Sunday, February 12, 2017

Last week of the season

This is most of the  that skied this past weekend here in Laramie.
Well done! It was a long race in very harsh conditions.

This week is our last week of the season.  Wow it has been a fast season.  We have true skiers today where at the beginning of the season we had beginners!

Practice is Skate all week.  Leave those nasty klistered skis in the shed!  Plan on working hard the first part of the week then a bit of fun toward the end.  

Friday - Wax day we will clean your classic skis of all the sticky goo,  Wax your skate skis and clean the shed.  We need all to be there to help.

Friday 2-17-17   
Ski Team Dinner and Celebration
LJHS Cafeteria
Please check the sign up sheet that has been emailed to you.
If in question it is a pot luck so just bring a dish to share!
Family is invited.

Come celebrate a season well Skied!


2-18-17  Junior High Championships
Casper Nordic Trails
Start Time: Noon
Bus Loads at 7 AM

Bring your  usual stuff.  Remember warm gloves and jacket. Lunch and money for snacks.
Everybody is welcome to travel and compete.  You all have earned this right. 

The girls bus will have a pajama party on the way home.  Bring your favorite pajamas to wear home. 
The bus driver will be the judge for the best PJs on the bus.  Guys you are welcome to start a party on your bus as well.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Laramie Race 2-11-17

2 weeks left of the season.  WOW! Time has flown!
In honor of the practice days dwindling down.  (8 ski days left!)  All Skiers are invited to ski any day or all days.   Come and get as much time as possible on those skis!

Practices all days this week (Feb. 6  to Feb. 11) are classic skis only.  If you bring your skate skis be prepared to wax them for classic.  Friday we will be in town waxing only. Done by 5PM.   No games, no skiing in the park.  Friday is a school dance.  If you choose to go to the dance,  we will fast wax before the race.  

Laramie Race.
February 11, 2017
Happy Jack Ski trails
Start Time: Noon
Bus Loads from LJHS at 10AM

The parking lot will be crazy with the high school races completing as we get there.  Parents you are welcome to squish in and ride with the team.

All Skiers on the team will be entered in this race!  We have all skied the course. We all can do this.
It is a classic race.  Skaters will be disqualified.  Bring a snack, water, warm jacket etc.

We need parent help.  3-4 who can ski and be on the trails at intersections, 3-4 helping with finish line things, like taking numbers and helping time.

We need a donation of cut up oranges for the finish line.

Junior High Championships
February 18, 2017
Casper Nordic Trails
Start Time: Noon
 Do not know the type of race.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Jan.30- Feb 4

 Skiers on the Lander Golf Course

It was a great day of skiing on a a beautiful course.  We had skiers on the top ten of every division!

This week we rest!  No Travel Plans!  Yes we have a week designed full of practices!
There have been some questions about a meet in Cody.  THIS IS TOO FAR FOR US T TRAVEL.  WE WILL NOT BE GOING.  If you are traveling up with family, to watch a sibling and would like to race let Coach Hamann know.  She will be glad to get you entered.

This weeks practice:  Monday /Tuesday skate skis
                                   Wednesday/Thursday Classic skis.
Warming Up
                        Because we have no race this week, be ready to work hard at practice.
                                    Friday Practice
                      Game day at Scout field.  On Skis.
           Come prepared to participate in the games we plan.


8th Grade Boys start
February 11, 2017
Laramie Invite (High School and Middle School)
 Middle School Start time 12 Noon
Happy Jack Trails

We need adult help finish line crew, adults at intersections on the trail, possible timing help.  Please keep this on your calendars!


February 18, 2107
Middle School Championships
 Casper Nordic Trails

 Some of the awards brought home from Lander

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you have heard new names for Coaches.. We added to our staff right after the Christmas Break.
Coach Eric Dye
Coach Ginger Shenefelt
Eric Dye and Ginger Shenefelt are a great addition to our team.  They know a lot about skiing and most important training.  At
meets they have been the brains behind waxing and getting our skiers out on the track prepared.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Busy Week Ahead

Casper was hard and long  but we endured!  Skiing at over 8000 feet is an experience.  Congrats to those who skied their first race ever!  

