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Outdoor Rec boasts winter activities

Photo by Trevor McConnell, Outdoor Recreation.  A skier gets some air while skiing powder at Monarch Mountain resort.

Photo by Trevor McConnell, Outdoor Recreation. A skier gets some air while skiing powder at Monarch Mountain resort.

by Nel Lampe

Mountaineer staff

Haven’t hit the slopes this winter? There are still a couple of months left before ski resorts call it a year. Ski conditions are good at most Colorado ski resorts, thanks to heavy snows in the mountains this winter.

Not having all the equipment is no excuse – anything needed is available at the Equipment Checkout Center in the Outdoor Recreation Center, building 2429; call 526-1993.

There’s a good selection of winter sports equipment available – 700 pairs of skis, as well as snowshoes and ski boots.

“We even have ice-fishing equipment,” said Jarred Luko, manager, Equipment Checkout Center.

Adventure Programs and Education, part of Fort Carson’s Outdoor Recreation, has programs to get members of the post community involved in winter sports activities.

Instructional programs are provided in ice climbing, as well as backcountry skiing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Instruction in skiing or snowboarding can be arranged.

It couldn’t be easier to get to the slopes than taking advantage of the “Get on the Bus” ski trips offered by APE. Eighteen trips are on the schedule before the season winds down, including a half dozen trips to Monarch Mountain, which can include a half-day ski lesson by a professional ski instructor. The lesson costs an additional

$45, and is available to skiers 7 or older; sign up for the lesson when registering.

Buses leave from Outdoor Recreation at 6 a.m. and return about 6 p.m. Register for any trip or class by calling 526-5366.

“Trips are being filled up earlier this year,” said Trevor McConnell, programmer for APE. “In some cases we’ve added a second bus.”

Other trips available include beginner ice climbing, intermediate ice climbing, ice and snow anchor clinic and multi-pitch ice climbing,

Snowshoeing trips are Feb. 12 and March 12, and cost $25 with snowshoe rental included.

An all-women’s snowshoeing class is set for Saturday and March 19, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn to travel on snowshoes for $25, shoes included.

Cross-country skiing trips are set for Sunday and March 6, and cost $25, including skis. Learn the basics of cross-country skiing; transportation and instruction included.

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding are good alternatives to standing in lift lines at ski resorts. For $50, learn the skills in an evening classroom session, followed by a day on the snow. The last class this season is March 11-12 and costs $50, including transportation and instruction.

And for people just needing lift tickets, Information, Tickets and Registration, located in Outdoor Recreation, sells tickets for most Colorado resorts.

The Outdoor Recreation Complex hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Fridays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The building is closed Sunday and Monday.

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