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Area Sports Briefs

“Snowshoeing for Fitness,” a free clinic, will be held at the Ute Mountaineer in Aspen on Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 6 -7:30 p.m. Presented by 20-year local snowshoer Erik Skarvan, owner of Sun Dog Athletics and member of the Atlas Snowshoe Racing Team and Powerbar’s Team Elite, the interactive lecture will cover all the basics to get into America’s fastest growing winter sport and the keys to maximizing snowshoeing as a fitness tool.

New skills, early season training techniques, the latest equipment and accessories and places to snowshoe will be covered. Questions will be encouraged throughout the clinic. Attendees will be rewarded with cool door prizes and tasty beverages from the clinic sponsors: Sun Dog Athletics, Ute Mountaineer, Atlas Snow Shoe and Powerbar. For more details, contact Erik at Sun Dog Athletics at 925-1069 or

The Snowmass Cross Country Center opened this past Saturday and tracks are being set yesterday for the first time this winter. The center is located in the golf pro shop of the Snowmass Club Golf Course off of Brush Creek Road in Snowmass Village. You can access the center by entering across from the rodeo grounds or by the Snowmass Club.

The Aspen/Snowmass cross country trail system boasts 60 km of free cross country skiing, compliments of the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council, the city of Aspen, the town of Snowmass Village and Pitkin County. The trails, including those that connect Snowmass to Aspen, are groomed regularly.

The center will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for rentals, lessons, tours, retail sales and cross country ski tuning. For more information contact: Mark Kinchloe at 923-5700 or

Eat at Moe’s Southwest Grill on Wednesday and support Team Sopris Barracudas swimming. Portions of all proceeds from the night will be donated back to the team to help pay for travel to swim meets, scholarships and more.

Seven miles west of Carbondale is the Spring Gulch Nordic trail system and its 12 miles of groomed trails. All levels of skiers can find trails that will suit their abilities in this system.

Stop by the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce to pick up a copy of the Spring Gulch map.For backcountry skiing, head south to Avalanche Creek, just off Highway 133. The trail follows Avalanche Creek up a picturesque, steep-walled valley. This is also a good route for snowshoers.

Glenwood Springs High School is selling hats and T-shirts commemorating the Demons’ Class 3A football title. Hats are $20 and T-shirts are $15, and both are on sale at the school’s financial office.

Roan Plateau Soccer is looking for coaches for its spring U18 boys team.

The positions are volunteer posts and the season runs from March through late May/early June. Practices are held three days per week and games are on Saturdays, with an occasional Sunday thrown in.

The team has been playing in the state league, but the decision to play in the state league or the Western Slope League will be decided by the coaches, players, parents and club directors.

Information: 876-0183.

The Crystal River Valley near Marble and Redstone is home to more than a dozen ice flows of all difficulties ” including Marble Falls, the Redstone Pillar and Avocado Gully. Hays Creek Falls, near Redstone, offers short and easy roadside ice climbing and is a favorite early-season practice area for locals.

The Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge is hosting its annual hoop shoot Jan. 10 at 10 a.m. The hoop shoot is a free-throw contest open to kids ages 8-13 years old, and is free.

All participants will receive an Elks basketball and certificate of participation. Winners will receive trophies and go on to the district finals in Leadville on Jan. 31.

A copy of each participants birth certificate is need to verify age. For more information, contact Terry Galbreath at 379-3822.

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