Southwest Nordic Ski Club Member Siobhan Niklasson is all smiles in the 12km freestyle race during the Chamalauf event Feb. 24 in Wolf Creek. Courtesy photo
Southwest Nordic Ski Club Member Clay Moseley racing 12km freestyle during the Chamalauf event. Courtesy photo
Southwest Nordic Ski Club members Zach and Levi Gibson ski with their mom, Lindsay, during the Chamalauf event in Wolf Creek. Courtesy photo
The Southwest Nordic Ski Club competed in the Leadville Loppet held Feb. 17 and in the Chamalauf event Feb. 24 in Wolf Creek.
Both events took place in Colorado. Fourteen skiers headed to the Leadville Loppet for the hot blueberry soup, gorgeous Mineral Belt Trail views and costumed events. Additionally, club members headed to Wolf Creek Ski Area for the “consolation” Chamalauf event.
The event was considered a consolation because it was put on to make up for the fact that the Chama Chile Ski Classic and Durango Pine Need Langlauf were cancelled due to low snow conditions. While Wolf Creek is a known downhill skiing destination it also has almost 10km of groomed cross country ski trails starting at the Alberta Lift.
Wolf Creek delivered with plenty of fresh snow the evening before the event and nice cold winter temperatures on the morning of the event. Six SWN Ski Kids braved the cold and wind and skied the 3km race. Club member Mila Moseley won the 3km overall while club members Levi and Luke Gibson were first and second in the boys 8 and younger category. Aamon Atchley accidentally skied a slightly different course and Quanah Moseley did not finish. But all kids had fun playing in the huge snow bank at the awards ceremony.
Cross country skiing is a fun, affordable and family friendly sport with a growing community in North New Mexico. Southwest Nordic Ski Club, in a partnership with USFS, maintains and grooms 12km of Canada Bonita Trail to provide access to free cross country skiing for our area when there is snow. To learn about cross country related events in our area follow us on facebook or contact us by email at SWNSKIboard@gmail.com.
Southwest Nordic Ski Club members line up on the 1km race start line during the Leadville Loppet held Feb. 17. From left, Luke Gibson, Aamon Atchley, Levi Gibson, Quanah Moseley, Harper Reid and Zach Gibson. Courtesy photo
Club member Mila Moseley wins the 5km race overall at the Leadville Loppet dressed as Pippi. Courtesy photo
Club member Phoebe Reid finishes 5km race in fifth overall and second in her category while Dina Pesenson cheers her on during the Leadville Loppet. Courtesy photo