Growing up on a ranch in
Sublette County makes you tough. Cold
and snow are embraced as fun. And packing
a gun is more normal than not.
That combination has worked out for
2018 Pinedale High School graduate Zoe
Noble, who closes out 2019 in Jericho,
Vt., competing in the Junior and Youth
World Championship Trials in biathlon.
The racing runs through Dec. 31.
A student in Anchorage, Alaska, she is
the daughter of Ann and Dave Noble.
“Biathlon is a series of skate skiing and
shooting five targets in a row to get the
combined fastest ski time and least number
of missed targets,” Noble explained.
For the national competition, she will
be challenged by a 7.5-meter course in the
sprint competition. As if the adrenaline
from racing isn’t enough, the skier must
stop and shoot at targets. For every target
missed, competitors must ski an additional
150-meter penalty loop.
She will also compete in the Pursuit
Competition, a 10-kilometer course with
competitors starting at 5-second intervals.
That will be followed with a 6-kilometer
sprint race on the last day of competition.
Raised on slopes near White Pine Ski
Resort, she participated with the Pinedale
Junior Nordic Club team that was active
“My inspiration for skiing was my
uncle and coach, Tony Chambers. He took
me out skiing with my cousins, Elizabeth
and Oliver, where he actually taught us
technique, race tactics, proper recovery
and more, as 11-year-olds.”
The PJN team dissolved into the Jackson
Hole Ski Club where Noble raced until
“We were a part of the Intermountain
Division, so we had the opportunity
to meet other skiers and travel across
the western United States,” Noble said.
“Growing up on a ski team and traveling
to places like Solider Hollow, Utah, Bozeman,
Mont., Sun Valley, Idaho, and more
drove my love for skiing and traveling in
Noble competed on the high school’s
Nordic ski team. From there, her journey
to national competition has taken a lot of
“I’ve done a lot of ski-specific and
shooting-specific training all summer
leading into this winter like roller skiing,
trail running, dry firing the rifle and time
trials or mock races six to seven days a
week,” Noble said.
“I’m really excited to be racing at an
elite level to try to make the team going to
the Junior World Championships in Lenzerheide,
Switzerland,” Noble said. That
race is Jan. 22 through Jan. 30, 2020.
Noble races for Alaska Pacific University
where she is pursuing a double major
in business management and creative and
professional writing. She also competes
with the Anchorage Biathlon Club and
traveled to Vermont with her teammates
“I am fifth generation on the Cora Valley
Angus Ranch. I spent my childhood
running free through hay fields, riding
horses, sorting cattle and all the other
equally hard and rewarding work ranchers
do,” Noble said.
“I am very thankful to have grown up
Zoe Noble from Cora takes aim in a
recent biathlon competition.
The road to success
is covered in snow
Pinedale graduate competes for national biathlon team
By Holly Dabb, [email protected]
on a ranch. I was taught how to work, tenacity,
compassion for living animals, an
appreciation for what they give us and
many life lessons. The hours spent sitting
on a tractor raking hay into rows definitely
shaped who I am as a person and I
wouldn’t want to have it any other way,”
she writes in her blog.
Reading realistic fiction novels, singing,
playing the ukulele, learning Swiss
German, drinking tea, socializing with
peers, taking Polaroid pictures and badly
editing ski videos are her random other
Follow Noble’s ski competition and
travels at her blog site https://zoeeeeee.