Everything, Nordic-wise, is open.
The trails at Hillcrest Golf Club are groomed and ready for skiing.
The Nordic Center at Purgatory is groomed and open.
Saturday marked the opening of the new season at the Nordic trails located across the highway from the base of Durango
And the Vallecito Nordic Trail System is open. The free trail system includes 15 kilometers of trails groomed for
classic and skate-skiing.
Skating conditions are still soft at Vallecito, according to early reports.
Roger Pennington of the San Juan Sledders provided the
cat-grooming this week.
The trails are operated by the Vallecito Nordic Club, a nonprofit dedicated to providing groomed trails for the general
The system operates under a special-use permit with the San Juan National Forest.
The Vallecito Nordic Club provides no services other than trail grooming.
Dogs are welcome. But
owners are responsible for their dogs' behavior. Owners are asked to toss pet droppings off the trails.
At Vallecito, skiers should take a right on County Road 501A and cross over the dam.
The trailhead starts at the Old Timers Campground.
There is roadside parking only.
Skiers are asked not to block the driveway entrance at Ellington Lane across from Old Timer's Campground.
The organization runs on donations. Trails are maintained by the volunteer groomers.
For more info on Vallecito cross country skiing or to make an online donation, visit ski vallecito.wordpress.com
At Hillcrest Golf Club in Durango, the groomed cross country track is open to the public. Access is free.
Ken Kirby, the grounds superintendent, encouraged skiers to follow the signs when on the course.
For more information on Hillcrest skiing, call Kirby at 259-0424.
The Nordic Center at Purgatory opened last weekend with a race on opening day.
This season, the area has a new trail, the Lynx Loop, on Forest Service property close to Boyce Lake.
For more information on the Nordic Center at Purgatory, call 385-2114.
A legend from the world of ice climbing is dead.
Canadian Guy Lacelle, a former winner of the Ouray Ice Festival, was killed last weekend near Bozeman, Mont., when an
avalanche swept him off a mountain in southwestern Montana.
The world-class climber was ascending a gully when a team above him triggered a small avalanche, said Doug Chabot,director of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.
Lacelle, 54, was known for several notable ice ascents and won the climbing competition at the Ouray Ice Festival in
2000 and 2001, as well as the Festiglace Competition in Quebec in 2004. John Irvine, the sports marketing manager for
the climbing equipment company Arc'teryx, called Lacelle a fanatical ice climber" and said his death is a huge, huge