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Letter: Open Space and Trails key component to nordic skiing

Mount Sopris Nordic Council supports the reauthorization of Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails tax because support from Open Space and Trails enables the Mount Sopris Nordic Council to provide quality skiing at Spring Gulch.

Mount Sopris Nordic Council runs Spring Gulch cross-country ski area west of Carbondale. Because Spring Gulch does not charge a fee, it is dependent on grants and member donations. Open Space and Trails has contributed annually to Spring Gulch, benefiting the entire community. Both the Colorado Rocky Mountain School and the Aspen Valley ski teams train at Spring Gulch. Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club runs the Nordic Wolves program for skiers age 3 to 12 at Spring Gulch, and Colorado Mountain College will teach nordic lessons this winter at Spring Gulch. Many individuals learn to ski because Spring Gulch is available to everyone.

Additionally, the North Thompson cattlemen lease Spring Gulch to the Mount Sopris Nordic Council. This land is under a conservation easement and the development rights were purchased by Pitkin County Open Space funds and Great Outdoors Colorado.

Mike Shook

President, Mt. Sopris Nordic Council

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