Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour Event #2 – Ski Haus Classic Nordic Ski Race and Tour
Nordic classic skiing is alive and well in Steamboat Springs. The Ski Haus Classic Nordic Ski Race was held yesterday (January 15, 2017) at the Lake Catamount Ski Touring Center. We set an all time participation record, the weather was mostly perfect (kinda foggy to start), the classic track was perfect, and everyone had a great time! The Ski Haus Classic Race is part of the Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour Series presented by Ski Haus and the Lake Catamount Ski Touring Center.
Lots of compliments were given on the course, the grooming, and the course set-up. We had skiers from Summit County make the trek over for the race. We had skiers from Winter Park and the National Sports Center for the Disabled come and race. We had the local Steamboat Springs Winter Sports club turn out in force. And of course, we had lots of local skiers turn out to support the most graceful style of skiing known to man. Classic skiing. The Diagonal Stride. Kick and Glide. Touring. Name it as you will – all skiing, in all its forms, began here.
There were some spills and thrills, some youngsters showing some very solid technique and determination, and others yet who came and enjoyed a nice saunter around the course. It was great to see.
We keep our entry fees low ($15 for adults) to encourage participation. Kids 12 years old and younger race for free. Everyone gets a Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour t-shirt and we provide donuts, coffee, and hot chocolate at the finish. We know… donuts at a cross country ski race? Well, we figure if anyone can afford to replace a few calories with donuts it is Nordic skiers!
We encourage all kinds of skiers and racers to show up. Sure, there will always be faster and younger skiers out there but participation is the most important thing to us. Support Nordic skiing. Support the classic skiing style. Come in your woolies and three pins or your Lycra race suit and give it your all.
Thanks to all who came out this past Sunday. We appreciate you and your enthusiasm!