Breckenridge takes over Gold Run Nordic Center
BRECKENRIDGE – The town of Breckenridge has taken charge of its newest recreation amenity – the Gold Run Nordic Center.
Last winter was the first time the Nordic center, which is located at the Breckenridge Golf Club, was open full-time to the public. It was an experimental season, to determine whether a Nordic center at the golf course might be a viable amenity.
Gene and Therese Dayton, who also operated the Frisco and Breckenridge Nordic centers, ran the Nordic center, while Scott Yule organized special events, programs and marketing.
Though Gold Run didn’t open until Dec. 22 last year, it had a busy four months, Yule said, including a winter triathlon, five twilight ski events and the Ullr full-moon night.
“I thought it was a very successful year,” Yule said.
So did the town of Breckenridge. Officials decided it would behoove the town to take the Nordic center under its wing this year, he said.
Yule, who has an extensive background in Nordic skiing (including competition), is president of Summit Nordic Trails and is a licensed Nordic official, has been hired to manage the Gold Run Nordic Center for the town. Nordic skiing is a passion for him.
“It’s a dream of mine to operate my own Nordic center,” Yule said. “I finally have the opportunity, and I’m really excited about it.”
Weather permitting, the center will open Nov. 15, he said. If there’s not enough snow by then, Gold Run will open as soon as there is.
Yule said he plans to build on last year’s success by increasing the center’s local customers and attracting tourists. He has more to sell to both kinds of customers this year.
Unlike last season, the Nordic center will use the entire main building this season. In addition to Nordic skiing, the center will offer sleigh rides and dinner, Yule said.
“That should be really popular and will give the place some energy at night,” Yule said.
The building’s pro shop will be converted into a ski shop – complete with skis, equipment, soft goods and rentals.
All of this will be possible with the help of several concessionaires, including Hearthstone Catering and Great Adventure Sports, Yule said.
“There’s a lot of community involvement,” he said. “To me, it’s a real positive. Together, I think it’s going to be hugely successful.”
Yule said he plans to attract more locals by accepting local Nordic passes at Gold Run.
To tourists, Breckenridge will offer what is known as the try-Breck pass. The pass will be good for two visits (within one week) at each of the following: Gold Run, the Breckenridge Recreation Center and Stephen C. West Ice Arena.
While the Daytons will not be involved with Gold Run this year, Yule said he plans to work with them to promote the sport.
“With (the Breckenridge and Frisco Nordic centers), I think we can really make a splash in the Nordic world,” Yule said.
“We’re happy for (Yule) and we’re not concerned that this is going to have a detrimental effect upon us,” Gene Dayton said. “We’re working out many cooperative programs and events with the town. It’s going to be a good partnership over the long haul, and we see it as a step toward bringing a larger Nordic community into the Upper Blue River Valley.”
The Summit Daily News was unable to reach Breckenridge staff for comment.
Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or email@example.com
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