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By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN
This weekend, 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, with 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 a 4km, 8km or 16km classic ski and 8km, 12km or 24km skate ski. Also, on Saturday, in combination with Step Outdoors Colorado, the Snowman Stomp race will include a 5km classic X-C ski and 1.5 mile snowshoe course at the golf course.
Sunday Races include a BB Gun Biathlon race with either a 4km classic ski or 8km skate ski, with four ski loops and three target shoots. Also, Sunday, events include fun relay races and sprint races. Citizen, competitive and kids races are available each day and are $40 per day registration fee (half price for Pagosa Nordic Club members) and kids under 16 years old are free.
The events begin at 9 a.m. each day at the Pagosa Springs Golf Course parking lot, located at 1 Pines Club Place. Registrations are available at PagosaNordic.com or beginning at 8 a.m. at the golf course each day. An awards ceremony will be held at the Pagosa Brewing Company located at 100 N. Pagosa Blvd. at noon Sunday. There will be race ribbons 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 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), 5km at Reservoir Hill groomed by the PNC, 1km at Yamaguchi Park groomed by the PNC, 5km 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 multiuse winter trails around Pagosa Country. You can check up to date multiuse trail grooming reports at SnowmobileColo.com, go to “Trail reports/maps” and then click on the snowflake where Pagosa Springs is located.
The Pagosa Nordic Club is a non-profit, 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.