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Pagosa Nordic Club to host events Friday, Saturday

The Pagosa Nordic Club is hosting the season’s first Sunset/Moonrise Soup and Chili Ski Social and Learn to X-C Ski Clinic this weekend.

Join us Friday, Dec. 9, from 4-7 p.m., at the West Fork trailhead, located 15 miles east of town on U.S. 160. Come enjoy a beautiful cross-country ski or snowshoe trek under an incredible sunset and moonrise. We all meet back at the trailhead for a campfire, hot soup and chili, hot cocoa and s’mores afterwards. 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 dressing warmly.

On Saturday, Dec. 10, join us for a free Learn to X-C Ski Clinic starting at 10 a.m. and lasting to noon, also at the West Fork trailhead. This is a great opportunity to learn basic skills and tips to help you feel more comfortable with your equipment so you can get out on the trails more often. Participants will be able to choose between beginner or intermediate levels for cross-country skate ski or cross-country classic (kick and glide) instruction from some of the area’s best skiers. You will need to bring all your ski equipment and dress warmly. Local ski shops are offering discount rentals for the clinic — just mention you are attending the clinic. Please e-mail the club at PagosaNordicClub@Yahoo.Com 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., please come anyway!

We received lots of new fluffy snow last weekend, with as much as three to five feet in the high country.

Currently, groomed cross-country ski trails for skate skiing and classic cross-country skiing are available at Alberta Park, with 10 km compliments of Wolf Creek Ski Area. The Pagosa Nordic Club has groomed West Fork trailhead with 10 km. Please note that Fall Creek will not be groomed for the remainder of the season, as the lower elevation trails will now begin opening.

As always, updated free activity and event information 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, please check PagosaNordic.Com for details.

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