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  1. Thor Mountain Obstacle Race

    September 29, 2018, All Day @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    THOR is a 10K mountain obstacle race. Face down 20 obstacles as you run or hike the 6.2 mile course on the East Mink Creek Nordic Ski trails. Test your balance, strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness. You can race as a team of 4 or as a solo participant. Race start times are staggered through the morning until 1p.m. Start times are offered based on who is registered first. Obstacles usually have a hard way and an easier way and if you complete every hard obstacle you are awarded THOR status.

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  2. Discounted Nordic Center Annual Passes Available

    October 1, 2018 - October 31, 2018 @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Discounted annual passes for the East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center are available at the Community Recreation Center (144 Wilson Ave) during the month of October. Located just 7 miles outside of Pocatello, East Mink Creek Nordic Center is a quality ski and snowshoe area. It hosts approximately 20K of groomed classic and skate trails. The Nordic Center is operated by the City of Pocatello through a special use permit with the United States Forest Service and through volunteer services of the Pocatello Cross-Country Ski Foundation (PXCSF). For updated information visit pokyxc.org. The area is staffed from 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Skiers may use the trails at any time during the season by purchasing a season pass or by using the fee box at the parking lot. The full service rental center is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9-5 throughout the season. The season typically runs from mid-December through late March.

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  3. Yurt Rental Season Begins

    October 1, 2018, All Day @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Come stay the evening or overnight in our Mongolian snow huts. The Yurt has a wood stove for warmth and picnic tables. Storage cubbies double as beds when unstacked. They are perfect for scout outings, family camping trips, and evening potluck dinners. There is no running water or electricity. The Yurt is less than 100 yards from the parking lot. Trail passes are not included in your rental fee.

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  4. Ski for Free Day

    January 5, 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Come to our season kick-off event! Use our rental equipment at no charge or bring your own to avoid delays. Trail passes are free for the day and volunteer instructors give free mini lessons. We can equip about 80 people at a time, but we have run low on popular sizes in the past. Consider renting in advance from a ski shop in Pocatello to guarantee a stress-free day. Snowshoes are also available.

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  5. Women's Winter Lesson Series

    January 12, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Take a lesson in Nordic skiing from our best instructor, who happens to be female. All classes are limited in size. Sign up for one or all in a package. Advanced registration suggested. Prices are lesson only. Trail passes and rental equipment purchase will be necessary for those without gear or a season pass. Dress to be outside, but active.

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  6. Sunday Snowshoe and Wine Club

    January 13, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Bring the beverage of your choice. We will sit in the mountains and have a snack and a drink then go for a snowshoe walk. Please plan your drive home responsibly by carpooling. No registration necessary.

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  7. Women's Winter Lesson Series

    January 19, 2019, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Take a lesson in Nordic skiing from our best instructor, who happens to be female. All classes are limited in size. Sign up for one or all in a package. Advanced registration suggested. Prices are lesson only. Trail passes and rental equipment purchase will be necessary for those without gear or a season pass. Dress to be outside, but active.

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  8. Saturday Ski Classes

    February 2, 2019, 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Four weeks of fun for any age. Younger kids learn the basics of getting around on the snow. Older kids focus on getting some mileage under their belts, and refining skills on bigger hills. Fee includes daily rental equipment, a trail pass and instruction. Be 30 minutes early the first week to be fitted for equipment.

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  9. Sunday Snowshoe and Wine Club

    February 3, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Bring the beverage of your choice. We will sit in the mountains and have a snack and a drink then go for a snowshoe walk. Please plan your drive home responsibly by carpooling. No registration necessary.

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  10. Saturday Ski Classes

    February 9, 2019, 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Four weeks of fun for any age. Younger kids learn the basics of getting around on the snow. Older kids focus on getting some mileage under their belts, and refining skills on bigger hills. Fee includes daily rental equipment, a trail pass and instruction. Be 30 minutes early the first week to be fitted for equipment.

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  11. Saturday Ski Classes

    February 16, 2019, 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Four weeks of fun for any age. Younger kids learn the basics of getting around on the snow. Older kids focus on getting some mileage under their belts, and refining skills on bigger hills. Fee includes daily rental equipment, a trail pass and instruction. Be 30 minutes early the first week to be fitted for equipment.

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  12. Saturday Ski Classes

    February 23, 2019, 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Four weeks of fun for any age. Younger kids learn the basics of getting around on the snow. Older kids focus on getting some mileage under their belts, and refining skills on bigger hills. Fee includes daily rental equipment, a trail pass and instruction. Be 30 minutes early the first week to be fitted for equipment.

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  13. Sunday Snowshoe and Wine Club

    March 3, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Bring the beverage of your choice. We will sit in the mountains and have a snack and a drink then go for a snowshoe walk. Please plan your drive home responsibly by carpooling. No registration necessary.

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  14. Backcountry First Aid Kit Assembly

    April 4, 2019, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Refresh your backcountry first aid skills and build a basic kit for cuts scrapes and blisters. This evening will cover a few principles of treating injuries with a minimal kit and give you some of the core products that make up a kit a hiker or biker might carry.

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  15. Camp Mink Creek

    June 1, 2019, 12:00 PM - June 4, 2019, 9:00 PM @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    Middle school kids come to Camp Mink Creek for 4 days and 3 nights of classic summer camp activities. All food is provided, staff is on site 24 hours a day and days are packed with crafts, skill building, team building and confidence building activities. Camp ends with a variety show and hot dog roast that families are invited to. Campers must provide their own bedding, clothing, and hygiene gear. Cost includes food, activities and transportation to all activities. A camp manual will be provided to all registered participants several weeks in advance that lists the schedule, packing list, rules, and expectations. Older campers who age out after 2019 may be able to return in 2020 as junior counselors. (Ages: Students entering 6th - 8th Grade)

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  16. Leave-No-Trace Trainer Course

    June 22, 2019 - June 23, 2019 @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    The two-day Leave-No-Trace Trainer Course is a vital component of the national Leave-No-Trace program. It is a condensed version of the Master Educator Course and is designed for educators, guides, agency employees, other outdoor professionals and anyone interested in learning more about minimum impact skills and ethics. This course covers the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace as well as techniques for disseminating these low impact skills.

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  17. Thor Jr. Mountain Obstacle Race

    September 27, 2019, All Day @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    THOR Jr is an obstacle race in the mountains at Mink Creek. We arrange the regular THOR obstacles to be more kid friendly and let kids race through the first 1.5 miles of the course at their own pace. Expect 7-8 obstacles including a rope swing, pyramid climb, giant rubber band gun, THOR alley and hammer smash. Kids are allowed a chaperone throughout the event to help keep them on course. All finishers will make a participation 'medal' at the end. Participants can start any time from 5-6 p.m. and must finish by 7 p.m.

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  18. Thor Mountain Obstacle Race

    September 28, 2019, All Day @ East Fork Mink Creek Nordic Center

    THOR is a 10K mountain obstacle race. Face down 20 obstacles as you run or hike the 6.2 mile course on the East Mink Creek Nordic Ski trails. Test your balance, strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness. You can race as a team of 4 or as a solo participant. Race start times are staggered through the morning until 1p.m. Start times are offered based on who is registered first. Obstacles usually have a hard way and an easier way and if you complete every hard obstacle you are awarded THOR status.

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