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Robinson: Creating an inclusive fitness community

Many residents and visitors choose to come to Grand County due to the variety of year-round sports that are available. Biking in the summer and alpine skiing in the winter are considered the top of the list for most. There are numerous other winter sports to enjoy outdoors when the snow is falling if alpine skiing is not for you.

National Sports Center for the Disabled in collaboration with Northwest Colorado Center for Independence, Middle Park High School Youth in Transition Program, Fraser Valley Metro Recreations and Horizons are offering a unique opportunity to explore winter sports including fat bikes, snow shoes, sit and stand nordic skiing from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15 at Middle Park High School.

According to Mary Housey of Northwest Colorado Center for Independence, “Our mission is to get people physically active in spite of personal barriers. We hope to create an inclusive fitness community of all-season sport activities. All persons of various fitness levels and abilities will be able to explore options and resources available to us in Grand County.”

Most activities listed are familiar, but what are fat bikes? In the past year, the fat bike market has exploded! Fat bikes are much like mountain bikes but you can ride them almost anywhere year round. Aside from being a blast on the snow, they are fun to ride on almost any trail, anytime of year, extending a cyclist’s season.

“This is the first of many events this group is planning to offer the community at large.” said Katie Sachs of the NSCD. “In the future the group hopes to host a snowboard day at Winter Park Resort, introduction to sled/ice hockey, ice skating, tubing and curling events.” For more information on this event, please contact

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