Diana Lynn Rau: Free Nordic lessons end Jan. 30 | SkyHiNews.com

Diana Lynn Rau: Free Nordic lessons end Jan. 30

Diana Lynn Rau / Grand Nordic CornerGrand County, CO Colorado

YMCA Snow Mtn RanchThe International Ski for Light will be at Snow Mountain Ranch with arrivals of trainers starting Saturday, Jan. 29. Volunteers are needed especially for arrivals with simple assistance moving luggage and walking people around. All week, escorts are needed to just help people to events. Saturday morning Feb. 5 is their big Race/Rally and everyone departs on Sunday. Send an email to alansommerfeld@gmail.com with your name, phone number and email address plus days or times you are available or call 970-531-0811 for more information. Wonderful opportunity to watch or interact with some incredible competitors. For a listing of volunteer opportunities, see http://www.grandnordic.org.YMCA offers free skiing for Grand County locals on Wednesdays. Call the XC Shop for sales on special equipment purchases. The informal Grand Nordic Thursday evening workouts are every Thursday through March with warmups at 6 p.m. and relays-intervals-fun workouts at 6:30 p.m. These Thursday evening sprints are open to Grand Nordic members only. Join the blog or join the club at http://www.grandnordic.com. The last set of FREE NORDIC SKI LESSONS is Sunday, Jan. 30, with classic skate and kids lessons offered at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes offered with maximum 10 per class. Free trail pass and free equipment rentals offered for Grand Nordic members. Advance registration recommended – call 970-887-2152 X4173. For more information, see http://www.grandnordic.org or call 970-887-0547.Save the date March5 for the Snow Mountain Stampede Marathon – 42K, 21K, 10K, and kids races. Call 970-887-3095 X 4173 for more information.Devil’s Thumb RanchJan. 29 is Ski & Soak Day featuring the University of Denver Ski Team with lunch, lectures on equipment and training, yoga for Athletes, sauna and hot tub, and a ski waxing clinic. Open to the first 30 registrants: Call- 970-726-8231. Register at http://www.active.com/skiing/tabernash-co/ski-and-soak-day-2011-rd691.Devil’s Thumb is holding a Ski Joring Clinic on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. Call 970-726-8231 to reserve your space. Rental equipment is available for your dog.Save the date Feb. 18 for the 8th Annual Grand Huts Progressive Ski Dinner. Tickets available online at grandhuts.org or call 970-726-4099. Benefits go to the new Broome Hut on Second Creek. Volunteers needed.Grand Lake Touring CenterSkiing and sledding are great! Come enjoy the outdoors.Fraser to Granby Trail Conditions are great from YMCA underpass to Tabernash. The sections from Tabernash to the Fraser Ballfields are now rolled as well as from County Road 8 to the Winter Park Resort. Please observe dog leash restriction in the Beavers area. Also the top of Cty Rd 87 or Lions Lane to the trails at Sol Vista are good light touring. Above all, respect private property.AROUND THE STATE -The 41st Annual Salomon Frisco Gold Rush is Feb. 6 at the Frisco Nordic Center. Call 970- 668-0866 for details.On Jan. 22 the Dual Classic and Freestyle at Summit’s Gold Run Nordic Center was an exciting fun race as a continuous pursuit format. Skiers started in a mass start and skied the first 3K loop classic. Then, they skied through a “pit zone” and changed out equipment on the fly and took off for a final 3K loop of freestyle (skate). There were really three races going on. Each loop was individually timed, and scored as a separate race (classic and skate). In addition, the running time was used to score an overall pursuit finish.In the girls race, Sam Berggren skied the classic leg and came through into the pit zone in third place, 30 seconds out of first. She had an excellent transition (after practicing changing out skis many times the week before), and then put the hammer down and clawed her way back for an exciting finish. She ended up second by 3 seconds in the overall, but had the fastest skate leg by 18 seconds.Amelia Clancy was on a mission to qualify for state in the skate race. She paced herself well in the classic, and then went all out and finished in 11th place in the skate – an incredible finish for a first year skier. Both Amelia and Kaylene Loo (16th place, skate) had finishes high enough to qualify them for the state meet.In the boys race, Joe Rupp, another first year skier, had a plan and executed it well, for a 19th place finish in the skate race. Joe, along with Steve Simmons and Isaac Elliott (also first year skiers) all had finishes in the skate race high enough to qualify them for state. Reported by coach Dave Zink. Next race is a 5K Classic Individual Start Feb. 5 in Leadville. Many volunteers are needed for the MPHS home meet on Feb. 17. For more information, contact Dave Zink at dwzink@msn.com or jbeltman@egsd.org.

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