nordic ski tour: glide the divide (co/wy)

Cross-country skiing. The Steamboat Springs (CO) Nordic Council sponsors the 8th Annual 'Glide the Divide' (aka..North Routt Coureur de Bois)(www.glidethedivide.com). It was named after 17th century French Canadian traders or "woods runners". The 45k marathon (27 mi.) and 90k ultramarathon (55 mi.) ski tour/race (classic/skate) starts near Hahn's Peak Village, Colorado (a national historic site). The loop courses traverse through the Routt and Medicine Bow National Forests and are groomed by a diehard crew for the day of the race only. For strong intermediate to advanced cross-country skiers with knowledge of competitive ski waxing techniques. This year a 15k shorter loop has been added. The well-stocked aid stations are manned by eccentric locals. Cowboys/girls hand out provisions (complete with Charlie Daniels Band music) at the Little Red Park aid station for the 90k/ 45k. The 90k upper loop extends across the Wyoming border and back. Word has it that the aid stations become even more curious on the 90k loop through Whisky Park. The 90k/45k routes also feature the 'Good Times Feed and Espresso Bar' aid station on Farwell ('Live Free or Die') Pass before the long final descent to Steamboat Lake. Reasonable room rates are available in downtown Steamboat. The old town Pub provides good buffalo burgers and microbrew. The driving distance via U.S. 40/ Vernal is the same as for Jackson Hole. NTD to EXT based on distance. Early registration ends FEBRUARY 29th, 2012. Please contact organizer by MARCH 4th for carpools arrangements.

Level:MSD
Route:Loop
Pace:Fast
Organizer:Michael Berry
Phone:801-583-4721
Date:Fri Mar 16 2012 — Sun Mar 18 2012
Meeting Place:Registration required