We skate every day if you have them. If not Classic.  We improve technique and ski some distance.  Be prepared to work no matter what.  (Monday- Thursday) 
Friday: Wax skis for Lander.  Only those going to Lander need to be here.  Others enjoy your day off. 

We have had issues with skiers just not paying attention.  Some have missed the bus to practice, some have wandered off at practice, some have come but not brought their skis.  This seems to be a growing thing.  Parents how do we help?  

 Friday 1-27-17
Special Olympics
The  LJHS Team will be providing all the staffing the Laramie Area Games!
We leave LJHS at Noon.  Be home around 3:30 -4PM  We are invited tot he victory dinner at Big Brothers/ Sisters at 5:30.

This is a volunteer thing.  You will miss school.  It will be excused and a Ski team function. You must  let Coach Hamann know if you are going by Tuesday. You have to be on the  excused   from school list to go.

So far I have: Jesse Burgess, Riley Miller, Amalie  Binning, Austin Quillinan, Jeremy Harnden, Sarah Arnold, Micheal Pikal, 

Saturday  1-28-17 Lander JR High Races
Venue to be decided on. 
I was told this is a Free Style Race.

Load the bus at 6AM (UG)
By Now you know the routine.  Come dresses to ski.  Bring a lunch.  
Bring  warm clothes.  To many very cold kids in Casper!

If you helped at Special Olympics we will fast wax your skis before the race.!

Again Coach Hamann needs an idea of who is going..


We have 2 new faces on our staff of Coaches!
Eric Dye and Ginger Shenefelt
They come from Red Lodge, MT to help out.  They are great teachers and are already pushing our skiers to be better.  Races are more organized as they truly get to work getting skiers on skis and to the tracks!  Say hello and thanks when you see them!

Coach Hamann brought henna for the bus ride to Casper.  It was a great way to keep my girls quiet and sitting down.  It has to dry for about 30 minutes!   No Mustaches!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Casper Invite Info

First Waive of the Mind Bender

As a coach it is a joy to mess with your kids minds.  I hope they had fun! When  they forget about skiing they ski very well! Go figure.  A huge thank you goes out to the Medicine Bow Nordic Association. (Race team leaders: Dan Lewis, Don Jones, Randy Hulme,) and to you parents who helped!

These are all the photos I took..  If  you took any that you would like to share please email them to coach Hamann.

1-16-17 to 1-20-17 

Monday No School - Practice times 1PM to 3:30PM.  If you cannot make
this come Tuesday and make it up.

                                                             Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Practices at Happy Jack  --Skiers choice for skis

Friday- Wax at LJHS done by 5PM
                                                                            This practice is for those skiers going to Casper on  Saturday.  


Casper Invitational

3.5 KM Freestyle
Any technique allowed, all who go can ski, most choose to skate

Venue: Casper Mountain Nordic Trails, on top of Casper Mountain
Start time: Noon or close
If you drive: Parking is an issue, you will walk from the parking lot to the race course.  There is a small lodge with concessions

7AM Bus loads at LJHS
5PM estimated time back to Laramie

Dress to ski, bring skis, hat gloves. warm jacket and warm up pants, lunch and water, comfy clothes to wear home, money for snacks.  Hopefully we have breakfast on the bus.  

Casper Mountain can be very cold and windy.. come prepared!

Again  races are an option:  Coach Hamann needs to know if you plan to come by Thursday at practice.  Not on the list I give the office Friday Morning... you cannot get on the bus Saturday morning. (


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pole Mountain Mind Bender

Aspen Decker -12th Place Girls
Top LJHS  finisher
Ted Rittle  -7th Place Boys
Top LJHS finisher
Our first meet was a huge success! Thank You to all parents who threw food on to the bus, especially Nancy and Tom Reidel for all the breakfast burritos! The kids skied well, though some grew mustaches on the ride to Lander.

Check the facebook page for photos.

