Nordic races epitomize Summit lifestyle |

Nordic races epitomize Summit lifestyle

Kate Chapman
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
Mark Fox/Summit DailySkiers take off from the Frisco Nordic Center lodge while participating in the first race of the Frisco Cup Challenge last month.

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” “After you’re done racing and suffering, come inside and enjoy some soup,” an unidentified volunteer yelled at the Frisco Cup Challenge opener on Sunday.

She had to raise her voice in order to overpower the dull roar of excited participants who were busy chatting about the last race and the wax they chose for the day.

All talking finally ceased, however, when the volunteer shouted, ‘Ready, set go.'”

Off we went like a pack of dogs.

As we began the first climb up Crown Point Road, it dawned on me that the past month spent skiing powder and finishing up school was not enough to maintain the level of fitness I had achieved during the mountain biking season.

After a long, slow grind with the crisp air burning my lungs, I finally reached the top.

Thinking that I deserved a rest, I hopped into the tracks meant for classical skiing and descended the slight slope.

During the race, I was fortunate to meet both masters and newcomers.

One of the newcomers was Miles Graham of Boulder.

“I thought I’d pick up skating as a way to cross train for triathlons,” Graham said.

“Now I’m totally hooked.”

Even for novices like Graham, cross country races are highly beneficial.

“Cross country skiing is a perfect transition from multisport activities,” Graham said.

“I love racing ” it helps you see where you are, yet people are smiling and having fun. … The series at Frisco really epitomizes the Summit lifestyle.”

Rob Weeks, who manages the Frisco Nordic Center and organizes the Frisco Cup, said his goal is to make the series fun, challenging and social.

Weeks stated that each event, held bi-weekly throughout the season, will become longer and more challenging.

Extensive terrain is now open, which will allow for more black trails to be incorporated into Frisco Cup race courses.

Weeks said he plans to utilize trails such as Buzzsaw that will showcase the Frisco Nordic Center’s new look following last summer’s extensive cutting due to beetle kill.

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