Back-to-back weekends of Nordic events
The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s Nordic Program, a vibrant part of Colorado’s 155-year tradition of free-heel skiing, will celebrate cross-country adventures for all ages during back-to-back weekends of community Nordic events. Kicking off the celebration is the 30th annual Nordic Bonfire Dinner, a fundraiser for the local ski program held Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cross Country Center on the Aspen Golf Course. Hundreds of cross-country skiers and snowshoers traverse 1.5 kilometers of groomed, candlelit trails, propelling themselves from bonfire to bonfire to sample appetizers, soups, stews and desserts from some of the valley’s top restaurants to the sounds of live music from local musicians.
The following weekend, Feb. 14 and 15, the Nordic Program hosts the Aspen Nordic Festival, featuring the USSA Rocky Mountain Nordic Races and U.S. Junior National Team naming. This will coincide with the city of Aspen’s Owl Creek Chase, a 21-kilometer classic and skate ski race from Snowmass to Aspen that also is marking its 30th year. The Aspen Nordic Festival activities are centered at the clubhouse of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.
Tickets for the Nordic Bonfire Dinner are on sale now at http://www.teamavsc.org: $12 for children, $25 for adults and $50 for a family of four. Ski and snowshoe rentals will be available at the Aspen Cross Country Center for the discounted price of $10. All proceeds from ticket sales and equipment rentals directly benefit the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club Nordic Team. Registration for the Owl Creek Chase is open now at http://www.owlcreekchase.com.
“The Bonfire Dinner is a rich tradition in Aspen that you won’t find anywhere else,” said Maria Stuber, Nordic Program Director and National Comp Team Coach of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. “It’s a fun way for friends and families to support our local athletes and be a part of our heritage as a ski town.”
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