Results can be found at:

We would not have had such a great first race without the coaching/para/volunteer support we had.
For those of you who do not know about the sport or race format-- we had all skier's skis to prep for the snow conditions about one hour before the race.  Over 50 pair of skis were touched up, kicked waxed and fine tuned.  Thank you Coach Brown, Dan Lewis, Eric Dye, Ginger Shenefelt and all the others doing  those odd jobs to get us to the start line.   Also thank you Tom Reidel for jumping in to help time the race.

Practice this week will focus on Skate Skiing.  (Monday thru Thursday) Friday waxing for the Mind Bender and games at Scout Field (done at 5PM)

10:30 AM Load the bus for Happy Jack
12noon start
Home around 2PM

This is an inter squad (plus whoever) meet.  Designed to test your thinking skills, you ability to adjust to new situations and to have fun.  All team members are invited and should participate.  Prizes for  all finishers!

New skiers ski the technique they like best- race length about 2km
Experienced Skiers will ski one lap of each technique, about 4km total.
Coaches get to decide which race you will ski.

Parents we still need volunteers -  Contact Coach Hamann

Parents who want to watch- The parking lot will be full of cars.  You are welcome to ride up with the team from LJHS.  Dress for the weather as there is no shelter. Plan to hike or ski (.5KM) into the start.

Thanks for the snow dance.. now dance for decent temperatures!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Jan 2-7, 2017 and Lander Invite

Hope all of you had a great rest and a good Holiday.

We had 2 really nice practices before Christmas. Fun and good work done.  I feel like those skiers who took advantage of these practices are more comfortable on skis and ready to learn to race.

DECEMBER 27, 2106
9;30AM   TO 12:00PM

Starting January 2, 2107 we get busy!
First day back to school and practices!

This week practices are Classic

JANUARY 7, 2017 
CLASSIC SKIING ONLY! (You can be disqualified if you skate)
Venue: Beaver Creek Nordic Trails (On South Pass)

6AM Load the Bus
12 noon or as close to as possible  RACE START

Requirements to be able to travel to the race:
1)  Passing all classes! (We will  know!)
2) 10 practices participated in (By Thursday we will have 10 offered)
3) Must be able to ski  3.5KM (Almost 2 miles)
4) Must be able to control skis on the downhill. (Lander has some steep hills with turns)
5) Required to be at Friday ( January 6) practice to work on skis.

If you go:
*** Bring Skis, Boots, Poles, Warm Jacket, Gloves. Hat, Warm up pants if you plan on skiing in tights.
*****Pack for the bus... Lunch, Snacks, Water, something to occupy your time (Ipad, Movies, cards, homework),  comfy clothes to change into for the ride home
*** We will stop on the way home and allow skiers to buy snacks, probably in Rawlins at the truck stop.  You may bring money.. please no more than $10, this is the skiers responsibility to keep track of.

SNACKS/LUNCH- please no peanuts or peanut butter.  We have a few kiddos wit severe allergies to avoid.

As in years past there will be a sign up going around for breakfast items for the trip.  We will  not let skiers buy snacks before the meet.  We desire healthier options for good racing. Please watch for this sign up.

Parents if you desire to go and watch. 1)  Look up directions on line to Beaver Creek Nordic Trails- Lander, WY.  2) Dress for cold conditions -- there is no warming hut. 3) If you want to bring your child home in your car you MUST sign him/her out with a coach via school approved sigh out sheet. Same if you bring your child or meet us there.

Races are Optional for all skiers: 
Coach Hamann needs your commitment to  go by Thursday, January 5, 2017.  Skiers not on the list given to the school on Friday will not be allowed to trave.! Please email/text or tell her by Thursday.  307-760-2797

January 14, 2107 
Pole Mountain Mind Bender
Laramie, WY
Start Time; Noon

This is a race put on by the Medicine Bow Nordic Association/JR High Team
We need parent help (10-14 people)  on the course, timing, registering and being a little devious.   Let Coach Hamann Know if you can help out.  The ability to ski is not required!

All LJHS SKIERS are encouraged to ski.