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Article: Join a Nordic Club to Maximize Skiing Enjoyment
By Cindy Kleh / Photo by Carter Photographics
nordic club members ski together at Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA

There are as many reasons to join a Nordic club as there are different types of Nordic skiers. Some join to discover new trails and meet new friends; others seek precious quiet time alone in nature; but all share a common passion for Nordic skiing.

Boulder Nordic – Ski everywhere!

Boulder Nordic Club, which boasts over 650 members, works in partnership with the city of Boulder to provide in-town skiing. The club grooms several city parks when snow cover is sufficient. Its membership pays annual dues and donations to support the grooming operations and the Boulder Junior Nordic Racing Team.

Members receive discounts at selected outdoor retail shops along the Front Range and discounts on season and day passes for Nordic resorts around Colorado. "We offer a Partner Pass that offers discounted trail passes to encourage our members to get out to new places to ski and compete in new events," says Mark Flolid, President of Boulder Nordic Club. "Our club mission is to promote Nordic skiing anyway we can and build connections with other Nordic clubs and areas everywhere."

Grand Nordic – Free Lessons Yield Converts
Grand County is home to three premier Nordic centers, and all three cooperate with Grand Nordic to provide a free lesson day (Devil’s Thumb Ranch 12/11/10, Grand Lake: Grand Lake Nordic Fest 1/15/11 and Snow Mountain Ranch 1/30/11).

The main emphasis of Grand Nordic is to get folks outdoors in the winter to enjoy this beautiful state of Colorado. The club sponsors moonlight ski potlucks during the winter months, and members meet Thursday nights in January and February to ski under the lights at Snow Mountain Ranch.

Grand Nordic is also involved with the elementary and junior high school, providing the children equipment for after-school programs that start in kindergarten. The club “is like an umbrella of all of the Nordic areas and activities in Grand County,” says Diana Lynn Rau, president of Grand Nordic. “We try to keep helping each other. We post results on our website for local races including high school.” The website has a swap section and the club throws a big Nordic ski swap each October where members can bring old equipment and buy something new or purchase season passes and club memberships.

Nordic clubs have another common element – affordable annual dues, usually about $25 for an individual and $35 for the family. At that price, Nordic skiers can belong to more than one club and multiply the winter fun!

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