Grand Nordic update, grooming, races, treks
The snow is great everywhere in Grand County. There’s no better time to get out, learn a new winter sport and enjoy your local trails. Take a lesson at one of the Nordic areas to learn the basics then get outside. We have some of the best snow in the country and world class touring centers right here in Grand County. We also have excellent access to quality back country skiing. If you head to high country go prepared with extra food, water, and clothing and be sure to tell someone where you are going.
In the Granby area, the High School has started grooming a loop on the plateau that connects the High School, the Middle School, and the Charter School. The high school obtained a snowmobile grant from Winter Park Resort and teachers built a roller to make a practice track for the students. This is for classes and times when team travel to the YMCA for practice is not appropriate. Look for this to expand over the coming season.
The Big Shooter Bonk has become part of the Steamboat Sven Wiik Cup Nordic Race series Race #3 and is scheduled for this Saturday at Latigo Ranch. The day starts with a 2.5K free Kids Course at 10 a.m. followed by 10K and 20K loops beginning at 10:15 a.m. with a Freestyle Mass start. Lunch is available for $7 right after each race finish. Visit http://www.steamboatxcski.com for more information and to signup. The Ski Haus Classic is the next day Jan. 17 at Catamount Ranch. http://www.skihaus.com.
Snow Mountain Ranch Race #2 in the Fat Bike Series is Saturday, Jan. 16 featuring a 20K or 40K ascent of Blue Ridge. Events start at 9 a.m.. Or plan to take a free snowshoe or Nordic Ski guided tour with tours starting at 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Visit http://www.snowmontainranch.org for more information.
Two treks are scheduled this winter. The Stagecoach Classic Point-to-Point Race and Tour is Jan. 23 with both race and tour available starting at Devils Thumb Ranch, through the old Idlewild Ski Area to Hideaway Park in Winter Park. On Feb. 6, Grand Nordic presents the Third Annual Ranch2Ranch XC Ski Trek connecting Ski Granby Ranch to Snow Mountain Ranch. This year to avoid the logging up higher, the trek features a long gradual accent along the High Road from the Base Lodge to the bottom of Sweet Nancy, across Traci’s Trail to the Fraser-to-Granby, through Fischer Creek to Tim’s Tunnel and ending at the YMCA Nordic Center. A BBQ is offered at the finish. No timing involved, just a fun trek for you and the family to benefit Grand Nordic ski programs for kids. This trail is open year round and will give you a chance to explore more beautiful scenery in your own backyard. http://www.grandnordic.org
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