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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More pictures after the break …

Near the finish line of the 10k ...
The start of the 20k race at the Frisco Nordic Center.
Preparing for the start of the 20k skating race at the 40th annual Frisco Gold Rush Nordic races, with storm clouds building over Peak One and the Tenmile Range.
Nordic fuel.
Friendly competition at the Frisco Gold Rush.
Poling and skating for position at the start of the Frisco Gold Rush 20k.
Skating, striding and poling toward the forests of the Frisco Peninsula at the start of the Gold Rush 20k.
Clide and stride skiing with a classic Frisco backdrop at the Gold Rush Nordic races.
The powerful symetric "V" step of a modern Nordic skate skier.
Near the finish of the Frisco Gold Rush 10k.
Bib, wax, ready ... set ... go, for the 40th annual Frisco Gold Rush Nordic races.
A young skate skier near the finish.
Fast snow made for some serious competition at Frisco's Gold Rush Nordic races.

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