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Upcoming Nordic skiing events

Devils Thumb

The Friday Fun kid’s cross-country ski program at Devil’s Thumb Ranch from 10-11:30 a.m. starts Jan. 8, and continues on Fridays through March 12. Kids learn to ski and enjoy the snow. Hot cocoa to follow in the Nordic Center.

Ages: 1-12; most of the kids are 2-6 years old.

Fee: $20 for the entire 10 weeks ($2 per week) 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. Contact Cassidy Edwards at Devils Thumb Activities Center, 970-726-823.

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 on the last Friday of the program.

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

The Friday program gives more progressive lessons. Equipment and trail pass are provided. Call Christine Lee at the 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.

The YMCA is holding the Annual Snow Mountain Classic Race on Saturday, Jan 9, with distances of either 7.5 km or 15 km. Race entry is $25 per person online prior to race day. A free 2 km kids race is also offered. Races start at 10 a.m. To sign up, go to: http://www.grandnordic.org /events.

Grand Lake

Free lessons are offered for children ages 5 to 13 on Jan. 8, Jan. 15 and Jan. 22. Reservations are required so call to see if space is available. Equipment and trail pass are provided. Parents are encouraged to help. Call 627-8008.

Grand Nordic and the Grand Lake Nordic Center are offering free lessons to members and the public at Grand Lake Nordic Center at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 9. Free trail pass and free equipment while available is offered to everyone. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to sign up and get equipment. Call 627-8088 for information or to sign up.

The last set of free lessons this winter in Grand County will be at the YMCA on Jan. 31. Go to http://www.grandnordic.org for details or call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-3095.

Grand Lake Touring Center is having Eat, Ski and Be Merry on Saturday Jan. 9 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with hot dogs, chips and pop for $6 and rootbeer floats for $2.50. Trail pass not included. Call 627-8008 for details.

Other Trails

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. The trail is groomed from YMCA underpass to Tabernash and County Rd 8 to the Winter Park Resort. Remember, the people maintaining these trails are volunteers and need your help to make this trail available to everyone.