The Seawolf Nordic athletes have enjoyed a busy prep-period complete with early snowfall in the front range. Hatcher Pass has received over three feet of snow since September and reports a 26 inch base at the Independence Mine Bowl. Not bad for mid October.

Meanwhile, the Alpiners have been slaving in the gym, the Anchorage Dome, Elite Sports, the Karl Eid ski jump stairs at Hilltop, and the sand dunes at Kincaid Park. In 18 days we’ll load three full size Toyota Tundra trucks (a huge thanks to Avis-Alaska and Drive Auto Sales!) and set off for the Yukon in search of perfect man made snow at Mt. Sima.

Mt. Sima. Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Oct 15 courtesy of Perry Hynes.

For now, I’ve stuffed my office full of brand new 31mm SPM gates. It’s the first time since 2009 that our team has had new plastic, and I can’t wait to start planting them in the snow. They greet me each morning, along with two equipment boxes filled with GS panels, drills, drill bits, video cameras, range finders, printers, scanners, boot parts and tuning tools. Time to get this show on the road. Only 18 more days, but who’s counting?

Plastic Farm. Ski Team Offices, Oct 25th, Alaska Airlines Center, Anchorage, AK.