Nordic centers gear up for winter, extend season pass deadline |

Nordic centers gear up for winter, extend season pass deadline

SUMMIT COUNTY – A few inches of snow on the ground is all it takes for Nordic centers to kick off their seasons.

The Frisco and Breckenridge Nordic centers, operated by Gene and Therese Dayton, hope to get business going before Thanksgiving, and have several things on tap for the season.

“New people are always trying the sport,” Therese Dayton said. “I think what happens with Nordic skiing is people come to the Nordic center, and get the track equipment before they get too heavily involved in the backcountry. Then, friends also drag friends into the backcountry. The truth is, the backcountry is a wonderful experience, but you have to negotiate skiing on terrain that’s been tracked out by dogs, snowshoes, footprints … People come to the Nordic centers to get a more efficient, easier experience, or just for a lunch-time workout.”

Both beginners and experienced Nordic skiers will benefit from special lessons and clinics available at the centers this winter. Guest instructors include the Dayton’s son, Matt, who competed in the Olympics last February with the U.S. Nordic Combined Team and is now married and attending college in Denver.

Instructors and clinic leaders include other members of the national Nordic team, top skiers from the Denver University team and Fischer factory team members.

Competitive skiers can also try their speeds at the Wednesday night Nordic races at the Breck, Gold Run and Keystone Nordic centers this winter, which cost $10 for an adult entry or $5 for a child entry at the 5- and 10-kilometer courses, food and prizes.

“Everyone really had a great time last year,” Therese Dayton said. “Great Adventure Sports helped out, and we had Zuppa or some kind of meal available after the race. We did relay matches too. It was a lot of fun.”

Friday nights will include youth league competition and the Daytons are trying to work with the town of Frisco to possibly have experimental lighting at night at the Frisco center after the holidays.

Also, before the season kicks off, the Breck Nordic Center will host its annual Nordic gear swap the weekend of Nov. 8, and the Frisco center will host a swap the following weekend.

For more information about Nordic center activities this season, call (970) 453-6855, or e-mail

The deadline for discounted season passes for the Frisco and Breck Nordic centers is extended to Oct. 7. Rates are $165 for individual passes and $250 for the Frisco center or the Breck center, or $205 for an individual and $300 for a family joint pass, which also includes the Gold Run Nordic Center. Checks should be mailed to Nordic Pass Offer, P.O. Box 1776, Breckenridge, CO 80424.

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