Couple enthused by cross-country skiing |

Couple enthused by cross-country skiing

Maiya and Ross Gralia will present "The Joy of Cross-Country Skiing" Thursday.
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WHAT: The Joy of Cross-Country Skiing

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Miner Moe1s Pizza Parlor, at Raley1s Shopping Center



273-6755 or 265-8492

After 30 years of strapping nordic skis to their feet, Ross and Maiya Gralia know a thing or two about cross-country skiing – especially in the Nevada County area.

Thursday night, the Nevada City couple will share their knowledge in “The Joy of Cross-Country Skiing,” a program they’ll present at the Nordic Skiers of Nevada County’s monthly meeting.

The Gralias are both certified ski instructors, who operated Quiet Mountain Nordic ski shop in Nevada City in the 1970s and 80s, during the era they consider as the hey day for Nevada County nordic skiing.

“There used to be a number of nordic ski shops here,” said Ross, who sold Quiet Mountain in 1986, before it closed a few years later. “It’s a great sport and it’s a wonderful way to stay active in the winter months.”

The Gralias, who also once served as coaches for the Nevada Union High School Nordic Ski team, will dust off a slide show that used to be presented each week at their ski shop. The show not only shares the history of Nordic skiing in the area, but also includes photos of local people cross-country skiing years ago.

“Nobody has seen it for probably 15 years or so,” Ross said. “There are many photos of local people skiing.”

These days the Gralias teach at the Auburn Ski Club facility on Boreal Mountain, where Ross also is the director of the “1-2-3 Ski” program, which introduces 1,500 elementary school children to Nordic skiing each winter.

Thursday’s program will trace Nordic skiing in Western Nevada County, from the ’70s to the present. Information will be available on how to participate in the ski sport programs at Auburn Ski Club, which were recognized by the U.S. Ski Association in 2000 as the best in the nation.

The program will follow a 6 p.m. dinner at Miner Moe’s Pizza Parlor in Raley Shopping Center.

For more information please call 273-6755 or 265-8492.

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