MINTURN - The Vail Valley is known internationally for great alpine skiing and a tradition of downhill racing going back to the days of Jean-Claude Killy and Billy Kidd, but it has never been known for producing cross-country skiers. That may be changing.Since becoming the director of the Nordic program for Ski & Snowboard Club Vail 10 years ago, Dan Weiland has made it his mission to create a culture conducive to growing the sport, and it seems to be working. Weiland has made cross country "cool" among the youth of the valley, and the club now has some bona fide Olympic hopefuls.Weiland's office is at the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, a public school (grades 5-12) where some of his skiers attend class. Just outside the school is a network of cross-country trails.For the rest of the story, visit www.devnerpost.com.
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