Winter Sports – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Team Pagosa Springs Special Olympics athletes compete in regional and state competitions http://www.pagosasun.com/team-pagosa-springs-special-olympics-athletes-compete-in-regional-and-state-competitions/ Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:00:24 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=200185

Photo courtesy Nancy Walls
Team Pagosa Alpine Ski Team poses for the camera. Pictured, back row, left to right: Kelly Faber, Jared Carstensen, coach Wayne Walls, Dalton Walls, coach Bryan Looper and Delta Buck; front row, left to right: coach Nancy-Lu-Walls, Chris Brown and Jason Reece.

By Nancy-Lu Walls
Special to The SUN
Team Pagosa Springs Special Olympics athletes competed in regional and state competitions and brought home big honors in February.
The 10-member basketball team competed in the Southwest Regionals held in Grand Junction at Grand Mesa University on Feb. 15 and returned home with second-place honors after being tied for first place.
The playoff game was close, with the Grand Junction Top Guns squeezing by Pagosa with just an eight-point lead. In addition, our two-member skills team brought back first- and third-place honors in the women’s division at the meet.
State Winter Games
Team Pagosa’s Alpine skiers brought back super honors Feb. 23 and 24 in the State Winter Games held at Copper Mountain.
Over 450 athletes, coaches and volunteers from all over Colorado, as well as Kansas and Mexico City, participated in the event.
Kelly Faber scored double gold in the young Women’s Advanced Alpine

Photo courtesy Nancy Walls
The Team Pagosa Springs Special Olympics basketball team competed in the Southwest Regionals held in Grand Junction last month. Pictured, back row, left to right: head coach Bryan Looper, Sirvando Ramos, Nick Voelker, Dalton Walls, Zack Irons, Jared Carstensen and assistant coach Wayne Walls; front row, left to right: Brynn Looper, Kelly Faber, Chris Brown, Colle Looper and Jason Reece.

Super G and Giant Slalom; Dalton Walls brought home triple gold in the young men’s Intermediate Alpine Super G, Slalom and Giant Slalom division; and Delta Buck earned double gold and a silver in the Intermediate Women’s Alpine Super G, Slalom and Giant Slalom division.

Photo courtesy Nancy Walls
Delta Buck, left, won first-place honors and Tricia Sierpiejko (right) finished in third place in the Special Olympics Southwest Regional basketball skills division in Grand Junction at Mesa State University last month.

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Wolf Creek to host St. Patrick’s Day Race Saturday http://www.pagosasun.com/wolf-creek-to-host-st-patricks-day-race-saturday/ Thu, 12 Mar 2020 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=199142 By Melanie Allen
Special to The SUN
Wolf Creek Ski Area held its 10th Fun Race of the season on Saturday, March 7. The turnout included 36 racers.

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Continental Divide Freeride Team skiers place at Monarch http://www.pagosasun.com/continental-divide-freeride-team-skiers-place-at-monarch/ Mon, 02 Mar 2020 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198282 Special to The SUN
Continental Divide Freeride (CDF) Team skiers and riders competed at the International Freeskiers and Snowboarders Association 2020 Monarch Junior Regional Freeride Comp Feb. 22 and 23.
This two-day event included runs on High Anxiety and Mirkwood Bowl for each skier or snowboarder. CDF brought four snowboarders and five skiers to the event from Del Norte, Center and Pagosa Springs. CDF team members placed as follows:
Snowboard Female U12: Landry Neufeld (Center/Hooper), first place; and Audrina Smith (Pagosa Springs), second place.
Snowboard Male U12: Kife Mashburn (Del Norte), fifth place; and Eric Smith (Pagosa Springs), seventh place.
Ski Male U12: Noah Bellina (Pagosa Springs), 18th place; and Ryan Rich (Pagosa Springs), 25th place.
Ski Male 12-14: Corbin Horrocks (Del Norte), third place; Summit Mashburn (Del Norte), fourth place; and Aiden Mashburn (Del Norte), sixth place.
For more information about how to be a part of CDF or how to support our athletes, please contact Liz Callard at continentaldividefreeride@gmail.com.

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Pagosa’s Chantelle Jordan posts fastest time in Wolf Creek’s Mardi Gras Fun Race http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosas-chantelle-jordan-posts-fastest-time-in-wolf-creeks-mardi-gras-fun-race/ Mon, 02 Mar 2020 12:00:05 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=198280 By Melanie Allen
Special to The SUN
Wolf Creek Ski Area held its eighth Fun Race of the season on Sunday, Feb. 23, Mardi Gras weekend. There was a turnout of 18 racers to test their skills on the downhill. The fastest time of the day was 31.03 seconds, set by Pagosa Springs local Chantelle Jordan.
Rafe Halterman placed first in the Boys 3-5 with a time of 1:10.13.
In the Boys 9-11, Van Halterman placed first with a time of 41.68.
Jared Halterman placed first in the Men 36-40 with a time of 37.18.
In the Men 51-60, Joseph Jordan placed first with a time of 31.39.
Merick Halterman placed first in the Girls 6-8 with a time of 1:11.00.
In the Women 41-50, Chantelle Jordan placed first with a time of 31.03.
The next race at Wolf Creek is the Leap Day Fun Race, set for Feb. 29. The race is open to all ages and abilities levels, and is free with the purchase of a lift ticket. Racers can sign up at the Raven’s Nest building between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. The race will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Charisma run.

