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History of High Plains

The High Plains district was formed to provide high school Nordic skiers from Wyoming and South Dakota the opportunity to qualify and race at USSA Junior Championship.

Since its inception in 2003, High Plains has taken teams of 25-30 athletes all around the Nation. High Plain’s inaugural year was spent at the Olympic venue in Lake Placid, New York. Stepping into national competition proved to be a challenge indeed, but true to the Wyoming spirit, the skiers skied their hearts out. We came back the next year to travel to Truckee, California and raced atop Donner Pass. Five hundred competitors watched as 17 feet of snow melted before their eyes and High Plains scored its first points for the Alaska cup. Each year, the High Plains team gains strength. We hopped on the bus again and traveled to eat Pasties in the UP of Michigan and fought our way into the hearts and souls of all. In 2005, High Plains cheered on its first National Champion when George Cartwright swept the podium in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Skiers from Wyoming, inspired by their teammates success, continued their journey skiing under the northern lights in Anchorage, Alaska were we started to earn some second looks. High Plains skiers have ventured almost to the Canadian border in Presque Isle, Maine, gathering more points for the Alaska Cup. Most recently, we competed in the first ever, urban Junior Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To say all of these experiences have been life changing is an understatement.

As a young district, we have seen a tremendous amount of growth and are looking forward to our next step! Come help us take it!