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Middle Park XC girls finish 2nd at Leadville

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

The Romp and Stop Benefit for Pet Pals is Saturday at Grand Lake with Moonlight Ski at YMCA the same night. Free kids programs continue through the month of February.

YMCA Snow Mtn Ranch

There will be a Kids Nordic Festival at the YMCA on Friday, Feb. 25, starting at 1 p.m. 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.

The Nordic Center will stay open late and have hot drinks available for the full moon ski on Feb. 12. Saturday, Feb. 19, the Colorado Biathlon will have a reverse pursuit based on January pursuit results. For more information go to coloradobiathlon.org. Save the date March 5 for the Snow Mountain Stampede Marathon – 42K, 21K, 10K, and kids races. Call 970-887-3095 ext. 4173 for more information.

Devil’s Thumb Ranch

February 18 is the 8th Annual Grand Huts Progressive Ski Dinner. Tickets are available online at http://www.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.

Grand Lake Touring Center

The Romp and Stomp Fund Raiser for Grand County Pet Pals is Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m.-noon and is followed by a Silent Auction with snacks and hot cocoa in the Lodge. You can snowshoe or XC ski with your furry friends at the Nordic Center on the designated dog loop. Suggested donation to Pet Pals is $10. For an additional $5 you can use the other Nordic trails. Valentine’s Day Special – get 2 for 1 trail pass Feb. 13-14. Call 970-627-8008 for more information. Full moon ski is 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.


Conditions are great from YMCA underpass to Tabernash. We’re working hard to keep surfaces groomed in the wind. 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. Also the top of County Road 87 or Lions Lane to the trails at Sol Vista including Rabbit Run, Cabin and Sweet Nancy are good light touring. To volunteer or get more information call 970-887-0547.

Skinny on MPHS Nordic Skiing

Middle Park Panthers raced an individual start classic race on Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Colorado Mountain College campus in Leadville. Falling snow made the conditions soft, but most of the course had tree cover so the wind did not play a significant role.

Sam Berggren won the girls race by well over a minute, and Sam Miyauchi finished 8th, scoring big points that would put MPHS in 2nd place as a team behind Steamboat. Sera Smith and Elly Zietz also had top 20 finishes, at 13th and 19th respectively. Three of the Panther girls, Amelia Clancy, Jenna Curran and Anna Wolff finished within 40 seconds of qualifying for the state meet in classic, setting them up well for their final shot of classic qualification on their home course next week.

On the boys side, the Panthers finished 5th out of 13 teams, with Taber Miyauchi finishing in 16th place, and Collin Papuga at 19th. Reported by coach Dave Zink.

East Grand Middle School made an excellent showing in the challenging Leadville 3k Middle School Classic Race this past weekend with 32 skiers competing. Top boy was Simon Zink, finishing 3rd overall in a time of 14:59.1. Top girl was Lily Dines, finishing 14th overall in a time of 19:13.2. Congratulations to all who completed as reported by coach Jenny Beltman.

Home race

The Middle Park 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 Women 1 p.m., High School Men 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 on 15 minute intervals beginning at 11:30 a.m.

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.

Many volunteers are needed for the MPHS Home Meet. For more information, contact Dave Zink at dwzink@msn.com or jbeltman@egsd.org.

– Diana Lynn Rau is Grand Nordic president.

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