25th Ski for Sisu to raise funds for Spring Gulch
IF YOU GO
Ski for Sisu
Sunday, 9 a.m.
Spring Gulch Nordic Area, Carbondale
Tuning Clinic with Nordic tuning expert Nelson Oldham
Feb. 15, 5:30 p.m.
Cripple Creek Backcountry
$10, includes a beer
Proceeds benefit Mount Sopris Nordic Council to support community-powered skiing at Spring Gulch.
The community will again come together in support of Spring Gulch Nordic Area. The 25th annual Ski for Sisu is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday.
The ski-a-thon invites participants to collect pledges per kilometer in order to benefit the area, which is also known as Spring Gulch Cross Country Ski Area.
“It is a totally community-powered ski area,” John Armstrong said. Armstrong is a board member of Mount Sopris Nordic Council, a 501(c)3 that maintains the area. “It’s all volunteer work. We do pay our groomers and we pay for our equipment, but other than that, it is a volunteer, community effort. … It’s really the spirit of Carbondale, and Spring Gulch exemplifies that.”
Sisu participants can complete a 3.5k, 10k or 12.5k long-distance loop. The event requires a minimum donation of $15 per individual or family, and entry forms are available at Ajax Bike, Bristlecone Mountain Sports, Ragged Mountain Sports, Cripple Creek Back Country or by emailing email@example.com.
The event will also include a silent auction, prizes for best Nordic costume and, since it is the area’s 30th anniversary, a cake.
In a 2015 letter to the Post Independent, that year’s event chairman Greg Fitzpatrick noted a cost of $500 per day to maintain the area. Armstrong said last year’s event attracted about 125 people and raised more than $5,000. He expects more than 150 participants for this anniversary celebration.
Spring Gulch is a 30-year-old private property on the Cattlemen’s Association Jerome Park Conservation Easement, near Carbondale. The free nordic ski area is maintained by Mount Sopris Nordic Council, a 501(c)3, and volunteers. The area also hosts AVSC Nordic Devo and Nordic Camp teams for middle and high school students. Learn more at springgulch.org.
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