The Winter Park, CO area is synonymous with winter sports fun! Skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, and extreme athletes flock to this winter wonderland to catch the best slopes, events, and competitions. One of those great competitions is the Stagecoach Classic! Whether you’re a serious Nordic skier, traveling competitor, tourist, or novice, this fun race is the perfect way to experience top-notch trails and some quality competition.
What Is the Stagecoach Classic?
The Stagecoach Classic is a point-to-point cross-country ski race and tour. The race follows the historic stagecoach route from Devil’s Thumb Ranch to downtown Winter Park. You’ll start by traversing the pristine Nordic ski trails at Devil’s Thumb Ranch (be sure to enjoy the view as you go!). Then, you’ll trek through the former Idlewild Ski Area before you continue to Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park.
The old Idlewild trail system connected to Devil’s Thumb Ranch in the past, thus connecting Tabernash, Fraser, and Winter Park. Many local skiers view this area as the best Nordic ski area in Colorado. When you ski the Stagecoach Classic, you’ll have the unique opportunity to ski this “Off the Map” trail that ties into the history of the Winter Park area. In addition, the Stagecoach Classic is the only time all season that these special trails will be groomed for ski access.
After you pass through the Idlewild Ski Area and finish the race, you can join in the celebrations taking place at Hideaway Park! These celebrations include an awards ceremony and a fun after-party complete with great food, refreshing brews at the beer garden, and live music.
The sixth annual Stagecoach Classic is a 30km/15km classic-technique-only, cross-country ski race starting at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and finishing at Hideaway Park. There’s still time to sign up—you can register online until 12:00 p.m. on January 24th, but don’t wait too long! The prices increase the longer you wait. If you miss the window for online registration, you can still register for the event on January 25th by calling the Nordic Center at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. You can reach the Nordic Center at (970)-726-8231.
The Schedule for the 2019 Stagecoach Classic
Friday, January 25th
9:00 am – 8:00 pm: Pre-registration and packet pick-up at the Winter Park Visitor Center. Note that the location has changed: they are now at 78967 US Hwy 40 in Winter Park.
Saturday, January 26th
7:00 am – 8:30 am: 30k race registration and packet pick-up
7:00 am – 10:00 am: 15k race and tour registration and packet pick-up
9:00 am: 30k race mass start
10:30 am: 15k race mass start
10:35 am: 15k ski tour start
11:00 am – 3:30 pm: After party with food, beer, and music in Hideaway Park
12:30 pm: Awards ceremony and raffle
The Stagecoach Classic begins at Devil’s Thumb Ranch and finishes in Hideaway Park in Winter Park. Shuttles will be available throughout the day from Winter Park to Devil’s Thumb Ranch, so you can park in Winter Park and take the shuttle to the Devil’s Thumb Ranch starting point.
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