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Weekend Nordic ski event expects big turnout

Joel Reichenberger

— Late nights are in store for almost anyone who plans an event as big as the one Emily Lovett and Katie Lindquist are planning. And indeed, the pair stayed up well past their bed times Monday.

Lindquist and Lovett are the masterminds behind the Nordic Camp and Festival, the cross-country skiing event set for its sixth go-round this weekend. The camp is healthy and filled its 100 slots earlier this week, the fastest it’s ever capped out. But no one was poring over logistical details or sweating the catering in the wee hours of Monday night.

“We were waiting for the snow,” Lindquist said.

It never came, leaving organizers scrambling but still well ahead of many other similar camps across the country.

Monday’s anti-climatic storm – Steamboat Springs was left with a dusting, not the anticipated pounding – forced the camp to be moved from its traditional home at Lake Catamount to the Steamboat Ski Touring Center.

A lack of snow at Catamount left plenty of last-minute coordinating, but Lindquist said it’s all working out.

“Camps all across the country have had to cancel because they don’t have enough snow,” she said. “We will have enough at the new location. They have decent quality and a varied terrain. We’ve had the camp there before, and we’re happy to have it there again.”

The numbers suggest campers are eager to get on whatever snow they can. Skiers will be traveling from all across the country for the two-day event. 70 of the 100 are coming from out of town.

“We fill up every year but filled up unusually fast this year,” Lindquist said. “Our camp is really growing in popularity. We had people sign up from Wyoming, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Front Range.”

Campers certainly will have plenty of knowledge to soak up during their time in Steamboat.

In addition to Lovett and Lindquist, who are experienced coaches, the camp will feature names big in the Nordic skiing community – locally and internationally.

Olympians Justin Easter and Sarah Konrad will be on hand, as will Central Cross Country Ski Association coaches Yuriy Gusev and Dennis Kruse.

“We’ll have 15 different coaches out there so we can really cater to what people need,” Lovett said. “Cross-country skiing isn’t as known of a sport around Colorado as Alpine is, but it’s becoming quite popular with locals and is another aerobic sport to get your adrenaline really going. It’s always a really fun weekend.”

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