Tennessee Pass Snowshoe Course Set for Saturday
The Pedal Power Winter Race Series will kick off this Saturday with the Tennessee Pass Kickoff Classic 5 mile Snowshoe Race. The starting gun sounds at 10 a.m. on December 12 out at the Tennessee Pass Nordic Center. The center is located out at Ski Cooper on Highway 24 North between Minturn and Leadville.
Now in its 18th year, the Tennessee Pass 5-Miler Kickoff Classic is one of the oldest races in the series. Racers should be prepared for a generous mix of challenging uphills and gentle downhills that wend their way along interconnected nordic and biking trails through the pine forests and meadows that blanket this scenic pass straddling the Continental Divide.
The Tennessee Pass venue is one of the most anticipated of the winter race season. Because of the challenge and variety of terrain, along with the recent snows providing for perfect snow conditions, it is considered one of the premier snowshoe courses in the country, attracting some of the top local, regional and national nordic and endurance competitors.
The Pedal Power Snowshoe Series is the oldest established competitive snowshoe race series in the region as well as the only completely non-profit event of its kind, with all proceeds from the popular race series benefitting local charities.
The next event in the Winter Race Series will be the Pazzo’s/K.O. Eagle-Vail Holiday 5K/10K Snowshoe race. That race will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the The Eaglevail Pavilion.
Registration is $20. Participants can pre-register directly online at pedalpowerbike.com or with forms from Pedal Power Bicycle Shop in Eagle-Vail or by calling 970 845-0931. Participants may also register ($25) on the day of the event at the race start.
For more information and a complete series schedule, go to pedalpowerbike.com or call or stop by Pedal Power, on Highway 6 in Eagle-Vail, at 845-0931.
Cooper Opens Daily for Season on Saturday
Ski Cooper opens for daily operations this Saturday, Dec. 12, officially kicking off the 2015/16 season. While early snow conditions allowed the ski area to open earlier, for weekends only, starting after Thanksgiving, things will be in full swing.
Also a reminder that Cooper’s XP Pass sale ends this Saturday as well, so get it while the getting’s good. The XP is the 4-day no-restrictions, no-blackouts, non-transferable pass offered for a limited time for just $109 (that’s only $27.25/day). This is your last chance! With the holidays approaching, keep in mind than an XP Pass makes an awesome gift for a family member or friend who loves to ski! Available online: LINK.
Cooper kicked off their live music series with a live performance from Carey Nall last Saturday and will continue to have live music EVERY Saturday, and again for $30 Thursdays which begin on January 7, 2016. Most performers play from 3 – 5 p.m., so belly up at Katie O’Rourke’s and enjoy some great apres-ski jams, brews, and bites!
Good Times at Dutch Henri Sled Hill . . . for FREE!
A day spent at Dutch Henri Sledding and Tubing Hill is a fun, yet rigorous outside activity. This sled hill has developed into an adventurous, somewhat directed series of hook shoots that get the riders and the crowd hollering out for good time winter fun, big moves, and yes, the occasional crash.
And be advised, that Leadville/Lake County still makes you get to the top the old-school way, so be ready to huff it, up to several “put in” points. The higher you go, the bigger the reward!
If you bring your own tube, it’s FREE at Dutch Henri Hill. But you can also rent tubes there on Saturday and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. starting this Saturday, Dec. 12. Tube Rentals are $7/hour (non resident) or $5/hour (resident with ID). And if the kids are under 18, they need to have a waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Riders may also use a plastic sled – break out the flying saucers! However, toboggans and sleds with metal runners are prohibited. To access the sled hill, enter from the bottom area, using the parking area off Highway 24 south of Leadville by the turn-off past McWethy Drive.