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Spring skiing in February

Colleen O’Neil
coneil@postindependent.com
Sean Vanhorn
Colleen O’Neil/Post Independent |

The third race of the Aspen Cup Nordic Series kicked off Sunday on Carbondale’s Spring Gulch Nordic Trails.

Racers showed up in minimal gear to race the 10-kilometer skate ski race — the temperature was well over 50 degrees by the 10 a.m. start. When a box of costume clothing showed up, racers donned skirts and capes to make the race more festive. Despite the recent unseasonably warm weather, racers had fun. They finished smiling with sweat pouring from under their multicolored wigs.

High temperatures in the 50s are expected for most of the rest of the week in snow-hungry western Colorado.

The Aspen Cup Race Series is a six-event race and recreational cross-country ski series promoted by the Ute Mountaineer in Aspen. The series emphasizes fun for all ages and abilities.

“It’s like we’re at church right now,” joked Dave Peterson, manager of the Aspen Cross Country Center. “We worship in the house of pain.”


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