Colorado Cup Series kicks off Saturday at Devil’s Thumb |

Colorado Cup Series kicks off Saturday at Devil’s Thumb

by Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

Devil’s Thumb Cross Country Center is kicking off the state’s Nordic ski racing season by hosting the Salomon Ranch Creek Opener on Saturday.

Some of the best skiers in the state can be expected to race Saturday. The Salomon Ranch Creek Opener is the first race of the Colorado Cup Series.

Saturday’s competition includes a 15-kilometer classic technique ski race, a 15-kilometer freestyle technique race and a 1-kilometer Kids Fun Race.

The schedule of events is: 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. “race bib pick-up; 10 a.m. ” mass start for the 15K classic race; 10:30 a.m. ” mass start for the 15K freestyle race; 11:45 a.m. ” 1K Kids Fun Race (age 12 and under).

An awards ceremony and raffle will follow the races. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group as well as overall winners.

The age groups are: 19 and under; 20 to 29; 30 to 39; 40 to 49; 50 to 59; and 60 and over.

The registration fee is $25 for both the 15K classic and 15K freestyle. The Kids Fun Race is free of charge.

Online registration closes at 1 p.m. on Friday. For more information, go to or call 726-8231.

The Colorado Cup Series is the largest Nordic ski series in the state. The rest of the series includes:

Jan. 5, Steamboat Stampede; Jan. 12, Snow Mountain Classic; Jan. 19, Swix 2008 Pursuit at Devil’s Thumb; Jan. 20, Chama Chile Ski Classic near Chama, N.M.; Jan.

26, Gold Run Loppet; Feb. 2, Alley Loop Nordic Marathon in Crested Butte; Feb. 9, Owl Creek Chase at Snowmass; Feb. 23, Leadville Loppet; March 1, 25th Annula Alpina Stampede at Snow Mountain Ranch; and March 8, Wilson Cup at Vail.

The Colorado Cup Series scores racers cumulatively overall and by age group/gender categories. The competitors earn points with each race toward the overall series results.