Outdoors Briefs

Nordic Center to host beginner skate-ski clinic

The Nordic Center at Purgatory now is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with trails groomed for both skating and classic skiing, and will host a skate-ski clinic for beginners at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The cost of the clinic is $15 for Nordic Center season-pass holders or $25 for other skiers. Rental skis are available at the center, across U.S. Highway 550 from Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort.

For more information or to sign up for the clinic, call 385-2114.

Public-land organization seeks approval for board

San Juan Mountains Association seeks membership approval of these candidates to serve as directors on the SJMA board in 2013: Ben Rockis, Joan Bacon, Lois Bartig-Small, Diane Burrell, Robert Meyer, Will Rietveld and Ernie Norris.

Directors may serve two consecutive two-year terms.

For more information or to vote, call 385-1312 or email sbryson1@earthlink.net. The deadline is Dec. 31.

Seniors Outdoors! announces activities

Seniors Outdoors! announces these upcoming activities:

The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at Santa Rita Park at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to walk the Animas River Trail to Home Depot and back. No RSVP is required. Dogs must be on leash. For more information, call Eric Pahlke at 247-1130.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, John Montle will lead a group of intermediate skiers interested primarily in groomed slopes at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. Participants will meet shortly before 9 a.m. at the base of Lift 1 (the Six Pack lift.) Snowboarders are welcome. These sessions will begin later in December when ski conditions are judged good. First-timers should call Montle at 769-6108 or email mntnlvr@frontier.net. The backup group leader will be Betsy Petersen. She can be reached at 259-5417 or betsyp@bresnan.net.

An outing featuring a combination of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing will take place at 9:25 a.m. Saturday at Tamarron. Turn-backs with a partner will be permitted, and dogs are OK. To RSVP, call John Martin at 247-2581 or email martin@mydurango.net.

For more information about Seniors Outdoors!, visit www.Seniorsoutdoors.org.

Winter nature tour to take place Jan. 19

A winter nature tour, “Conifers Coexist at Cascade Creek,” will take place the morning of Jan. 19.

People of all ages are invited to snowshoe with the San Juan Mountains Association, in partnership with San Juan National Forest, and certified interpretive guide MK Thompson. Explore the variety of evergreen trees in the Cascade area along with other winter ecology wonders.

Snowshoes are available for kids who weigh less than 120 pounds. Various tours are offered throughout the winter.

To reserve a space, email MK@sjma.org or call 759-9113.

Fly Fishing Show, films coming to Denver

More than two hours of never-before-seen angling travel and adventure films highlight the opening of the 2013 Fly Fishing Show, which will run Jan. 4 to 6 at Denver’s Merchandise Mart.

Initial presentation of the International Fly Fishing Film Festival is slated for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Film Festival tickets are $15, $10 with admission to the Fly Fishing Show.

Tickets for the Fly Fishing Show are $15 for one day, $25 for two days or $35 for three days, with discounts for active-duty military, Scouts and children.

For a complete list of fly tyers, casting demonstrations, seminars and Fly Fishing Film Festival showings, visit www.flyfishingshow.com.

Herald Staff