned from a great week at Silver Star, B.C., for our annual Thanksgiving training camp,” Hall said.
Competition begins this weekend with biathletes heading to Canmore, Alberta, for races. Other team members will begin racing Dec. 9 – 11 at Sovereign Lakes, B.C., in the Nor Am/Supertour, Hall said.
Several local skiers will focus on qualifying for Junior Nationals to be held in Lake Placid, New York, in March 2017, and others will aim towards biathlon trials in December where they hope to qualify for international biathlon races, Hall added.
The team’s annual online auction opens for bidding on Friday (Dec. 1) and will close on Dec. 17. The auction is at www.32auctions.com/MVNT2016. Items range from “Ski Dreams” with athletes to clothing to packages.