Yep, Luke is the US National Champion in Ski Mountaineering. Last year he was the second US finisher, third overall, but this year he was first overall! It was exciting, plus it was fun to have his parents there to see the race with us. This is the first skimo race they had seen, and it was great to have them around.
The race was held in Jackson Hole at Teton Village. The course climbed up 8000 vertical feet and then of course you have to come down 8000 feet as well.
He was strong this year and had no problem with his gear. It was fun to watch this year as well because I was able to go up the tram and see Luke reach the top . It was the first time I've been able to see him on the course. The weather was nice and sunny this year, but the snow conditions were rough.
The next day he was able to race the Targhee skimo race and placed second there. One min. behind first. His legs were pretty worked after the big race so he couldn't hold onto the lead, but second was still great.