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Nordic season winding down

SUMMIT COUNTY – The area’s Nordic ski centers won’t be open much longer than their alpine counterparts despite late-season accumulations of snow.

Aside from Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area, all of the resorts that haven’t already closed will be shutting down mountain operations April 20. Arapahoe Basin is shooting for a Fourth of July party and Loveland staff hope to push through the first week of May.

The Breckenridge Nordic Center is scheduled to shut down April 20, as well.



“If it’s in the 50s all week, that’ll put a damper on things,” said Paul Carlson, an instructor at the Breck Nordic center. “Right now, though, it’s looking a lot like midseason conditions. We’re thankful the snow’s been good.”

With spring break out of the way and warmer weather inciting locals to start thinking about summer sports, crowds at the Nordic centers have dwindled, staff said Tuesday. Lisa Winn at Frisco’s cross country center on the peninsula said the die-hards are still coming out every day. Winn said the center will likely stay open through this week and is not charging admission for trail access.



“We were going to close Sunday, but then it snowed and we went ahead and groomed it,” Winn said.

Three other local cross country centers have already closed to make way for maintenance crews working on the golf courses underneath the snow. The Gold Run Nordic Center, which shares a home with the Breckenridge Golf Course, closed April 1 and, “Not because of a lack of snow,” said manager Scott Yule.

Keystone’s cross country center closed last week. On Tuesday, golf course crews were using snowblowers and rakes to uncover greens at the River Course.

Raven at Three Peaks Golf Course sales director Dan Guinley said Nordic skiing ended March 15 in Silverthorne, “and then we got dumped on.” The golf course maintains and operates the ski center under a contract with the town of Silverthorne and the closing date is specified in the contract. The golf course is scheduled to open mid-May.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.


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