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Grand Nordic Corner

Nordic skiing is fabulous everywhere in the high country right now. If you want groomed TRACKS, go to the Nordic Centers – YMCA, Devil’s Thumb or Grand Lake.

Also, right in Fraser, just off Highway 40, Grand Park maintains free cross country and snowshoe trails where you can take your dog. The trailhead is located in The Village at Grand Park at the green sign behind the Winter Park Market and Shell Station. Park anywhere in the Village. The trails are groomed and open from dawn to dusk. Trail usage is free and open to the public.

Trails may be closed during special events, such as the Dog Days of Winter dog sled and skijoring races. Dogs are welcome but please pick up after yourself and your dog. Dog bags and trash receptacles are provided. The nearest rentals are at Grand Sports in Downtown Winter Park (726-8666). More about these trails next week.

SolVista Granby Ranch has limited cross country trails that are accessed from the east lift to the Vista Ridge Trail or from the top of County Road 87 or the top of Lions Lane in GrandView Highlands. Some of the trails will be packed this winter depending on SolVista and Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails. The Fraser to Granby trail from the YMCA underpass through the old Val Moritz development can be used as well.

These non-motorized trails are open to XC, dogs, snowshoers and walkers, but there are some areas closed in winter by agreement with DOW. Watch for signs – dogs are to be kept on leash.

On each side of the Fraser Valley is a snowmobile paradise of trails and powder that also makes for excellent Nordic skiing. On the west side, Trailblazers (970-726-8452) regularly maintain a system of USFS trails and Denver Water Board roads that make fabulous basic groomed conditions – if you’re early on the weekend, you might get pure corduroy.

From the Winter Park Resort to the Experimental Forest, the back country trails abound for every drainage and can be accessed from Arapahoe Road in Winter Park or County Roads 72 and 73 in Fraser to name a few. On the east side, Grand Adventures (970-726-9247) maintains USFS trails and Water Board roads from Beaver Village to the Continental Divide, another huge system of fabulous basic groomed conditions.

Be sure to understand that snowmobiles coexist with skiers, dogsledders, hikers and both dogs and wild animals. These snowmobile company tour guides with their groups are courteous as are some of the individual snowmobilers. When meeting others on the trails, ALL need to slow down, be courteous and be prepared for mountain conditions.

These areas are not patrolled and you must take responsibility for your own actions and give assistance when needed. As always, watch for signs where access is limited and please respect private property.

FVPT and Headwaters Trails Alliance partner with towns to maintain the Fraser to Granby Trail for winter non-motorized use. From Tabernash to the YMCA Underpass is voluntarily maintained in winter by Charlie Rau. As on other trails, stakes mark the trail so it can be accessed even in snowstorms so please do not break off or use the stakes as throw toys for your dog. They serve a valuable purpose.

From County Road 8 to the Winter Park Resort, Andy Miller maintains the non-motorized winter use Fraser River Trail. Access is free and the scenery is incredible. Please bring a bag to clean up after your dog.

See you this Saturday at the Devils Thumb Tommelfest for free Nordic lessons offered by the DU Nordic Team and Grand Nordic. Call 970-726-8231 to sign up or get more information. And if you miss them Saturday, the DU team members are offering a lesson clinic at YMCA-Snow Mountain Ranch on Sunday. Call 970-887-2152 X4173 to sign up or for additional information. Clinic cost is 25.00.

Call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547 for more information or go to

– Diana Lynn Rau is president of the Grand Nordic Council

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