JACKSON, Wyo. — For the first year ever, the Pinedale Aquatic Center is proud to host the inaugural Pinedale Stampede Nordic Race.
The event will take place on Saturday, February 22 at the nordic trail system adjacent to White Pine Ski Area. The freestyle nordic race will feature prizes for top finishers in 11k and 22k races for both skate and classic. There will also be a 6k race for recreational skiers and a youth scramble for those 11 and under.
Pinedale, Wyoming and the Pinedale Aquatic Center are happy to bring another competitive race to Pinedale. The Sublette County Rec Board, in cooperation with the United States Forest Service, grooms many miles of wonderful trails around White Pine Ski Area and Kelly Park. These are free for use to the public and located just 10 miles from Pinedale.
This year’s ski race will feature a 6k race on the flats, plus 11k and 22k races that climb and wind through the trees, offering a good challenge to advanced skiers. Registration is open now and limited to the first 200 racers. All competitors will receive swag from great local sponsors as well as the chance to win prizes! In addition to the competitive races, there will also be a free scramble race for youth ages 11 and under.
Parking for the race will be at White Pine Ski Area in the foothills of the Wind River Range. White Pine is a wonderful, family-friendly resort that is open this year despite the loss of the ski lodge in a fire in the summer of 2019. In addition, there are groomed fat bike trails courtesy of Geared Up bike shop, as well as dog and snow-shoe friendly trails in the Kelly Park ski system south of White Pine.
The event is being run by the Pinedale Aquatic Center, a fantastic recreation center in Pinedale that features two pools, a water slide, and a climbing wall among other amenities. Racers will get free admission to the center on the day before and day of the race and are encouraged to bring their families to enjoy all that Pinedale has to offer.