California Gold Rush information

FasterSkierFebruary 24, 2007

One of the most scenic, exciting and challenging Nordic ski races in the country occurs soon at the 50 km CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH on Sunday, March 18, 2007 at Royal Gorge Cross Country ski area. With four different events, there is a distance suitable for any cross country ski racer, and Royal Gorge donates all proceeds to the Far West Nordic Ski Association Junior Program for this race. Whether you’re a serious cross country ski competitor, citizen racer, junior skier, or spectator, this fun-filled weekend has something for everyone. If you’ve never skied the trails at Royal Gorge (the largest cross country ski resort in North America), this is the perfect opportunity to come out and experience some of the most beautiful, fun, and best-groomed trails in the world.

Sunday’s events are the highlight of the weekend, with exciting races for any level of skier, from experienced racers to casual ski tourers. Top billing goes to the 50 kilometer GOLD RUSH. Top skiers from across the country will converge on the trails at Royal Gorge, and this race is also the culmination of the multi-event AMERICAN SKI MARATHON SERIES of long distance competitions from around the country, with members of ski industry factory teams fighting it out for the overall individual and team titles.

Great competition is also found in the shorter variety of races, including the 30 km SILVER RUSH, 15 km BRONZE RUSH, or the 6 km JUNIOR RUSH for racers 15 and under. Whether you’re a serious racer, or want to add another fun competitive event to your ski season, there is a distance to suit your fancy. Come race or watch this exciting competition, where all the proceeds go to the local Junior Development Programs.

Saturday, March 18th (the day before the Gold/Silver/Bronze/Junior Rush) is filled throughout the day with fun events for Junior Competitors. You can watch the area’s younger racers vie for top spot in the low-key GOLD NUGGETS Kids’ Race at 10:30 am, or see the older kids perform in the “jumps & bumps” Fischer SUPERCROSS event, a spectator-friendly sprint course viewable from the (often sunny) deck at Royal Gorge.

Early registration discount deadline is March 9, so sign up soon.

You can also register online at:

For more information, call Royal Gorge at (530) 426-3871, or log onto the Far West Nordic website at


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