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Grand Lake Nordic Center opens Dec. 10, ski free for locals

Diana Lynn Rau

Grand Lake Nordic Center was voted the best Nordic Center in Grand County for the 2012-13 ski season. The Center sits on over 500 acres below Rocky Mountain National Park and next to the Colorado River.

It feels like the river flows through your soul as you stand looking down on it flowing under one of the two bridges at the Grand Lake Nordic center. The other bridge takes you over the Red Top Valley Ditch into some difficult terrain known as the river loop.

The River Trail is delightful to ski, very user-friendly. The trails are groomed seven days a week for pristine freshly groomed conditions that are sure to please any skier. The Grand Lake Nordic Center is opening on Dec. 10 with limited terrain open with a Ski for Free Day and Full Moon Ski event. It just feels good, as the trails wind in and out of the Rec District property through the forest to the neighboring private land where owners have allowed ski and snowshoe access for over 35 years greatly expanding the terrain. You feel as if you are skiing right in the national park!

The Center has many dog friendly trails that are designated for your faithful companion. The dog loop has again been expanded in size and allows your furry friends abundant opportunity to wander the area.

Skiing and snowshoeing are enjoyed equally with the addition of the new Colorado River Snowshoe trail that meanders down to the Colorado River, a sight to behold during the winter months.

Skiing and snowshoeing are enjoyed equally with the addition of the new Colorado River Snowshoe trail that meanders down to the Colorado River, a sight to behold during the winter months

The Grand Lake Nordic Center is welcoming to both the expert and novice skier with terrain for all abilities.

Tubing Hill

The newly improved Tubing Hill visible from the lodge is free. Tubes are available or bring your own. Kids of all ages love it. The tubing hill will be lit on all moonlight ski events and is still free for all to enjoy.

Fees

Trail fees are $16 daily for adults and $8 for 16 and under.

Five-day punch cards and half-day rates are also available. The rental shop has new boots and new skate skis added to their ski and snowshoe equipment to rent plus equipment, clothes and other gear and accessories for sale.

Events

The first event of the season will be Opening Day – Locals Appreciation Day (all locals ski free) scheduled for Dec. 10 with limited terrain open and a reduced rental rate of 10.00. The first full moon ski is the same evening from 5-9 p.m. weather permitting, with chili served in the main lodge.

Grand Nordic free ski lessons are offered Dec. 18 to everyone with free trail passes and rental equipment for all Grand Nordic Club members. Pre-registration is required through the Nordic Center to reserve your lesson space and if you need to reserve equipment.

In February, Grand Lake celebrates Valentine's Day with a 2-for-1 Trail Pass deal and the Romp and Stomp for Grand County Pet Pals and their mission toward promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter campaign. The Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race at the end of February benefits the National Sports Center for the Disabled. For information on these events and for dates on guided Nature Snowshoe hikes, call the Nordic Center at 970-627-8008 or visit the Rec District http://www.grandlakerecreation.com.