Prep for cross-country skiing with WinterStart

Cheer on your favorite Nordic racer, or be a Nordic racer yourself, during Sunday’s WinterStart race at the Skyway Trail on Grand Mesa. The event is sponsored by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council.

Oh, those wily cross-country folks at the Grand Mesa Nordic Council.

Not only do they openly push the start of winter, they do so with vast amounts of celebration, ski races and a free Nordic ski demo day at the Skyway Trailhead on Grand Mesa.

This Sunday, your friends on skinny skis present WinterStart, the first of the season’s four events in the Nordic Council’s winter race series.

The friendly competition (against yourself) features two races, a 5-kilometer classic race at 11 a.m. and a 5-kilometer freestyle race at 12:30 p.m.

Also during the day, there will be a free gear demo sponsored by Boulder Nordic Sport. This special event offers everyone the opportunity to ask gear-head questions and try out the latest in skis, boots, poles and other cross-country equipment.

The demo takes place from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

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