Don’t miss out on Pagosa Nordic WinterFest events

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Photo courtesy James Dickhoff
Pagosa Nordic Club is hosting the popular Red Ryder BB Gun Biathlon on Sunday, Jan. 27, in Yamaguchi Park starting at 9 a.m., with registration between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. Pictured are last year’s Nordic biathlon ski racers aiming and shooting at targets with Red Ryder BB guns between ski laps.

By James Dickhoff
Special to The SUN
The Pagosa Nordic Club is hosting the season’s second Learn to Cross-Country Ski Clinic this Saturday, Jan. 26, starting promptly at 9:45 a.m. and lasting until about 11:45 a.m. at Cloman Park. Classic cross-country skiing and skate skiing lessons for never-evers, beginners and intermediates will be offered by some of Pagosa’s best cross-country skiers.
These clinics are a great way to learn tips on how to cross-country ski and improve your techniques, making the sport even more enjoyable. Local ski shops offer discounted rental gear for these clinics; just mention you are signed up.
Registration is available at PagosaNordic.com under the events tab. Space is limited, so sign up today.
The next and last scheduled clinic is on Feb. 9. Please note that late arrivals disrupt classes, so please plan on being on time and checked in with your skis, boots, poles and clothing ready to go by 9:30 a.m.
Don’t miss the fat tire bike races on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Yamaguchi Park starting at 9 a.m., with registration between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. This is a great spectator venue. Race courses include a 16 km, 8 km and Kid-K.
Also, the Pagosa Nordic Club is hosting our popular Red Ryder BB Gun Biathlon on Sunday, Jan. 27, in Yamaguchi Park starting at 9 a.m. with registration between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. The event includes a competitive 16 km course, citizens 4 km course and a Kid-K course. This is a great event for all ages and abilities. Racers shoot at targets between laps with Red Ryder BB guns (supplied). Yamaguchi Park provides easy access and viewing for spectators.
Groomed trails
With the recent new snowfall, a number of cross-country ski trails are now being groomed for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing.
Wolf Creek Ski Area continues to groom Alberta Park offering 6-10 km of groomed trails accessed from the far east end of the parking lots.
The Pagosa Nordic Club is grooming the following trails: Cloman Park offers about 10 km of groomed trails with portions entering private property where dogs are prohibited due to wildlife and livestock concerns. West Fork offers up to 15 km of groomed trails. The Laverty Ranch offers up to 10 km of groomed trails on private property which allows Nordic skiing only, with no dogs allowed on this trail system. Fall Creek Nordic trail grooming has stopped and will resume in late winter as our other close-to-town venues begin melting away. Trail details and grooming reports can be accessed at PagosaNordic.com.
The Pagosa Nordic Club 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 and classic cross country skiing for all ability levels and to encourage and promote the use of these winter trails through education, marketing and events.”
The Pagosa Nordic Club serves as the local advocate for groomed cross-country ski trails and you can find current cross-country ski trail grooming reports, trail maps, activity and event schedules at PagosaNordic.com. Pagosa Nordic Club relies on annual club memberships, business sponsorships and trail use donations to cover expenses associated with providing groomed Nordic ski trails.