PHOTOS: Skiers compete in annual Owl Creek Chase |

PHOTOS: Skiers compete in annual Owl Creek Chase

Nearly five dozen cross-country racers take to modified Aspen course

Nearly five dozen racers competed in the Owl Creek Chase on March 7, continuing a longtime tradition for the local cross-country ski community.

This year’s racers never actually set foot on the Owl Creek Trail that connects Snowmass to Aspen, however.

A modified course started at the Aspen Nordic Center and finished at the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

The point-to-point route of years past was not suited to accomodate COVID-19 protocols because it reqired transportation between the start in Snowmass and the finish in Aspen and involved several volunteer-monitored street crossings that would create pinch points, according to race organizers.

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