Nordic ski events lined up |

Nordic ski events lined up

A variety of Nordic skiing events and classes, including free children’s lessons, are on tap in Grand County, including the following:

Devils Thumb Ranch

The Friday Fun Kid’s Cross-Country Ski Program will be conducted on Fridays 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 8-March 12. Hot cocoa to follow in the Broken Axe Barn.

The program is for ages 1-12; most participants are 2-6.

Cost is $20 for the entire 10 weeks to cover hot chocolate. Equipment rental, instruction and trail pass provided by Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Meet outside the Broken 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.

Call Cassidy Edwards at Devils Thumb Activities Center 970-726-8231 for more information.

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

The 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 program operates Jan. 8-Feb. 28 on both Friday and Sunday from 1-2:30 p.m.

The Friday program offers 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 plan to arrive 30 minutes early to be fitted. Parents are encouraged to help. Additional contact: Diana Lynn Rau, 887-3095.

Grand Lake

Free lessons for children will be offered on Jan. 8, 15 and 22. Call by Dec. 30 to sign up. Reservations are required. Ages 5-13. Equipment and trail pass provided. Parents are encouraged to help. Contact 627-8008 for more information.

Grand Nordic New Year’s Eve Ski

Grand Nordic is having a members and guests Blue Moon XC Ski and potluck on New Year’s Eve at the YMCA in conjunction with Boulder Nordic. Visit for details or call Diana Lynn Rau, 970-887-3095.

Grand Nordic’s next set of free lessons available to members and the public will be at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Grand Lake Nordic Center. The last set of free lessons this winter in Grand County will be at the YMCA on Jan. 31.

Trail grooming

The Fraser-To-Granby Trail is being groomed again by volunteer members of Fraser Valley Partnership for Trails and Headwaters Trails Alliance with assistance from our business partners. Snow is thin so only parts are open for walking, snowshoeing, and XC skiing. Dogs are welcome on the trail with one posted exception near the sleighrides at Beavers.

Someone has been breaking off stakes used to mark the trail. Without these stakes, it is difficult to find the trail in deep, drifting snow and the groomers can get stuck.

Report anyone seen vandalizing these marker stakes to Diana Lynn Rau, 970-887-3095.

Remember, the people maintaining these trails are volunteers and need your help to make this trail available to everyone.

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