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Rau: Time for a Grand County snow dance

Diana Lynn Rau
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Time for snow dances … work up a real storm. We need more of that white stuff for the upcoming holiday season.

Middle Park High School and East Grand Middle School are off to a great training start at Snow Mountain Ranch getting ready for the Middle Park High School Qualifier races on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Both Middle Schools and High Schools from throughout the state are assembling at Snow Mountain Ranch on Saturday for mass start freestyle races. The 3K race for the middle school boys starts at 11 a.m. followed by the Middle School girls at 11:30 a.m. The 5K race for the high school boys starts at noon and the high school girls start at 12:30 p.m. Lots of kids, lots of action, come on out to cheer them on!

Free locals day

Grand Lake is offering a free locals day on Saturday – this is extended to both residents and second-home owners throughout the entire county for the first time ever. Grand Lake reports almost 85 percent of its terrain open to welcome you.


Or come join us on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Devil’s Thumb Tommelfest for free lessons taught by experienced Nordic instructors, team coaches and Grand Nordic coaches plus demos by Boulder Nordic Sports. The Ski clinics are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with registration from 8-9:30 a.m. Classes include beginner, intermediate and advanced levels for both classic and skate as well as kids 12 and under classic, skate and never-ever. Sign up with Devils Thumb Activities Desk at 970-726-8231 as classes are capped at 10 students.

Biathlon relays are from 12:30-2 p.m. and the day ends with a Season Pass-holder appreciation party 4-5 p.m. Meanwhile enjoy the Norwegian Keg Toss, Viking Hat Competition, live music, grog, sleigh rides and horse tubing and visit Heck’s Tavern for a traditional Norwegian meal. Grand Nordic members also get free trail pass and equipment rental day of the lesson.

Grand Nordic Junior Race Program

Grand Nordic is introducing junior development programming for athletes aged 12-19 with some exceptions at coaches discretion. The purpose of this programming is to introduce the young athletes of Grand Nordic to the next level of competitive Nordic racing.

Opportunities within the scopes of training, technique, and technical equipment management will be covered in this winter program. Athletes will be assessed for the levels that they are at; they will develop goals and plans to fit a progression; and be coached and developed throughout the season to meet those goals. Athletes and families that are interested in discovering the vision and next steps of US Nordic Racing are encouraged to attend an introductory meeting. To learn more and sign up to take it to the next level come to the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m.

Projected training times will be Fridays at 9:30 a.m. and every other Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. with additional dates offered over holidays. For the full list of scheduled training dates and additional information on the Junior race programming, visit grandnordic.org or call 970-887-0547.

Membership in Grand Nordic is required to participate in this program. All fees for this junior programming will go to junior race development within Grand Nordic. The program fee for all athletes is $175 for the 2014-15 season. Athletes will be required to have both classic and freestyle equipment. Training will take place at both Snow Mountain Ranch and Devil’s Thumb.

Coaching leadership will be given by Grand Nordic Coaches and led by Bill Pierce. Bill is a USSA Certified and Licensed Level 100 Nordic Coach and has over 30 years of coaching youth to elite programming.

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