Feb 9-11, 2020 (Past event)
Dig up your fun loving and competitive spirit for the Summit County 50+ Winter Games at Keystone Resort, the Frisco Nordic Center and the Summit County Community and Senior Center from February 9-11, 2020. The Summit County 50+ Winter Games are in their 40th year and feature ice skating, alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, hockey skills events and snowshoeing. There will also be some lighthearted competition in the form of a snowball throw, and a chance to meet the other competitors at an opening night silent auction and carbo load dinner and silent auction.
Race for Good Cause
The Summit County Senior Citizens (SCSC) group organizes the 50+ Winter Games to round out their winter recreation schedule and highlight their group’s focus on wellness. All proceeds from the Summit County 50+ Winter Games benefit SCSC programs for seniors. In 2018 alone, the 50+ Winter Games raised almost $18,000, and those funds went to the senior nutrition programs, including “Meals on Wheels” and weekly lunches; the medical transportation program; and senior indoor and outdoor activity programs. SCSC is based at the Summit County Community & Senior Center and provides a wide range of activities, programs and services for seniors in the community.
50+ Winter Games Schedule of Events
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
There will be a free pre-race clinic at the Frisco Nordic Center for experienced Nordic skiers registered for either the classic or skate skiing events at the Games. The clinic will start on the snow at 1:30 pm with 45 minutes of classic race tips, followed at 2:30 pm by 45 minutes of skate ski race tips. Nordic pre-race clinics are only open to participants who are registered for that specific discipline, and attendance will be limited to the first 10 participants to sign up for each session. A sign-up sheet will be in activities book at Summit County Senior Center, along with Nordic event volunteer signup sheets.
Sunday, February 9, 2020
Packet pick up, silent auction and carbo load dinner at the Summit County Community and Senior Center
• 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Silent auction & social hour
• 5:30 p.m. – Opening carbo load dinner to kick off the 2020 50+ Winter Games
Opening dinner is $20, and guests are invited to attend even if they are not competing in the 50+ Winter Games.
Monday, February 10, 2020
Skating and Alpine Skiing Events at Dercum Square Ice Rink at Keystone Ski Resort
• 9:00 am- 1-Lap skating race
• 9:15 am- 4-Lap skating race
• 9:30 am- Singles and doubles figure skating
• 8:30 am- Hockey Goal Shoot
Alpine Ski Events
• 10:00 am- Giant slalom
• 11:00 am- Rally race
• 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm- Obstacle course
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Nordic Skiing, Snowshoeing and Snowball Toss Events at the Frisco Nordic Center
• 9:00 am- 10k Freestyle Nordic race: intermediate/advanced
• 9:30 am- 2.5k Classic Nordic race and 2.5k skate: beginner
• 10:30 am- 5k Classic Nordic race: beginner to moderate intermediate
• 10:30 am – 12:30 am- Biathlon classic: beginner to intermediate
• 10:00 am- Snowball toss
• 12:00 pm- Snowshoe race – long course (3-4k)
• 12:30 pm Snowshoe race – Short course (2k)
• 3:00 pm- Awards ceremony at the Summit County Community and Senior Center
It is $35 per person to register for the 50+ Winter Games and it is $20 per person for the opening night dinner and silent auction. Registrations are due at 4:00 pm on February 5, 2020. A $52 reduced fee Keystone day ski pass is also available for competitors who do not have a season ski pass. For more information or to register for the 50+ Winter Games, participants should visit SummitSeniorCenter.com.
There will be two complimentary Alpine race clinics for registered participants (at Breckenridge and Keystone). Dates and details are to be determined.
The 50+ Winter Games originally started in 1981 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. In 1982, the games were held at Devils Thumb Ranch near Winter Park. The games moved to Summit County in 1983 and Keystone Resort and the Frisco Nordic Center currently host the Games. The 50+ Winter Games have embraced a spirit of fun competition and community throughout their history. Racing experience is not required to participate, and medals are awarded in 9 age categories.