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Nordic racing season upon us

Staff report

The Far West Nordic racing season kicked off this past Sunday with the Tannenbaum 10K Classic at the Tamarack Lodge near Mammoth Lakes.

While Mammoth local Connor Kusumoto took the win in a field of 23 adult racers, the North Lake Tahoe area was well represented by Peter Hanson of Incline Village and Peter Mayfield of Soda Springs, who placed fifth and sixth, respectively.

Like every winter, the 2015-'16 season is packed with races at cross-country resorts throughout the Truckee-Tahoe area, including the Auburn Ski Club, Sugar Bowl/Royal Gorge, Tahoe Donner and Tahoe Cross Country.

Next up on the calendar are the Tahoe Mountain Sports Holiday Sprints and the Snowshoe Thompson Classic, both at the Auburn Ski Club, this Saturday and Sunday. Registration, along with a complete season schedule, is available at farwestnordic.org.

2015-'16 Far West Nordic race schedule

Dec. 19 — Tahoe Mountain Sports Holiday Sprints — Auburn Ski Club

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Dec. 20 — Snowshoe Thompson Classic — Auburn Ski Club

Jan. 3 — Paco's Fun Race — Auburn Ski Club

Jan. 10 — Village Cup — Sugar Bowl/Royal Gorge

Jan. 18 — Sierra Skogsloppet — Tahoe Donner

Jan. 24 — Tahoe Rim Tour — North Tahoe to Northstar

Jan. 31 — Alpenglow Freestyle — Tahoe Cross Country

Feb. 15 — Tahoe Mountain Sports President's Cup — Auburn Ski Club

Feb. 21 — TDXC Challenge — Tahoe Donner

March 6 — Great Ski Race — Tahoe Cross Country to Truckee

March 19 — National Masters 10K Classic — Royal Gorge

March 20 — Gold Rush/National Masters Distance — Royal Gorge

April 10 — Billy Dutton Uphill — Squaw Valley

Biathlon schedule

Jan. 17 — 10th Mt. Division Biathlon — Auburn Ski Club

Feb. 14 — Chuck Lyda Winter Biathlon — Auburn Ski Club

March — Mammoth Winter Biathlon — Mammoth Mountain

March 13 — ASC Spring Biathlon — Auburn Ski Club

— Out-of-area races not included. Locations and dates are subject to change based on snow conditions. Find a complete race schedule at farwestnordic.org.