Pagosa Nordic Club seeks input, volunteers

The Pagosa Nordic Club will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at Community United Methodist Church, on Lewis Street.

The club is seeking input and volunteers to help move a winter trails grooming project into the future. (Attendees are asked to bring a canned food donation in exchange for the use of the meeting space.)

The newly-formed, nonprofit club consists of volunteers whose mission is “to enhance winter recreational opportunities by maintaining accessible groomed winter trails for skate skiing, traditional cross-country track skiing and snowshoeing, and to encourage and promote the use of these winter trails through education, marketing and events.”

The club will seek funding, purchase grooming equipment and organize volunteers to groom and maintain many established trails and seasonal roads within the Town of Pagosa Springs park system, U.S. National Forest Service trail system, and existing sports fields and complexes adjacent to public school campuses.

Groomed trails for cross-country skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing are growing in popularity and could be a welcome addition to current amenities, attracting a wide range of users. For example, a recent donation from the San Juan Outdoor Club for the purchase of equipment for fourth-grade students will expose a new generation to cross-country skiing.

Through field surveys, the club has selected established trails and seasonal roads intended to provide winter recreation opportunities in close proximity to homes, work places and lodging. The winter trails grooming project could have many positive economic, social and lifestyle benefits for our community by providing new amenities for our residents and creating a unique niche for tourists.

For more information about the Pagosa Nordic Club, contact James at 946-7225, or e-mail jamespagosa@centurytel.net.

9-12 basketball

Registration for this year’s 9- and 10-year-old and 11- and 12-year-old youth basketball leagues will run through Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Children who will be 9, 10, 11 or 12 years old as of Jan. 1, 2009, are eligible to register. The seasons will not begin until early January.

Registrations are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and are also available online in Adobe format at www.townofpagosasprings.com (click on the town departments link, then the recreation link).

Registrations will also be supplied to local schools; parents are reminded to return completed registrations to the recreation office.

Cost is $25 per player and $15 for each additional child in the same, immediate family who participates. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Town of Pagosa Springs.

Coaches and team sponsors for these divisions are needed and appreciated. Cost for sponsorship is $150, which includes sponsor’s name on team uniforms, commemorative plaque with team picture and recognition in media articles.

For more information call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Indoor soccer

Anyone interested in playing weekend indoor soccer throughout the winter months is welcome to attend organizational meetings and practice sessions scheduled for Nov. 29 and Dec. 13 from 10 a.m.-noon in the community center gymnasium.

This free “pick-up” style program for players age 5 and older will consist of informal scrimmages, practice and instruction. Non-marking athletic shoes are required; skating shoes are not recommended.

After the first of the year, sessions will be held Saturdays in the community center gym when space is available; the season is expected to run through late March or early April.

Indoor soccer balls and goals will be provided; outdoor balls will not be permitted. Shin guards are highly recommended for all participants.

For more information on this program, contact Matt Bowdridge at 903-8663, or call the recreation office at 264-4151, Ext. 232.

7-8 basketball

Due to a heavy schedule of holiday events, there are no youth basketball games scheduled this week. Games will resume Dec. 8 at the community center gymnasium.

Schedules for this year’s 7-8 season are available at the recreation office in Town Hall and are also available online in Adobe format through the recreation department link at www.townofpagosasprings.com.

For more information concerning youth basketball, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.

Sports hotline

General information concerning the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department can be obtained by calling the Pagosa Springs Sports Hotline at 264-4151, Ext. 301 or logging on to townofpagosasprings.com and going to the parks and recreation link.

All schedules and upcoming events are updated on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, or need additional information about any of the Pagosa Springs Recreation Department adult or youth sports programs, call 264-4151, Ext. 231 or 232.