Grand Nordic Corner: As spring looms, so do Nordic skiing opportunities
AROUND THE AREA – Big Shooter Bonk had a gorgeous spring day Saturday, March 12, at Latigo Ranch near Kremmling.Sarah Conrad from Madshus won the Women’s 51K while local Shawn Scholl won the Men’s 51K. Katie Lindquist won the Female 34K and Steve Stalgren won the Male 34K. Top local finisher was Patrick Brower in 5th. 14-year-old Tabor Scholl from Kremmling won the Women’s 17K followed closely by Kelly Howard from Tabernash. 10-year-old Tyler Scholl from Kremmling won the Men’s 17K followed by locals Jim Reed from Grand Lake, Aric Gaither from the YMCA and Mike Lohman from Tabernash.The Girls 8K was won by Jordi Floyd. Local Hannah Berman was fifth. Sam Delamere from Boulder won the Boys 8K with Sebastian Brower from Granby in second. For more information on the race, go to http://www.bigshootercoffeeshop.com.The 7th Annual North Routt Coureur des Bois 45K and 90K will be March 19 in Steamboat Springs. For more information call 970-846-6180 or go to http://www.coureurdesbois.org . Register on-line at http://www.IMAthlete.com Pole Creek Golf Club Bistro 28 is offering the last ski/snowshoe dinner of the season from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on March 19. You can have hot chocolate by the fire and enjoy delicious red, green or vegetarian chili before or after your ski/snowshoe.Remember the sun is going down later with daylight saving time so you may want to plan to eat early. Dinner is only $8.95 and all appetizers will be available as well.YMCA-Snow Mountain RanchYMCA offers free skiing for Grand County locals on Wednesdays. Visit the XC Shop for end of season sales on special equipment purchases and rental gear. Just about everything is on sale. Skiing conditions are excellent.Devil’s Thumb RanchMarch 26 is the 4th Annual Backyard BBQ with beer, raffle prizes, fun and games. March 27 is full moon ski and Ice Skating from 6:30-9:30 p.m. complete with bonfire, marshmallows and hot chocolate. Call 970-726-8231 for more information. Visit the Ski shop for sales on this year’s rental equipment and last season clothes..Grand Lake Touring CenterMarch is the first Progressive Ski Dinner at the Winding River Resort, a fundraiser for Grand Lake Trails. Call HTA, 970-726-1013, for more information. Full moon ski is 5-9 p.m. on March 19 complete with bonfire, marshmallows and hot chocolate. March 20-21 will feature 2-for-1 trail passes. Call 970-627-8008 for more information.Fraser to Granby trailand other free skiingWith the warm sun and cold nights, backcountry areas particularly at higher elevations will be excellent in the coming weeks. The top of County Road 87 or Lions Lane in the Highlands to the trails at SolVista including Rabbit Run, Cabin and Sweet Nancy are good light touring and are groomed jointly with Granby Ranch. Parking is available at all locations. Above all, respect private property and pick up after your dog. To volunteer or get more information, call 970-887-0547.Take your own gear and your dog for a light touring adventure to Elk Meadow outside Fraser and climb to 128 as groomed by Trailblazers. Also on the west side of the Fraser Valley departing from Winter Park is Little Vasquez or Big Vasquez also groomed by Trailblazers. Climb up on the east side of the Fraser Valley via Corona Road as groomed by Grand Adventures and go all the way to the Continental Divide or take 128 across the mountains. These trails are groomed for snowmobiles and mixed use so be prepared but the tour leaders are courteous with their groups. Please slow down and be courteous when meeting others. Be prepared, be responsible and respect private property.Remember spring is here. Keep the sunscreen, hat and sunglasses handy and drink lots of water. Waxes like F4 that keep fresh snow from clumping on the bottom of your skis or in your bindings are very helpful. Kids and adults alike need to dress for the warmer weather – use layers that can be removed to avoid sweating. Trash and dog poop left on trails will begin to show up quickly so please take a bag to clean up after you and your dog whenever you are out on public trails. We all need to help. Diana Lynn Rau is Grand Nordic President, http://www.grandnordic.org
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The Mustangs cross country team trudged through a muddy 5K Saturday morning during the West Grand Invitational, a race that slowed times but sent the fun factor through the roof for many of its competitors.