Nordic club sets social, clinic, biathlon dates


    By Richard Compton
    Special to The SUN

    Tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., the Pagosa Nordic Club will draw the name of the lucky member who gets a free Wolf Creek Ski Area season pass.

    Join up as a Pagosa Nordic Club member by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, to be in the drawing, which will take place at 6 at the Pagosa Brewing Company, 100 N. Pagosa Blvd. Or, show up in person at the brewery by 5:55 p.m. to sign up. If you’ve already bought your season pass, Wolf Creek will reimburse you when you win. Individual membership is just $25, family memberships are $40 and both can be purchased any time at Only one entry into the drawing for family memberships.

    The first scheduled Pagosa Nordic event of the season is a free sunset/moonrise, soup and chili social on Friday, Nov. 15 (snow permitting). Join club members between 4 and 7 p.m. to enjoy a beautiful ski or snowshoe under a spectacular winter sunset and moonrise, then meet back at the trailhead for a campfire and hot soup and chili. S’mores will be available for the whole family; you can bring something to share as well.

    Keep an eye on the website,, for the night’s location and other details.

    The rest of the season’s scheduled X-C ski socials are on Dec. 13, Jan. 10, Feb. 14 and March 14.

    New this year is the three-day Pagosa Nordic X-C Ski Challenge season opener. On Friday, Dec. 13, Masters Skate Ski champ Murry Banks will teach a Waxing 101 clinic. On Saturday, Dec. 14, Banks will conduct intermediate and advanced skate ski clinics at Alberta Park. On Sunday, Dec. 15, Banks will join participants for a biathlon, using Red Ryder BB guns to shoot at targets during a cross country ski race. Kids’ races will be available. This will be a great warmup for the season, so no matter your ability level, join in.

    Instruction events begin with a free Learn to Ski XC Clinic on Saturday, Dec. 7, with classes for beginner and intermediate classic cross country and skate skiing for all ages. On Dec. 13-14, the club hosts the waxing clinic and advanced/intermediate skate-skiing clinics.

    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.”