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Aspen Nordic ski trails opening

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times

Let's go skiing.

Nordic skiing.

Cross country skiing.

The new ski season is underway for the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System.

"The Aspen Golf Course and the Aspen High School trails have all been groomed," said John Wilkinson of the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Council. "They have all been groomed (by machine) and have both skate and classic lanes open."

The trails are the first in the Nordic system to open this season. There has been some skiing activity for the last two weeks.

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The trails at the Aspen Golf Course, where the Aspen Cross Country Center is located, were groomed Tuesday morning. Both the classic and skating tracks were groomed with additional grooming as snow conditions permit today.

The high school trails also are open with a lot of skier activity, including the junior racers with the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club.

"Also, the Bearnese Boulevard (for taking your dog with you while skiing) is open around the Aspen Golf Course," Wilkinson said. "There will be more trails opening soon due to the excellent early season snowfalls."

Nordic council officials said snow conditions remain thin and variable.

Updated information on the trails in the Aspen Snowmass Nordic System is available online at aspennordic.com.

Other trails in the Aspen area include the Benedict Trial, Iselin/Rotary Trail, Marolt Trail, Maroon Creek Golf Course Trail, Moore Trail, North Star Nature Preserve and Rio Grande Cross Country Trail.

The system, including Snowmass Village and Basalt, features 60 miles of free cross country ski trails.

In addition to the Aspen Cross Country Center at the Aspen Golf Course, there is a Snowmass Cross Country Center at 0446 Clubhouse Drive in Snowmass Village.

dstrode@aspentimes.com