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Middle Park High School hosts home Nordic meet at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

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

The Middle Park High School Nordic team hosts their home race on the Devil’s Thumb Trails on Thursday, Feb. 17.

The schedule for the mass start classic race is as follows: high school girls, 1 p.m.; high school boys, 1:20 p.m.; middle school girls, 1:40 p.m.; middle school boys, 1:55 p.m. The race course is on the Morningstar Loop, and spectators may either park at the Devil’s Thumb Resort base and (with a trail pass) ski to the race, or they may take advantage of a free parking shuttle that will run from Rocky Mountain Roastery in Fraser to the race course at 15 minute intervals beginning at 11:30 a.m.

There is no spectator parking at the race course. Spectators are encouraged to ski out on the course to cheer, but they must be on classic skis as no skating will be allowed on the race course. Non-skiing spectators will be able to view most of the course from the start/finish area.

Volunteers are needed for the MPHS meet. For more information, contact Dave Zink at dwzink@msn.com or jbeltman@egsd.org.

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

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 warm-ups 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.

Saturday Feb. 19, Colorado Biathlon will stage a reverse pursuit based on January pursuit results. Feb. 26-27 is the Colorado Biathlon State championship weekend with the Sprint on Saturday and the Pursuit on Sunday. For more information, go to coloradobiathlon.org.

Sons of Norway Barneloppet or Children’s Ski Carnival on Feb. 26 is the biggest kids race of the year. Free for children aged 3 to 16, the race starts at 11:30 a.m., offering 1K, 2.5K and 5K courses. Check-in for the Barneloppet starts at 9 a.m. at Legett Hall. Ski Lessons are offered from 9:30 -11:15 a.m. There is also a program in Ski Orienteering from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Novice (2km) and Intermediate (90 minutes). Instruction is available. Race and reception are followed by SON Storfjell Lodge general membership meeting at 2 p.m. We suggest you arrange rental equipment ahead if needed or bring it with you from another location.

There will be a Kids Nordic Festival at the YMCA on Friday, Feb. 25, starting at 1 p.m.. The last kid’s classes at the YMCA for the season are this weekend and all are invited. Parents are needed to help with events on Friday.

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 Ranch

Feb. 18 is the 8th Annual Grand Huts Progressive Ski Dinner. Tickets are available online at grandhuts.org or call 970-726-4099. Benefits go to the new Broome Hut on Second Creek. Volunteers needed. Devil’s Thumb hosts a Full Moon Ski at 7:30 p.m. featuring a bonfire, marshmallows and hot chocolate. Call 970-726-8231 for more information.

The next Ski Joring Clinic is Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. Be sure to sign up by calling 970-726-8231 as space is limited. Rental equipment for your dog is available. Learn to ski with your dog!

Grand Lake Touring Center

Full moon ski is Friday, Feb. 18, from 5-9 p.m. with hot chocolate offered by the campfire and chili served in the Lodge until 7:30 p.m. The Elliott family has volunteered their talents to play acoustic music in the lodge from 6-8 p.m.

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 in Fraser to Beavers to the Winter Park Resort. We have now roughly groomed the section from Tim’s Tunnel under U.S. 40 at the YMCA to Val Moritz at Sol Vista. 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 leash restriction in the Beavers area. To volunteer or get more information, call 970-887-0547.

Don’t forget the free beautifully groomed trails at Grand Park behind the Grand Park Recreation Center, the perfect place in town to take your dog or ski on your lunch hour or break. Bring your own equipment and your doggie bag for your pet. Or take your gear and your dog for a light touring adventure to Elk Meadow and climb to 128 as groomed by Trailblazers on the west side of the Fraser Valley or climb up on the east side of the Fraser Valley via Corona Road as groomed by Grand Adventures. These trails are groomed for snowmobiles and mixed use so be prepared but the tour leaders are courteous with their groups.

– Diana Lynn Rau is Grand Nordic President.

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