Outdoors Briefs

Nordic Center to host Coke Series race, clinic

The Nordic Center at Purgatory will host the final race in its Coke race series on Saturday.

There will be a 10-kilometer skate ski race for adults plus a 10K fat-tire bike race. The ski race will start at 10 a.m. and the bike race will be at 11 a.m.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the Nordic Center, across U.S. Highway 550 and just north of Durango Mountain Resort. Cost of the race is $15 for adults and $7 for juniors.

A representative from Rossignol will be on site offering free ski demonstrations. The representative also will give a free wax clinic at Pine Needle Mountaineering, 835 Main Ave., at 6 p.m. today.

The center also will hold its last skate ski clinic of the season at 1 p.m. Sunday. There will be classes for skiers of all ability levels. The cost is $15 for Nordic season-pass holders or $25 for other skiers. Rental equipment is available.

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

Grotts, Hummel win Winter Warrior race

Howard Grotts posted the fastest time and Molly Hummel was the overall women’s winner of the Winter Warrior 10K snowshoe race Saturday at the Nordic Center at Purgatory.

Grotts covered the 10K course in 55 minutes, 17 seconds, 1:27 ahead of second-place finisher Logan Ott, to claim the Men’s Open (ages 14-44) division. Brendan Trimboli was third with a time of 1:00:27. Hummel was timed in 1:20:21.

Other division winners were: Andrew Ferguson, Men’s Masters (45 and older), 1:17:14; Connie Gordon, Women’s Masters, 1:21:20; Men’s Open 5K, Troy Wells, 34:34; Women’s Open 5K, Kricket Lewis, 42:57; Men’s Masters 5K, Ian Dodd, 1:02:47; Women’s Masters 5K, Marjorie Brinton, 46:40.

The race was a qualifier for the U.S. Snowshoe Association National Championships on March 15-17 in Bend, Ore.

Seniors Outdoors! announces activities

Seniors Outdoors! will host these activities:

A snowshoe with John Martin will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday. To RSVP, call Martin at 247-2581 or email jmartin@mydurango.net.

A snowshoe on the cross-country trail to Chris Park Campground will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday. To RSVP, call Dell Manners at 385-0533 or email dmanners@sisna.com.

Downhill skiing at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will take place Monday, Wednesday and Feb. 22. For more information, call John Montle at 769-6108, email mntnlvr@frontier.net, call Betsy Peterson at 259-5417 or email betsyp@bresnan.net.

A snowshoe trip to Peak 12,307 will take place at 8 a.m. Tuesday. People will snowshoe Coal Bank Pass to Engineer Meadows and on to a local high point short of Jura Knob. To RSVP, call Charles Berglund at 247-9747 or email chasberglund@msn.com.

A cross-country ski trip at Vallecito Reservoir will take place at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Participants can ski at their own pace along the eastern shore of the reservoir on groomed track. To RSVP, call David Wright at 259-5978 or email david.j.wright@att.net.

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

A backcountry ski trip into McMillan Bowl will take place at 8 a.m. Thursday. The trip will feature intermediate terrain above Red Mountain Pass. To RSVP, call Darrell Maddox at (303) 775-3208 or email damaddox!elskies.com.

A moonlight snowshoe and cross-country ski at Molas will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 22. For more information, visit www.seniorsoutdoors.org.

Winter nature tour to take place Feb. 23

A winter nature tour, Big Moon in the La Platas, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

People of all ages are invited to go snowshoeing with the San Juan Mountains Association, in partnership with San Juan National Forest, and certified interpretive guide MK Thompson. Snowshoes will be available for children lighter than 120 pounds.

To RSVP, email MK@sjma.org or call 759-9113.

Herald Staff