By Stew Chumbley, NRM Nordic Chair
Happy New Year! Now I am sure we are all awaiting a new blanket of snow to fall across the Northern Rocky Mountain Division. Our Cross Country and Telemark programs had a strong start to the 2012-13 season. Everything started with a successful collaboration with PSIA-I for the Nordic Education Staff (NES) Telemark Fall Training. We loaded up the Subaru and headed to Grand Targhee for three days of skiing. In addition to reviewing the proceedings of the Fall Standards Event at Copper Mountain, we also joined PSIA-Intermountain members for the annual Mountain States Rendezvous. Nonetheless, it was a very successful three days where NES and NES-In-Training were able to strengthen our ties with PSIA-I.
On the cross country front things have been even busier. NES cross country fall training may have had a slow start as rain fell in West Yellowstone. After many years of service Herb Davis will be stepping down as the Chief Cross Country examiner. Stepping up will be Brenda Winkler. Brenda is very excited! The following of our XC program in the NW part of Montana continues to grow. Despite popular belief our XC participant numbers are greater than our Telemark numbers. This is primarily due to the membership following of the clinics of Brenda Winkler. Great Job.
Many events are still to come in 2013.