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A deal to skate ski in Snowmass

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Want to try skate skiing? Head to the Snowmass Cross Country Center Sunday.

The center will offer beginner and intermediate skate ski lessons for $10. Sessions are scheduled at 10 a.m. and again at noon. Rental equipment is also $10 and can be picked up 30 minutes before each session.

Veteran instructors will be on hand to teach lessons for first-timers and those who’ve already begun to master skate skiing. The lessons will last an hour, including information on basic technique, edging, turning, stopping and more. A class for beginners and a class for intermediates will be offered at both times; the sessions are limited to 10 participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

The center’s staff will also be on hand to offer waxing tips and advice on routes around the center for both skate and classic-style skiing. The center itself is surrounded by 10 kilometers of groomed trails.

Cookies, hot chocolate and teas will be available, as well as a selection of soft drinks and food for sale. Participants are advised to arrive 15 to 30 minutes before lessons to get set up with rental gear. Rentals include poles, boots and a selection of Madshus, Salomon and Fischer skis. A credit card will be required for all rentals; availability is not guaranteed.

The combined $20 lesson and rental deal is only being offered during Sunday’s special sessions.

The center rents classic and skate rentals daily for $22.95 and $24.95, respectively, for the day. Group lessons are scheduled regularly and private lessons are available by appointment for $60 per hour. Ask a staff member for details or go to http://www.utemountaineer.com/Snowmassxc.html to check out the center’s website.

The Snowmass Cross Country Center is located on the Snowmass Club golf course in Snowmass Village. It’s on Clubhouse Drive, just off of Brush Creek Road.

Use of the Aspen-Snowmass nordic system, featuring 70 miles of groomed trails in Snowmass Village, Aspen and unincorporated Pitkin County, is free.

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