Nordic ski trails groomed on Reservoir Hill

Thanks to the efforts of the Pagosa Nordic Club, cross-country skiing trails have been groomed on Reservoir Hill to offer a variety of Nordic skiing opportunities in downtown Pagosa Springs.

An access point just south of the post office on Hot Springs Boulevard leads up to the gate, which will be open to skiers and snowshoers as long as the snow holds. Another point of access is the Spa Trailhead off of San Juan Street.

There are trails for skiers of varying abilities, beginning with an easier loop at the midway meadow which joins trail No. 7 near the fire hydrant. It traverses back toward the cabin, crossing the road and continuing out trail No. 7, past the owl sculpture, to the meadow by the water tank, then looping back to the cabin.

From the cabin, a more difficult trail leads to the radio towers and back down to the midway meadow. This route is quite steep in spots, so less-experienced skiers should exercise caution. All users are requested to be aware of the presence of novice skiers and share the trails responsibly. We also have a flat course in Town Park to ski; on the field north of Hermosa St. a circuit will be groomed, weather permitting.

For more information on cross-country skiing opportunities, call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

Youth basketball

Assessments and drafts for the 9-10 and 11-12 youth basketball seasons were held this week; practices will commence next week, and games will not begin until Jan. 26.

The recreation department is in need of head coaches for the 11-12 division and would like to hear from anyone interested in coaching a team. If interested, please contact Andy Rice at 264-4151, Ext. 231.

Games in the 9-10 division will be played in the Community Center gym Tuesdays and Thursdays, while games in the 11-12 division will be played Mondays and Wednesdays in the same venue. The seasons will run through early March. Schedules will be available by the middle of next week at the recreation office and will also be posted on the recreation department page at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

For more information, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Elks Hoop Shoot

The 2009 Elks Club Hoop Shoot for participants from Pagosa Springs, Durango, Bayfield and Ignacio will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, in the Escalante Middle School gym in Durango.

All Pagosa residents who wish to participate this year should attend the Durango event, since there will be no local contest this year. The gym will be open at 9 a.m. for registration and warm-up.

The Hoop Shoot is a free-throw shooting contest sponsored by the Durango Elks Club for boys and girls ages 8-13. All participants may sign up the day of the event; registration is free.

Over 3,000,000 of America’s youth participate in the Hoop Shoot each year, with winners in local contests earning the right to advance to district, state, regional and national contests. National winners’ names are inscribed on a plaque at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Qualification and category assignments are determined by a participant’s age as of April 1, 2009. Boys and girls compete separately in the following age categories: 8/9, 10/11, and 12/13. Youngsters are too old to participate if they will be 14 before April 1, 2009.

All age groups will shoot free throws on regulation, 10-foot rims.

For more information, call Dick Alexander, Hoop Shoot director, at (970) 946-9118.

Tree recycling

The Town of Pagosa Springs is conducting a Christmas tree recycling program. Anyone wishing to participate in this program can take trees to be recycled to South Pagosa Park on South 8th Street between now and the end of March.

Look for the signs directing recyclers to the collection area. To ensure that trees can be properly recycled, please remove all lights and ornaments before leaving your tree.

The parks department will chip the collected trees into mulch to be used for landscaping projects during the coming season.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151, Ext. 301 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.