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Classes focus on improving your paddling, fitness

Paddling doesn't seem that hard, at first.

But when swimming into big water, technique is key, and that is why the Snowmass Village Recreation Center is offering a new adult stroke clinic this summer. It had been offered before, but this is the first time it will extend throughout the summer.

"They get stroke refinement and try to improve their technique," said Pat Faurer, lifeguard and facility assistant.

Also offered by aquatics is an open roll for kayakers who want to practice in the pool before they go out on the open water, according to Jocelyn Ritti, recreation specialist. The open roll, for all ages, is from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday nights.

Water Fit on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Saturdays is an exercise class in the water.

"It's a good workout for all ages," Faurer said. "You work on your cardio and your strength in a nonweighted environment so it's less stress on your joints."

New fitness classes on dry land include Recess, a full-body workout using playground equipment, and KettleFit, which works out multiple muscle groups at the same time.


Amenities at the rec center include a fitness room, a gymnasium, a climbing wall and bouldering cave, salt-water pools, a skate park, and tennis, sand volleyball and outdoor basketball courts, according to the center's website.

Long-term membership options are available for four months or one year, and the center also offers daily drop-in rates and 20-visit punch cards.

Although most of the amenities are only available to members or paying guests, the outdoor volleyball, basketball and tennis courts are open daily to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis, according to Lindsey Wilkinson at the rec center.

Summer fun for kids

The rec center also offers a summer camp for kids ages 5 to 14. The camp is offered Monday through Friday from June 6 to Aug. 24.

Activities for the camp include indoor rock climbing, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, tennis, volleyball and field trips, according to the center's website. Recreation program specialist Sarah Alderson said the activities for the camp vary from week to week because the kids participating are different every day.

"Summer camp has a couple of registration options to best suit our customer. We have kids that register for the entire summer, some that are twice a week and some tourists that just drop in for a couple days," Alderson said. "It changes every day. You're never going to have the same roster. What activities we do ultimately depends on our numbers."

The camp has daily drop-in rates for residents and nonresidents, as well as a rate for signing up for 10 or more days and a rate for the whole summer, which Alderson said is about half of what a parent would pay at the daily rate for that many days. For kids who want to come once or twice a week, she said the 10-day rate would be the best option.

Game on

Starting June 4, the center will offer group tennis lessons for adults and youth on Mondays and Wednesdays. A T-ball program on Mondays and Wednesdays involving drills and practice for ages 4 to 8 starts June 11. All clinics run on a monthly basis.

Already under way is the adult softball league, although Alderson said a team could still be added to the roster if it had the minimum three men and three women. The six-a-side soccer league is scheduled to begin play June 4. Leagues play for 10 weeks and conclude in a tournament, Alderson said. She said she'd also like to generate interest in a sand volleyball league.

For more information visit www.snowmassrecreation.com or call 970-922-2240.

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The Aspen Times Updated May 29, 2012 04:45PM Published May 29, 2012 04:41PM Copyright 2012 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.