News in Brief
Nordic season under wayASPEN Last weekends storm left Aspen cross-country ski areas with their first significant base of the season and grooming crews have been packing and setting trails since then.According to the Aspen-Snowmass nordic hotlines daily grooming report, the Aspen High School course, Marolt Open Space and the city golf course have been groomed for skate and classic-style skiing. The Moore Open Space has been groomed for skating only, and the Maroon Creek Club golf course has been groomed for both styles. There is some grass poking through at Marolt and Moore.North Star Nature Preserve, east of Aspen, and the Rio Grande Trail dont yet have enough snow for grooming.At Snowmass, a trail has been packed and smoothed for skating; crews are awaiting more snow before they begin setting classic track.Ashcroft Ski Touring hopes to have its first groomed trails open on Saturday. The private cross-country area will be open on weekends until mid-December, when it will begin daily operation, with full-day and half-day rates.The Spring Gulch trail system outside of Carbondale is not yet open for skiing, judging from its website.The Aspen-Snowmass nordic system is free, boasting more than 100 kilometers of groomed trail when all of it is open. The Aspen and Snowmass cross-country centers are both open. For a daily grooming report, call 429-2039 (ext. 4).Though it is not groomed for nordic skiing, Highway 82 on Independence Pass, east of Aspen, boasted bountiful snow Sunday for the handful of backcountry skiers and snowshoers who headed up the pass beyond the closure gate.Maroon Creek Road from T-Lazy-Seven Ranch to Maroon Lake has been packed and is reportedly great for skating. The ranch will wait for a deeper base before setting classic track. Incidentally, T-Lazy 7 has begun its Maroon Bells and Klondike Lunch snowmobile tours; call 925-4614 for details.
Planning session set for ski museumASPEN The Aspen Historical Society invites anyone with an interest in a future ski museum on the site of old Lift One to come to a brainstorming session Wednesday.The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of the Mountain Chalet, is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served.The meeting will be hosted by Bianca Message, a museum/exhibit designer who helped with Aspen’s Holden/Marolt Mining and Ranching Museum and was part of an exhaustive study of the Lift One site in the late 1990s. The point of the meeting is to gather ideas and thoughts to help plan the potential museum. Because of World Cup parking restrictions, attendees are urged to take public transportation or walk. The easiest access to the Mountain Chalet meeting room is from Dean Street, across from the entrance to the St. Regis. Take the elevator to the third floor and then go up the stairs one more flight to the fourth-floor meeting room.For more information, call the Aspen Historical Society at 925-3721.
Aspen airport offers free wireless connectionASPEN For local airline passengers who would like to browse the Internet while waiting for their plane, the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is now providing free Wi-Fi, or wireless Internet service, in the terminal building.The free service replaces the fee-based service that has been available for the past two years, under which users had to pay $9.95 for access.The service will be paid from the airports budget and will be supported by AmeriSpot, which reportedly operates public Wi-Fi access in other commercial locations in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Free parenting workshops offeredThe final week of free one-night parenting sessions, offered by the Roaring Fork Family Resource Center at locations in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, will be on Dec. 11-13 in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, respectively.The final trio of sessions, Sibling Rivalry/Conflict Resolution, will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Elementary School on Dec. 11; the Crystal River Elementary School on Dec. 12 and the Basalt Elementary School on Dec. 13.Register by phone by calling Kacy Exelbert at 970-384-5694.Parents seeking classes in Spanish should call Janet Early at 970-384-5693.
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The future of the Aspen-Pitkin County airport took a significant step forward Thursday. Pitkin County commissioners decided 4-1 to accept the recommendation of a community-based committee and leave the runway where it is, a bedrock decision in the long process toward a new terminal and airfield.