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November 10, 2012
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Breckenridge Nordic center expanding

Having out grown its current facilities at 1200 Ski Hill Rd., staff members of the Breckenridge Gold Run Nordic Center are immersed in the construction period that will expand current facilities to four times its current size.

"The new center will certainly offer the same services," said Matt Dayton, operations manager of the Nordic center. "We'll be able to serve guests better, there's not a whole lot of new things being added, but we'll be able to do a better job of what we're currently offering."

Throughout the construction, the Nordic center will remain open with skiing and snowshoeing and retail sales, snow permitting.

Completion of construction is anticipated for the spring, according to Dayton.

The Nordic center currently offers 25 kilometers of groomed classic- and skate-skiing trails and 15 kilometers of snowshoeing.

Construction of a new club house will join the current 2,200-square-foot operating facility, adding another 8,800-square-foot building to house more retail sales, food service, rentals, lockers for guests and tuning services.

"It's going to be a more inviting place to come and hang out," Dayton said. "People like the existing center because it's clean and cozy but it gets full, so the new space is going to be more inviting for people to come and go: Ski, come back for a coffee and eat, socialize with friends, and the views are going to be awesome."

Dayton said the Nordic center also has plans down the road to expand the acreage of trails currently offered.

"Our long-term, high-end goal is to add another 20 kilometers to the trails we have," Dayton said. "We need to initiate a process with the Forest Service and assess all of the environmental factors. Right now we're just focusing on how to better serve our guests by expanding our home-base facilities."

Beginner and intermediate skiers are able to navigate through golf course terrain while intermediate and advanced skiers are offered the Hoo-Doo Voo-Doo trails, which are considered challenging terrain.

The full-service ski shop will expand its ski waxing, binding mounting, ski prep and wax services through new facilities.

The center also offers winter rentals throughout the construction period, offering a full line of rental and performance equipment. Ice skate rentals are also available at a nominal fee.


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