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Upcoming nordic events, East Shore trail comments

Diana Lynn Rau
Grand Nordic
Rau's trail dog, Duke.  He has helped Rau teach kid's ski lessons at Snow Mountain Ranch for 10 years.  He was trained as a service dog for her son, Tim and still goes to the schools.
Photo Courtesy of Diana Lynn Rau |

The Third Annual Grand Nordic RANCH2RANCH XC SKI TREK is Feb 6.

Now that the Stagecoach Classic smoke has cleared, the last skier has slid down the last terrific hill into the finish in Winter Park, and the last beer, soup and brownies have been consumed, it’s time to move onto the next point to point trek. Join the fun Feb. 6 with the Grand Nordic Ranch2Ranch Ski Trek, the next in the series of treks in Grand County offering people the opportunity to cross country ski in new areas. The Trek joins major recreation areas starting at Ski Granby Ranch with a gradual ascent from the Base Lodge to the draw between the two mountains and up the High Road to the base of Sweet Nancy and Rabbit Run. Trekkers join Traci’s Trail to the Fraser to Granby trail at Val Moritz, the Fraser to Granby Trail to Tim’s Tunnel under US Highway 40, and through the YMCA property ending at the YMCA Nordic Center. No timing, no pressure, just a magical ski trip.

Free parking and lift bus (dogs okay) will be available departing the YMCA Nordic Center at 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Registration is at the Ski Granby Ranch Base Lodge starting at 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with participants able to immediately start up the roped off corridor to the draw between the two mountains and Val Moritz. Dogs can join their people from the Lodge but MUST be on leash until the High Road corridor.

The route through the YMCA takes you over the old Just Trail and either up and over the hill with Just and Audun to the sediment pond and in Pole Creek or something similar according to weather conditions. The total distance is about 12KM. All this terrain is available all winter so come learn the access points to this incredible skiing! Classic light touring gear is recommended as there are some tracks but the trail is rolled everywhere.

“Pray for new snow this coming week and blue sky for the weekend. The views are great, the trail is fabulous, and you can have lots of friends to ski with! You can even ski with your dog but don’t forget your leash and a dog bag.”

Bryan Mtn Ski patrol, courtesy patrolers and two aid stations with snacks and drinks will be enroute. This is a benefit for kids and school Nordic programs in Grand County. Sponsored by Grand Nordic, Granby Ranch, Snow Mountain Ranch, and Headwaters Trails Alliance,

We still need a few volunteers. Call Diane Lynn Raue.

What to wear

Hints for clothing – dress in layers. Start with a moisture wicking base layer on your upper and lower body to keep you warm and dry. A good lightweight zip turtleneck can allow heat to escape yet keep you warm if needed. A simple vest or lightweight shell with hood and even pants can block the wind or hold in the heat yet are easily removed and carried in your pack if the sun stays out and it is a beautiful day. I like a brim for sunny days and wear simple earmuffs to keep my ears warm yet let heat out the top of my head. Some people swear by a lightweight beanie style hat that can be replaced by a heavier weight when it’s colder. My husband has a beard to protect his chin when the wind and cold are more severe so I take a neck gaiter or scarf that I can pull up when needed yet easily take off and put in my pack when it’s warm. Gloves should be wind blocking yet compact enough to fit in pole straps. Gloves made for Nordic are lighter than the thick heavy downhill gloves so I carry a lightweight pair of shell gloves to fit over my Nordic Gloves if the temperature drops or my gloves get wet. I can easily carry all these simple extra items in my fanny pack or small backpack along with water and a couple of bars or other energy food. Then of course there’s always room for some extra wax and a few biscuits for my dog.

Pray for new snow this coming week and blue sky for the weekend. The views are great, the trail is fabulous, and you can have lots of friends to ski with! You can even ski with your dog but don’t forget your leash and a dog bag.

Feb 1 deadline for East Shore Trail comments

Don’t forget to make your comments to the National Park Service about the proposed bicycle usage of a two mile section of the East Shore Trail located in Rocky Mountain National Park. Wilderness legislation set aside this section of trail north from Shadow Mountain Dam to the Park boundary just south of Grand Lake and did not include it in the designated wilderness. Rulemaking, with an additional opportunity for input, is required before the trail can be modified and bicycle use can be permitted. Comments on the proposed rules must be received by Feb 1. To review comments already made and submit your own, please go to: http://www.regulations.gov. Personal substantive comments are the most effective. Please make yourself heard.


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