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Skiing in the moonlight: Snowmass Moonlit Trek and Dinner returns

The Moonlit Trek and Dinner series was so popular last winter, bringing the event back to the village for its second season was a no-brainer for the Snowmass marketing team.

Both events, which took place in January and February 2016, sold out at least two weeks in advance, according to Snowmass Tourism Director Rose Abello.

On or near full moon nights, the Moonlit Trek and Dinner invites visitors and locals to snowshoe or cross-country ski the Snowmass golf course and indulge in a pasta dinner at the Black Saddle Bar & Grille and s'mores around a fire.

While Snowmass Tourism markets the event, Abello said, "It's a real community event" that involves lots of players in the village.

The Snowmass Club handles reservations and prepares dinner, the Snowmass Cross Country Center provides equipment rentals, and Snowmass Chapel, Andersen Ranch and the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District team up to assemble a station mid-course that offers water, hot cocoa and cookies.

In addition to taking advantage of the opportunity to be out and about in the moonlight, Abello said, "We wanted to do something that would appeal to not only the visitors, but would also be something that the community could get behind."

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Longtime valley resident Carli Chagnon said she "can't wait" to participate in the trek this year after experiencing it last winter.

"I encourage everybody to do it; it's just a really great community get-together," Chagnon said, noting that it's fun to do with a group of friends but also an easy opportunity to meet people.

"It's really beautiful and just something different to do," she said.

Snowmass Cross Country Center opens for rentals at 5:30 p.m. for the trek.

The trek is self-guided so people may start at their leisure, Snowmass Tourism marketing official Elizabeth Winn said.

The gradual incline of the 1.2-mile trail makes the trek accessible for children as young as 5.

Winn recommended that trekkers bundle up, i.e. ski clothing, layers, hat, gloves and if snowshoeing, waterproof shoes or boots.

For more information or to reserve a spot at the Moonlit Trek and Dinner this Saturday, call the Snowmass Club at 970-923-0987.

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IF YOU GO…

What: Snowmass Moonlit Trek and Dinner

When: Saturday, Dec. 17

Where: Snowmass Golf Course

Cost: Dinner at the Black Saddle Bar and Grille is $15 per person; rental snowshoe or cross country gear is available for $10 per person.

For reservations, contact the Snowmass Club at 970.923.0987.