Nordic Club announces upcoming events

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Photo courtesy James Dickhoff Skiers enjoy the freshly groomed trail at Fall Creek. The 6k trail steadily climbs up Fall Creek Road and has incredible views of the nearby mountain peaks, especially at 4.5k. The trail is groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing is a fantastic family activity during the holidays.
Photo courtesy James Dickhoff
Skiers enjoy the freshly groomed trail at Fall Creek. The 6k trail steadily climbs up Fall Creek Road and has incredible views of the nearby mountain peaks, especially at 4.5k. The trail is groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing is a fantastic family activity during the holidays.

By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN

The Pagosa Springs high country has seen early-season snowfall, providing some great cross-country skiing conditions. There are currently two cross-country ski trails groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing.

Alberta Park is located at the base of the Alberta Lift at Wolf Creek Ski Area and is accessed from the east end of the Tranquility parking lot. From the parking lot, you’ll ski down to the Alberta Park meadow, where the ski area grooms up to 10k of trails.

Fall Creek is located on Wolf Creek Pass, 2 miles east of the overlook hairpin turn; look for the Forest Service 39 road sign. The Pagosa Nordic Club (PNC) grooms 6k and the trail steadily climbs up Fall Creek Road with incredible views of the nearby mountain peaks, especially at 4.5k.

Upcoming Nordic events include a free learn clinic to cross-country ski on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. Learn some great beginner and intermediate techniques from some of Pagosa’s best cross-country skiers. Skate-ski and classic lessons are available. Though the event is free, PNC encourages donations to help with expenses and trail-grooming efforts.

On Sunday, Dec. 13, PNC is hosting the season-opener BB Gun Biathlon. This events allows racers to shoot at targets with Red Ryder BB guns (supplied) in between ski loops. The goal is to calm down your breathing to a point you can actually hit the target, with missed shots counting off of your ski time.

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