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Friday, December 7, 2018

Rocky Progress

Just a quickie to let you all know we did quite a bit of work up at the area today. Mostly we worked to push down the snow and flatten things out. The Forest Service closed the gate on the Chicken Creek Road (FS 385) which is County Road 41.

That means we were able to get in and groom that road as well as Rush Creek Loop. Hamlin Loop has been machine packed but not groomed.

Honestly, the snow is pretty darn thin. We really need about another foot of snow to make things safe for you and your skis. The Bauer Loops are particularly skimpy, as always.

Looks like some walkers and snowshoers have been making tracks around stump lake. Great idea!

As some of you may know, the pen area where we store our equipment was broken into and vandalized this summer. Items which could not possibly be of any use to anyone else were taken, apparently to simply mess with us. We are in the process of replacing these parts and pieces. This takes money, of course.  So please be generous at the donation box at the trailhead.

Peter, Phil and John put in a total of 13 hours labor today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Not quite yet

The snowfall at the ski area is not yet adequate for grooming.  We did, however, run some machines around the loops to try to pack down what little we did receive in hopes the snow predicted for Thursday materializes.
Caution should be exercised!
We were hitting lots of rocks with the snow machines which means your skis will do likewise.
We've already had more snow than we got all last year, so maybe we're off to a good start.
Time will tell.
Stay tuned...

John, Peter and Joan put in a total of 16 hours work just getting to the point we could do some packing.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Chicken Knows

Yes, the Chicken knows everyone is anxious to ski the fresh pow. Yes, the Chicken knows it's been an abysmal year for skiing. Yes, the Chicken knows that the community turned out in an awesome fashion to help purchase new grooming equipment.
As of this afternoon (Sunday) there was only about 5 inches of fresh snow at the base. This blogger went up to ski the snow and I did a little damage to my new skis.  That's OK, since skis are meant to be used.  It is only fair to let you all know, however, that conditions are less than stellar, and for at least two reasons there will be no grooming at this time.
First and foremost, there is simply not enough snow to groom; at least not at the base.  I would estimate there is about 10+ inches at the top of the Rush Loop, which would be adequate.  But getting there is problematic, at least in part because of problem number two.
Second problem: All the Forest Service gates within the ski area are closed and locked, which means the groomer cannot get around the track.  Additionally, the Chicken Creek Road gate is still open, and of course someone drove up there through the snow, probably late last night as the tracks were pretty well snowed in.
To say the least this has been a frustrating year for Chicken Creek Nordic, and the forecast for this week does not offer the promise of any new snow.  Additionally, with the Federal Government shutdown, who knows when we will be able to swing all the gates that need swung in order to make grooming a possibility.
Keep checking back on the blog, and I will do my best to keep everyone abreast of developments.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

The Chicken Speaks

An important message from Chicken Creek Nordic:

"As the official Chicken Champions, we wish to humbly thank the community for a ridiculously successful fundraiser just over a week ago, Saturday October 21 at the Mancos Brewing Company.
"There are many people to thank, and we'll get to that straightaway.  But first...

The final tally is not yet calculated, but it appears we raised about $10,000.  So our board will be meeting soon to make some decisions regarding the purchase of new snow grooming equipment.  We are deeply moved by the generous spirit of the area's people and businesses.

And now, a hearty "Cluck" out to the following Sponsors - those who donated value of $200 or more.

Absolute Bakery and Café
Atlas Specific
Alpacka Rafts
Deb Gardner - Apple Girl Farm
Doobie Sisters
Cap Allen, P.E.
Dolores State Bank
The Herbal Alternative
Home and Range
Mancos Brewing Company
Mancos Chamber of Commerce
Mancos Valley Veterinary Hospital
The Medicine Man Cortez
Osprey Packs
Slavens True Value Hardware
Todd Kearns Jewelry
Tuffy Security Products
Underwood Forestry Service 
United States Forest Service

We are so grateful to our Donors (Up to $199)

AJ’s Greenhouse



Burk Beef/Stubborn Farm

Cara Gildar - Craniosacral

Cellar Cuts – Kelly Yeomans


Chyrise Bay Massage

Cliff Rose Garden Center & Gifts

Colorado Love Outdoors

Cox Conoco - Mancos

Custom Calligraphy and Frame

Deer Hill Expeditions

Desert Sun Coffee

Dolores Food Market

Dunton Hot Springs

Durango Running Company

Enchanted Mesa Motel

Fahrenheit Coffee Roasters

Fas-Break Auto Glass

Flat Belly Organics


General Palmer Hotel

Healthy Hounds and Fat Cats

In Memorium of Hank Taylor

Karen Zink – Southwest Women’s Health

Katherine Dobson - River Studio

Kilgore Indian Art

Kim Cox - Yoga and Chi Gong

Kokopelli Bike and Board



LaLu’s Stained Glass

Lisa Govreau

Lois Graham

Mancos Public Library

Mesa Verde Motel

Millwood Junction

Momentum Fitness


P & D Grocery

Pine Needle Mountaineering


Rebecca’s Hair Salon

Run + Hike

Second Story Used Books

Singing River Farms

Ska Brewing

Solutions Hair Design

Southwest Designs

Tes-Ray Hats

The Pie Maker

The Geeks

Tom Kachanski

Wily Carrot Farm

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).