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Are you ready for the Leadville Loppet?

Leadville crosscountry ski race benefits the Mineral Belt Trail

The ninth annual Leadville Loppet is set for Feb. 25.

Crosscountry ski racing at two miles high in Leadville, Colorado, with the Sawatch Range as a backdrop. PHOTO COURTESY LEADVILLE LOPPET.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Although it’s been a low-snow winter in parts of Colorado, crosscountry skiers in Leadville say the trails are fine condition for the ninth annual edition of the Leadville Loppet.

The long-distance, high-altitude event is a fundraiser for the Mineral Belt Trail, one of Lake County’s recreational jewels. Volunteer info is online here. Events include the marathon 44k, a middle-distance 22k, a 10k sprint and 5k fun race. Registtration info for the race is online here.

The race will be preceded by a waxing clinic sponsored by Swix at 6 p.m. Friday at the Cloud City Ski Club hut.  Bring your gear, this is a hands on clinic.  The ski hut is located at the base of Dutch Henry Tubing Hill right off of Hwy 24. Check out a slideshow from last year’s race here. Continue reading

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Colorado: Winter Trails Day set for Jan. 7

Nordic skate skiing in Frisco, Colorado.

Free demos on crosscountry ski and snowshoe gear at numerous Colorado locations

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing have come a long way since the knicker and wool era and the annual Winter Trails Day (Jan. 7) is a great to check out some of the latest gear designed to help you get the most out of a non-mechanized winter outing.

Events will be held at more than 80 locations around the country, including several in Summit County and the surrounding region. Continue reading

Summit County: Get your early bird X-C pass now

Pre-season pass discounts end Oct. 31; Breckenridge Nordic Center plans Nov. 11 opening, and popular Nordic swaps coming up in early November

Making tracks at the Frisco Nordic Center.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With significant snowfall forecast down to the valley floors this week, local crosscountry skiers are no doubt also starting to think about the upcoming season. The Breckenridge Nordic Center has set an opening date of Nov. 11 and the Frisco Nordic Center will open a week later, Nov. 18, conditions permitting.

If you want to hit the trails as soon as they open, now’s the time to get your season pass at the early bird rate, with the 15 percent discount available through Oct. 31.

The popular Nordic ski swap is also coming up, first at the Breckenridge Nordic Center Nov. 11 -13, then at the Frisco Nordic Center the following weekend. Passes can also be bought online.

Early Bird Rate for Frisco Nordic OR Breck/Gold Run Nordic

  • $200 Adult (ages 13-59)
  • $145 Senior (ages 60-69)
  • $325 Family
  • $450 Corporate
  • $40 Super Senior (ages 70+)

Early Bird Rate for Joint Pass (Breck/Gold Run Nordic AND Frisco Nordic)

  • $255 Adult
  • $185 Senior
  • $380 Family
  • $500 Corporate
  • $65 Super Senior

Follow these instructions to buy a pass online:

*If you purchased your pass online last season, you will not have to do this step

Three easy steps stand between you and your 2011-2012 Nordic Season Pass!

1. Click Request Account on the following link- http://activenet8.active.com/breckenridgerec/

If the login page appears, click Create New Account.

2. Fill out New Account Request Form

Required fields have asterisks. When complete, click Submit at the bottom right of the page.

3. Check your Personal Email Account for a Confirmation

To activate your account, click on the link in the email. Clicking this link will redirect you to the site where you can login and begin registering for programs.

How to Purchase a Pass Online

1. Click Membership on the left side of the following link – http://activenet8.active.com/breckenridgerec/

If the login page appears, click Passes at the top right of the page.

2. Choose a Pass

Search for the pass you want to purchase and click on the title (blue and underlined).

3. Click Add to My Cart

Log in to your account with your Customer ID and password. Choose the member and confirm pass details. Choose Continue at the bottom of each page.

4. Payment

Finally, enter your credit card information on the Payment Information page. After clicking Continue you’re finished!

