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Get ready to slide, glide in Snowmass

Elizabeth Morse
Snowmass Village correspondent

The new and improved Snowmass Cross-Country Center opens for the winter season on Saturday, Dec. 9, debuting in a new location ” in the Snowmass Club’s golf pro shop at 0446 Clubhouse Drive.

Though the new headquarters is not currently on a bus line, there’s more parking and more room, according to manager Mark Kinchloe. And, it will offer some new amenities, like soup and biscuits for purchase.

For those who have never sampled the Snowmass Club’s myriad trails, rest assured that it’s more varied than the Aspen golf course, or, as Kinchloe puts it: “It’s hillier and much more interesting terrain.”

The golf course at the Snowmass Cross-Country Center offers 10 kilometers of trails groomed for skate skiing, classic-style skiing and snowshoeing. From the center, one can also wind up the trails to the Snowmass Ski Area or strike out for Aspen on the Owl Creek Trail. All told, the Aspen/Snowmass trail system boasts of 70 kilometers of free, groomed Nordic skiing.

Equipment rentals are available in both skate and classic disciplines from the cross-country center, as are private and group lessons. Or, bring your own stuff and sample the trails independently.

Rental rates range from $15 to $30 for a full set-up. Also, this year, the Snowmass Cross-Country Center is offering discount days, offering rentals or a lesson for $5. These discount days are Dec. 17, Jan. 21 and Jan. 27.

The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.

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