On the trail: Eight inches equals a needed nordic fix | AspenTimes.com

On the trail: Eight inches equals a needed nordic fix

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Fresh tracks

ASPEN – Eight inches in the morning snow report is 8 inches. On the mountains, it was 8 inches of welcome cover on what I imagine were some pretty sketchy existing conditions. At the Aspen golf course, it was the difference between skiing and not. I went skiing.

The golf course went from bare grass and crusty, leftover patches of snow to nordic bliss overnight, and I wasn’t the only one who hit the trail, eager to get out on skis after a dearth of snow that had me in the throes of nordic withdrawal. I got my fix, and so did other smiling skiers – the ones who weren’t over at the high school Sunday morning for the opening event of the Aspen Nordic Cup Series. I’m guessing the skiing improved substantially over there, too.

The snow was undeniably soft, and my classic skis sank in a bit. Skate skiers were huffing and puffing from the added effort of digging deep into the corduroy, but nobody was complaining. The trees were flecked in fresh powder, the landscape sparkled like diamonds in the January sun and my blue wax was the perfect call.

The grooming crew hadn’t set any classic track, but a companion and I had no trouble cutting our own groove of parallel tracks. By Monday, after the groomed track has had a chance to set up overnight, the conditions should be mighty sweet. On Sunday evening, I was contemplating driving up to Aspen to work Monday specifically so I could bring my skis and make a few more rounds. After all, who knows how long these conditions will last in this fickle winter?

Check http://www.aspennordic.com for a morning grooming report, or call the nordic hotline at 970-429-2039, ext. 4, to see what’s shaping up.


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