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nordic skiing / snowshoeing There is nothing more beautiful than a quiet Nordic ski or snowshoe over a winter-wonderland meadow or trail. The peace and serenity can rejuvenate the soul. And it’s easy to find a place to enjoy the peacefulness of a beautiful winter day. Grand Lake Nordic Center has long been a hidden gem in Grand County, offering cross country skiers not only breathtaking views of the Never Summer mountains, but also a wide range of beginner to advanced trails. Skiers can enjoy skiing through lodgepole pine forests, frosty wetlands, or along the headwaters of the Colorado River. There are several miles of snowshoe trails and all are dog-friendly, as are some of the ski trails. Approximately 35km of trails are groomed daily for the classic and skate skier. In addition to ski trails, there’s also a fun-filled tubing hill, tubes provided free of charge! Visitors can go inside and sit by the fire, have a warm drink, and relax in the lodge overlooking the trails and mountain vistas. If you’ve never tried Nordic skiing, take a lesson from one of the trained instructors. Season passes and rentals are also available. There are many special events during winter months, including Full Moon Skis, free lesson days, and guided snowshoe hikes. Grand Lake Nordic Center on Grand Lake Golf Course off US Hwy 34 on County Road 48. 970-627-8008, www.grandlakerecreation.com. Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center, open daily, offers more than 100km of groomed well-marked trails for beginner to expert cross country skiers. Cross country skiing trail/snowshoe passes are complimentary to YMCA of the Rockies members and overnight guests. Adult trail pass $20, child trail pass (6-12) $10, 5 and younger free. 970-887- 2152, 888-573-9622, www.snowmountainranch.org. Rocky Mountain National Park has ranger-led snowshoe and cross country programs leaving from Kawuneeche Visitor Center. www.nps.gov/romo. Classic vs. Skate Nordic Skiing Nordic skiing, AKA cross country skiing, is the term for two distinct styles of skiing. Most people are familiar with the original form of Nordic skiing called classic. Classic skiing resembles a walking motion, like pushing a scooter with one foot then repeating on the other side. As you gain proficiency, a forward body lean, keeping the upper body relaxed, is key to advancing your technique. Skate skiing resembles ice skating. Skiers propel themselves forward by pushing one ski diagonally outward, repeating the movement with the other ski. There are numerous pole-planting variations which the skier uses according to the terrain, conditions, and expertise. The equipment is sport specific and, in a cross country ski area, so are the trails. Classic skis are longer and, for beginners, are often waxless with a fish-scale pattern under the midsection of the ski, which grips the snow. Skate skis are shorter and stiffer and have no metal edge for stopping. When the trails are groomed, a track is created for the classic skiers; the skate skiers use the open groomed part of a trail. For expanded information, visit our website e www.GrandLakeChamber.com 23


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