Sports Briefs |

Sports Briefs

The New Castle Recreation Department invites all snow lovers to attend an inaugural club meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the New Castle Community Center.

The purpose of the meeting will be to introduce snow enthusiasts to other people with similar interests, and possibly put together some group trips this winter. If you enjoy snowshoeing, skiing or snowboarding, register on the website under NCR Interest Groups, or just come to the meeting.

For more information, contact New Castle Recreation at 984-3352.

Crown Mountain Park is holding Moonlight in the Park, a free event, tonight from 6-8 p.m. This is a chance to experience the snow and moonlight on the park’s cross country ski track.

Participants can either ski the park’s 1.5 miles of trail under the light of a full moon or break out the snow boots or snowshoes and take a leisurely stroll with family along the park’s one-mile long path to celebrate the holidays.

Bring a blanket, chair and, if desired, a headlamp or flashlight. Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will be served fireside at the new fire pit located next to the pavilion and restrooms. Leashed pets are welcome.

For more information, call the Crown Mountain Park office at 963-6030.

Burning Mountain Bowl in New Castle is offering a variety of different league options beginning in January.

The Tuesday night mixed league’s second session will begin Tuesday, Jan. 8. Sign up your team by Jan. 3.

The Wednesday night men’s league (four-man teams) will begin Wednesday, Jan. 9. An organizational meeting will be held on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.

The Thursday afternoon mixed league is always accepting bowlers. The next session will begin Jan. 3 at 1 p.m.

The Saturday juniors league will begin on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 10 a.m.

The New Castle Recreation Department is offering the new Slapshot Floor Hockey program for children 5 to 8 years old beginning in mid-January.

Although there isn’t any ice rink in New Castle, that doesn’t mean area youth can’t play hockey. This new six-week co-ed program includes weekly practices and scrimmage games, with the focus on teaching basic hockey skills in a fun active environment.

The program will be conducted on Thursday evenings from 5-6 p.m., Jan. 17-Feb. 21. No equipment is needed, as the Colorado Avalanche donated the sticks, pucks and goals.

The fee is $40 and registration can be done by phone at 984-3352 or online at

Wednesday, Jan. 2, is the last chance to pre-register for the Sunlight Winter Sports Club’s Buddy Werner program.

From 4-6 p.m. at the U.S. Bank community room (1901 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs), you can register your racer for the youth ski team and pick up his/her racing bib. This is a chance to avoid the lines and craziness of opening morning on Saturday, Jan. 5.

This season, a $25 bib deposit is required (in the form of a check). The check will not be deposited and will be returned at the end of the season when bibs are returned.

Buddy Werner primer: This program is for youngsters 6 to 12 years old who are recreational skiers and want a basic exposure to alpine ski racing competition. Racers gather at Sunlight Mountain from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each Saturday beginning on the first non-holiday weekend in January. Adult volunteer coaches run the show.

Contact Bob Lockard with questions at 618-2101.

The Day of Infamy Snowshoe Race at Sunlight Mountain Resort is Sunday, Jan. 6. Visit for more information.

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