Grand Nordic Corner: There’s snow, so now it’s time to ski |

Grand Nordic Corner: There’s snow, so now it’s time to ski

Families gather on the snow-covered trails at Snow Mountain Ranch for some cross-country skiing.
Courtesy / Snow Mountain Ranch |

Oh, the power of a good snowstorm.

To a mountain resort town dependent on snow to draw the winter vacationers, a good snowstorm is everything. Not as much while it is snowing, but handling the snow after to get it ready for the users can be so important.

I was at Snow Mountain Ranch finishing a fabulous ski when another customer pulls up grinning ear to ear. His first words were, “That was so great. The best grooming I have ever seen.” I replied, “Just let them know…” Yeah, Shawn and Elliott.

The work done by our local groomers and ski resort employees is really top notch, given something to work with. We are lucky to have people who love their work and do such an incredible job making these local areas usable even in poor conditions. Now with the new snow — and keep doing your snow dances — the Nordic skiing is superb.

The Fraser to Granby Trail starting at the Fraser Ballfields was groomed right after the storm and is a real pleasure to ski (free no less.). Follow it out to Tabernash, walk out or ski through the snow-covered streets to the Pole Creek side and pick up the trail again at County Road 5221. Ski to Tim’s Tunnel at the YMCA entrance where we are currently moving snow into the tunnel for the upcoming Ranch2Ranch Trek on Feb 10 and the Snow Mountain Stampede March 10. And on into Granby Ranch trails. Want to help shovel? Have a good arm with a shovel and a strong back? Call me at Grand Nordic 970-887-0547 or my cell 970-655-8036. We love all our volunteers.

The MPHS and EGMS are hosting a state-wide Skate Race at Snow Mountain Ranch this Saturday starting about 9am for the morning competitions. There are four races starting with the High School Girls, then Boys 5km races, then Middle School Girls and finishing with the Boys 3km races. There will be hundreds of skiers from all over the state competing as well as their families and other supporters so it will be a busy day at the Nordic enter. Wear your Panther purple and bring your cowbell to cheer on our talented high school and middle school racers. The Skinny Ski Café will open at 9am for coffee, homemade cookies, chili and more. The races start in the lower field east of the Nordic Center and finish directly in front of the Nordic Center so come, pick your vantage point, and cheer on our local kids. Volunteers are always needed — call Laura at 970-531-8364. For questions, contact Karen at 717-609-3537.

On Jan. 28, the Grand Lake Classic rounds out Classic January with family oriented races starting at 9:30 a.m. with kids races, 1.5 or three-kilometer, or 10 a.m. with intermediate or advanced skiers skiing eight or 16 kilometers. A family of four or more can enter for as little as $50. Drinks, adult beverages, and food are included – what a deal. Call Grand Lake Touring Center at 970-627-8008 for more information.

It’s all about the kids and families in Grand County.

Grand Nordic has supported kids skiing programs since the turn of the century and has donated kids skiing equipment and scholarships to every school in East Grand. Our biggest fundraiser is the 5th Annual Ranch2Ranch Trek Fest Feb 10 starting at Snow Mountain Ranch and skiing to Granby Ranch via the Fraser to Granby Trail. Shuttle is included with parking at Granby Ranch Montana lot and shuttle by First Student to Snow Mountain Ranch for the untimed Trek start. The Festival finish is at Granby Ranch Mardi Gras celebration and lunch with their traditional Louisiana fare, live music and family friendly activities included. Stick around for the entire celebration. Families can take advantage of the 2for1 kids special sign-up online only. All proceeds support kids ski programs in Grand County. And volunteers are always needed of course. For more information, call Grand Nordic at 970-887-0547 or visit our website to sign up.

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