Nordic Ski Race in the San Juan Mountains this March!
The Sneffels Half Loop Backcountry Nordic Ski Race on the Northern flanks of the Sneffels Range.
San Juan Hut Systems is proud to present this 34.4 full course, or 23.8 mile short course race through the majestic San Juan Mountains. On March 10, 2012, backcountry skiers of all kinds will meet at the Last Dollar Trailhead above Telluride Regional Airport for a challenging race across the challenging terrain of Colorado.
All AT, Ransonee and classic Nordic skiers are invited to participate in this ultimate challenge which traverses the Alder Creek/Dallas Trail system, running hut to hut and aid station to aid station to benefit the Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the educational experiences of youth in Ouray County.
Both courses will begin at the Last Dollar Trailhead. The Short Course will run approximately 24 miles, ending near Ridgway at the Blue Lakes Trailhead, with a total ascent of 3,990 feet, and a descent of 5,498 feet. The Long Course will run a little over 34 miles ascending 6,630 feet, with a descent of 9,057 feet ending at the Ouray Hot Springs Pool, a perfect opportunity to soak your weary bones in the healing mineral hot spring waters in Ouray.