2015-16 Annual Membership Drive Join Today!
We need your financial support! The Telluride Nordic Association (TNA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education and enhancement of Nordic skiing for individuals of all ages and abilities in the Re- gion. TNA has an all-volunteer working board that spends countless hours making Nordic skiing a reality.
WHAT WE DO
TRAIL PLANNING, MAINTENANCE AND GROOMING: TNA professionally grooms and maintains trail systems for cross-country skiing at Priest Lake and Trout Lake. Each year TNA prepares trails for grooming and rebuilds the river crossings for trails at Priest and Trout Lake.
TRAIL FEES: Most groomed cross-country systems charge a daily fee from $8-$20. TNA grooms on public lands. Professional grooming is essential to most for enjoyment of Nordic skiing. However, due to the nature of our license with the USFS, TNA cannot mandate trail fees. Our biggest expenses are grooming equipment, maintenance, fuel, and labor. TNA relies on generous donations and membership dues to supplement the grants received from the Telluride Foundation, San Miguel County and CCAASE to fund trail grooming and youth Nordic programs.
TELLURIDE NORDIC CENTER: Lance Waring continues in his second year as Nordic Director working with a dedicated staff. The Nordic Center rents Nordic equipment and ice skates, waxes skis, sharpens skates and of- fers lessons and clinics to suit all levels of Nordic skiers. Visit www.telluridenordic.com or call 728-1144.
RACE: TNA will host the annual Butch Cassidy Chase Saturday February 13, 2016. It’s a fun event for all ages and abilities with options of 5k, 15k and 30k. The event will wrap up with a BBQ and prizes.
2015-16 TRAIL PLAN
A multi-year process with the USFS requesting approval to expand grooming at Priest and Trout Lake trail sys- tems concluded this year with approval of three new trails at Priest Lake (one new this season). Concerns over limited parking and traffic impacts at Trout Lake resulted in denial of new trails at Trout Lake for now. TNA intends to work with Trout Lake owners, CDOT, the County and USFS to explore options to mitigate those con- cerns – possibly allowing for future expansion.
DESIGNATED DOG TRAILS: New for 2015-16, the USFS has approved designation of dog friendly trails at Priest Lake. Look for new trail signage (soon) at the Priest trailhead and along the designated route. All trails groomed at Trout Lake remain dog friendly to responsible owners.
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: TNA launched a Capital Campaign in 2014 to replace our 1993 Pisten Bully grooming cat. Through generous support of members and San Miguel County, we have raised $55k of the estimated $170k needed so far. TNA has again applied for a capital grant with the Telluride Foundation and hopes are high for success this year. Timely replacement of grooming equipment is essential to the continued quality and success for groomed Nordic trails.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Become a member of TNA! Please encourage others to do so as well. Your contributions are needed today for trail grooming! Keep Town Council members and County Commissioners informed of your support for cross- country skiing in and around Telluride. Sign-in at trail heads, tracking skier days provides important data for TNA grant requests. Acknowledge our donors. Donate at the trailhead boxes. We have been blessed with record early snow this year. Bring your smiling face and enthusiasm to our trails! Please return the enclosed envelope with your donation for 2015-16. You will receive a sticker for your ski pole, please attach below the grip of a ski pole to let everyone know you are a proud supporter of TNA! If you are willing to lend a hand with trail prep and/or other jobs, please contact email@example.com.
SCHOLARSHIP FUND: TNA has established a youth scholarship fund designated to assist young (ages 15 to 19) athletes with costs associated with competitive Nordic skiing. If you would like to contribute to that fund, please check the appropriate box and indicate the amount on the enclosed donation envelope.
Keep on track! For more info visit www.telluridenordic.com