Outdoors Briefs

Hillcrest offering free cross-country skiing

The Hillcrest Golf Course/Cross Country Ski Area near Fort Lewis College welcomes the community to use the facility to cross-country ski or snowshoe for free.

The course is open seven days a week and has two parking lots. The golf course requests that participants ski on the groomed track.

Donations will be accepted to offset labor and equipment costs. A donation box is located on the course.

Nature Studies announces programs

Durango Nature Studies will offer these programs:

A Natural History Snowshoe Workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday at Haviland Lake. The cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Snowshoe rentals will be available for $3. Participants will learn about local ecology, snow science and tracking. For more information and to register, visit www.durangonaturestudies.org/wildwords.htm or call 760-1800.

A Full Moon Snowshoe Hike under the Wolf Moon will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Haviland Lake. The hike is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Snowshoe rentals will be available for $3. Participants will learn about natural history, nocturnal animals, local landforms, and moon facts and legends. For more information or to register, email sally@durangonaturestudies.org, or call 769-1800.

Seniors Outdoors announces programs

Seniors Outdoors will offer these programs:

A snowshoe hike with John Martin will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday. For a destination and description, call Martin at 247-2581 or email martin@mydurango.net.

Weekly downhill skiing groups will meet Monday, Wednesday and Feb. 1 at Durango Mountain Resort. For more information, call Bruce Rodman at 385-7899 or Jim Shadid at 884-4612

A cross-country ski trip will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday east of Vallecito Lake. Participants can track or skate-ski the groomed trails at their own pace. There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10. Dogs are allowed. To RSVP and for more information, call Jan Collins at 382-0122 or email jcvmona@yahoo.com.

Wednesday Wanderers will meet at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday for a walk along the Animas River Trail. For more information, call Eric Pahlke at 247-1130.

A classic cross-country ski clinic will take place at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Nordic Center at Purgatory across U.S. Highway 550 and about 1/3 mile north of Durango Mountain Resort. The clinic will be free to members. Classes for beginners and intermediate skiers will be offered. Equipment rentals are available on site with a classic setup for $7 for members. People renting equipment should arrive 20 minutes early. A donation of $5 will be accepted to be given to the instructors. A donation of $3 will be accepted to carpool. To RSVP, call Sue Agranoff at 946-9946 or email sagranoff@alum.mit.edu.

A cross-country ski trip in lower La Plata Canyon will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 1. To RSVP, call Nancy Frederico at 259-1949 or email fortfed@gmail.com.

Nordic Center to host annual Langlauf Race

The Nordic Center at Purgatory on Saturday will host its annual Langlauf Race.

Adults can choose between 30-kilometer and 15K races in the skate-ski event. Juniors will race shorter distances.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Nordic Center, with races starting at 10 a.m. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for juniors.

The event is sponsored by Pine Needle Mountaineering.

For more information, call 385-2114.

Herald Staff