All the local Nordic areas are now open with almost all terrain available and tracked. Grand Lake opened last weekend and is now a picture postcard with 90-95 percent of terrain ready to welcome you. The YMCA will be at 100 percent this weekend with over three feet of new snow on Blue Ridge. The Devils Thumb will be at 100 percent this weekend with a base of over 25 inches. Great conditions for the Holidays!
The full moon also falls right after Christmas during the holiday week and Grand Lake will have their monthly Full Moon Ski on Friday, Dec. 28, with Devils Thumb and the FVMRD Pole Creek Golf Course on Dec. 29. The Grand Lake Touring Center is featuring a campfire, hot cocoa and marshmallows, and Chili served in the lodge until 7:30 p.m. Pole Creek starts their ski or snowshoe evening at 5 p.m. with Bistro 28 now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights 4:30-8:30 p.m., call 970-887-9797 for reservations. Pole Creek has the greens roped off and winter XC skiing is allowed with your dog friends. Nothing is groomed but a trail will be marked for the full moon skis. Please respect the green closures.
Headwaters Trails Alliance is in the process of updating the 1995 Master Plan for trails in Grand County. Please click on the link below to access the survey. The information collected will help us create the best possible trails plan. The survey should take about 10 minutes. Thanks for your input!
Take the survey at surveymonkey.com/s/FPSNRMF
Colorado Biathlon Club
The first completion of the season is a mass start at the YMCA on Dec 29. Visit their website www.coloradobiathlon.org for details. Novices are welcome at all events! The local races are typically quite flexible in terms of adjusting race courses, whether the rifle is carried, etc., to accommodate various skill levels. Be sure to let the Competition Chief know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your participation in any event.
There is no minimum age. The competitor needs to be strong enough to navigate a course on some sort of nordic skis (or by foot or mountain bike, in the summer) and to safely handle a rifle. Please visit the Safety Certification clinic page on the website for range supervision requirements for competitors under the age of 16. These requirements are in force any time the range is hot. All of the races at Snow Mountain Ranch include categories for competitors aged 12 and under, 13-16, and 17-20 in addition to the adult (age 21 and older) categories. Competitors aged 17-20 typically race the same courses as the over-21 age groups. CBC provides pellet rifles and ammunition for competitors 12 and under and for those older competitors who have not yet attended a winter safety certification clinic. Only the Snow Mountain Ranch venue is equipped to use the pellet rifles.
NSCD/US Paralympic Nordic and Biathlon Camp
This past week, Dec. 7 - 17, The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) and the US Paralympic Nordic/Biathlon Program collaborated to host the 2ND annual adaptive elite race development camp, which was held at the Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies Nordic Center.
The camp attracted a dozen athletes from California to Georgia with a variety of abilities from visually impaired to various classifications of spinal cord injured athletes that sit-ski. Among the participants were local NSCD athletes Beth Requist and Jeremy Wagner. Both NSCD athletes are sit-skiers and won the biathlon and Nordic events that culminated the camp on Saturday and Sunday. Also participating was Tatyana McFadden, a multi-time medal winner from the Athens and London Summer Olympics as a track wheelchair racer. There's obviously hope that this Russian born and US adopted athlete's summer success will transfer to her new winter sport which she may take back to the Sochi Winter Paralympics, this will be contested in her native country.
Also in attendance were coaches from NSCD including Shawn Scholl and Mark Birdseye. John Farra, the US Paralympic nordic/biathlon high performance director from the United States Olympic Training Center was also there along with his colleagues, Eileen Carey, Beth Ann Chamberlain, Dave Mark and Greg Rawlings.
During this camp, Dan Cnossen another NSCD athlete was in Finland representing the US on the World Cup Paralympic Nordic and Biathlon Race circuit. In those races Cnossen has two top 10 finishes in the Nordic events including ninth place and a very impressive fifth place finish. The biathlon events are still being contested at the time of this article.
This is the third winter for the NSCD's competitive Nordic/Biathlon program. The program currently trains the top male and female sit-skiers in the country. These athletes, plus a number of other short-term resident athletes are training next month for the US Nationals. This will be held at Soldier Hollow, the Nordic and Biathlon venue during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
Diana Lynn Rau
Grand Nordic President
POB 695 Tabernash CO 80478
H/B 76 Fawn Lane POB 757
Fraser CO 80442
toll free 866-759-6867/cell 970-655-8036