Rob Lang
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Rob Lang Trail Running in Park City, Utah

Rob Lang

Director, White Pine Nordic Center

Hometown:
Muscatine, IA

Been in Industry since:
1978

Been at Jans since:
2014

Days a year:
• Skiing – 100+
• Biking – 100+
• Trail run/hike – 50+

Bragging Rights:
• The Utah Nordic Alliance (TUNA) Coach for 4 years
• USSA Nordic Ski Coach, Level 100
• Wasatch Citizens Series Centurion – completed more than 100 WCS Nordic races
• Competed in regional XC races: Boulder Mountain Tour, Great Ski Race, CA Gold Rush, Rendezvous Marathon, Coureur des Bois (90k), Teton Ridge Classic, American Birkebiner
• Raced in the World Master Championships in Lillehammer, Norway 2004
• Soldier Hollow Nordic Ski Patrol, 10 years
• Solitude Ski Patrol, Telemark 1984
• Summited Denali (20,320’) June 1998
• Completed many endurance bicycle races: Tour de Park City, LOTOJA (3 times), L’Etape du Tour 2007 & 2017, White Rim Trail (one day), and numerous century rides
• Competed in many endurance trail runs: Jupiter Peak Steeplechase, Wasatch Steeplechase, Leadville Marathon, Desolation Marathon, Wellsville Ridge Run
• Mountain Trails Ambassador
• Volunteer mechanic at Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
• Volunteer groomer at Mountain Dell for TUNA

Backstory
Rob grew up in small river town in Iowa. He taught himself how to stand on skis and jump in his backyard starting at age 9. His love of skiing continued to grow and he taught beginner downhill skiing at Brandywine in Ohio as a senior in High School. Rob chose to feed his passion by attending engineering college at the University of Utah (affectionately known as “Ski U”) where he could get his fix, 150 ski days per year, and still get an education. He taught beginners with the Deseret News learn-to-ski program and learned telemark technique in 1979. Chasing powder in-bounds and out-of-bounds became a new passion. After graduating, working life posed challenge, how do you ski every day when you have a desk job? Answer, Nordic skiing, starting after work, usually in the dark, get your daily time on skis. This led to Nordic ski racing and back country skiing on weekends. After retiring from a 30-year engineering career, Rob continued to scratch his ski itch through coaching, teaching, grooming and now Nordic Center management. Rob hopes to continue to share and spread the love of skiing and continue his pursuit of ever better technique.