On February 17, 2024, the Durango Nordic Center will host its toughest annual endeavor, the Pine Needle Langlauf Nordic Ski Race. This freestyle event offers the best of the Nordic Center’s trails, from daunting climbs and thrilling descents to sweeping views and incomparable camaraderie. In 2023, Langlauf featured 150 skiers in five different race categories ranging from a Kinderlauf 2K to a 30K. Live music, excellent snow conditions, and good times are (mostly) guaranteed.
“We just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has for us,” Helen Low, manager of The Nordic Center, said.
Langlauf is part of the Southwest Nordic Race Series, four events held in the San Juan Mountains throughout the winter season to crown the king and queen of Nordic Skiing in the Southwest. Prizes are awarded to the top male and female winners, while all participants are eligible for the mega-prize drawing. Sign up for this iconic soiree and learn more about the Durango Nordic Center at durangonordic.org.