Winter Sports – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:34:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Group to hold Red Ryder BB Gun Biathlon Nordic race http://www.pagosasun.com/group-to-hold-red-ryder-bb-gun-biathlon-nordic-race/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:37 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195455

Photo courtesy Josh Kurz
Nordic skiing racers take off from a mass start at Cloman Park on Saturday, Jan. 11, during the Pagosa Nordic Club’s season-opener Nordic ski race featuring the first race of this season’s Southwest Nordic Race Series.

By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Nordic Club hosted the first race of the Southwest Nordic Race Series last weekend on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Cloman Park with a 20-km freestyle (skate ski) Nordic race. The event also hosted a citizens 5km skate ski and 5km classic ski and a youth 3km classic ski and a KidK.
The event drew more than 40 racers from around the southwest region, some of whom are participating in the Southwest Race Series. The 20-km race attracted many elite Nordic ski racers. Top finishers included: Men’s first place, Karl Walezak; second place, Brett Wilson; and third place, Terry Daley; women’s first place, Molly Hummel; second place, Sanna Sevanto; and third place, Emily Deitz.
Additional races in the Southwest Series include: Chama Chile 16km freestyle in Chama, N.M., on Jan. 18; 15-km Butch Cassidy Ski Classic at the Telluride Nordic Center on Feb. 8; and the 30-km Pine Needle Langlauf at the Durango Nordic Center on Feb. 22. The best skiers in the race series will be crowned the king and queen of the Southwest Nordic Race Series.
Pagosa Nordic’s next events are during WinterFest weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 25, Pagosa Nordic will host a Learn to Cross-Country Ski Clinic for never-evers, beginners and intermediates for either classic cross-country skiing or skate skiing.
On Sunday, Jan. 26, Pagosa Nordic will host the Red Ryder BB Gun Biathlon Nordic race for all ages and abilities. Racers shoot at targets in between laps. There will be a 16-km competitive course, a citizens 4-km and a KidK course. Event details and registration is available at pagosanordic.com under the events tab.
Nordic ski trail conditions have been excellent this season. Trails are groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing. Current trails being groomed include: 14 km at Coyote Hill groomed by the Pagosa Ranger District, 10 km at Alberta Park groomed by the Wolf Creek Ski Area and the Pagosa Nordic Club is grooming 10 km at West Fork, 10 km at Laverty Ranch and 10 km at Cloman/Davis Ranch. Please note that the Laverty Ranch and Davis Ranch are for Nordic skiing only and are non-canine areas. Check out pagosanordic.com for more details.
The Pagosa Nordic Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 100 percent volunteer organization with a mission “To enhance winter recreational opportunities in Pagosa Springs by maintaining accessible groomed winter trails for skate skiing and classic cross-country skiing for all ability levels and to encourage and promote the use of these winter trails through education, marketing and events.”
The club serves as the local advocate for groomed cross-country ski trails and you can find current cross-country ski trail grooming reports, trail maps, activity and event schedules at pagosanordic.com. The club relies on annual club memberships and sponsors to cover expenses associated with providing groomed Nordic ski trails. All local ski shops offer rental gear.
Grab your skis and we’ll see you out on the trails.

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Fire and Ice WinterFest promises hot and cool events http://www.pagosasun.com/fire-and-ice-winterfest-promises-hot-and-cool-events/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195453 By Mary Jo Coulehan
Special to The SUN
WinterFest will be held from Jan. 24-26. The theme for this year’s event is Fire and Ice.
We have over 15 hot air balloon pilots contributing to the fire side of the theme.
As for ice, we will again host the Penguin Plunge and heartily support the other “cool” events such as the fat tire bike race, the BB gun biathlon, the Sledz on Rez race and, new this year, the Skis and Saddles Skijoring event. What a weekend it will be.
Start planning now as well to build your sled for the Sledz on Rez race to be held the afternoon of Jan. 25.
If your organization has people plunging in the river for the Penguin Plunge — also to be held on Jan. 25 — plunge forms are online at the Chamber’s website, www.pagosachamber.com.
Get your bikes tuned to enter the bike race on Saturday or tune up your cross-country skis for the BB Gun Biathlon.
If you are a skier or horse person and want to learn more about how you can participate in the exciting Skis and Saddles Skijoring event, visit www.skisandsaddles.com. This event will take place on Hot Springs Boulevard in the center of all that is happening downtown that weekend.
Remember that on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, the hot air balloon mass ascension will take place on the west side of town in the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association area near the Rec Center. This time of year, with the snow-capped mountains, there are some stunning photos to be taken.
There is something for everyone over WinterFest weekend. To find out more, visit www.pagosachamber.com.

