The joys of sea level.

Paul Kovacs. Elite Cross-Country Skier

It’s 9:00am as I step out of the car at Hillside and join the APU athletes milling at the trail head. It might as well be midnight, there isn’t a hint of sun as we stand under lights that are spaced roughly 20 meters apart down the trail. It’s the last intervals session for the team before heading down south to US nationals. The group is super relaxed, joking and swapping Christmas stories. Then, en mass they head out to warm up on the trails. A mass of blue and black colored athletes gliding through the shadows. It’s go time. Serious training business is to be done!

Some of the trees on the trail are cover in ornaments. It's hard to see but most of these trees have some Some of the trees on the trail are covered in ornaments. It’s hard to see but most of these trees have some

Checking out the snowmaking guns on the nordic trails Checking out the snowmaking guns on the nordic trails.

My time in Alaska has come to and end. I have spent…

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