Season’s first nordic races in Aspen, Snowmass postponed
December 12, 2008
SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” The competitive cross-country ski season is off to a slow start in Aspen and Snowmass Village.
Sunday’s scheduled 37th annual Silverboom cross-country ski race at the Snowmass golf course has been postponed until March 7 because course conditions aren’t ready for racing.
While the upper slopes at the Snowmass Ski Area picked up 19 inches of new snow earlier in the week, the lower-elevation terrain of the golf course didn’t hold enough snow to go ahead with the race. Though more snow is expected Saturday, organizers decided to delay the event.
The race, part of the Aspen Cup Nordic Series, will instead take place March 7.
The postponement of the Silverboom comes on the heels of last weekend’s rescheduling of the opening event in the Aspen Cup Nordic Series ” the 4-kilometer Aspen Cup Opener that had been slated for Dec. 7 the Aspen Golf Club. That race has been postponed until Feb. 8, also because early season conditions weren’t up to snuff.
The nordic series, a five-event race and recreational cross-country ski series, takes place over the course of the winter in Aspen/Snowmass. It offers competitive and recreational divisions; racers collect overall points and points within their ages groups.
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The Aspen High School Circuit Race, featuring 5- and 15-kilometer races, is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 3 at the course set on the playing fields behind the school.
The Ashcroft 10K Classic is tentatively set for Jan. 10 at Ashcroft Ski Touring, in the Castle Creek Valley south of Aspen.
Go to http://www.aspennordic.com/events.html for more on the race events and registration information, as well as a schedule of other nordic events coming up this winter in Aspen/Snowmass and elsewhere.