Taking the long way
The German word for cross country skiing, “langlauf,” literally means "long race.” But that doesn't begin to define the longstanding Langlauf Nordic race at the Durango Nordic Center, which took place last Sat., Feb. 11. With a variety of races ranging from a 2k sprint to the 30k marathon, this is the Nordic Center’s biggest and baddest event of the year, offering every- thing from big climbs to thrilling – and spilling – descents. And when the hard work was over, it was time to hang up the skinny skis for some real fun. Thirsty and tired participants gathered for a post-race party on the Nordic Center’s deck with beer from Carvers, chili from the Soup Palette and music by Six Dollar String Band to dance to – or try to dance to, if it weren't for those jelly legs.