The news on nordic skiing |

The news on nordic skiing

Dear Editor:

Aspen has about 40 miles of world-class Nordic (cross country) trails at an unheard of price of FREE. The two disciplines, skating and classical, get more fun as your technique improves. Eventually you can ski without your heart rate near the red line. Lessons are important so you don’t develop bad habits. Call the Aspen Nordic Center for group and private lessons 925-2145.

On Jan. 25 you can get free skate lessons and $5 equipment rental at the Snowmass Nordic Center ” call 923-5700.

If you’ve had a few lessons and need to spend some time working on your groove, check out the tour from Aspen to Basalt on Jan. 31. This super-fun benefit for the Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers will eventually be one of our great traditions. There are shorter alternate versions so check out all the info at

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If you are in Snowmass Village on Saturday at 9 a.m. you can watch the crazy mass start of the Owl Creek Chase. This is the 22nd running of the race from Snowmass Village to Aspen across the Owl Creek Trail.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, always on top of the valley’s Nordic pulse, knows Basalt is full of Nordic skiers. In a few days they will park a grooming machine near the high school and make fresh tracks for us on the Rio Grande Trail going toward Aspen. I hope to organize some group outings here in Basalt. Maybe we’ll do some mini lessons but mostly just cruise. Call me at 948-5886 if you’d like to join in. This is all possible because of the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council. They have a hotline at 429-2039 and a great site at

Jim Paussa


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