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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Grand Mesa Gliders Update

The Gliders started their season early  this year with a ski camp on November 21st.  Junior teams from Aspen and Crested Butte also trained on the Grand Mesa that weekend, taking advantage of our great early season snow.  We have been meeting to ski every weekend since and have been participating in the GMNC races.  Recently, Coach Christina has been teaching the Gliders how to skate ski.  Thanks to our grant from the El Pomar Foundation and discounted ski equipment from Powderhorn Sports, we were able to purchase enough pairs of skate/combi skis to outfit all of our Gliders. 


January 2nd marked the start of the Little Gliders' season.  It was also a race day for GMNC - the Skyway Shuffle - and most of the youth participated (even though for some, it was their first day on skis!).  The last session for Little Gliders is January 30th, followed by a 1K race and picnic in the arroyo.  Little Gliders who want to continue their training with the Gliders (see schedule below) are welcome, but must be able to ski at least 5K.  Talk with Coach Annie for more information.


The Gliders schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:

January 23 - 10am, Skyway, Classic; 11:30am - Team Picture!
January 30 - 10am, Skyway, warm-up, register for race; 11am, 1K sprint race, freestyle, lunch picnic in arroyo following race
January 21 - 11am - Skyway, Classic race, 2.5K, mass start
February 6 - 10am - Countyline - Classic - Tour to Overlook.
February 7 - 11am - Ward Lake - Classic - the Staircase (be prepared for hills)
February 13 - Ski Festival in Aspen. Meet at AVSC Clubhouse by 11:00am; kids events from 12:30-4:00; awards dinner to follow; Registration must be in to coaches by February7th
February 20th - Skyway, skate
February 27th* - 6:00pm Full moon ski! Families welcome! (choose your discipline) - Celebrate GMNC's 20th year at Skyway - BBQ/Fire in parking lot at Skyway (bring headlamp.
March 6th - Skyway - 10am - classic - Barneloppet youth ski races!
March 7th* - Skyway - 10am - skate (*extra skate practice for those participating in Mesa Meltdown)
March 13th - Skyway - 11am - Mesa Meltdown Freestyle race 2.5 K; End of year picnic to follow.  Turn in skis!


The Gliders is looking for a parent representative to serve on the Rocky Mountain Nordic ("RMN") Board of Directors.  RMN meets twice a year (April and September), usually in Aspen, to discuss junior club programs, summer and fall ski camps, to schedule the Junior National Qualifying races in Colorado, and to plan the Junior National trip.  If interested, please send an e-mail to Annie Murphy at


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