Nordic programs for kids continue in Grand County |

Nordic programs for kids continue in Grand County

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

Free kids programs continue through the month of February. Free Grand Nordic lessons are finished for this year – they were offered at Devils Thumb, Grand Lake and YMCA-Snow Mtn Ranch. Thanks to everyone for record-setting participation and thanks to our wonderful instructors, coordinators and other volunteers. It’s been another great year to say nothing of wonderful snow conditions. And there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors!

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch

YMCA offers free skiing for Grand County residents 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

The International Ski for Light is in full swing at Snow Mountain Ranch with their big Race/Rally Saturday morning Feb. 5. Everyone departs on Sunday.

Send an email to with your name, phone number and email address if you are available to help or call 970-531-0811 for more information. Wonderful opportunity to watch or interact with some incredible competitors. For a listing of volunteer opportunities, see

On Feb. 6, Colorado Biathlon will have an event with the format to be determined. For more information go to The Nordic Center will stay open late and have hot drinks available for a full moon ski on Feb. 12. 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

Devil’s Thumb is holding a Ski Joring Clinic on Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. Call 970-726-8231 to reserve your space. Rental equipment is available for your dog.

Feb. 18 is the 8th Annual Grand Huts Progressive Ski Dinner. Tickets available online at or call 970-726-4099. Benefits go to the new Broome Hut on Second Creek. Volunteers needed. Also Feb. 18, 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 Fundraiser 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 per person. For an additional $5 you can use the other Nordic trails.

Valentine’s Day Special – get 2 for 1 trail pass on 13th and 14th of February. Call 970-627-8008 for more information.

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.

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. 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.

Also the top of County Rd 87 or Lions Lane to the trails at Sol Vista including Rabbit Run, Cabin and Sweet Nancy are good light touring. Above all, respect private property. 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 Community 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.

AROUND THE STATE -The 25th Annual Alley Loop Marathon is Feb. 5 at the Crested Butte Nordic Center. Call 970-349-1707 for more information.

The 41st Annual Salomon Frisco Gold Rush is Feb. 6 at the Frisco Nordic Center. Call 970- 668-0866 for details.

Feb. 13 is the Todd Lodwick Nordic Challenge Fund Raiser and Raffle 10 a.m.-noon at the Home Ranch north of Steamboat. This is designed to raise money for grooming in the Rabbit Ears Pass area. For More Information call 970-846-6180 or go to

Skinny on School Nordic Skiing

MPHS and EGMS Kids had the weekend off but their next race is a 5K Classic Individual Start Feb. 5 in Leadville. Many volunteers are needed for the MPHS Home Meet on Feb. 17 on the Morningstar Ranch trails of Devil’s Thumb. For more information, contact Dave Zink at or

– Diana Lynn Rau is Grand Nordic Council president,

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