Aspen-to-Basalt nordic tour returns |

Aspen-to-Basalt nordic tour returns

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – The Town to Town Tour, a wintertime nordic and snowshoe tour from Aspen to Basalt, will return for a third running in January after a year’s hiatus.

The sponsor, the Basalt-based Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, decided not to hold the event last winter given the fundraising challenges posed by the recession.

Now, the organization is looking at cutting costs and seeking sponsors for a Jan. 22, 2011 tour, said RFOV staffer Karin Teague, who secured a $2,500 commitment to the event from the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board of trustees, meeting in Aspen on Thursday.

“The Town to Town Tour event is one, I think, that is a great way to have people celebrate the Rio Grande Trail in the dead of winter,” Teague said.

This time, the tour will end in downtown Basalt (the Roaring Fork Club and Basalt High School were the end points for prior tours) and local restaurants will be involved in supplying the post-tour food, she said.

RFOV’s goal is to make the event a sustainable, self-supporting event, Teague said.

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