The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Coach Marc Swanson
Seward Seahawk Ski Team 

Thank You

Letters to the editor


This past winter, 14 intrepid athletes were involved in the Seward High Nordic Ski Program. For five months, these young men and women pitted themselves against the ultimate competitor: the weather. They skied in all kinds of conditions: freezing, freezing rain, slush, snow, deeper snow, really deep snow, sub zero, and really subzero weather. They were awesome. They had character! However, the Seahawk ski program could not be remotely possible if it weren’t for the Seward Nordic Ski Club (the same people that bring you the Divide Ski Area and the luminary ski on New Years, and so much more).

Starting with Duane Chase, the SNSC president and our bus driver, who got us to the practices — thank you so much. You Rock!

In addition, the club itself buys decent racing skis then rents these at a nominal cost to the skiers. Without this service most of the team could not afford to be out there shredding the trails.

Then there’s the grooming. The SNSC has invested tens of thousands of dollars in equipment in order to keep the local trails (Divide, Trail River, Exit Glacier, Bear Lake, etc.) groomed. But don’t forget the groomers themselves — Herb Wottlin, Tom Gillespie, Jason Algeldinger, John Shank, Dan Walker. We’d call these guys up and they’d always find a way to groom the trails for the skiers. It didn’t really matter the conditions. It didn’t really matter whether they had available time. Somehow it was always done. We can’t thank you guys enough for your efforts.

And then there’s the Seward Invite — the meet that brings in ski teams from around our region. Whether it was the organization of the meet (thanks MaryLynn), trail work, timers, volunteers on the trail, parents — the SNSC put on a premier event. Not only does it look favorably on Seward (the coaches talked about the Seward Invite throughout the season) but it brings a nudge to the local economy with so many visitors in town for the day.

Bottom line, the relationship between the Seahawk High School Ski Team and the Seward Nordic Ski Club represents a school/community relationship at its best — a symbiotic relationship that positively affects many in the school and our community.

We should be proud of what this non-profit, the Seward Nordic Ski Club, has provided to our town.

Many thanks,

— Seward Seahawk Ski Team, Coach Marc Swanson


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