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Nordic racing begins; more trails open

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Area cross-country trails, including Spring Gulch outside Carbondale, are in prime shape, and the Aspen Town Series begins Sunday with the first nordic race of the season.

Sunday’s event, featuring 4- and 8-kilometer freestyle races at the Aspen golf course, starts at 10 a.m. Anyone can participate in the races; the entry fee is $10 per event. For more information, call the Aspen Cross Country Center at 925-2145.

The 35th annual Silverboom, the second race in the Aspen Town Series, will take place Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Snowmass Club golf course. The 6- and 12-kilometer freestyle races start at 10 a.m. There will be awards, prize drawings and refreshments afterward. The Kiddieboom 1K, for young skiers age 10 and younger, starts at noon.

The Snowmass Cross Country Center will host a full-moon tour on the golf course at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23. For more information, call 923-5700.

Trails in the Aspen-Snowmass nordic system are in good shape, according to Thursday’s grooming report. In addition to the usual array of upvalley trails, the Rio Grande Trail is groomed from Aspen to Woody Creek.

Trails are groomed for both skate and classic-style skiing and the system is free to use. For the daily report, call 429-2039 (ext. 4).

Both the Aspen and Snowmass Cross Country centers are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Both are located on the respective golf courses, and both offer rental equipment, lessons, wax services and gear for purchase.

Ashcroft Ski Touring, a private cross-country ski area south of Aspen in the Castle Creek Valley, is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It charges half- and full-day rates for use of its 35 kilometers of groomed ski and snowshoe trails.

Spring Gulch, a trail system outside of Carbondale, also is groomed and open, according to an Aspen Times staffer who skied there Wednesday. The trails are in great shape, he reported. Skiing at Spring Gulch is free, but donations for its upkeep are accepted.

The avalanche danger in the Aspen zone is considerable on northwest, north, northeast, and east aspects above treeline, according to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s Friday report. Pockets of considerable danger can be found on steeper slopes facing northwest, north, northeast, and east near treeline. The danger is moderate on those aspects below treeline, where unstable slabs are possible in steep terrain. On southeast, south, southwest, and west aspects, the danger is moderate above treeline, and low near and below treeline.

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