February 8th, 2014
Another great day of skiing is coming to the Dallas Trail. Remember the Sneffels Half Loop Event? As most of you know, that is no more. Come join us for the Sneffels Challenge. This WILL BE A RACE! The start will be on County Rd 9/West Dallas Creek . Racers will ski south up to the Dallas Trail at Box Factory Park. Once on the Dallas Trail at Box Factory Park, skiers will head east on the trail (familiar terrain for Sneffels Half Loopers). Aid stations will be at Blue Lakes Hut, Ridgway Hut, and the Burn Hut. New terrain for the race will commence three and a half miles below Ridgway Hut. Instead of continuing down CR 5 and finishing on Miller Mesa where three previous Sneffels Half Loop Events have finished, skiers will continue east on the Dallas Trail. The very exciting descent from the Burn Hut down to the eastern terminus of the Dallas Trail will be one to remember. We recommend that you go out and ski this finishing section of trail somewhere in mid to late January as it is a demanding Nordic Trail. “Don’t quit yet, you’re not done.” From the Dallas Trail Head, racers will ski 1.9 miles to the Ouray Hot Springs Pool/Park. This final valley floor finish will utilize a snow berm on the mountain side of County Rd 17 for approximately half a mile and then cross the footbridge over the Uncompagre River and finish on the River Corridor Trail with a victory lap around the Pool/Park field. The Town of Ouray and Ouray County Road and Bridge have given us the thumbs up and are excited for the event to move forward. We have requested a Special Use Permit from the USFS and all that is needed is approval from the Ouray District Forest Service Office. Please call for more details.