Rau: Nordic state results, trails and events
State Championships are always a challenge. You work and train and compete all winter and it comes down to the final show. What’s the temperature? Are my skis waxed right? Do I have a plan – go out slower and come in with a roar? Do I have the right clothes on? Did I eat an appropriate breakfast? Is my mind in the right place? How do I feel? Have I trained hard enough? Do I remember what the coaches said? So many things to think of. But the most important is – am I ready to do my best?
And the attitude of the people around you is so important. When people are relaxed and supportive and encouraging, the athletes do better. I thought the high school teams taking the train to Glenwood was a stroke of genius. The Nordic team arrived relaxed and ready to ski and, as it turned out, they avoided a huge hassle in Glenwood canyon with falling boulders blocking the highway.
First place league team award for the season for classic racing for the Nordic boys must feel pretty good. And a 3rd place league team award for the skate races as well! The boys, lead by Logan Miyauchi and Theo Loo, and coaches worked hard all season to keep improving. The girls didn’t have as much depth but improved so much this season lead by Sierra Smith. It’s been a work in progress and well worth watching.
Thanks for all the support shown by parents and family members, other students, school staff, Snow Mountain Ranch and the community in general.
People don’t always remember how wonderful that cheering sounds and how much easier it becomes to try your hardest… the kids and coaches can feel very proud.
USFS Trails Smart-Sizing Environmental Assessment
Author Jason Blevins lauded the growing network of trails in Grand County in his Denver Post article last weekend. With new construction projects ready to spark a boom, sales tax increases in place that supports a new bus transportation and trail development plan for the Fraser Valley, and efforts still ongoing to enhance rail access with both Amtrak and Ski Train, Blevins writes, “new trails – considered the Fraser Valley’s top amenity – are under construction, and more of those trails are groomed in Winter, delivering year-round access.”
After collaborating with many local entities, The US Forest Service has developed a plan to restrict bicycle use to system trails and roads on the Sulphur Ranger District and improve the trails system in the Winter Park and Fraser area in an environmentally responsible manner. New trail construction and trail reroutes would connect existing trail networks creating a loop system with varying difficulty levels close to communities for mountain biking, hiking, and other trail users. This can be accomplished by converting existing roads to trails by restricting the width, building bridges to ease trails crossings and protect steam beds, improving trailhead facilities, and closing social or user created trails as well as some system trails that are unsustainable. Features that are optional for the user can add difficulty for those that want more difficulty. Wildlife habitat and watershed conditions can be improved by reducing density of trails.
Maps and table summarizing the project and more details on the plan can be found on the project website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/arp/SulphurTrails. Please submit comments on this plan thru this public website or email Nick Shade at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 18. More information on the plan next week.
YMCA Snow Mountain Stampede Sat March 5
The 33rd Annual Snow Mountain Stampede is finally here. The prestigious event has been one of the most difficult marathon Nordic races in the country as well as the highest altitude event drawing participants from all over the country. It’s a great family event with kids, freestyle and classic events. Start times: 42K Classic 9:30am, 21K Classic 9:40am, 42K Skate 10:00am, 21K Skate 10:10am, 10K Skate and Classic 10:20am. There will also be a FREE 2km Kids Fun Race starting at 9 am with a big ole Dalmatian stuffed dog waiting for the winner. The first 250 people to register for the 21K and 42K will receive a free TOKO Event Hat. Bib pick-up times and on-site registration: Friday March 4th from 3-6pm & Saturday March 5th from 7-8:45 am in the upstairs of the Nordic Center. Stay for the delicious Post Race Barbecue at the Skinny Ski Café, included with each paid entry. Register online at http://www.active.com/granby-co/winter-sports/skiing-races/snow-mountain-ranch-stampede-2016.
Bring your bells and noisemakers and come cheer on your favorite racers of all ages! Take advantage of the 35pct off sale offered on everything in the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center shop.
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