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Letter: World-class trails in Snowmass

We are fortunate here in Snowmass Village to have a world-class trail system in our backyard. So with gratitude, I’d like to say a big thanks to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails for their stewardship of this priceless amenity.

Maintaining the trails and overseeing their use for everyone’s enjoyment must be a tall order. From data provided by the interactive map available at http://www.pitkinoutside.org, there are well over 100 miles of unpaved trails within 5 miles of Snowmass Village, including the ski area and surrounding lands. These trails are generally shared among different users. About 90 miles of trail are dog friendly, of which roughly a quarter allows off-leash use. Mountain bikers can enjoy more than 80 miles of single-track and equestrians can access roughly the same amount of terrain. Trail managers and volunteers are doing a good job of balancing human needs while seeking to preserve a complex ecosystem. That said, I appreciate the informational signage placed trailside describing these ecosystems and the conservation efforts underway. I’ll continue to provide my support and thanks by using trails responsibly. I invite others to do the same.

Matt Dubé

Snowmass Village