Celebrate snow in Grand County
Grand Nordic Corner
The snow keeps coming, and people need to get outside, whether they are Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing or just making snow angels in the powder. Sledding, skijoring, ice skating, sleigh rides, and the list of possibilities goes on and on. There are plenty of events to celebrate our incredible snow.
The Ranch2Ranch Trek takes Saturday, Feb. 8 starting at 9 a.m., featuring the myriad of mostly unknown groomed or packed trails from Granby Ranch to Snow Mountain Ranch. We guarantee you’ll be back for more once you learn what’s there. Rolling terrain starts at the top of the East Mountain at Granby Ranch with lots of downhills, gentle rolling and even flats. Bring your sturdy Nordic classic skis since the trails might be soft. Treks have no timing so linger at the two aid stations for some refreshments. There are some good turns and a few uphills as your work your way across the mountain into the Fraser to Granby Trail open year-round through the beautiful Ten Mile Creek area. Sign up online at http://www.grandnordic.org or call 970-887-0547 for more information. Kids are register one and get another to come along for free. Mention this article at registration for the kids special. Breakfast specials will be available at Granby Ranch Base Lodge and a BBQ at the SMR Skinny Ski Café. Proceeds benefit Youth Skiing activities in Grand County.
At 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, join the crowd at the Grand Lake Nordic Center with your furry friends for the annual Stomp & Romp for Grand County Pet Pals, a great fundraising event in support of the Grand County Pet Pals and their mission toward promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter campaign. $10 per person and for $5 more you can use the Nordic trails all day on the day of the event. There will be a silent auction, hot cocoa and desserts to enjoy too! For more details about the event or Grand County Pet Pals, please visit gcpetpals.org
Later next week, come back to Grand Lake for Valentines 2-for-1 Trail Passes — Friday, Feb. 14. The Nordic Center is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a 2-for-1 Trail Pass deal. Bring your sweetie out for a special day in the beautiful outdoors.
And the events go into the weekend with the Grand Park Dog Days of Winter at Grand Park on Saturday and Sunday Feb.15 and 16. There will be eight-dog sled teams, six-dog sled teams, four-dog sled teams, one and two dog skijoring, and an afternoon skijoring clinic followed by dogsled demonstrations. Call 970-726-4118 or visit playWinterPark.com or http://www.rmsdc.com for more information and race schedules.
The highlight of the weekend is the Grand Huts Progressive Ski Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 15, at snow Mountain Ranch. Proceeds support the Hut association, which is continuing work on their system in Grand County. Last year’s event was a sellout, so get your tickets online at http://www.grandhuts.org.
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