What a season! Thanks to everyone for the support this year. Thanks to Mother Nature for providing more ❄️❄️❄️ than we can recall in recent memory. It snowed today at the center - whiteout conditions in fact - so writing a closing day post is ironic to say the least.
The center will close on this Sunday, March 24. We're planning a final groom on Sunday and then grooming operations will cease.
We know some diehards will want us to continue grooming beyond this weekend but grooming is expensive, and this time of year trails will pool with melt during the day and then hard freeze at night. Our daily visits have dropped dramatically and no longer support continuing operations further for the year. Plus, the skiing conditions will deteriorate rapidly and we don't want to put our users at risk.
Enjoy a few final days to the 2018/2019 season. Think snow for next year. Get some storage wax onto your skis and dust off the bikes. The Iron Horse is only two months away!
Conditions are primo at the Nordic Center! Come on up! Mornings offer best skiing conditions. While the afternoon sun will soften things up, it's still quite nice then too.
The center got a foot of snow overnight while it rained in town. The skiing at the Nordic Center is soft, but still very good. It's squeaky snow (don't expect to set land speed records), temps are hovering at freezing during the day, and it's so beautiful. Main trails are groomed, but today Lower Bench, North Pole & Star weren't. Try to be 100% again this week.
While skiing today (@ around noon) it was still snowing and snowed until we hit Needles on the drive home where the rain/snow line somehow always seems to be. This whole week should be good (a couple more storms), and plenty more days are left to get out there! See you soon!
Over a foot of snow has fallen since 4 PM last night at the Nordic Center and still coming down hard this morning (2/22).
Despite the center getting pounded with snow, they are ready for the second day of the Colorado High School State Championships race this afternoon starting at 3pm (schedule here). Our groomers have the high school race course groomed after driving around in circles overnight to keep ahead of the snow. Today, the groomers turn their attention towards the Langlauf course. It's definitely tricky and long hours taming a couple feet of snow and trying to get everything ready for the races today and the Langlauf on Saturday.
By the way - The forecast Saturday looks sunny. Should be beautiful skiing this weekend at the Center!
We received TWO FEET of snow from this storm!
The groomers have been out driving in circles all night long to manage the snow from this storm. They track packed and then dropped the tiller and managed to groom the trails overnight. We have a Rocky Mountain Nordic JNQ race this weekend at the Center and the race course is groomed but it will be pretty soft out there today. The sun is out right now and temperatures are hovering just above freezing right now so further grooming is on hold right now.
More snow is forecast tonight into tomorrow morning and low overnight temperatures should get the race course and trails set up nicely for tomorrow’s first race of the Durango JNQ. Come on up and support your local club - Trails are open while the event is taking place.
Enjoy some pictures of last night’s grooming efforts and if you see Chip, Brad, or Jesse up there, give them a high five and let them know you appreciate their grooming efforts while you were sleeping.
Trail report in pictures:
It's been raining in town off and on for the last couple days. While we're thankful for the moisture, it can make for some messy ski conditions down low. But, rain down low sometimes means snow up high and 5" of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours at the Durango Nordic Center (using Purgatory's snow stick). Our groomers have been out with the cat and the trails are in fantastic shape! Might be some of the best conditions in several years - Get up here!
And - We're running a February special:
- Purchase a 10 punch pass to the Nordic Center for $100. A regular day trail fee is $15 ($50 total discount!).
- The punch pass is only valid this season and is not transferable.
- Call the Nordic Center if you have questions at 970.385.2114
It's still very much winter at the Nordic Center and the trails are holding snow really well. Come up and spend a couple hours with us. Snow is the forecast, so get it while it lasts.
The skiing is just so good. Get up here. Cold in the morning and warms up in the middle of the day. Wax recommendations are difficult because the sun can really change things fast, but it's Blue to Purple range.
Trail report in pictures...
Yesterday's storm delivered 10" and everything is groomed and skiing well. Check out these photos and our Instagram feed at https//www.instagram.com/p/BsvfNQchQQL/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=15xm3imko68t0
And things keep getting better - More snow is in the forecast and tomorrow night is the Full Moon Howler - http://www.durangonordic.org/full-moon-howler/
See you at the Nordic Center!
For the last few days, the clear skies and strong sunshine are creating conditions which make wax decisions depend on when you're skiing. If you're skiing in the morning when it is cold, it's a Blue time of day. But by 2 o'clock in the afternoon the conditions are verging on Pink.
If you need waxing supplies or get a ski tune up, check out our sponsor Pine Needle Mountaineering. They offer a full selection of Nordic gear and go above and beyond to make sure you leave satisfied.
Temperatures have been warm at the Durango Nordic Center the last two days. We have everything open except Boyce Lake and the Lower Bench.
Despite warm temperatures, the skiing is good and people are happy. More snow could help (maybe get Boyce open) and it's in the forecast for this weekend with 5 - 10" being discussed for the Purgatory area through Sunday.
SNOW DANCES PEOPLE!
THE NORDIC CENTER IS OPEN!
Join us on Saturday, December 29 as we open for the 2018/2019 season.
Expect early season snow conditions. Terrain is limited, but come an enjoy some snow fun and relax on our deck! While there, take advantage of the first Beginner Skate Ski Clinic of the year @ 1pm on Saturday - See this link for details.
PLEASE RETURN FOR UPDATES ON FUTURE EVENTS AS WE CONTINUE TO GET MORE SNOW.