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SkiTrax - - Day Ask - By Jonathan Wiesel

Just as chil­dren’s per­son­al­i­ties echo their par­ents’, cross-coun­tryski ar­eas re­flect the char­ac­ter of their op­er­a­tors. These days, Frisco Nordic Cen­ter (FNC) feels re­ally dy­namic.

FNC is a mod­er­ate-sized Colorado day area (hand­some log base lodge, 27 kilo­me­tres of cross-coun­try trails, 20 kilo­me­tres of snow­shoe­ing) lo­cated just off In­ter­state 70, ap­prox­i­mately 75 miles west of down­town Den­ver. And it’s all in a splen­did set­ting, be­tween Lake Dil­lon and the Ten­mile Range, reach­ing to more than 14,000 feet.

Gene and Therese Day­ton of nearby Breck­en­ridge Nordic Cen­ter ran FNC from the late 1980s un­til the Town of Frisco (el­e­va­tion 9,075 feet, pop­u­la­tion ap­prox­i­mately 2,700) took it over a cou­ple of years ago. It’s been mod­estly pop­u­lar, draw­ing lo­cals, a smat­ter­ing of alpine cross­over skiers and vis­i­tors from Colorado’s Front Range.

FNC is a friendly place – be­gin­ners, women and fam­i­lies love it be­cause there are easy ski and snow­shoe trails that start right out­side the Cen­ter doors. With four me­tres of snow an­nu­ally, ski­ing is pretty re­li­able for its late-novem­ber open­ing, partly be­cause, un­like al­most all ar­eas in the West, there’s snow­mak­ing.

En­ter Jim Galanes, di­rec­tor at FNC for the past two years. In his early six­ties, he’s a fit six-foot Ver­mon­ter with a long, an­gu­lar face, full head of white hair, de­lib­er­ate speech and good sense of hu­mour.

Galanes has taken on many roles, many of them as­tound­ingly suc­cess­ful. He’s one of the most ac­com­plished skiers the U.S. has ever pro­duced. Start­ing in Nordic-com­bined, he won two World Cups. Turn­ing then to cross-coun­try, he was a U.S. Ski Team con­tem­po­rary of Bill Koch, Audun En­destad, Dan Si­moneau and Tim Caldwell – in what’s been called the Golden Age of U.S. men’s cross-coun­try rac­ing.

A three-time Olympian and women’s-team Olympic coach, Galanes is a 10-time Na­tional cham­pion as well. He also coached at Ver­mont’s Strat­ton Moun­tain School and founded the Alaska Pa­cific Univer­sity (APU) club pro­gram in An­chor­age, which has pro­duced Olympians

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