On the trail: (Moon)light shines on midvalley park | AspenTimes.com

On the trail: (Moon)light shines on midvalley park

EL JEBEL – Crown Mountain Park in the midvalley appears to be on to something big, really big.

There’s been an infusion of new blood on the staff, first with the hiring of Chris “Woodsie” Woods as executive director last year and the hiring of Adrianne Pelton as recreation coordinator last month.

They are hosting a lot of events to see what works and what doesn’t. Plus, they sound sincere in asking people to tell them what they want from the park, a gem next to the Eagle County building on the south side of the main El Jebel intersection.

With a nice blanket of snow in the midvalley this year, Crown Mountain wasted no time setting a cross-country ski track. It winds around the vast interior ringed by a one-mile paved path. The trail takes advantage of some slightly rolling terrain at the park. It snakes back and forth to give a person looking for a brief workout some decent options.

Woods and Pelton organized a full-moon ski outing Dec. 28 featuring hot chocolate and a bonfire by the concession building. My colleagues and I turned out too early to capitalize on the moon glow because we were trying to get our turns in before the mercury plunged. We ran into a handful of people. Woods reported later that between 40 and 50 people turned out once the moon was really beaming.

It’s an event they plan on hosting again, so keep your ears open for word on whether it will take place on Jan. 26, which is the next full moon.

Crown Mountain had a full plate of events last summer and fall. One nice addition, which is bound to grow in popularity with regularity and publicity, was the monthly concerts. One parent of young kids mentioned in casual conversation that it was nice to see Crown Mountain Park actually organizing events rather than just making its facilities available for use.

Pelton was making a point of telling skiers who checked out the full-moon gathering that the Crown Mountain staff wants to hear what park users want at the facilities. So don’t be shy. Let her and Woods know by sending an email to crownmountain@sopris.net.


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