Nordic ski fundraiser returns to Breckenridge for 14th year |

Nordic ski fundraiser returns to Breckenridge for 14th year

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center Chairman Tim Casey is joined by the rest of the team in the annual Breckebeiner 60k Nordic ski and snowshoe bash.
Courtesy of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center |

The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center’s largest fundraiser, Breckebeiner 60K Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Bash, will take place this Saturday, March 19. The Nordic ski and snowshoe circuit will return for its 14th year, bringing in costumed teams and individuals to the groomed course in Breckenridge.

The Nordic course will be on intermediate terrain groomed for both skate and classic styles. Nordic ski loops of 6K’s will be marked, and a snowshoe loop of 3K. For families with youngsters there will be a 1K snowshoe loop including a treasure hunt at 12 p.m. Rentals are available at the Nordic Center at a reduced rate for all participants.

“Most years, this goes to the tuition fund to help people who can’t afford (BOEC programming). If they need an additional scholarship, it will go toward them for attending one of our camps,” BOEC development director Marci Sloan said.

The center provides programs for individuals often excluded from outdoor activities due to a disability or special need. While BOEC serves individuals across the state, the organization also partners with local groups, such as Mountain Mentors, to help kids build confidence while learning a new skill. For 40 years, BOEC has been providing life-changing outdoor activities for a diverse population of people with mental and physical disabilities, serious illnesses, injured veterans, youth at risk and other special needs.

Sloan said BOEC serves more than 2,000 people each year, all through subsidized fees. Last year, the nonprofit awarded $173,000 in scholarships, on top of the subsidized fees.

“It’s really touching. It’s a great community event and everyone gets to ski. What could be better than that?” said Therese Dayton, a longtime supporter of the event. The fundraiser is also made possible through the contributions of the Breckenridge Nordic Center.

As part of the event, participants are encouraged to ask family, friends or coworkers to pledge $1 or more per kilometer that they ski or snowshoe. A minimum donation of $25 for adults or $10 for children is required to participate, including a ski trail pass, BBQ lunch and chance to win prizes. For questions, call 970-453-6855 or email Registration forms can be downloaded at or picked up at any of the Nordic Centers. This year, participants can ski/snowshoe starting March 12th up to the event to meet their goal of kilometers completed. An early skiing trail pass is required.

The Breckebeiner 60K is also an end of the season celebration. There will be great food this year donated by EpicPromise, beverages, live music by Helmut Fricker of Vail and Gene Dayton, costume contests and team/individual prizes. The top fundraiser will be eligible for certificates donated by EpicPromise. The event will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Breckenridge Nordic Center at 9 Grandview Drive.

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