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By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN
On Feb. 9-10, the Pagosa Nordic Club hosts the third annual Pagosa Nordic Fest X-C Ski races at the Pagosa Springs Golf Course.
This year’s two-day race event includes distance races on Saturday and the Eagle Mountain Biathlon with Red Ryder BB guns, sprint races and relay races on Sunday. Citizen, competitive and kids’ races are available each day.
Saturday distance races include an 8km or 15km classic ski and 12km or 24km skate ski.
Sunday races include a BB Gun Biathlon with 3km or 6km classic ski and 5km or 10km skate ski, fun relay races and sprint races. Citizen, competitive and kids’ races are available each day, with a $30 per day registration fee. Free entry for kids under 16.
There will be great race awards and a registration entry raffle for all registered racers.
This event is perfect for kids, intermediates and experts. Grab your skis and come on out to the 2013 Pagosa Nordic Fest X-C Ski Races.
Area cross country ski trails currently groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic skiing include 10km at Alberta Park, groomed by and at the Wolf Creek Ski Area; 15km at West Fork groomed by the Pagosa Nordic Club (PNC); 8km at Reservoir Hill groomed by the PNC; 1km at Yamaguchi Park groomed by the PNC; 6km at the golf course groomed by the PNC; and 15km at Coyote Hill groomed by the Pagosa Ranger District.
As always, grooming reports can be viewed at PagosaNordic.Com.
Also, the Wolf Creek Trailblazer snowmobile club grooms up to 100 miles of free multi-use winter trails in Pagosa Country. You can check up-to-date, multi-use trail grooming reports at SnowmobileColo.com. Go to “Trail reports/maps,” then click on the snowflake where Pagosa Springs is located.
The Pagosa Nordic Club is a 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, classic cross country skiing and snowshoeing for all ability levels and to encourage and promote the use of these winter trails through education, marketing and events.”
The club relies on membership donations, sponsorships and trail use donations to cover operational expenses and capital equipment investments. To become a club member or donate to the club, check PagosaNordic.Com for details.