Nordic skiing season slowing down
Diana Lynn Rau, Grand Nordic President
The Nordic season in Grand County is quickly coming to a close with the sunshine and little snow in the forecast. The high country will have snow for weeks to come but it can be a dangerous place. Stay on established trails when possible. With the unstable snow in early season, there have been far too many deaths this year already from avalanches in unexpected places. Think about avalanche beacons and new inflation devises and take action if you head into the chutes – no matter how small. Be prepared for the season with extra clothes, food, and water. Be sure to tell people where you are going and when you expect to return. And go with a friend.
YMCA offers free skiing for Grand County locals on Wednesdays. Call the Cross Country Shop for sales on special equipment purchases. This is the year to buy new skis and boots, some at almost half off. Rental packages are on sale for both adults and kids at a steal. The Y will try to stay open until the end of the month. They currently have 35-40k groomed. -970-887-2152 x4173.
Devils Thumb Ranch
The 5th Annual Backyard BBQ is March 31 starting at noon. Celebrate a great season and enjoy a barbeque meal, beer, fun, and prizes. Stay for an afternoon ski. Take advantage of a late season Nordic pass that’s good through the end of the ski season. They will try to stay open until the end of the month and currently have almost 30K available. Selected equipment and clothing 30-40 percent off at the Nordic shop. 970-726-8231
Grand Lake Nordic Center
Now closed for the season.
Fraser to Granby Trail
It was a short season for Cross Country skiing on the trail but some sections are still open for skiing. Check for brown stretches and be prepared to walk. Grooming is done by volunteers when possible but have patience as much of the trail is very affected by the sun and winds. All sections are open for cross country skiing, snowshoeing or just plain walking with your dog. Please observe dog leash restriction in the Beavers area and pick up after your pooch. As we transition to hiking trails, please avoid using wet trails and wait until they dry out particularly with bicycles. Be courteous to landowners and respect private property. And watch out for flowing water.
15th Annual Elk Mountains Grand Traverse
The Grand Traverse is scheduled for Saturday, March 31 at 8 a.m. For more information call the Breckenridge Nordic Center to get the latest information.
See you in May for trails.
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