YMCA Snow Mountain RanchFree Nordic lessons both Classic and Skate for kids 5-15 are Fridays and Sundays at 1p through the end of February. Call 970-887-2152 extension 4173 to sign up.Free Waxing Clinics Saturday mornings 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. through March 30, 2013. Learn basic waxing techniques and ski maintenance to increase your enjoyment of cross country skiing. Rotating subjects each week. Call the Nordic Center at 888-573-9622 for schedule. Meet people afterwards for skiing.Colorado Biathlon has their next Relay race on Jan 26. Check their website coloradobiathlon.org for details, schedules or to sign up.Keep the date of Saturday Feb. 23 for the Broome Hut Moonlight Progressive Ski Dinner at the YMCA with three different dinner groups and Silent Auction. Go to grandhuts.org to purchase your tickets now! Benefits go to the new Broome Hut on Second Creek. Volunteers needed.Save the weekend of March 2-3 for the Snow Mountain Stampede Marathon - 42K, 21K, 10K, and kids races. The two-day format worked so well last year that it is being repeated. Again, there will be a Grand Nordic sponsored dinner available with bonfire Saturday night.Devils Thumb RanchThe next Ski Jouring Clinic will be Jan. 20 10 a.m. to noon. These have become so popular that they are now offered every two weeks. Learn to ski with your dog. Cost is $30 and equipment and rental/ski pass packages are available. Call 970-726-8231 for information and to sign up.Jan. 26 is the 26th Annual Governor's Cup sponsored by Salomon with $5000 in purse money and product prizes - 5k, 17k, 30k, freestyle and classic events plus a free 1k kids race. Call 970-726-8231 for more information on the race and special equipment sales. First mass start is for the kids at 930 a.m. Come watch the race and enjoy the BBQ and live music.Devils Thumb offers free kids lessons Fridays 10 a.m. in Jan. and Feb. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early if equipment is needed. A onetime $20 fee applies for hot chocolate and program fee. Call to sign up.Grand Lake Nordic CenterFree lessons are offered for kids 16 and under at 10 a.m. Friday Jan. 18, and Feb. 1. Registration is required - call 970-627-8008. Grand County kids ski free on Fridays! Next moonlight ski is Jan 26. Check out the website www.grandlakeski.com for details.Fraser to Granby TrailConditions are great on the entire trail from the Winter Park Resort to Val Moritz and Granby Ranch. Grooming is done by volunteers when possible but have patience as much of the trail is very affected by the winds. All sections are open for XC skiing, snowshoeing or just plain walking with your dog. Please observe dog leash restriction in the Beavers area and pick up after your pooch. We will be grooming from Val Moritz toward Granby Ranch to connect with their XC trails and the Lodge when possible this year. Also the top of County Road 87 or Lions Lane to the XC trails at Sol Vista are good walking or snowshoeing. Logs are being taken out on the road so skiing is difficult. Parking is available at the top of 87 and Sol Vista welcomes you to their XC trails. Watch out for falling and fallen trees - we have removed so many but they keep coming down. If you can volunteer to help, please call Andy Miller at 726-4099 or Diana Lynn Rau at 887-0547. Above all, be courteous to landowners and respect private property. Grand Nordic Ski TrekWe have scheduled our 2nd Annual Mailbag Trek for Saturday, Feb 9. Watch here for details, check our grandnordic.org or call 970-887-0541 for more information.Skinny on School Nordic SkiingSteamboat Results - EGMS Nordic rocks. The entire team should all be very proud of themselves for racing on the toughest course they ski in your first race of the season. The second place boys team finish is stunning, considering that the team that took first, Steamboat Winter Sports Club, is a year-round club team, not a school team. Theo Loo placed 8th overall and was the first skier for EGMS followed by Elliot Shaw in 16th, Sebastian Brower in 18th and Liam Fuqua in 25th. A few rookies will now need to train harder as they revealed how talented they are - Chase Dornbush & Corbin Frick finished next for