Diana Lynn Rau: Governors Cup highlight’s weekend’s Nordic events | SkyHiNews.com

Diana Lynn Rau: Governors Cup highlight’s weekend’s Nordic events

Diana Lynn Rau / Grand Nordic CornerGrand County, CO Colorado

YMCA Snow Mountain RanchYMCA offers free skiing for Grand County locals on Wednesdays. Call the XC Shop for sales on special equipment purchases. Colorado Biathlon Mass Start is Jan. 23. For more information go to coloradobiathlon.org. 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 International Ski for Light will be at Snow Mountain Ranch with arrivals of trainers starting Saturday, Jan. 29. Most competitors arrive on Sunday – 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.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 March 5 for the Snow Mountain Stampede Marathon – 42K, 21K, 10K, and kids races. Call 970-887-3095 X 4173 for more information.Devil’s Thumb RanchSaturday, Jan. 22 is the 24th Annual Governor’s Cup with $5,000 in purse money and product prizes – 5K, 15K, 30K, freestyle and classic events plus 1K and 3K kids races. Call 970-726-8231 for more information on the race and special equipment sales. To register go to http://www.active.com/running/tabernash-co/colorado-governors-cup-2011. So much action to watch everywhere and something for all abilities! Full moonlight ski is same night.Jan. 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 with wine and cheese. Open to the first 30 registrants – 970-726-8231.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. Grooming is done by volunteers when possible but all sections are open for XC skiing, snowshoeing or just plain walking with your dog! Please observe dog leach 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 -Rocky Mountain Cross Country Ski-Orienteering is offering beginner, intermediate and advanced courses for skiing and snowshoeing on Jan. 22 at the Frisco Nordic Center. For details, go to http://www.rmoc.org.Skinny on School Nordic SkiingOn Jan. 22 there is a Dual Classic and Freestyle at Summit’s Gold Run Nordic Center. For more information, contact Dave Zink at dwzink@msn.com or jbeltman@egsd.org.

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