That's the nickname of the town of Fraser, Colo. (this link is very interesting if you like data as much as I do), where I currently reside, and it deserves the moniker. Today was the first real cold day of the winter: 16 below zero when I went by the bank's time & temperature sign this morning around 8:00. (I hear that at 5:00 a.m. it said minus 30.) It was nice and sunny today though, with no wind, so it was bearable — as long as you didn't ski too fast. After each run, it's definitely essential to rub your nose a few times to ward off frostbite.
Yesterday I ran into Christin Lathrop, Dartmouth class of '03, at the library. She was with another Dartmouth racer and Christin's twin sisters Abbi and Jenny, who ski for Colby College. All were in town for the women's Nor-Am races that are being held at Winter Park today through Friday. The field consists of basically the best high school and college racers in the U.S. and Canada. I saw some Italians and Slovenians walking around as well.
On Thursday some of us will be driving to Beaver Creek to watch Daron and Bode try to continue their amazing racing season in the super G on the renowned Birds of Prey course. Then we head to Frisco, a town in Summit County, where all of us U.S. Disabled Ski Teamers will be staying for almost two weeks to train for our opening races in Breckenridge Dec. 9 & 10.