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DUST2 announces lineup of winter activities http://www.pagosasun.com/dust2-announces-lineup-of-winter-activities/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=195458 By Annie Sewel
Special to The SUN
It’s winter in Pagosa Springs and DUST2 is bringing you a lineup of fun winter events for the whole family.
Kick off the winter fun this Friday, Jan. 18, at the Pagosa Climbing Initiative Cabin Fever Festival, where DUST2 will be hosting bike trainer competition. There will be hot drinks and fun prizes.
The very next weekend, DUST2 will be going all in for WinterFest Jan. 25-26. Grab the family and begin your WinterFest fun at the WinterFest Fat Bike Race at Yamaguchi Park. This family-friendly, downtown course is groomed by the Pagosa Nordic Club and all participants receive a fresh crepe and hot drink.
Be sure to cheer on the DUST2 Sledz on Rez sled team and head down to the river to cheer for the DUST2 Penguin Plungers.
DUST2 will be closing out the day’s festivities with our second annual WinterFest After Party at Motel SOCO with live music provided by Brooks-I. This year, we will be crowning the day’s king and queen of WinterFest. There will be food trucks and drink specials.
Our last event for the winter season is our annual Fat Bike Fun Race on Forest Service Road 725 on Feb. 22. This epic 4- or 7-mile course beautifully groomed by the Wolf Creek Trailblazers is truly an adventure race.
This year, we are excited to announce that our Fat Bike Fun Race will be a part of the exciting line of events at the all new Frozen Foot Festival — more details to come. The winter forecast is looking great and we hope you will join us for the fun. For more information, visit www.dustx2.com, https://www.facebook.com/pagosabike/ or call 398-1168.

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WinterFest activities to fit theme of Fire and Ice http://www.pagosasun.com/winterfest-activities-to-fit-theme-of-fire-and-ice/ Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:00:20 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194596 By Mary Jo Coulehan
Special to The SUN
WinterFest will be held from Jan. 24-26. The theme for this year’s event is Fire and Ice.
We have over 15 hot air balloon pilots contributing to the fire side of the theme.
As for ice, we will again host the Penguin Plunge and heartily support the other “cool” events such as the fat tire bike race, the BB gun biathlon, the Sledz on Rez race and, new this year, the Skis and Saddles Skijoring event. What a weekend it will be.
Start planning now as well to build your sled for the Sledz on Rez race to be held the afternoon of Jan. 25.
If your organization has people plunging in the river for the Penguin Plunge — also to be held on Jan. 25 — plunge forms are online at the Chamber’s website, www.pagosachamber.com.
Get your bikes tuned to enter the bike race on Saturday or tune up your cross-country skis for the BB Gun Biathlon.
If you are a skier or horse person and want to learn more about how you can participate in the exciting Skis and Saddles Skijoring event, visit www.skisandsaddles.com. This event will take place on Hot Springs Boulevard in the center of all that is happening downtown that weekend.
Remember that on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, the hot air balloon mass ascension will take place on the west side of town in the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association area near the Rec Center. This time of year, with the snow-capped mountains, there are some stunning photos to be taken.
There is something for everyone over WinterFest weekend. To find out more, visit www.pagosachamber.com.

