Fun in the Snow

Molas Pass     Photo by Coe Roberts

Molas Pass in winter, Photo by Coe Roberts

With Wolf Creek reporting five feet of snow in five days everyone should be thinking about getting outside and enjoying it.  Most people are flocking to the ski areas, however, if you’re not into the lines or the cost, there are many other ways to have funFor Fort Lewis students, Chapman Hill is now open, and with the freshly groomed powder, there should be a nice base for the rest of the ski season. There are snow makers and a small terrain park. A rope tow makes it easy to enjoy the hill without getting too exhausted. The hill is located along the northeastern edge of the rim. If you’re looking for a little more exercise and a view, then backcountry cross country skiing, or snowshoeing, is the perfect activity for you. Most backcountry trails are free and easily accessible to anyone. If you don’t know of any trails, and you’re a Fort Lewis student, then you could visit the Outdoor Pursuits office in the student life center. Those people with an Outdoor Pursuits membership can enjoy miles of groomed trail across from the Durango Mountain Resort, Purgatory, just by showing their O.P. membership sticker.  If you’re not a student then you can try visiting http://www.atwdurango.com/maps. All the trail maps are provided by the San Juan Public Lands Center. Skate skiing is a great exercise and if you can ice skate then you’ll have no trouble picking it up quickly. You must have a groomed track to skate ski, so I would suggest going to one of the local Nordic centers to try it out. Or if you already have skate skis then the Hillcrest golf course has free groomed trails.

The recent snowstorms are a great excuse to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. There are so many ways to have fun, skiing, snowmen, snow angels, snowball fights, and the list goes on.

-Oliver Luneau

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