Last Saturday was the 6th annual Stagecoach Classic Cross Country Ski Race. Starting at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and winding through private land, the old Idlewild ski area, and ending at the Rendezvous Events Center in Winter Park, the race and tour gives participants the rare opportunity to ski some of the best nordic terrain in the region.
“In the past, the Idlewild trail system connected to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, connecting Tabernash, Fraser, and Winter Park, and is still remembered by skiers as the best nordic area in Colorado”, said Devil’s Thumb Ranch Recreation Manager, Marie-Ange Anderson. “This is a rare chance to ski such a beautiful ‘off the map’ course. The Stagecoach Classic only happens once a year because most of the course trails are on private land.”
At Devil’s Thumb Ranch, participants completed registration in the Broad Axe Barn prior to the race and tour. “This year, we had a total of 370 participants. 156 people registered for the 15K tour, 92 participants did the 30K race, and 122 took part in the 15K”, said Anderson.
Most of the participants parked in Winter Park and took advantage of The Lift transit buses shuttling them out to the starting point.
“The conditions are much better this year than last”, proclaimed KBCO Disc Jockey and event emcee, Ginger Havlat.
As the snow gently fell, you could feel the excitement at the start of the races and tour. “It was a great classic race, due to the cold temperature and snowfall during the week and day of”, said Anderson.
Below are the results of this year’s Stagecoach Classic Cross-country Ski Race:
1st place: Tina Gini Larter, Boulder
2nd place: Maria Wik, Boulder
3rd place: Sierra Jeck, Boulder
1st place: Josh Smullin, Steamboat Springs
2nd place: Dan Weinberger, Boulder
3rd place: Andrew James, Grand Junction
1st place: Bettina Burgess, Boulder
2nd place: Madison Larter, Boulder
3rd place: Xan Courville, Breckenridge
1st place: Spencer Lacy, Boulder
2nd place: Zack Larter, Boulder
3rd place: Lance Anderson, Colorado Springs