Rau: Now is the time to buy Nordic gear for next year
Grand Nordic Corner
The best sales of the year on gear are here as the Nordic centers all prepare to put away their inventory at the close of the season.
Devil’s Thumb, Snow Mountain Ranch, and Grand Lake have a lot of rental gear on sale as well as this year’s merchandise. All are wheeling and dealing and the gear is going fast. The snow is going faster with the warm days but the packed trails are holding up better than expected.
Devil’s Thumb has its end of season wax clinic on Saturday, March 21. They report 110 km of trails still open with very few bare spots showing. They even got new snow this week. The Thumb plans to stay open as long as they have snow.
Snow Mountain Ranch has 30-35 percent off almost everything and EVO rental gear is selling out fast. They also have over 100 km open and hardly a bare spot showing. The mornings are best before it gets really soft but the trails are holding up well. They plan to stay open until mid-April conditions permitting.
Grand Lake still has some gear on sale left but get there fast. They hope to stay open until the end of March.
The snowpack in high country has been getting doses of extreme sun and new snow. Be careful, go prepared, and always let someone know where you are going. Use the sunscreen liberally and drink lots of water.
Mornings are always best before the snow turns to mush and, if we get cold nights again, the crust skiing will be outstanding. Big open expanses like the golf course were incredible crust skiing last weekend – new snow takes a couple days to crust over.
Last event of the season is the Big Shooter Bonk on Saturday, March 21, at Latigo Ranch outside Kremmling. Latigo Ranch was recently selected as one of the top 50 Dude Ranches in the World.
The Bonk features freestyle races with distances ranging from about 10km to over 30km and more depending on conditions. Races start at 10 a.m. Call 970-724-3735 for more information. To register, go to imathlete.com or email Stephanie at email@example.com. It’s the last hurrah.
See you in May with new trails info for this summer.
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