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Diana Lynn Rau: Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center opens today, Nov. 11

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

The Snow Mountain Ranch sits on 5,200 acres just off Highway 40 between Tabernash and Granby. It is a year-round playground offering more than 100 km of groomed trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, sleigh rides and other winter outdoor activities, as well as mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, Frisbee golf, zip line, climbing wall and other summer activities.

One of the best groomed Nordic Centers in the country, you can cross-country ski from mid-November until mid-April with terrain accommodating first-time beginners in loops around the Nordic Center to more challenging terrain suitable for even Olympic racers. And be sure to ski with your dog on the dog loops next to the Center and out to the campgrounds.

The Nordic Center opens today, Nov. 11, with more than 50 km rolled and open for skiing. Some south-facing slopes are thin, so bring your older skis and watch for brown spots. But, in general, the skiing is incredible for this time of year. The Nordic Center is charging half-day rates until their official opening on Nov. 18. Time to get your membership now.

New last year, a simple one year membership applies to either individuals or families and includes cross-country skiing, sledding, tubing, ice skating, swimming pool and Kiva activities like basketball and roller skating beside all the summer activities.

Regular trail fees are $15 per day with a $10 fee for Grand Nordic members and reduced rates for youth and seniors. There is a season pass for seniors ages 61-69, and for the occasional skier, there are punchcards for 5 days and 10 days. The joint Nordic pass with Devil’s Thumb includes only cross-country skiing obtained through Devils Thumb.

The Official opening on Nov. 18 is a ski free day for everyone. And every Wednesday is a ski free day for locals. Snow Mountain Ranch has Moonlight ski evening on March 3, the weekend of the Stampede – now a two-day event.

The Denver University Guest Clinic is scheduled for Dec. 11 with the cost to be announced. The YMCA will host the opening trek for the Grand Winter Sports Carnival 100 Year Celebration of Skiing in Colorado from the Snow Mountain Ranch to Hot Sulphur Springs on Dec 30. The annual Classic Race is scheduled for Jan. 7. A Ski Clinic with the University of Wyoming Team members and coaches is scheduled for Jan. 20 as a fundraiser for grooming for the Celebration Trek. Grand Nordic will be having free lessons at the YMCA on Jan 29 with free equipment and trail pass included for all Nordic Club members. Other YMCA events like snowshoe races and the Sons of Norway Barnelopet for kids are scheduled in February with regular Colorado Biathlon events every week or two all winter. The season winds down with the famed Snow Mountain Stampede now a weekend event on March 3-4. Check out the YMCA website at http://www.ymcarockies.org and click on Snow Mountain Ranch and Nordic Center for details or to sign up for any events.

The free kids program starts Jan. 6 with both Friday and Sunday afternoons for kids ages 5-15 and runs every weekend in January and February ending with a Nordic Festival on Feb 24.

Visit the Grand Nordic Website for more information http://www.grandnordic.org or call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547.

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