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Rau – Grand Lake Nordic Center opens

Diana Lynn Rau / Grand Nordic Corner
Grand County, CO Colorado
Cross country skiers were greeted with fresh snow on the trails as the Grand Lake Nordic Center opened for the season on Saturday. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

Grand Lake Nordic Center sits on more than 500 acres below the Rocky Mountain National Park and next to the Colorado River.

It feels like the river flows through your soul as you stand looking down on the Colorado flowing under one of the two new bridges built by the touring center. The other bridge takes you over the Red Top Valley Ditch.

The winding River Trail is delightful to ski, very user friendly. The new piston bully adds that touch of perfection to good snow that makes for a perfectly groomed trail system.

The lodge was recently remodeled and the ski shop has all new ski boots and some new skis as well. The addition of new trails, including a new beginner single track used in summer for mountain biking, hiking, and Fido of course, have really given the place a facelift, offering something for everyone.

Try out the new single track trail to the Colorado River. The dog loop has tripled in size and the new picnic tables and benches make you feel welcome and invite you to relax. It just feels good as trails wind in and out of the Rec District property to the neighboring private land where owners have allowed ski access for over 30 years, greatly expanding the terrain.

Enjoy soup, chili and libations while relaxing in front of a warm cozy fire in the recently renovated lodge. Play inside game boards, not just for kids. The tubing hill visible from the lodge is free and tubes are available or bring your own.

Don’t miss out – the early bird season pass is available until Dec. 10 for $100. After Dec. 10 the cost goes up to $120. Children can get a season pass for just $20, which is discounted to $15 if purchased with an adult. What a deal.

Trail fees are $13 daily and only $5 for 16 and under and half day rates available. The rental shop has all new boots and some new skis added to their equipment to rent plus equipment, clothes and other gear and accessories for sale.

The first event of the season will be Locals Day with free trail passes. Date will be announced when the snow base improves.

First full moon ski of the season is Dec. 10 from 5-9 p.m. with chili served in the main lodge. They always have a campfire with complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows, but call ahead for weather conditions. Kids’ lessons will be available but you must call the Nordic Center to sign up, 970-627-8008. More information and dates will be announced here and on the Rec District website http://www.grandlakerecreation.com.

Grand Lake Nordic Fest is set for Dec. 18 in conjunction with Grand Nordic offering free lessons to everyone. Trail passes and rentals are discounted but are free if you are a Grand Nordic member. Preregistration through the Nordic Center is required if you need rental equipment. Classic and skate lessons beginner through advanced are offered for both adults and kids morning and afternoon.

Call the Nordic Center at 627-8008 or Diana Lynn Rau, Grand Nordic, at 887-0547 for more information or to reserve your lesson space.

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