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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dancing, laughing, mingling, supporting a great cause, etc

In case you haven't seen it already on FaceBook, Chicken Creek Nordic is hosting a Dance to the Snowgods. An optimistic, perhaps slightly daffy stab at luring the Snow Powers That Be into powdering us into winter with generous helpings of soft, cold snow at nice regular intervals from December 1st through April 1st. There, I said it.

Vital Stats:
  • Fundraiser with silent auction featuring some amazing items from generous donors in the community, including: Absolute Bakery & Cafe, Alpacka Rafts, Atlas Specific (Chiropractor), Cap Allen PE (septic engineering service), Dolores State Bank,  Kilgore Indian Art, Mancos Brewing Company, Mancos Valley Veterinary Hospital, Osprey Backpacks, Slavens True Value, Southwest Printing, Steve Underwood Forestry, and many more area business and individuals
  • Saturday October 21st at the Mancos Brewing Company 
  • The party will kick off at 4pm
  • Silent auction closes at 8pm
  • Live music provided by AFROBEATNIKS AND Diabolical Sound Platoon!
  • Located just a few hundred feet East of the P&D Grocery on the frontage road in Mancos  
  •  All the very best people in the Western United States will be in attendance
We have some really cool items and lots of great door prizes.Win the possibility of garnering a sweet door prize for the cost of admission ($5.00). And not to worry, we'll have more tickets for sale at the door for $1.00 each or 6 tickets for the sum of $5.00 (Chicken feed).

If you are in the sad position of having another commitment  that evening you may still salvage your soul by clicking on the PayPal link at the top center of the page or right here.

We are trying to raise funds to purchase new snow grooming equipment for the safety and mental health of our all-volunteer grooming crew. Volunteers spend hundreds of hours every season keeping the trails groomed and running a non-profit.  No one gets paid a dime.  100% of your donation goes to purchasing, fueling and maintaining grooming equipment, signage, office supplies etc.

Don't be a chicken, get out and boogie down with us Saturday, October 21st.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Putting the FUN back in Fundraisers

Drink beer, throw chickens!

Chicken Creek Nordic is undertaking a capital campaign to purchase new grooming equipment.  We have two events scheduled, one coming right up.

The Mancos Valley Summer Brewfest will be held at Cottonwood Park in Mancos this coming Saturday. Here's a link
Chicken Creek Nordic is one of the beneficiaries of the event, so please SHOW UP THIS SATURDAY!

While you are there enjoying a brew, please stop by our booth for your chance to put a rubber chicken through the corn hole.

Saturday, October 21 at the Mancos Brewing Company there will be live music, dancing, a silent auction and other ridiculously entertaining activities.  Time is yet to be determined, but stay tuned and please TELL YOUR FRIENDS.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Not Dead Yet!!

John G got after it today and groomed the whole shebang (except for Hamlin Loop), classic track and all.  More snow and more cold weather in the forecast means we the Chicken may get a temporary stay of execution.  Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted.  The skiing ought to be pretty darn good tomorrow (Sunday).

Friday, February 24, 2017

Is it Dead Yet?

We were all set to pull grooming equipment from the area.  But; this storm cycle looks like it may have enough cold and snow in it to keep an optimistic eye on.  So, that's what we're going to do.

In the meantime, readers may want to know that we have been busy in other ways.  In fact, we've got a plaque to prove it.  On Tuesday evening, the Chicken Creek Nordic ski area was honored by Mancos Valley Resources as their "Project of the Year" award.  More to come on that later.  We have also been up in the forest, flagging trees in collaboration with the US Forest Service in a bid to retain shade on part of the Hamlin Loop where there will be a timber sale this summer.

All told those projects racked up another 23 hours of volunteer service.
Stay tuned...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lose your keys??

Are these yours??
call 560-4777

Sunday, February 12, 2017


Grooming activities are currently suspended while we try to figure out if we went through a wormhole and landed in April.  If the storm system moves out with some cold and enough snow to refresh the trails and resume skiing, that would be great.  It also appears highly unlikely, as the temperatures are predicted to hit about 50 once the rain stops.  Sigh.

Stay tuned.  Anything can happen.  There is enough snow/slush to kick around on up there if you are not fussy about the quality of snow.  The southwest corner of the Lower Bauer Loop is in the process of getting washed out but was still holding as of Thursday.  I haven't been back up there since then to look, but it didn't look like it was going to hold out for too much longer.  It will be a big problem - not so much for skiers - if we can't get grooming equipment through that section of trail.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Chickens that Tweet

For those of you who want the latest data on grooming and conditions at the ski area, follow us on Twitter.  We are aiming for near instantaneous reporting on grooming right here:
Twitter Feed (not chicken feed)

For those of you disinclined to push the above button, here is a detailed report on the doings from last night (Monday).  Groomers Michael and Peter B groomed well into the evening hours, trying to take advantage of cooler temperatures.  All loops received the treatment.  Pretty much all the established classic track was obliterated in the process, but so were many of the potholes created by inconsiderate hikers.  In general, the bit of fuzz we got on top of the snow already there made things a bit smoother.  The warm weather today is not going to help.  If this current system goes out as snow, we may get enough to freshen things up nicely.  Stay posted, and seriously, do that Twitter thing.

What with all the grooming, machine repairs, administrative work, blogging, tweeting, etc., 10.4 volunteer hours were logged yesterday and today.