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Frozen Foot Fiesta to include fat bike and snowshoe races http://www.pagosasun.com/frozen-foot-fiesta-to-include-fat-bike-and-snowshoe-races/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 22:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=197863 By Annie Sewell
Special to The SUN
DUST2 is partnering with the Wolf Creek Trail Blazers to host its fourth annual Fat Bike race on Forest Service Road 725 on Wolf Creek Pass, also known as Old Wolf Creek Road, on Saturday, Feb 22.
This year, our race is part of a day-long outdoor Frozen Foot Fiesta featuring outdoor games, a snowshoe race and award ceremony at The Springs Resort and Spa. All participants will receive a free one-day pass to the springs.
Fat bike race registration opens at 8 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. There will be hot beverages and free cinnamon rolls for all participants. General admission is $25, members are $20 and under 18 are $15.
There are 4.5-mile and 10-mile courses.
Tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.com/e/dust2-frozen-foot-fat-bike-fun-race-tickets-89897472761.

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WinterFest http://www.pagosasun.com/winterfest-4/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 22:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196418

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Hot-air balloons took to the skies last weekend and locals enjoyed the beautiful weather while celebrating WinterFest in Pagosa Country. Events included Pagosa Skis and Saddles Skijoring, Penguin Plunge, Sledz on Rez, Barkus Parade, DUST2 Fat Tire Bike Race, Cross-Country Ski Clinic, BB Gun Biathlon and more.

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Skijoring http://www.pagosasun.com/skijoring/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 11:55:44 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196299

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The Pagosa Skis and Saddles Skijoring inaugural event was a favorite event for spectators over the WinterFest weekend. Those who had never seen this event were blown away by the fast-paced crazy course that participants had to compete in.

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WinterFest balloon launch http://www.pagosasun.com/winterfest-balloon-launch/ Thu, 30 Jan 2020 11:54:27 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=196293

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Nearly 20 hot-air balloons participated in Pagosa Country’s WinterFest weekend. Fog delayed the event on Saturday, but nine balloons were able to launch in the afternoon. Sunday’s weather was more cooperative, with 19 balloons participating in the picture-perfect balloon ascension.

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Local racer posts fastest time in Martin Luther King Jr. Fun Race http://www.pagosasun.com/local-racer-posts-fastest-time-in-martin-luther-king-jr-fun-race/ Sat, 25 Jan 2020 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195972 By Melanie Allen
Special to The SUN

Wolf Creek Ski Area held its fourth Fun Race of the season on Sunday, Jan. 19, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. There was a great turnout with 89 racers. The fastest time of the day was 30.78 set by Pagosa Springs local Chris Foti.
Aiden Soden placed first in the Boys 3-5 with a time of 46.66.
In the Boys 6-8, Rylan Soden placed second with a time of 45.47.
Nolan Kay placed first in the Boys 15-17 with a time of 32.27 and Talon Knapp placed second with a time of 36.48.
In the Men 21-25, Foti placed first with a time of 30.78.
Luke Thompson placed second in the Men 41-50 with a time of 33.99.
In the Men 61-70, Chris Phillips placed first with a time of 33.95.
Buzz Burke placed first in the Men 71-plus with a time of 31.88.
Isabelle Ratciff placed first in the Girls 9-11 with a time of 33.18
In the Girls 15-17, Rylie Nap placed first with a time of 33.18.
The next race at Wolf Creek is the Giant Slalom Race, held on Jan. 25. This will be the first race of the Wolf Creek Challenge Series. The 40-plus gate giant slalom course is on the middle and lower Charisma track and is open to teams and individuals. All proceeds support the Wolf Creek Ski Team.

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2019 YEAR IN REVIEW http://www.pagosasun.com/2019-year-in-review-4/ Thu, 23 Jan 2020 22:00:45 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195937 2019 was a busy and interesting year in Pagosa Country. There was no want for good news, bad news, controversial issues, and no lack of interesting news events to keep SUN readers focused on local events, situations and personalities.
The SUN is taking a look back at some of those events, selected by SUN staff writers. This week, we look back at October, November and December.

OCTOBER

• The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) approved upon first reading a revised noise ordinance and adopted the Model Traffic Code upon second and final reading at the board’s regular meeting on Oct. 1.

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