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United Way Day at Wolf Creek Ski Area supports local nonprofits http://www.pagosasun.com/united-way-day-at-wolf-creek-ski-area-supports-local-nonprofits/ Mon, 13 Jan 2020 12:00:50 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194588 By Jodi Jahrling
Special to The SUN
Join United Way of Southwest Colorado (UWSWC) at Wolf Creek Ski Area for a fun day of skiing and boarding with discounted full-day lift tickets on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to benefit United Way nonprofit organizations in Archuleta County.
The special day will occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full-day lift tickets will be $65 for adults, $41 for seniors and $34 for kids. Half day starts at 12:30 p.m.
Proceeds to UWSWC are invested locally to meet needs in the areas of education, financial stability and health. A portion of proceeds from each full-day lift ticket sale will be donated to the UWSWC — Archuleta County that helps support:
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado.
• Community Connections.
• Conservation Legacy.
• Housing Solutions.
• Pagosa Outreach Connection.
• Pagosa Peak Open School.
• Rise Above Violence.
• Seeds of Learning.
• Tri-County Headstart.
“In United Way’s 45-plus year history of service to southwest Colorado, we have found that when people join together for the common good things change for the better,” said Lynn Urban, president and CEO. “Wolf Creek Ski Area has provided a great opportunity for us to raise funds for Archuleta County that includes a full day of fun for friends and family and perhaps a team building day for businesses.”
Call Wolf Creek Ski Area at 264-5639 for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Times get faster in second Fun Race http://www.pagosasun.com/times-get-faster-in-second-fun-race/ Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:00:38 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194590 By Melanie Allen
Special to The SUN
Wolf Creek Ski Area held its second Fun Race of the season on Sunday, Jan. 15. There were 57 racers this time and the fastest time of the day was 26.41 made by, yet again, Buzz Burke, from Pagosa Springs. Burke was the most experienced of the skiers, competing in the 71-plus bracket.
Noah Bellina placed first with a time of 32.86 in the Boys 9-11.
In the Boys 15-17, Tabn Knapp placed first with a time of 36.50.
Michael Schmidt placed third in the Men 21-25 with a time of 36.62.
In the Men 36-40, Chris Pitcher placed first with a time of 27.86.
Luke Thompson placed first in the Men 41-50 with a time of 28.10 and Joe Bush placed second with a time of 29.59.
In Men 51-60, Steve Dayton placed first with a time of 30.62.
In the Men 71-plus, Burke placed first with a time of 26.41 and Greg Johnson placed second with a time of 34.36.
Veda Deitemeyer placed first with a time of 38.57 in the Girls 6-8.
In the Girls 9-11, Isabelle Ratliff placed first with a time of 29.38 and Kenli Bush placed second with a time of 33.72.
In the Girls 12-14, Aybree Hampton placed first with a time of 31.35.
Rylie Rapp placed first with a time of 34.11 in the Girls 15-17 and Jordan Maxwell placed second with a time of 35.48.
In the Women 51-60, Cathy Lemon placed first with a time of 31.39.
Chris Schmidt placed first in the Women 61-70 with a time of 36.89.
The next Fun Race in the series will be held on Jan. 12. 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 Grill between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and the race will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Charisma run.

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Pagosa Winter Classic to feature pond hockey tournament and more http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-winter-classic-to-feature-pond-hockey-tournament-and-more/ Thu, 09 Jan 2020 22:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194586 A three-on-three pond hockey ice battle will take place on Jan. 11 and 12 at the third annual Pagosa Winter Classic, with Saturday featuring live music, a heated tent, whiskey, craft beer, food and other family activities at the Pagosa Multi Purpose Pavilion (PMP), 550 S. 8th St.
The event will feature two 15-minute periods of three-on-three pond hockey action with a four-game guarantee for each team.
The cost for teams is $300 and the singles cost $50, with each team consisting of three to six players.
On both Jan. 11 and 12 games will start at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. will feature the live music, whiskey and craft beer.
PMP Executive Director Brian Collabolletta explained that pond hockey is generally played in a three-on-three format.
“It’s a scaled down version of the game,” Collabolletta explained, noting that there are no goalies in this version of the game.
Three-on-three hockey is more of a skill-based game, he explained.
“You have to make two passes before you’re allowed to score a goal,” he said. “The goals are different. They aren’t full-sized 4-by-6 goals.”
A pond hockey goal is typically 4 feet wide, 6 inches tall and has two openings on each end, he described.
“It’s much more of a passing and skill type of event,” he said.
The number of games could go up depending on the number of teams that sign up, he added later.
Teams that claim victory at the tournament will earn a trophy, Collabolletta explained.
To register for the event, interested parties can go to www.eventbrite.com and search “Pagosa Winter Classic Hockey Tournament”; you can also sign up the day of the event.
“Every year gets a little bigger and better. This year with the help of the town tourism committee we had a small grant that’s allowed us to rent a 20- by 40-foot tent that will be heated,” Collabolletta said. “More and more teams every year. We’ve got teams coming from farther away. This year we have a team coming from Santa Fe, which is a first.”
More information can be found at skatepagosa.org, by emailing skatepagosa@icloud.org or via phone at 398-2337.

