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Jessie

First race of the season!!!

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(Race pictures taken by Ian Harvey of Toko) First race of the season….check. Racing with toe warmers in my boots…check. Coaches working hard to give CXC amazing skis…check. Tons of awesome people out cheering on the course…check! Notice the beautiful ladies from Stillwater in the background – it was so…

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And the blizzard continues…

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It’s windy, snowing like crazy, and starting to get cold out, but the CXC team is still going strong! And I’m quickly realizing that nobody is tougher than our masters, who go out in all weather, often walking to the trails. They came to ski, and no amount of snow…

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Can there ever be too much snow???

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It’s been snowing like crazy out here in West, and I’m loving it! Last night the CXC juniors and masters teams rolled in, and just in time for some of the most beautiful skiing I’ve ever seen! However, the trees are so loaded with snow that they unpredictably dump small…

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Open Trails and GIRL SCOUTS!

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First of all, can I say how amazing it is to finally be on great trails, cruising through a winter wonderland? A thousand thanks to the crew grooming the Rendezvous ski trails, which are open and perfect for skating and classic. There’s still a few twigs poking through on the…

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Snow update…

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SO TOTALLY EXCITED…because it snowed a ton yesterday! Still not enough to open the Rendezvous Trail system, but as today’s my “off day”, I can live with that. The past two days, we’ve been skiing up on the plateau on an old logging road at 8000 feet of altitude, so…

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Snowflakes, headaches and bears…Oh, my!

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Wow. Just….wow! Compton and I cruising Breaking tracks through sparkling powder, gliding through peacefully silent woods…the first ski of the year never fails to amaze me, and remind me how awesome this sport really is. It’s sometimes easy to lose perspective when rollerskiing all summer and fall, but once I…

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The importance of following instructions

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Sculpy Clay. It’s fun. And it also burns remarkably easily. When I took these critters out of the oven, they were stuck to the pan and the whole kitchen filled up with smoke! This turtle was originally light green! And the mouse used to be yellow…. So….read the baking instructions,…

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Missing My Grandpa

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Early this morning, after a brave struggle with cancer, my Grandpa Diggins passed away. My Grandpa (Dr. William Diggins) has led an amazing life as a devoted husband, loving and patient father and grandfather, and brilliant medical diagnostician and surgeon. He loved to go camping and fishing, and to sit…

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My Favorite 10 at Lake Placid

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Now that I’ve been at the OTC in Lake Placid for about a month, I’ve been frequently asked what exactly I DO to entertain myself in between training sessions. So here’s my answer: my top 10 favorite things to do at the OTC. 1.Go around the rollerski loop at the…

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The Jump Towers

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On one of the nice sunny days we’ve had out here in Placid, I took a stroll down to the jumping complex. There were lots of people as it was the “flaming leaves” jumping competition, but I snuck up the back way because I forgot my card that says I’m…

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