As seems to happen every year, winter is on its way once again. Here’s a list of upcoming events around the area for those who want to get outside and enjoy the best of the season.
— Outdoor Gear Swap, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the University of Wyoming Union Yellowstone Ballroom. Sell your old gear and pick up new-to-you stuff at this fundraiser for the UW Outdoor Program. Go to www.uwyo.edu/rec/outdoor-program.
— Holiday Hurrah, 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Tie City Trailhead. The first Nordic ski race of the season, a 10km freestyle, is free. Register online or in person at the equipment shed on the Campground Loop. Go to www.medicinebownordic.org.
— Boldly Went Adventures, 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Gryphon Theatre, 710 Garfield St. Audience members will be randomly selected to take the stage and share their best outdoor adventure story. Go to www.boldlywentadventures.com.
— Albany County Christmas Bird Count, time and date to be announced. Join local birders to count the birds living in and near Laramie during this longstanding nationwide event. Go to laramieaudubon.blogspot.com.
— First Day Hike, 11 a.m. Jan. 1 at Curt Gowdy State Park. Celebrate the New Year with a guided two-mile hike on Kate’s Trail. Go to wyoparks.state.wy.us.
— Laramie Plains Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby, Jan. 6-7 at Lake Hattie. Cash prizes will be awarded for the five largest fish caught during the two-day event. Go to www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/laramieplains.
— Twin Mountain Trudge, 9 a.m. Jan. 13 near the Blair Picnic Area. Registration is full for a trail race that takes runners on an 11-mile loop around Twin Mountain, with no snowshoes or other flotation devices allowed. Go to www.facebook.com/twinmountaintrudge for waitlist information.
— Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 20 and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Saratoga Lake near Saratoga. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three largest fish overall and the largest fish caught each hour. Go to www.saratogachamber.info/fishingderby.
— Winter Moose Day, Jan. 27 in the Pole Mountain Unit and Snowy Range. Registration opens Dec. 15 for volunteers to adopt routes and look for signs of moose activity, with data to be used by wildlife managers. Go to www.wyobiodiversity.org.
— Pole Mountain Shuffle, time and date to be announced, starting at the Tie City Trailhead. Nordic skiers can choose either a short course or long course, in addition to a race for kids. Go to www.medicinebownordic.org.
— Wyoming Bouldering Series, Feb. 3 at the UW Half Acre Recreation and Wellness Center climbing wall. The statewide series returns to Laramie for its second stop. Go to www.facebook.com/wyomingboulderingseries.
— Cowboy Chase, Feb. 24 at the Tie City Trailhead. A fundraiser for the University of Wyoming Nordic ski team, the weekend includes freestyle and classic races, plus a pasta dinner and art auction. Go to www.medicinebownordic.org.
— Laramie Loppet Half Marathon, Feb. 25 at the Tie City Trailhead. Participants in this 21km freestyle ski event will receive a custom buff, with finishers also receiving a finishing gift. Go to laramieloppet.weebly.com.
— Poker Run, time and date to be announced. Meet in Centennial to shuttle to the Green Rock Trailhead, then ski, show shoe or snowboard back to town, collecting a poker hand along the way during this long-time local tradition.