Merry Christmas and happy full moon.
This week's big moon (full officially on Thursday) offers a convenient link between Christmas and New Year's.
Full-moon ski tours and snowshoe outings are in the works.
Make your plans now.
With the approach of the New Year, former Durango Freestyle skimeister Zak Watkins is steadily approaching the U.S.
Watkins, who now lives and trains in Telluride, put together a memorable week at the U.S. Freestyle Selections
competition in Winter Park a week ago.
Watkins won the dual moguls event. Then, two days later, the former Durango mogulmeister won the individual moguls
Zak Watkins set the bar high early in the finals," U.S. Freestyle moguls coach Todd Schirman said after Watkins edged
teammates Jeremy Cota of Carabbassett Valley, Maine, and Joseph Discoe of Telluride.
With his results, Watkins just missed a spot on the U.S. Freestyle Team.
But he's ever, ever closer.
Watkins, the son of Suzi and Gary Watkins of Durango, started his freestyle skiing progression with Kirk Rawles and
He celebrated his Winter Park podiums with family and friends and former coaches in Durango this week.
Speaking of skiing, the third annual Tour de Ski will return Jan. 23 at Durango Mountain Resort.
The skate-ski race will take place in the Hermosa Valley near Lift 4. Cross country skiers can select distances of 6K,12K, 20K, 42K or 32K.
Proceeds from the unique Nordic events will go to Trails 2000 and Durango Nordic.
For more information, visit www.tourdeski.org.
Speaking of skiing, Telluride Ski Resort officials will discuss the future of the resort in a holiday public meeting
(4-6 p.m.) Sunday at the Capella Telluride in Mountain Village.
Dave Riley, the CEO of Telluride Ski and Golf, invited the community, holiday visitors and part-time residents to the
He'll lead with a brief history of the ski area and then present an overview of potential opportunities ahead.
Then, Riley will lead a community discussion about the future of the resort.
Riley, who took over at Telluride Ski and Golf in 2007 offered a preview of some of his visions last month in another
informal community session.
The Telluride Daily Planet reported that Riley outlined a series of additional lifts, further expanding Telluride's
terrain - a focus of his tenure at the
Looking even deeper into the future, Riley offered a scenario of lift-served skiing that could stretch from Ophir to
Silverton and Red Mountain Pass. And even Ouray.
The program's called Vision 2025.
Now, what's that advice that ski coaches have been projecting for years and years?
Yes, that's it. Look ahead.