Granby area Ranch2Ranch ski trek set for Feb. 7
Join the fun Feb. 7 with the Grand Nordic Ranch2Ranch Ski Trek, the next in the series of treks in Grand County offering people the opportunity to cross country ski in new areas.
The trek joins Grand County major recreation areas starting at Ski Granby Ranch with a lift ride to the top of the East Mountain, over their top class Nordic trails, down to the new connector trail called Traci’s Trail to the Fraser to Granby trail at Val Moritz, the Fraser to Granby Trail to Tim’s Tunnel under Highway 40, and through the YMCA property ending at the YMCA Nordic Center.
Free parking and lift bus will be available departing the YMCA Nordic Center at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.
Registration is at the Ski Granby Ranch Base Lodge starting at 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with participants able to immediately start boarding the East Mountain lift. A bag will be available that you can drop at the top of the lift for your warm-ups that will meet you at the YMCA. Dogs can join their people at the first aid station on the Upper Val Moritz Road. The Fraser to Granby Trail then goes down the Long Hill into the Ten Mile Creek to Tim’s Tunnel under US 40 at the YMCA entrance. The route through the YMCA takes you over the old Just Trail and either up and over the hill with Just and Audun to the sediment pond and in Pole Creek or (in the event of bad winds) in the old Loppett Trail past the Chapel and onto the Bamsi dog trails. The total distance is about 13K. All this terrain is available all winter so come learn the access points to this incredible skiing. Classic light touring gear is recommended as there are some tracks but the trail is rolled everywhere.
Granby Ranch will have various breakfast and snack specials available at the start of the Trek, and the YMCA will have a barbecue available to everyone at the finish for $10 adult and $6 ages 6-13.
Bryan Mountain Ski Patrol, courtesy patrollers and two aid stations with snacks and drinks will be en route. Cost is $25 per person for Grand Nordic members and $35 per person for non-members until Feb. 6. Add $5 day of event. Register online at http://www.grandnordic.org or call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547. This is a benefit for kids and school Nordic programs in Grand County, sponsored by Grand Nordic, Granby Ranch, Snow Mountain Ranch, and Headwaters Trails Alliance.
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