By James Dickhoff | Pagosa Nordic Club
The Pagosa Nordic Club (PNC) is hosting the first ski race of the season this Saturday, Jan. 8, between 9 a.m. and noon at Cloman Park.
The event includes a competitive 20km freestyle skate ski as part of the first race of the Southwest Nordic Race Series, 5km citizens skate ski, 5km citizens classic ski, 3km youth ski and KidK races.
The race course is great for spectators and the course is in excellent condition after our recent snow storms. Registration is available at https://pagosanordic.com/winter-events/ and fees range between $5 and $20.
Due to available parking at Cloman Park, unless you are attending the event, we recommend you consider a different trail system on Saturday morning, like Coyote Hill, Laverty Ranch or Alberta Park.
Pagosa area Nordic ski trail conditions are excellent this season. Trails are groomed wide for skate skiing with set tracks for classic cross-country skiing. Current trails being groomed include: 14km at Coyote Hill groomed by the Pagosa Ranger District, 10km at Alberta Park groomed by the Wolf Creek Ski Area, and the PNC is grooming 10km at Laverty Ranch and 14km at Cloman/Davis Ranch. Please note that Laverty Ranch and Davis Ranch are for Nordic skiing only and are non-canine areas. Check out Pagosanordic.com for more details.
PNC 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.”
PNC 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. PNC relies on annual club memberships and sponsorships to cover expenses associated with providing groomed Nordic ski trails. All local ski shops offer rental gear.
Grab your skis and we’ll see you out on the trails.