WINTER SPORTS — Nordic skiers have plenty of options for special events or competition in the Inland Northwest.
The 35th annual Langlauf 10-kilmeter classic citizens race, set for Feb. 10 at Mount Spokane, is among the largest and all participants qualify for thousands of dollars in prizes.
Langlauf is one of four events – two classic and two freestyle – in the Selkirk Nordic Series. Participants are eligible for prizes, while the top skiers compete for bragging rights as the region’s fastest overall skier. Racers must combine scores on at least one classic and one freestyle race.
“The goal of the series is to increase participation in Nordic racing as a recreational activity for adults,” said Spokane Nordic Ski Association member Al Pokorny, who helped link the events.
The other three events are the Cougar Gulch race at Schweitzer Jan. 15, Chewelah Peak Challenge at 49 Degrees North on Feb. 2 and the series event to be held in the bustling atmosphere of the Group Health/ Providence Health Care Challenge Junior Nordic Qualifier races at Mount Spokane on Feb. 23.
The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA) and other groups around Winthrop have the most ambitious schedule of events in the region.
Following is a list of top skiing events throughout the Inland Northwest in 2012-2013:
OSCR - Jan. 26 near Seeley Lake, Mont.. Freestyle (10K, 25k or 50k), the 31st annual event that formerly went from Ovando to Seeley (Ovando to Seeley Citizens Race), now a loop at Seeley Creek Ski Trails. Info: Seeley Lake Nordic Skiing, seeleylakenordic.org.
Methow ValleyPursuit and Nordic Festival - Jan. 26-27 around Winthrop. Two-day classic and skate (15k and 30k) plus citizen races, team relay event, kids obstacle course and women’s costume party tour. Info: MVSTA, mvsta.org.
Extreme Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Race - Feb. 15 near Sandpoint. Different course options and details to be announced, at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Info: Resort Nordic Center, (208) 255-3070, schweitzer.com.
Selkirk Series-Challenge and JNQ —Selkirk Series, Feb. 23-24 at Mount Spokane State Park. The Group Health/ Providence Health Care Challenge features a two-day series of classic and skate events that run the same days as the Junior Nordic Qualifier events for teens. Morning starts. This is the last of four Selkirk Nordic Series events. Spokane. Info: Spokane Nordic, spokanenordic.org.
Selkirk Challenge - March 3 at Mount Spokane State Park. Self-timed freestyle event, 50k starts at 8 a.m., 35k starts at 8:15 a.m. at Mount Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park. Info: Spokane Nordic, spokanenordic.org.
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