The Pagosa Nordic Ski Club is hosting a free moonrise/sunset cross country ski social Friday, Jan. 14, at the Coyote Hill Nordic Trails. Join us after 4 p.m. to ski and enjoy the colorful sky, then meet back at the parking lot for some soup and chili, hot cocoa, smores and campfire. You may bring something to share, although not required. This activity is family friendly and all ages and abilities are welcome. You can also just join us in the parking lot if you are not skiing. Coyote Hill is located 6.5 miles north on Piedra Road from U.S. 160. Parking is on the right (east) side of Piedra Road. A big thanks to the Pagosa Ranger District who has expanded the parking lot and trails for this season and is grooming the 17 km of trails at Coyote Hill twice a week.
Nordic Ski trails are free to use and are groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross country skiing. In addition to Coyote Hill, the Pagosa Nordic Club is grooming West Fork with up to 16 km of groomed trails, Reservoir Hill with up to 12 km of groomed trails and the Yamaguchi Park 1 km loop. The Wolf Creek Ski Area is grooming the 10 km Alberta Lake Loop. The Wolf Creek Trail Blazer snowmobile club also grooms up to 100 miles of multi use winter trails through Pagosa Country. These trails are used by both snowmobiles and cross country skiers and are fantastic for skate skiing.
As the local Nordic skiing advocate, the Pagosa Nordic Club will report all winter trail grooming on their Web page, PagosaNordic.com, as well as on KWUF radio during the morning and afternoon ski reports. Get out and ski.