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Nordic club to host Sunset/Moonrise event Friday

By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN

On Friday, Jan. 25, the Pagosa Nordic Club will host a Sunset/Moonrise Soup and Chili X-C Ski Social at the Pagosa Springs Golf Course.

Join club members at the golf course clubhouse parking lot between 4 and 7 p.m. and enjoy an easy cross country ski or snowshoe under an incredible sunset and moonrise. Participants will meet back at the clubhouse parking lot afterward to socialize next to a warm campfire with hot cocoa, soup, chili and s’mores. This is a great, family-friendly activity. You can bring something to share, though it is not expected. We recommend bringing a headlamp or flashlight, and dress warm. Please note that the indoor facilities will not be available for this event.

Now that Pagosa Country has been blessed with snow, the Pagosa Nordic Club, Wolf Creek Ski Area, Pagosa Ranger District and the Wolf Creek Trail Blazer snowmobile club have been busy grooming free winter trails for everyone to enjoy.

Current Pagosa area cross country ski trail grooming for skate skiing and classic cross country skiing includes up to 15km at Coyote Hill, located 6.5 miles north on Piedra Road from U.S. 160, groomed by the Pagosa Ranger District, and Alberta Park, located at and groomed by the Wolf Creek Ski Area; 4.5km at the Pagosa Pines Golf Course; 1km at Yamaguchi Park in downtown Pagosa Springs by the high school; 12km at the West Fork, located 15 miles east of town on U.S.160 at the base of the west side of Wolf Creek Pass — all groomed by the Pagosa Nordic Club. 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 on the map. Current multi-use groomed winter trails include Turkey Springs, East Monument, East Fork, Wolf Creek Road, Toner, East Toner, Plumtaw, Four Mile, First Fork and McManus Road.

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 to donate to the club, check PagosaNordic.Com for details.

Grab your skis and we will see you out on the trails.

This story was posted on January 24, 2013.