Snow is in the forecast for this weekend on Wright’s Mesa, and officials from the Norwood Nordic Association (NNA) hope that means that the Busted Arm Draw area will be open for skiers then.
The NNA is in its third year of operation, and it exists under the umbrella of the Norwood Park and Recreation District. Hannah Rossman, who serves on the NNA board, said the organization was established by Kelvin Verity and others who saw a real need for it.
The NNA keeps the Busted Arm Draw trail groomed regularly. That trail is located south on the Lone Cone Road (Z44S) just outside of Norwood. Rossman said the U.S. Forest Service would soon be posting a sign for skiers.
Roughly five miles of track exist there for skate-skiers and classic Nordic skiers, and Rossman said the terrain is easily accessible.
“The terrain is great — perfect for the beginner or the advanced. There is not a ton of hills. It’s a gradual uphill heading out, and a fun downhill heading back,” she said. “It’s a great place to go out, and you can take the dog and do a couple out and back, and it’s a good workout — especially if you’re skating.”
Rossman said Verity and Jesse Dudley work hard to keep the trail there groomed for Nordic enthusiasts. She said now, though, the board is calling for additional volunteers to also help with the grooming task.
Also, the NNA board would like to fill two additional seats. Besides Rossman, Verity and Jenny Russell are serving as board members. Anyone who’d like to serve should call Rossman directly at 802-324-4025.
Now the NNA board is conducting a membership drive, too. Rossman said while the board works on a volunteer basis, it does take funding to keep the organization going. Membership dues help pay for the gas and repair of the grooming equipment.
Dues are $25 for an individual, and $40 for a family. Rossman said those who enjoy the experience at Busted Arm Draw don’t necessarily have to join the NNA. Still, she said the NNA appreciates all who support the organization as the dues help keep the association moving forward.
Since its inception, the NNA has made a website available for the public to give more information on the trailhead, the location and the grooming status. Rossman said Verity works yearly to improve the site for users.
The NNA is also planning for a moonlight ski event on Dec. 20. That evening is open to the public, and all Nordic skiers are invited to attend. Cider and smores will be served.
Currently, no rental option for equipment exists, and skiers must have their own to participate. Still, Rossman said a Nordic rental option is an NNA goal for the future.
She said while the NNA cannot prohibit snowmobiling or fat-tire bicycling, she said the board does ask that those recreation enthusiasts use the trails on the left, approximately one-quarter of a mile up the road from the Nordic area.
She said the NNA groomers work hard to keep Busted Arm Draw in shape for the Nordic crowd, and other types of equipment can alter the course.
She said it’s also proper ettiquite to clean up after dogs on the track.
Rossman said she looked forward to the 2018-19 Nordic season.
“The outlook shows that snow may be possible soon,” she said. “I’m hoping that Nordic can get out there. We’ll be out there when it snows.”