You too can Ski for Sisu |

You too can Ski for Sisu

File photo by John Stroud

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Sisu: persistence, endurance and hard work.

Those are the qualities that helped build and continue to maintain the Spring Gulch cross country ski area, a 22-kilometer system of Nordic ski trails located seven miles west of Carbondale.

It’s also the guiding spirit behind Ski for Sisu, one of the main fundraisers for the Mount Sopris Nordic Council, which maintains the trails at Spring Gulch.

The 17th annual Ski for Sisu takes place on Sunday, Feb. 1. Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the main gate, located on Thompson Creek Road (Garfield County Road 108).

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., skiers are invited to ski as many “kilometer years” as possible. A “kilometer year” is the number of kilometers skied, multiplied by the skier’s age.

There’s no entry fee, but skiers may line up sponsors to pledge a certain amount per kilometer year. The event’s main sponsor, Alpine Bank, has pledged 5 cents per kilometer year skied up to $2,000.

According to event organizer Greg Fitzpatrick, skiers will have the choice between a shorter 3.5-kilometer loop, or the longer 10K loop. There’s also a kids loop.

“You can repeat the loop as many times as you want during those four hours,” Fitzpatrick said. “We have some door prizes to give out, and there will be refreshments and snacks to help keep people going. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this year.”

Both classic and skate style cross country skis are allowed. However, no snowshoes or other snow gear, and no dogs are allowed.

For more information, contact Fitzpatrick, 963-9524.

Contact John Stroud: 384-9160

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