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Grand Nordic Corner: Big Shooter Bonk is Saturday

Diana Lynn Rau / Grand Nordic Corner
Grand County, CO Colorado

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The Big Shooter Bonk starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 12, at Latigo Ranch near Kremmling with 17K, 34K and 51K Freestyle Races and an 8K Recreational Race. For more information or to register go to or call 970-724-3735.

The 7th Annual North Routt Coureur des Bois 45K and 90K will be March 19 in Steamboat Springs. For more information call 970-846-6180 or go to . Register on-line at

Pole Creek Golf club Bistro 28 is offering the last ski/snowshoe dinner of the season from 5:30-9:30 p.m. March 19. You can have hot chocolate by the fire and enjoy delicious red, green or vegetarian chili before or after your ski/snowshoe. Remember, the sun is going down later with daylight saving time, so you may want to plan to eat early. Dinner is only $8.95 and all appetizers will be available as well.

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

YMCA offers free skiing for Grand County locals on Wednesdays. Visit the XC Shop for end-of-season sales on special equipment purchases and rental gear. The informal Grand Nordic Thursday evening workouts have ended for the season – thanks to all who participated and organizer Nancy Citriglia.

The last individual Colorado Biathlon race is March 12. For more information, go to

The Kids Nordic Lesson Program at the YMCA had a tremendous response for the season both Fridays and Sundays. We want to thank the YMCA for providing hot chocolate, the Nordic Staff and volunteers Diana Lynn Rau (Fridays) and Mike Lohman and Kelly Howard (Sundays) for heading up the programs. Prizes for the season-end Festivals were provided this year by Christy Sports, Alpine Sun, Viking Sports, Grand Sports, Trails End Mercantile and Icebox Mtn Sports. Thanks to Elizabeth Pike from Colorado Biathlon for teaching kids biathlon on the last Friday. We appreciated the parents who helped during the season – everyone learned a lot and had so much fun!

The Snow Mountain Stampede started cloudy and cold but still saw more than 260 participants with many locals finishing well. The 42K Mens Freestyle was won by Matt Huntze in a fast 2:04:37 with top local finishers Dave Cleveland, Patrick Brower and Jim Reed. The top Woman finisher was Tammy Jacques from Steamboat with local Nancy Citriglia third overall. Evgeniy Panzhinzkiy from Wyoming won the 42K Mens Classic, while Sarah Konrad from Madshus Racing won the womens race. The 21K Mens Freestyle was won by Ross Delaplane with local Shawn Scholl in second overall, and other top local finishers Bill Quinlan, Mike Vetter, Mike Lohman, Aric Gaither, Sean Dee, and Nate Evenson.

Jenny Abraham from Colorado Biathlon won the 21K Womens Freestyle with local Karen Waeschle in a close second overall. Other local finishers were Kelly Howard, Tina Wilson, and Lydia Castiello. The 21K Mens Classic was won by Matt Muir from Boulder with Charlie Rau top local finisher. Jennifer Harlow from Boulder won the 21K Womens Classic with Diana Lynn Rau top local finisher. The 10K Mens Freestyle was won by David Femmer with local Tyler Scholl a close second overall and Sebastian Brower not far behind. Tabor Scholl from Kremmling won the 10K Womens Freestyle. Will Cleveland from Fraser won the huge brown Bear in the 2K Kids race with other locals close behind – Sylvia Brower, Calvin Conger, Darby Howard, Daniel Zink, Quinn Conger, Monica Zink and Ewan Gallagher.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch

Kids free program ends this Friday. Keep the date March 26 open for the 4th Annual Backyard BBQ with beer, raffle prizes, fun and games. Call 970-726-8231 for more information. Visit the Ski shop for sales on this year’s rental equipment.

Grand Lake Touring Center

March 13-14 will feature 2-for-1 trail passes. Call 970-627-8008 for more information. March 18 is the first Progressive Ski Dinner at the Winding River Resort, a fundraiser for Grand Lake Trails. Call HTA 970-726-1013 for more information.

Fraser to Granby Trail

Conditions are windblown everywhere, but snow is great from YMCA underpass to Tabernash. The section from Tabernash to the Fraser Ballfields is snowblown but more packed from County Road 8 in Fraser, east of Winter Park to Beavers to the Winter Park Resort. Grooming is done by volunteers when possible but all sections are open for XC skiing, snowshoeing or just plain walking with your dog! Please observe dog leash restriction in the Beavers area. Also the top of County Road 87 or Lions Lane in the Highlands to the trails at Sol Vista including Rabbit Run, Cabin and Sweet Nancy are good light touring and are groomed jointly with Granby Ranch. Parking is available at all locations. Above all, respect private property and pick up after your dog. To volunteer or get more information, call 970-887-0547.

Don’t forget the free beautifully groomed trails at Grand Park behind the Grand Park Recreation Center, the perfect place in town to take your dog or ski on your lunch hour or break. Bring your own equipment and your doggie bag for your pet. Or take your gear and your dog for a light touring adventure to Elk Meadow outside Fraser and climb to 128 as groomed by Trailblazers. Also on the west side of the Fraser Valley departing from Winter Park is Little Vasquez or Big Vasquez, also groomed by Trailblazers. Climb up on the east side of the Fraser Valley via Corona Road as groomed by Grand Adventures and go all the way to the Continental Divide or take 128 across the mountains. These trails are groomed for snowmobiles and mixed use so be prepared, but the tour leaders are courteous with their groups. Please slow down and be courteous when meeting others. Be prepared, be responsible and respect private property.

Remember Spring is coming . Trash and dog poop left on trails will begin to show up quickly so please take a bag to clean up after you and your dog whenever you are out on public trails. We all need to help.

Diana Lynn Rau is Grand Nordic Council president

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