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By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN
On Saturday, join the Pagosa Nordic Club for a free Learn to X-C Ski Clinic from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Pagosa Springs Golf Course.
This is a great opportunity to learn basic skills and tips to help you feel more comfortable with your equipment, encouraging you to get out on the trails more often.
Participants will be able to choose between beginner or intermediate levels for skate ski or classic cross country (kick and glide) instruction from some of the area’s best skiers.
You will need to bring all your ski equipment and dress warm. Local ski shops are offering discount rentals for the clinic — just mention you are attending the clinic and want the discount on rental gear.
Please e-mail the club at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are going to attend, what style of skiing you prefer, and your ability level, so we can be sure to have enough instructors for the event. However, if you forget to R.S.V.P., come anyway. Plan on arriving around 9:30 a.m. to ensure enough time to register and gear up. This is the last free X-C Ski Clinic of the season, so mark your calendars, R.S.V.P. and join us.
Area 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; 12km 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.
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 & 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.