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Nordic season melts into memory

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” What a different a day makes. A 60-plus-degree day.

Aspen’s cross-country season melted into memory during the weekend heat wave.

“I went out Saturday and the skiing was fabulous,” said Austin Weiss, the city’s trails coordinator. “By Sunday afternoon, it was gone.”



The snow at the Aspen golf course ” headquarters for the Aspen Cross County Center ” has disappeared in large measure. The skiing there is finished.

The Snowmass Cross Country Center closed Sunday on schedule; the Aspen center will remain open through Sunday, March 25 as planned, though options for cross-country skiing are limited. No more grooming is being done at the golf course, where only patches of snow remain.




The Owl Creek Trail was groomed for the final time Sunday night; the link between Glendale Divide and Two Creeks at Snowmass has melted out, but there was still skiing Monday on the Aspen end of the trail, Weiss reported.

The loop at North Star Nature Preserve, east of Aspen, will receive one last grooming Monday or Tuesday. The high school course remains in good shape and may last until the coming weekend, Weiss said.

“We’re still grooming at the high school and we’ll continue to do that as much as we can,” he said.

Ashcroft Ski Touring is still holding enough snow to keep about 25 kilometers of trails groomed and open. Located at higher elevation, south of Aspen in the Castle Creek Valley, the skiing there could last another day or two, or as much as a week, depending on the weather, said a spokesman.

Spring Gulch outside of Carbondale was still holding snow up to the edge of the parking lot late last week, but that is undoubtedly no longer the case, though snow on the higher trails will hold for awhile, for those who want to walk to reach them.

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