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The Grand Nordic Corner

Diana Lynn Rau/ Grand Nordic CornerGrand County, CO Colorado

Devils Thumb The Friday Fun Kid’s Cross-country Ski Program continues at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Friday’s 10:00-11:30 AM through March 12th. Ski, play on skis, have fun with skis! Hot cocoa to follow in the Nordic Center. Age: 2-12; most of the kids are 3-6 years old. Fee: $20 for the entire 10 weeks ($2 per week) to cover hot chocolate. Equipment rental, instruction &trail pass provided by Devil’s Thumb Ranch Meet outside the Broad 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 10:00 AM. Questions: contact Cassidy Edwards at Devils Thumb Activities Center 970-726-8231•Colorado Governors Cup 2010 will be Saturday 30 Jan including 1 & 3k kids races, 5k skate and classic geared toward beginner racers, 15k skate and classic for the stronger and more adventuresome, and 30k skate and classic for the experienced racer with prizes and awards and a BBQ with live music following. See schedules, race fees, and register online at or Snow Mtn 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 last Friday. The program operates from 1-2:30 p.m. through Feb 28th on both Friday and Sunday. The Friday program gives 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 please arrive 30 minutes early to be fitted for equipment when needed. Parents are encouraged to help. Additional contact – Diana Lynn Rau 887-3095. Women’s Quest Learn to Ski Day will be January 23 from 9-5• From Beginners to Advanced, learn both classic and skate skiing at this fun-filled and educational women’s only ski day. Learn to skate or classic ski or improve your technique if you are already a proficient skier. Includes instruction in either classic or skate skiing, yoga for skiers, a ski wax clinic, shopping, and more! Cost: $85 Register at• Grand Nordic and the YMCA/Snow Mtn Ranch are offering FREE LESSONS available to members and the public at Snow Mountain Ranch on Sunday, 31 January, with lessons at 10am and 1pm. Free trail pass and free equipment is available to all Grand Nordic members. Please arrive by 930am to sign up and get equipment. Call 887-2152 X 4173 or 887-3095 for information or to sign up. For more information see our website Lake • Kids free lessons are offered on 22 Jan. Reservations are required so call to see if space is available. Ages 5-13. Equipment and trail pass provided. Parents are encouraged to help. Contact 627-8008 for further information. There is free skiing for Grand County kids on Fridays.• A full moon ski will be held Saturday 30 Jan. There will be a campfire and complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows. Call 627-8008 for further details.Skinny on School Nordic Skiing• 55 EGMS and numerous MPHS Nordic skiers will kick and glide or skate at Vail Golf Course races on Saturday, 23 Jan. The middle school skiers are hoping to improve upon their 1st classic ski performance at Carbondale 2 weeks ago, where the boys team finished 2nd and the girls’ team placed 3rd. • The Devil’s Thumb races, in conjunction with the Governor’s Cup on January 30, will be EGMS’s first skate race and the second for MPHS. Skiers with strong V2 technique will fly on the mostly flat 3 k course. Races start at 930am. The schools are looking for volunteers to help on the course, timing and with registration. Please contact coach Dave Zink at if you can help between 8am and noon.For more information about the happenings in Nordic skiing throughout Grand County, visit