Village Nordic Cup at Sugar Bowl/Royal Gorge Offers Freestyle Cross-Country Racing for Adults, Children

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Village Nordic Cup at Sugar Bowl/Royal Gorge Offers Freestyle Cross-Country Racing for Adults, Children

DONNER SUMMIT, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2016) — A cross-country race that begins in the Village at Sugar Bowl and winds into Royal Gorge Cross Country will challenge cross-country racers this Sunday.

The Village Nordic Cup, formerly known as the Sugar Rush, will begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The course will take racers through the Village at Sugar Bowl and into the eastern edge of Van Norden Meadow before climbing back below Crow’s Peak to the village. Child racers will complete one five-kilometer loop, and adult racers will complete two loops for a ten-kilometer race.

Race entry is $40, and racers do not need a trail pass or season pass to compete. Registration before the day of the event is available at Royal Gorge’s Summit Station on Pahatsi Road in Serene Lakes. Registration on the day of the event is available starting at 8 a.m. at Village Station in the Village at Sugar Bowl. Prizes will be awarded for division and age-group winners. The Village Nordic Cup is a freestyle race, meaning that skate and classic racers will race in a single division.

The race will highlight Sugar Bowl/Royal Gorge’s new Village Station cross-country facility in the Village at Sugar Bowl, which is open weekends and holidays. The new facility offers rentals, tickets and lessons, and tightens the connection between Sugar Bowl Resort and Royal Gorge. Racers will skate or stride on cross-country trails that were upgraded last summer, and connect the Village at Sugar Bowl to the 6,000 acres and more than 200 kilometers of Royal Gorge trails.

New snow has made for prime cross-country skiing conditions. Royal Gorge currently has 70 trails open and more than 107 kilometers of groomed terrain.

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