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A free intro to cross-country skiing

Mark Fox/The Aspen Times Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club instructors Tom Hines, left, and John Callahan take out a group of ESL students from Aspen Elementary Wednesday, Dec 13, 2005, introducing the youngsters to the world of nordic skiing through the club's outreach program.

If you’ve always wanted to give cross-country skiing a try, the Aspen Cross Country Center is offering the perfect opportunity to do so this weekend.

The center’s 11th annual Cross Country Ski Extravaganza takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city golf course ” headquarters for the center.

The event introduces new skiers to the local trail system and offers a day of free demos, lessons, food, hot waxing and a raffle.

One-hour lessons are available at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with instructors from the Aspen Cross Country Center, Ashcroft and the Snowmass Touring Center. Each session includes lessons for beginners and intermediate-level skiers, in both skating and classic techniques. A special children’s clinic is set for 10 a.m., focusing on classic track skiing for kids, age 9 and younger.

Equipment demos and rentals are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ” skis, bindings, poles and boots for both skate and classic skiing will be available. (Rentals and demos require a credit card.)

Free waxing will be offered all day; the raffle will take place at 2 p.m. Food and drink will be provided by Schlomo’s on the Green, Paradise Bakery, Louis Swiss Pastry, the Grog Shop and Cafe Ink.

The event also celebrates 21 years of interconnected trails between Aspen and Snowmass, facilitated by an intergovernmental agreement between Aspen, Snowmass Village and Pitkin County. The system features 70 kilometers of groomed trails that are free to use.

For more information, call the Aspen Cross Country Center at 925-2145. The center is headquartered in the clubhouse building at the golf course, off Highway 82 on the outskirts of town.

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