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Nordic club plans Friday ski social, Saturday ski clinic

The Pagosa Nordic Club will host two free events this week, including a moonrise/ sunset family cross country ski social Friday, and learn to cross country ski clinic Saturday.

The moonrise/sunset ski social will be held at Fall Creek, located 19.5 miles east of Pagosa Springs on U.S. 160, on Wolf Creek Pass. Look for the Forest Service Road 39 sign and park in the pulloff. The ski social is open to skiers of all abilities and ages and is family friendly. The trail is groomed and is an up-and-back route with terrain that starts off easy and gradually becomes more difficult. Skiers leave the parking lot any time after 4 p.m. and return to the parking lot for a warm campfire, soup, chili, s’mores and skiing stories. You are welcome to bring something to share, but it is not required. Dress warm and bring a flashlight or headlamp.

The free learn to cross country ski clinic starts at 9:45 a.m. Saturday at the Alberta Park Loop at Wolf Creek Ski Area. Meet at the end of the ski area employee parking lot where the Alberta Loop begins; let the parking attendant know where you are headed. This two-hour clinic is a great opportunity to get more familiar with skate skiing and classic cross country skiing techniques — for beginners and intermediates. Send an e-mail to pagosanordicclub@yahoo.com indicating you wish to participate. All local ski shops are offering discounted rentals for this clinic; just mention you are attending the event.

The Pagosa Springs area offers over 50 km of groomed Nordic ski trails for skate skiing and classic cross country skiing, and grooming has started this season with the Wolf Creek Ski Area grooming the 10 km Alberta Park loop and the Pagosa Nordic Club grooming a 12 km loop on Fall Creek Road. The Alberta Park loop is accessed from the east end of the upper Tranquility parking lot at the ski area where the trail heads down to Alberta Reservoir and comes back through the trees. Fall Creek Road, FS Road 39, is located 19.5 miles east on U.S. 160 from Pagosa Springs on Wolf Creek Pass. Pull off on the right; the trail follows the first 3.5 miles of Fall Creek Road.

The Pagosa Nordic Club will groom West Fork, Reservoir Hill and Yamaguchi Park as soon as conditions permit. The Pagosa Ranger District will maintain the Coyote Hill Nordic Ski Trails again this winter. Additionally, numerous multi-use trails will be groomed by the Wolf Creek Trail Blazer Snowmobile Club. The Pagosa Nordic Club will announce trail grooming reports this season on KWUF radio, PagosaNordic.Com and PNC membership e-mail notifications. The Pagosa Nordic Club is a nonprofit, 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.”