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Storm dumps 54 inches of snow at Wolf Creek http://www.pagosasun.com/storm-dumps-54-inches-of-snow-at-wolf-creek/ Thu, 02 Jan 2020 11:55:25 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=194098

Photos courtesy
Christi Bode/Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek Ski Area welcomed a storm on Christmas Day that left 27 inches of snow followed by another fast and furious storm that dropped significant snowfall. The mountain received 54 inches of snow over seven days. The storms that delivered big snow for Wolf Creek elevated the season-to-date snowfall total to 193 inches.

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Results for Wolf Creek Ski Area’s first fun race of the season http://www.pagosasun.com/results-for-wolf-creek-ski-areas-first-fun-race-of-the-season/ Wed, 01 Jan 2020 12:00:13 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=193699

Photo courtesy Wolf Creek Ski Area
Competitors check out their scores for Wolf Creek Ski Area’s first Fun Race of the season on Dec. 14. The next Fun Race in the series will be held on Jan. 5, 2020. The race is open to all ages and abilities levels, and is free with the purchase of a lift ticket.

By Melanie Allen
Special to The SUN
Wolf Creek Ski Area held its first Fun Race of the season on Saturday, Dec. 14. There was a turnout of 24 racers.
The fastest time of the day was 27.17, made by Buzz Burke, from Pagosa Springs. Burke was the most experienced of the skiers, competing in the 71-plus bracket.
Ward Halterman placed first in the Boys 6-8 with a time of 41.37.
In the Boys 9-11, Ryan Rich placed second with a time of 34.25 and Noah Bellina placed third with a time of 34.29.
Robert Naundorff placed second in the Boys 12-14 with a time of 37.56.
In the Boys 15-17, Jeb Thompson placed first with a time of 29.27 and Talon Rapp placed third with a time of 33.26.
Austin Marchand placed first in the men 21-25, with no time listed.
In the Men 36-40, Rodney Naundorff placed third with a time of 36.32.
Burke placed first in the Men 71-plus with a time of 27.17.
Isabelle Ratliff placed first in the Girls 9-11 with a time of 31.31, and Lilly Buchner placed third with a time of 38.03.
Rylie Rapp placed first in the Girls 15-17 with a time of 36.57 and Jordan Maxwell placed second with a time of 37.89.
Annabelle Bowles placed first in the Girls 18-20 with a time of 28.34.
In the Women 41-50, Becky Deitemeyer placed first with a time of 37.15.
The next Fun Race in the series will be held on Jan. 5, 2020. 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 Grill in between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and the race will be held between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Charisma run.

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Wolf Creek Ski Area http://www.pagosasun.com/wolf-creek-ski-area/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 12:00:39 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=193274

Photo courtesy Sam Bricker/Wolf Creek Ski Area

Wolf Creek Ski Area features epic skiing and boarding after receiving 40 inches of fresh powder from a pre-Christmas storm that crept into the Southern San Juan Mountains over the weekend. The ski area reported 23 inches of snow in 24 hours, 32 inches of snow in 48 hours and a whopping 40 inches of snow in 72 hours. Season-to-date, the ski area has had 139 inches of snow with a midway depth of 67 inches as of Wednesday morning.

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