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Diana Lynn Rau: Free Nordic lessons aboud in Grand County

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

Snow is not yet plentiful in the Fraser Valley but it’s time to start thinking about the basics.

Grand Nordic has FREE Nordic lessons coming up the next two weekends. The lessons are for everyone – Classic and Skate, adult and kids, morning and afternoon. And Grand Nordic members ALSO get free equipment rental and free trail passes. Nonmembers pay regular prices as needed but lessons are still free. Go to http://www.grandnordic.org to become a member.


On Saturday, Dec. 10, Devil’s Thumb Ranch hosts its annual Tommelfest Nordic Festival, complete with ski clinics at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., barbecue, short track laser Biathlon relays, Keg Toss, Ski waxing clinic, and ski pass holder reception. Ski lessons are presented by DU ski team and Grand Nordic for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels for both classic and skate as well as kids 12 and younger classic, skate and never-ever. Sign up with Devils Thumb Activities Desk at 970-887-8231 as classes are capped at 10 students.

Grand Lake Nordic

Sunday, Dec. 18, Grand Lake Nordic Center will offer FREE lessons. This is an opportunity to try different locations and keep learning new skills. Or try skating when you have only done classic technique before.

Classes are at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and those needing equipment MUST sign up in advance with the Nordic Center at 970-627-8008 since equipment is more limited.

Snow Mountain Ranch

The last FREE lessons are scheduled for the YMCA Snow Mountain Nordic Center on Sunday, Jan. 29. More information about that later. Also the University of Wyoming is offering a clinic the afternoon of Jan. 21 – check the YMCA website at http://www.ymcarockies.org for more information and cost.

Full moon ski

The first full moon of the season is observed Saturday, Dec. 10, at Grand Lake Touring Center, Devil’s Thumb and Pole Creek Golf Course.

The Grand Lake Touring Center is featuring a campfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows with chili served in the lodge until 7:30 p.m.

Devil’s Thumb full moon ski starts at 7:30 p.m. following Tommelfest activities with a bonfire, marshmallows and hot chocolate.

Pole Creek starts their ski or snowshoe evening at 5 p.m. with red, green and vegetarian chili served at Bistro 28 until 9 p.m. – call 970-887-9797 for reservations.

School teams

The Middle Park High School and East Grand Middle School teams have started practices and will begin competition in January. More information coming up next week on these teams, their coaches, and their skiers. New this year, check http://www.EGSD.org and click on schools to find schedules and more for both teams.

Kids programs

Free Kids programs begin the first weekend in January and run through the end of February. Devi’ls Thumb works with ages 3-10 on Friday mornings and the YMCA works with ages 5-15 Friday and Sunday afternoons.


Remember to sign up at http://www.headwaterstrails.org/events for the Grand Winter Carnival Ski Trek Dec. 30 from the YMCA to Hot Sulphur Springs starting midday at the YMCA Nordic Center. A Donation is requested of $25 benefiting trails in Grand County. This is your only opportunity to ski through the beautiful private lands behind Nine Mile Mountain on a challenging 12.5-mile backcountry trek to start the six-week Winter Carnival Celebration. Registration required. See http://www.GrandWinterCarnival.com for more information on Carnival events.

Pray for snow.

Diana Lynn Rau is president of the Grand Nordic Council.

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