Sports briefs: Volunteers needed for February races

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The Telemark World Cup is returning to Steamboat Springs and the organizers are looking for some help at the events.

Racing will start Feb. 11 at Steamboat Ski Area, continue there Wednesday then shift to Howelsen Hill on Thursday and Friday. The event is expected to include athletes from France, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Norway, Sweden, Austria and the United Kingdom, in addition of course, to the United States.

Gate judges and other volunteers are needed for the races. Prior Telemark racing experience is preferred, but not required, and volunteers will have the chance to earn lift ticket vouchers to Steamboat Ski Area. Registration for volunteers is available online at VolunteerSpot, at http://vols.pt/ay6ZKH.

More information is available by contacting Kathy McKinstry at kathymckinstry5@yahoo.com or 970-980-1758.

Howelsen to play host to weekend races

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will be hosting the University of Colorado Invitational Nordic Race at Howelsen Hill on Thursday through Saturday. About 350 competitors are expected for the event.

Nordic trails used for the race will include portions of the Rodeo Loop, Hakan Spar and the Bluffs Loop. These trails will be closed to all fat bikes and snowshoers for the duration of the event. All remaining trails will remain open to approved trail users including skiers, fat bikes and snowshoers with tickets required.

Additionally, Alpine ski trails including Lower Long John, Timbers, Rolling Pitch and Straight Shot will be closed because of the event. 

For more information, call the Winter Sports Club at 970-879-0695 or the Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department at 970-879-4300.

The race will include athletes from two in-state schools, University of Colorado and Denver University, as well as five more collegiate teams from across the region. Winter Sports Club athletes will also race, alongside skiers from eight other clubs.

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