Just another blog: ski racing, school, exercising, and a wedding.

If you haven't read my about plans for the 2017/2018 season, stop reading this, and go do that. If you've done that, and are still curious what I've been up to over the past few months, and have literally nothing else to do...then go ahead and take a gander. As I mentioned in those plans, I'm planning on writing more blogs that actually provide a commentary, or some kind of insight on relevant aspects of ski racing. I'm working on keeping my "dear diary" blogs ( like this one)  to a minimum :). Enjoy.

U.S. Nationals

I finished up a season plagued with reoccurring injuries with a solid 3rd place at U.S. Nationals at good ol' Sugarloaf USA in Maine. It was awesome to share the podium with Hig, as we both skied independently from the U.S. Team last season after being teammates on it the year before. Tim Jitloff is also now racing independently from the U.S. team...

Foggy weather and variable snow conditions made things interesting.

Foggy weather and variable snow conditions made things interesting.

Myself, Hig Roberts, and Tim Jitloff share the GS podium.

Myself, Hig Roberts, and Tim Jitloff share the GS podium.

Another Senior Spring..

After U.S. Nationals I was reminded how fun potholes make driving horizontally across the east coast, and I rallied back to Dartmouth for another senior spring.. Well not really, but I chipped away at another term at Dartmouth. After finishing ten terms, I'm just two terms away from the real world flooding my LinkedIn with job requests. If my double major in Psychology and Philosophy doesn't scream real world job opportunities, I don't know what does. However, I think all this school has actually brainwashed me because I'm enjoying my classes more and more every term. Special shoutout to my roommates Nick Krause, and Martin Anguita for being the best condo mates a 24-year old college student could ask for.  Also, it turns out the east coast can be pretty nice during the right time of year. 

The east coast, road biking, and fast glasses, at their respective bests. 

The east coast, road biking, and fast glasses, at their respective bests. 

2016 KiefferChristianson.com and @kieffer_c blog superstar, Ms. Josefin came to visit too :)

2016 KiefferChristianson.com and @kieffer_c blog superstar, Ms. Josefin came to visit too :)

I Have a Sister! (in-law..)

After classes were finished (but before finals started) I zipped up to Alaska to save Josefin from being forced into illegal slave labor by my family as they got ready for my brothers wedding. That's right, there's another Christianson in the family, and yes she's female. A big congrats goes to Charles and Courtney (of all the Instagram hyperlinkee's to follow, they will undoubtedly be the most grateful, they're kind of old) for tying the knot and daring to invite 150 people to Sitka, Alaska to laugh, cry, dance, and have a great time.

PC: @asia.dore

PC: @asia.dore

Brethren. PC: @asia.dore

Brethren. PC: @asia.dore

We got reasons to get fancy clothes. 

We got reasons to get fancy clothes. 

Alaska Life

After months on the road and at school, it felt great to get back to the great state of Alaska. It was made even better with Josefin alongside. She's from roughly the same latitude of Anchorage in Sweden, so she knows the value of summer sunshine. After finishing finals at home, I got back onto a full-time workout routine. I found a new gym in town, AK Alpine Strength, that has everything you need train, Alaska people check them out.

Josefin learning about all things good and  Lyn Ary park near my house  in Anchorage. The, birthplace of my childhood glory at shortstop. 

Josefin learning about all things good and  Lyn Ary park near my house  in Anchorage. The, birthplace of my childhood glory at shortstop. 

Please ask my brother Nicholas if this place looks familiar.. 

Please ask my brother Nicholas if this place looks familiar.. 

AK Alpine Strength 

AK Alpine Strength 

After exercising for hours around Alyeska, the brand new Girdwood Brewery CO has the best recovery beer in town.

Josefin on a long upper winner creek hike.

Josefin on a long upper winner creek hike.

Hammering up to the tram.

Hammering up to the tram.

We finished our trip to Alaska with a little overnight at Lost Lake, near Seward. 

Hiking Lost Lake Trail, near Seward.

Hiking Lost Lake Trail, near Seward.

The view on the left below is what we arrived to in the evening after hiking for a few hours to get to our campsite. The view on the right shows how lucky we got the next morning :)

And a quick jaunt to Utah..

Since I had to leave school so quickly for my brother's wedding, we flew back east to get my car, and drove to Utah to consolidate my ski gear and help Josefin move out of her place here. Since we've been here we've mostly searching for bodies of water and trying to avoid the sun while exercising. We'll be coming back home to Alaska soon.

Stay tuned for my blogs about the things I think may ski racing cool. If you have ideas or questions that could help facilitate a new blog, lemme know. If you made it this far, you deserve a prize.

Thanks for reading,

Kieffer