Between all of the traveling that we have done for elite ski racing throughout the last month and change, no place is more iconic, or rather more uncooperative than Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. Having grown up skiing in Wyoming I have had the pleasure of skiing here my fair share of times and I have found that every time I go to Soldier Hollow the weather never is ever exactly the same. Whether it is 0 degrees the first day at US Nationals this go-around and raining the last day, or anything in between.
The variability of the snow that we have in Laramie has forced us to look too other locations to ski. In previous years it seemed that the Snowies were able to hold snow that we could ski on. However, recently it seems that dry land may become the norm for nordic skiers wanting to stay close to home, but still looking to train.
With all of this talk of climate change and the future of snow sports and of particular interest nordic skiing I am curious how we will continue our training and racing patterns into the future. Of course we travel great distances to compete at enhanced levels, but are we going to see a worsening impact of no snow compounded by planetary health that may be diminishing. I am apprehensive to find out...
Madison Tinker and others of the University of Wyoming Ski Team