Town to Town Tour still up in the air
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Sunday’s snowfall and the chance for more has convinced organizers of the Town to Town Tour to delay until Monday a decision about the fate of the event.
“The last place you want to be putting yourself is at the mercy of the weather,” said David Hamilton, executive director of Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers, host of the nordic ski/snowshoe tour from Aspen to Basalt. “We got some snow that we didn’t expect to get, which has kind of thrown us into limbo land.”
The tour is scheduled Saturday, Jan. 22, but a lack of snow on the route – the Rio Grande Trail between Aspen’s Rio Grande Park and Basalt High School – had thrown the event into question. Then it snowed Sunday, leaving about 5 inches in Basalt and more in the upper valley.
The trail was to be groomed from Aspen down to Emma, beyond Basalt High School, on Tuesday in order to see how the classic track and corduroy would set up. With the potential for more snow in the forecast late this week, the RFOV board has decided to wait until Monday to make the final call, Hamilton said.
At that point, organizers will either decide to proceed with the Jan. 22 tour, postpone it until Feb. 19 or call it off altogether and wait until next year, he said.
This year’s tour is to start at Rio Grande Park or at an alternate start in Woody Creek, and end at Basalt High School. There, shuttles will be provided to take participants into downtown Basalt for the post-tour festivities. Local restaurants have been organized to provide food for the party after the event, in a tent to be set up on the Midland Avenue spur. Showers will be made available at the school, Hamilton said.
Go to http://www.rfov.org for more information on the event. Wait until Monday to find out if it will take place as scheduled or not.
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