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

Cross-country skiing. The Steamboat Springs (CO) Nordic Council sponsors the 9th Annual 'Glide the Divide' (www.glidethedivide.com). It was named after 17th century French Canadian traders or "woods runners". The 15k, 45 k marathon (27 mi.), and 90k ultramarathon (55 mi.) ski tour/race (classic/skate) starts near Hahn's Peak Village (a national historic site). The loop courses traverse through the Routt and Medicine Bow National Forests along the continental divide 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. 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 chuckwagon 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 behind Hahn's Peak. Reasonable room rates are available in downtown Steamboat. The Old Town Pub provides good buffalo burgers and microbrew. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day (weekend) in Colorado. 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 28th, 2013. Please contact organizer by March 3rd for carpool arrangements.

Level:MSD
Miles:27.0
Route:Loop
Pace:Fast
Organizer:Michael Berry
Phone:801-583-4721
Date:Sat Mar 16 2013
Meeting Place:Registration required