Bend is Home for Summer Nordic Training.
Nordic summer training is sadly coming to an end. It has been incredibly dynamic these past three months. Besides the initial stress of not knowing if our infrastructure could handle 52 athletes, things have gone incredibly smoothly. With the help of coaches David Kurtz and Jordan Buetow, we were able to shuttle, instruct, support and motivate a very diverse group of athletes.
Some of the summer’s highlights include welcoming 21 collegiate skiers from around the country who joined us for all or part of the summer, having a film crew follow us for two weeks in July, leading 43 skiers from around the Northwest to the annual Trout Lake Camp, and of course my favorite; the season ending trip down to northern California where we surfed and skied through and near the towering redwoods.
But rather than have me go on and on, let the skiers tell you about what the BEA program and the summer training experience means to them personally.
– Ben Husaby, Nordic Program Director
What will you take away from the program?:
“You are your own best coach. Trust your gut, think for yourself, don’t worry about what others are thinking and relax — lessons for both on and off the ski trails.” – Jordan Fountain Fields, Williams College
Why Bend and BEA?: “The training group we have here in Bend right now is what makes this place so special. It’s not only the BEA athletes of all levels, but also the coaching that makes this training so productive. Ben Husaby and the other coaches really do a good job of working with each athlete individually to make them better.” –
Jefferson Tucker, Colby College
Favorite Summer Bend thing to do?: “Hanging out with the rest of the BEA family was definitely my favorite Bend thing to do. I made friends this summer that I will stay in contact with for a very long time. The running trails and scenery are pretty incredible as well.” –
Kristen Bourne, Northern Michigan University
Favorite summer workout?: “Track workout when I finally (kind of, sort of, not really) learned how to classic ski.” –
Alayna Sonnesyn, University of Vermont
“My favorite summer workout is the track workout. It is so unique to BEA, before coming here, I had never skied on a track and I had never done speed endurance training. I was skeptical at first, but I have seen huge improvements in my fitness and technique through that workout. Also, nothing beats the energy that arises in head to head competition.” –
Koby Gordon, Dartmouth College