Grand Nordic Corner
Ryan Summerlin January 24, 2013
Cottonwood Pass Maailbag Trek- Feb. 9Grand Nordic Mailbag Trek commemorating the old mail route from the Coulter Ranch, Granby over Cottonwood Pass to Hot Sulphur Springs is Feb. 9 – registration and trek start from at the Linke Road off Cottonwood Pass Road east side. Ski up and over Cottonwood Pass through private ranch lands to Hot Sulphur Springs. This is your once a year chance to XC ski the old private ranches around Cottonwood Pass, through beautiful hay meadows, aspen groves and sagebrush fields, ending at the Hot Sulphur Springs Fire House. Snow is currently very reasonable in the hay meadows and the views are gorgeous. Distance is 9-10 miles and light XC touring gear recommended. Snowshoes and dogs are welcome but allow more time and consider the distance. Lunch is provided at the finish at the Hot Sulphur Springs/Parshall Fire Department, donations welcome. Since parking is limited at the start area, free parking is available at the Pioneer Village Museum in Hot Sulphur Springs and a free LIFT bus is provided to the start departing the Museum at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The Museum is offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aid station with Medic, port-a-potty, and sag wagon will be at the top of the Pass while Bryan Mtn Ski Patrol will be on course. Cost – $20 per person until Feb 8 and $25 day of registration. Register online at grandnordic.org/mailbagtrek or call Diana Lynn Rau at 970-887-0547. Benefit kids and school Nordic programs in Grand County. Sponsored by Grand Nordic, Hot Sulphur Springs Chamber of Commerce, Headwaters Trails Alliance, and Grand County Historical Association.YMCA Snowmaountain Ranch Nordic CenterFree Nordic lessons both Classic and Skate for kids 5-15 are Fridays and Sundays at 1p.m. through the end of February. Call 970-887-2152 X 4173 to sign up.Free Waxing Clinics Saturday mornings 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. through March 30. 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 Mtn 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 Ranch Activity CenterJan. 26 is the 26th Annual Governor’s Cup sponsored by Salomon with $5000 in purse money and product prizes – 5km, 17km, 30km, freestyle and classic events plus a free 1km kids race. Call 970-726-8231 for more information on the race and special equipment sales. First mass start is for the kids at 9:30 a.m. Come watch the race and enjoy the BBQ and live music! Feb. 3 is Ski, Spa, and Soak Day with professional ski instruction from Devil’s Thumb Ranch Ski Instructors; skate and classic ski equipment for the first 30 signed up participants; lunch at Devil’s Thumb Ranch; Boulder center for Sports Medicine lecture on training; yoga for athletes, day use of the sauna, steam room and hot tub; small class-individualized instruction; ski gear plus other items will be raffled off during the day. Cost $110. Register at active.com.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 choc and program fee. Call to sign up.Grand Lake Nordic CenterThe last free lessons are offered for kids 16 and under at 10 a.m. Friday Feb. 1. Registration is required – call 970-627-8008. Grand County kids ski free on Fridays. Next moonlight ski is Jan. 26. The Grand Lake Touring Center featurs a campfire, hot cocoa & marshmallows with Chili served in the lodge until 7:30 p.m. Check out the website grandlakeski.com for details.Pole Creek Moonlight SkiPole Creek starts their ski or snowshoe evening Friday Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. with Bistro 28 now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights 4:30 p.m. – 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.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 Cty Rd 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. Skinny on School Nordic SkiingThe MPHS and EGMS Nordic teams race next in a continuous pursuit format hosted by Summit High School at Gold Run on Jan. 26. Volunteers and sponsors 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.