4. Early Bird Passes will be mailed to you the first week in November.

Vail Pass winter rec fees start Nov. 26

Day use fees at Vail Pass are $6 per person.

Courtesy and consideration needed in the high-use area

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — If you’re headed to Vail Pass to play in the snow this weekend, be aware that the annual seasonal fee program takes effect beginning Nov. 26, with day-use passes selling for $6 per person, while season passes are available for $40. Children 15 and under are free.

Season passes can be purchased at the Vail Pass trailhead on Saturdays and Sundays, at the Dillon Ranger District office in Silverthorne and at the Holy Cross Ranger District office in Minturn. Fee stations with self pay envelops are located at all VPWRA trailheads. Continue reading

Summit County nordic centers open for skiing!

Ski swap at Frisco Nordic Center this weekend

A scence from the 2009 Frisco Gold Rush at the Frisco Nordic Center.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — With all the hoopla at local alpine resorts, it’s sometimes easy to overlook the fact that Summit County also has world-class cross-country skiing in Frisco and Breckenridge, where both Nordic centers have opened for the season.

Frisco has 12K of skating track open, and the center hopes to set a classic track in time for the weekend.
This weekend also marks the ski swap at the Frisco Nordic Center, with proceeds benefitting the Summit Nordic Ski Team. The swap features new and used cross-country and telemark gear, as well as accessories. The swap runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The swap will also be accepting items for sale throughout the weekend.

The Breckenridge Nordic Center is reporting 12K of trails open for both classic and skate skiing. A daily trail pass is $14.Get more information on both Nordic Centers here.

Breckenridge seeking Nordic center operator

Breckenridge has developed a first-rate cross-country ski area and is now looking to lease the operation. Bids are due March 19.

Gold Run operation up for bid, deadline March 19

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — If you’ve ever dreamed of running a cross-country ski area, now’s your chance to lease the 472-acre Gold Run Nordic Center in Breckenridge. The town is looking for qualified bidders to submit proposals by March 19 and take over operations next season. The proposal should include information on how to operate Gold Run Nordic Center, including ideas on how to handle trail design, grooming and programming.

An information packet  for potential bidders shows that the center’s revenue has increased steadily since it opened about five years ago. Total revenue during the 2004-2005 season was about $78,000. In the 2008-2009 season it climbed to $141,000. Similarly, use of the 27K-trail system has also doubled in that time, from 4,303 visitors in 2004-2005 to 8,880 visitors last season. Continue reading

40th annual Frisco Gold Rush photoblog

A frosty beard goes well with Nordic skiing, especially at the 40th edition of the Frisco Gold Rush!

Frisco and Breckenridge Nordic Center operator Gene Dayton said conditions were ideal Sunday for the 40th Frisco Gold Rush Nordic races, and he was hoping for a record turnout for the 5, 10 and 20k events. Check back later for more photos.

The Gold Rush is Colorado’s oldest, and one of the biggest, Nordic events, featuring 5k, 10k and 20k classic and skate races, along with snowshoe events, demos of new gear and family fun. Get more information on Nordic skiing in Frisco and Breckenridge here.

Here’s an excerpt from the Nordic Center blog:

“We are gearing up for the 40th Anniversary Frisco Gold Rush events beginning tonight with a Bonfire at the Frisco Marina at Dusk and Fireworks at 7:30 pm, and with 6 events for Nordic and Snowshoeing and a kid’s Treasure Hunt at 11:30 am at the Frisco Nordic Center on Sunday, Feb 7th …

We are open at both locations with great snow conditions (new snow this week and still trying today) for groomed cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Lessons, Clinics, Wax Shop, Retail, Ski & Snowshoe Tours, self-guided mapped and marked trails, destination huts, private, public and White River National Forest permitted trails …”

Mark your calendars: Feb 21st, 2010 at the Frisco Nordic Center…party, with games and kid’s festival, sledding, food, drinks and more. Get more of the blog here.

Get more info on upcoming Frisco events here.


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