Grand Nordic Corner
Grand County, CO Colorado
YMCA-Snow Mountain Ranch
YMCA offers free skiing for Grand County locals on Wednesdays. Call the XC Shop for sales on special equipment purchases. Colorado Biathlon Safety Certification clinic is Saturday, Jan. 8. For more information go to coloradobiathlon.org. The informal Grand Nordic Thursday evening workouts begin Jan. 6 with warmups at 6 p.m. and relays-intervals-fun workouts at 6:30 p.m. These Thursday evening sprints are open to Grand Nordic members only and will be every Thursday. Join the blog or join the club at http://www.grandnordic.com.
The Annual YMCA Classic Race is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8 – 15K, 7K, 5K, or 2K children’s race. Register now – go to http://mad.sc/SMRClassic – or volunteer to help. Save the date March 5 for the Snow Mountain Stampede Marathon – 42K, 21K, 10K, and kids races. Call 970-887-3095 ext.4173 for more information.
Enjoy moonlight skiing on Saturday, Jan. 15. The Nordic Center will stay open late and have hot drinks available.
Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Devils Thumb is holding a ski-joring clinic on Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. Call 970-726-8231 to reserve your space. Rental equipment is available for your dog.
Save the date Jan. 22 for the 24th Annual Governor’s Cup with $5,000 in purse money and product prizes – 5K, 15K, 30K, freestyle and classic events plus 1K and 3K kids races. Call 970-726-8231 for more information on the race and special equipment sales. Full moonlight ski is same night.
Grand Lake Touring Center
Grand Nordic FREE NORDIC LESSONS are on Saturday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for beginner, intermediate and advanced Classic and Skate plus young kids, 7 and up classic, or 7 and up skate. Grand Nordic members also receive free trail pass and equipment rentals. Classes are limited to first ten to sign up. Pre-registration is REQUIRED for rentals – Call 970-627-8008 to pre-register or Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547 for more information. Ski demos will also be available. Join Grand Nordic at http://www.grandnordic.org.
Fraser to Granby Trail – HTA and FVPT
Conditions are great from YMCA underpass to Tabernash. Soon the section from Tabernash to the Fraser Ballfields will be rolled as well as from County Road 8 to the Winter Park Resort. Grooming is done by volunteers whenever possible but all sections are open for XC skiing, snowshoeing or just plain walking with your dog. Also the top of County Road 87 or Lions Lane to the trails at SolVista are good light touring. Call Diana Lynn Rau for more information 970-887-0547.
AROUND THE STATE – Steamboat Stampede is Jan. 15 at Steamboat Ski Touring Center. Call 970-879-8180 for information.
Skinny on School Nordic Skiing
The Middle Park High School Nordic ski team kicked off the season on Saturday, 18 December, with a race near Minturn. The 5km individual start classic race was held on a tight and very technical course that had skiers either running up steep hills, navigating sharp downhill corners or double poling on the flat, with little gentle terrain in between.
Those conditions seemed to suit the Panthers pretty well as a total of 8 skiers, one third of the team roster, finished high enough in the standings to qualify in classic technique for the state meet in February.
Individual highlights include a third place finish in the girls race by Sam Berggren with a time of 25:10. The girls race was won by Katie Scruggs of Vail Mountain School in a time of 24:28. The best placed Middle Park boy was Tabor Miyauchi, in 24:59. The boy’s race was won by Tucker McCrerey, a Steamboat skier, with a time of 18:33. Complete results are posted at http://www.grandnordic.org.
Next race for both MPHS and EGMS is Saturday, Jan. 8, with a mass start 5K Freestyle at Steamboat’s Howelsen Hill. The Jan. 15 race Individual Start is at the YMCA. This is a Junior Nordic Qualifier and volunteers are needed. Contact Dave Zink at dwzink @msn.com.
– Diana Lynn Rau is Grand Nordic president
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