EGMS in 38th and 39th place and they were followed closely by Ryan Lane in 41st. On the girls side, Darby Howard was the top finisher for EGMS in 23rd, with Maddie Hill hot on her heels one second behind. Bixby Daugherty and rookie 6th grader Elizabeth Barker rounded out the top 4 scorers for EGMS, which placed 5th out of 10 teams. Tough as nails awards go out to Deana Camm, Leah Olinger, Emily Hoffmeister, Neva Neindl & Morgan Krostue for facing down those big uphills and monster downhills and completing their first ever nordic race. Go Cubs!MPHS Nordic ski team competed in their second race of the season on a very hilly 5 kilometer course at Howelson Hill in Steamboat Springs on Saturday, Jan. 12. The mass start field in the rodeo grounds provided the rare flat section in the race. Each team lined up in their own lane, and when the gun went off it was a scramble to get to the U turn at the end of the field where the course pitched sharply upward. From there, the racers were presented with one steep wall after another, punctuated with tight switchbacks until the high point was reached, at which point the bottom dropped out and downhill technical skills were tested on the twisty return to the rodeo grounds and finish.In the best race of her career as a Panther skier, senior captain Sera Smith battled and won a photo finish sprint for third place and a spot on the podium with a time of 19:02, within two minutes of the winner Taeler McCrerey of Summit High School. Amelia Clancy was the next MPHS finisher at 22:20, just above the state meet qualifying time for the race. Senior Abrah Masterson continued to show improvement as a new skier on the team, moving up in the field from her first race in December, with a time of 23:01. Four skiers, Jenna Curran, Elly Zietz, Kaylene Loo and Rowan Gallagher all followed within 40 seconds of each other. Freshman skier Sarah McClain rounded out the Middle Park women, getting her first look at the tough 5k course.The men's race provided some spectator thrills at the start, with a few skiers going down in the rush for the first corner. All of the Panther guys stayed upright, with freshman Simon Zink in 6th place midway through the steep climb, followed immediately by senior captain Taber Miyauchi who was on skis for only the second time after recovering from the flu during the week prior to the race. Zink continued to move up on some of the initial leaders who suffered on the second half of the climb, finishing in 5th place with a time of 15:11, 1:12 behind the winner Jackson Hill of Summit High School, and 15 seconds off the podium. Miyauchi made a heroic effort to hang on to the top of the climb and finished in 12th place, with a time of 16:28, followed seven seconds later by junior skier Steve Simmons in 16th place. These three provided the scoring impact needed to move the team from third position in the previous race to second this time, just ahead of Aspen high school, but still behind Summit who took all three places on the podium. Kip Dearduff was the next Panther skier at 20:02, and then a minute later a group of four, Joe Rupp, Sawyer Cousineau and the Ciccarelli brothers, Kyle and Chris, came in together. Mark Simmons, Isaac Elliott, Alex Law, and Jamie Peterson, racing in his first high school race, rounded out the Panther team. The Middle Park men look forward to the hopeful return and scoring potential of sophomore Daniel Kopp who is recovering from a bizarre frostbite injury incurred during the subzero holiday break.The MPHS and EGMS Nordic teams race next in a continuous pursuit format hosted by Summit High School at Gold Run on January 26th. Volunteers are need to help host the State Meet Feb 14-15 - there's a job for everyone. Contact MPHS Coach Dave Zink at firstname.lastname@example.org or EGMS coach Karen Waschle at email@example.com to help. Check out the website egsd.org, click on schools and athletics to follow your favorite team.Winter Sports Club Diamond Hitch Parade Feb 10 SteamboatHot Sulphur Springs Winter Sports Ski Club is looking for a few good people to help with a Parade Float for the Steamboat Winter Carnival Parade on Feb 10 for their 100 year anniversary. Call 970-725-3612 for details.