By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Nordic Club hosted the season opener BB Gun Biathlon last weekend at Alberta Park at the Wolf Creek Ski Area.
Racers came to town from Flagstaff, Albuquerque, Creede, Durango and Bayfield to participate in this year’s race. Racers had three opportunities to shoot five BBs at targets in between their course laps. Each successful hit on the target resulted in a 10-second subtraction from their overall race time, effecting their final race score, with the lowest score being the winner.
Race results are as follows:
• 12K Biathlon overall: First, Steve Ilg, of Durango (41:33); second, Dan Batwinas, of Pagosa (43:02); and third, Jennifer Martin, of Pagosa (51:53).
• 6K Biathlon Men: First, Kip Nagy, of Creede (26:43); second, Larry Lynch, of Pagosa (35:54); and third, Jim Chenowith, of Bayfield (45:11).
• 6K Biathlon Women: First, Kerry Rice, of Creede (40:05); second, Maddy Bergon, of Creede (48:46); and third, Dana Hayward, of Pagosa (48:59).
• Kid 2K Biathlon: First, James Chenowith III, of Bayfield (22:14).
A big thank you to Wolf Creek Ski Area groomers, who were out early in the morning preparing the race course after we received some fresh snow the morning of the race. Also, thank you, Betsy Cotton, Jennifer Martin and Doug Call, all Pagosa Nordic board members who volunteered their time to ensure a very successful event.
The next BB Gun Biathlon is scheduled during WinterFest, on Saturday, Feb. 14, the day before the Plumtaw Ultra 30K/60K Nordic ski race.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, the Pagosa Nordic Club conducted the season’s first free X-C Ski Clinic at the Wolf Creek Ski Area. Twenty-two participants took advantage of the free instruction taught by some of Pagosa Springs’ best skiers.
A big thank you to Nancy Burke, who has been coordinating the free clinics, as well as instructing for Pagosa Nordic, and our volunteer instructors: Juana Lee Park, Dan Park, Beth O’Dowd and Lindsey Kurt-Mason. Also, thank you, Wolf Creek Ski Area for providing fresh grooming for the clinic.
The next scheduled free X-C Ski Clinics for never-ever, beginner and intermediate skate skiing and classic X-C skiing are on Jan. 10 and Feb. 7. Clinics begin at 10 a.m., with local ski shops offering discounted ski rentals for these clinics. Locations of the clinics will be determined based on snow conditions and will be posted on PagosaNordic.com, under the events tab, where you can also sign up for the clinics.
The Pagosa Nordic Club serves as the local advocate for groomed X-C ski trails and you can find out current X-C ski trail grooming reports, trail maps, activity and event schedules at PagosaNordic.com.
Pagosa Nordic is a 501(c)(3) 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.”