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For those wanting to break the TV habit or get a jump-start on that New Years resolution of getting more active and fit in 2004, opportunities are nearby and open to the public daily.The list of sports available to residents and visitors alike include indoor and fresh air activities, including bowling, rock climbing, swimming and ice skating.And for those looking to celebrate New Years with an athletic twist, some venues feature special New Years Eve-themed events.On-going activities include the following:BowlingElJebowl Lanes, 0200 Gillespie Drive, El Jebel, offers open bowling from 2-11 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 2 p.m-midnight on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the bowling alley is open from noon to midnight.Cost is $3.25 per person per game for adults and $3 for children under 12. Bowling shoes are available to rent for $2 per person.On New Years Eve, ElJebowl will have two Rock & Bowl celebrations. The early session runs from 8-10 p.m. The second session starts at 10:30 p.m. and runs to midnight.Cost is $20 per person per session for unlimited bowling and shoe rental, and include contests for prizes. The late session also features a midnight champagne toast.Call 963-1978 for New Years Eve reservations.The New Castle SuperBowl, 880 Castle Valley Blvd, New Castle, has public lanes open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and extends its hours to 1 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.Lane cost is $10 per hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $20 per hour starting at 5 p.m. until closing, with up to six bowlers per lane.Super Bowl is hosting a New Years Extravaganza from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The $100 per-person cost includes unlimited bowling, shoe rental, an appetizer buffet, party favors, a champagne or sparking cider toast and a breakfast buffet.Reservations with a deposit are required. Information: 984-2739The Rifle Fireside Lanes, 0023 State Highway 325, Rifle, will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, open on Friday and closed again on Saturday and Sunday this week.Regular hours for public bowling at the Fireside are noon to 5 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m. on Monday, noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2-11 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday .The per-person cost is $3 per game and $1 for shoe rentals.Information: 625-2231.Join: from page 14Rock climbing, ice skating and hockeyThe Glenwood Springs Community Center, 100 Wulfsohn Road, Glenwood Springs, has plenty of daily activities throughout the winter.The indoor climbing wall is open to the public during regular operating hours until one hour before the centers posted closing time.Prior to challenging the wall, climbers must pass a certification test, fill out a waiver/release form and have appropriate gear.Cost is $5 for adults who live in Glenwood Springs and $6 for non-residents. Youth and senior fees are $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents.Public skating is available at the centers adjoining covered, outdoor ice rink from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday, 5:45-7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 6:45-7:45 p.m. on Friday, and noon-1:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.This Wednesday, open public skating sessions will be also held from noon-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:45 p.m.The daily rates range from $2 for residents ages 3 and under to $4.50 for non-resident adults. Ice skates are available to rent for $2 per session.Adult drop-In hockey scrimmages are held from 9:45-11:15 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday nights for novice players and 9:30-11 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday nights for experienced adults.Youth drop-in hockey sessions for players ages 14-17 are scheduled at 7:45-9:15 p.m. Saturday evening. Scrimmages are run by the participants, who must supply their own hockey equipment. Hockey helmets are required.Cost for drop-in hockey is $8 for residents and $9.50 to non-residents.Information: 384-6300.Ice skating at Carbondales man-made outdoor rink at the rodeo grounds is scheduled to open up later this week. Skiing and snowboardingFresh, deep snow abounds at Sunlight Mountain Resort, 10901 County Road 117, Glenwood Springs, where lifts are open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All-day adult and teen lift tickets are $35, and $25 for children 12 and under. Half-day tickets cost $30 for adults and teens and $21 for kids. Lift tickets and ski rentals can be obtained at the ticket office on Sunlight Mountain or in downtown Glenwood at Sunlights Ski & Bike Shop (309 9th Street). Buses depart daily from the bike shop to the ski area at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m. and return at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Information: 945-7491SwimmingThe Hot Springs Pool, 401 N. River Avenue, Glenwood Springs, is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. On New Years Eve, the pool remains open until 1 a.m. for its annual bash.Daily admission is $11 for adults and teens, $7 for ages 3-12 and free to children 2 and under. Bathing suits can be rented for $3, towels for $2.25. Storage lockers, 25 and 50 cents, are available.Information: 945-7131.


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