Telluride Nordic Association: Flat & Fun Sunday, January 24

Telluride Nordic Association: Flat & Fun Sunday, January 24

The Telluride Nordic Association: Fun Tour and Ski Race on the Valley Floor, Sunday, January 24.

File The 15km “Flat and Fast Race” starts at noon, Sunday. A team race also starts at noon: two skiers are invited to pair up and each ski one 7.5km loop. The “Flat and Fun Tour” begins immediately after those two races. The course is 7.5km.

The Fun Tour is a new addition to Telluride Nordic Challenge Race Series. The event is for skiers who want to enjoy a relaxed day skiing and socializing with other free-heelers without the pressure of a race. As TNA’s Nordic Director Midnite Scholtes explains:

 “I’ve had a lot of people over the years tell me they want to come out and race, but are intimidated by the idea of racing. Lots of communities have Fun Tours in which people can ski at their own pace and not worry too much about a race result. We hope the Tour will appeal to all of the region’s Nordic lovers, and become social, community event. At the same time, Flat and Fast is a great way for skiers to challenge themselves and compete. I know we’ll have racers in Telluride from out of town, so the competition should be strong.”

In lieu of an entree fee, the Nordic Association accepts donations. Registration opens at 11:00am, Sunday January 24 at the Mahoney Drive Trailhead. Skiers can classic or skate. Festive attire is optional –  but encouraged.

“We would love to see everyone who uses our Nordic trail system come out for this event,” continued Midnite. “There has been a surge in cross-country skiing in the past few years, and with access to the Valley Floor, more people are using our ski trails than ever before. Let’s celebrate Nordic skiing in Telluride – and get a workout too!”

For more information, contact the Telluride Nordic Center at 728-1144. See the TNA website for more information on trails, events,or to donate.

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