Trading in tees for skis

In the summertime you can see golfers teeing off but this time of year don't be surprised if you see someone skiing across the fairway. / Mike Duran -- FOX21 News
In the summertime you can see golfers teeing off but this time of year don't be surprised if you see someone skiing across the fairway. / Mike Duran -- FOX21 News

MONUMENT, Colo. — Have you ever wanted to hit the slopes without driving hours to the ski resorts? Well your wish just came true.

In the summertime you can see golfers teeing off, but this time of year don’t be surprised if you see someone skiing across the fairway. Several nordic trails have opened up in at the golf course and country club at Woodmoor in Monument.

“Monument Hill tends to get more snow than any place else on the Front Range and so the snow that lands here typically sticks around throughout the entire winter,” said Michael Brothers, the nordic director at the Country Club at Woodmoor.

He knows this because he’s been making strides across these greens for over a decade and now for the first time others can too.

“The majority of the fairways are on north facing slopes,” said Brothers. “They don’t catch much sun during the winter.”

There are three trails to choose from, all ranging in difficulty on what would’ve been an empty golf course all winter. Now, it is getting some good use.

“With the utilization of the golf course with the snow trails it has been just fantastic,” said Debbie Zamprelli, the sales and marketing director at the Country Club at Woodmoor. “We have probably an average of 20 people using it a day.”

But just like with any skiing, weather matters and we all know mother nature can be unpredictable.

“The one thing that we do face here is we still are on the Front Range and although it holds the snow very well, we’re not like a typical nordic center that you’d find up at the ski resorts where you know we have great skiing just about every day,” Brothers said.

What began as an experiment has so far been a big hit and if it keeps up this could become a yearly tradition.

“They’re kind of one-of-a-kind in the Front Range,” said Zamprelli. “You don’t have to deal with the traffic on I-70 if you want you and your family to do some cross country skiing.”

For $15 anyone can come out and strap on a pair of skis but you’ve got to bring your own gear.

A grand opening for the new Monument Hill nordic trails will be Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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