The Pagosa Nordic Club is hosting three free activities this weekend, including a Sunset/Moonrise X-C Ski Social on Friday, a Canine Harness Demo Day and Clinic on Saturday and Canine Ski-Joring and Canine Cross races on Sunday.
Join us Friday, Jan. 6, for a free Sunset/Moonrise X-C Ski Social between 4 and 7 p.m. at the West Fork Nordic Trail, located 15 miles east of Pagosa Springs on U.S. 160. Enjoy a casual ski or snowshoe under an incredible sunset and moonrise, then meet back at the trailhead for hot soup and chili next to a crackling campfire. This is a great family-friendly activity with trails groomed and designated easy skiing. A flashlight or headlamp is recommended and you can bring something to share, though it is not expected. Additional X-C Ski Social dates are Feb. 3 and March 2.
On Jan. 7 and 8, the Pagosa Nordic Club, in conjunction with Pagosa Feed and Nursery, will host a fun-filled weekend for you and your canine companion. Activities start at noon Saturday at the Pagosa Feed Store, 166 Bastille Drive, west of City Market, with a free ski-joring demonstration. Bring your friendly dog and cross country skis, snowshoes or walking shoes and try harness pulling with your dog. There will be an oval track set through the nursery to allow you to try your hand at ski-joring (skis) or cani-cross (snowshoes), or you can take on the course on foot.
Canine harnesses can be used for bicycling, jogging and other summer activities, too. A representative from Ruffwear will be there with demo harnesses for you to try out. There will be lots of goodies and free samples. Jennifer Martin from the Pagosa Nordic Club as well as members of the Pagosa Feed and Nursery staff, will be on site to give tips and answer questions on canine harness training, nutrition and fitness.
On Sunday, join us at the West Fork Nordic Trail for free canine fun races. There will be a one-mile ski-jor race (dog pulls you on skis), a one-mile cani-cross race (dog pulls you on snowshoes) and a noncompetitive walk event as well. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and the race will start at 10. Just bring your friendly dog, skis or snowshoes and a sense of adventure, and get ready for some excitement.
You can use this event as a warm up for the first annual “Pagosa Paw” winter dog sports event on Feb. 25-26, or just as a way to get out and have fun with your four-legged friend.
For more information on the Pagosa Feed Event, call Beverly at 731-4126. For race information, call Jennifer at 264-9358.
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 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, visit PagosaNordic.Com for details.