The Nordic Corner
January 28, 2010
Devils Thumb The Friday Fun Kid’s Cross-Country Ski Program continues at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Friday’s 10-11:30 a.m. through March 12. Hot cocoa to follow in the Nordic Center. Age: 2-12; most of the kids are 3-6 years old. Fee: $20 for the entire 10 weeks ($2 per week) to cover hot chocolate. Equipment rental, instruction &trail pass provided by Devil’s Thumb Ranch Meet outside the Broad Axe Barn on the entry to the trail system. Those who need to check out equipment will want to be at the rental counter before 10 a.m. Questions: contact Cassidy Edwards at Devils Thumb Activities Center 970-726-8231Feb. 2-3 is the On-snow Demo and Free Ride Fest from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to try out the latest XC and snowshoe gear. The monthly Skijoring Clinic is Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. with a limited number of participants to learn to ski with your dog. Call for further information 970-726-8231.YMCA Snow Mountain RanchThe YMCA program offers ski instruction for beginners and more accomplished skiers ages 5-15, skiing games, winter nature activities, and ends with a Nordic Ski Festival the last Friday. The program operates through Feb. 28 on both Friday and Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m. The Friday program gives more progressive lessons. Equipment and trail pass are provided.Call Christine Lee at YMCA Nordic Center 887-2152 ext 4173 for further information and to register. Equipment is provided but please arrive 30 minutes early to be fitted for equipment when needed. Parents are encouraged to help. Additional contact – Diana Lynn Rau 887-3095. • Grand Nordic and the YMCA/Snow Mtn Ranch are offering FREE LESSONS available to members and the public at Snow Mountain Ranch on Sunday, Jan. 31, with lessons at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Free trail pass and free equipment is available to all Grand Nordic members. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to sign up and get equipment. Call 887-2152 X 4173 or 887-3095 for information or to sign up. For more information see our website http://www.grandnordic.org.The Colorado Biathlon State Championships will be Feb. 6 for the Sprints and Feb. 7 for the Pursuits. Call 303-985-4481 for further information or go to their website http://www.coloradobiathlon.org . Grand Lake The last Kids free lessons are offered on Feb. 5. Reservations are required so call to see if space is available. Ages 5-13. Equipment and trail pass provided. Parents are encouraged to help. Contact 627-8008 for further information. There is free skiing for Grand County kids on Fridays.A full moon ski will be held Saturday, Jan. 30. There will be a campfire and complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows. Call 627-8008 for further details.Skinny on School Nordic SkiingThe Devil’s Thumb races, in conjunction with the Governor’s Cup on Jan. 30, will be EGMS’s first skate race and the second for MPHS. Skiers with strong V2 technique will fly on the mostly flat 3 k course. Races start at 9:30 a.m. The schools are looking for volunteers to help on the course, timing and with registration. Please contact coach Dave Zink at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help between 8am and noon.• On 4 Feb, both EGMS and MPHS will travel to Steamboat. Volunteers are always needed. Contact Dave Zink.