Leadville crosscountry ski race benefits the Mineral Belt Trail
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 “Are you ready for the Leadville Loppet?”→
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.
Pre-season pass discounts end Oct. 31; Breckenridge Nordic Center plans Nov. 11 opening, and popular Nordic swaps coming up in early November
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)
$40 Super Senior (ages 70+)
Early Bird Rate for Joint Pass (Breck/Gold Run Nordic AND Frisco Nordic)
$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!
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 “Vail Pass winter rec fees start Nov. 26”→
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.
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 “Breckenridge seeking Nordic center operator”→
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.
“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.