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Nordic trails pass prices hiked for next ski season

Virginia Hazen runs the one mile skijor during the 2019 Canines for Charity Dog Sled Race on Saturday, Jan. 26, on Casper Mountain.(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The Natrona County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing an increase in Casper Mountain Nordic trails pass fees. The County Commissioners passed the resolution at their Tuesday, Feb. 5 meeting.

The Natrona County Parks Board recommended the fee increase in part to offset trail grooming costs. The County sold 1,800 passes collecting a total of $51,000 in the 2017-2018 ski season according to the resolution. Grooming costs for that season were $74,000.

A Natrona County Parks Department notice detailed the price increases. An individual season pass will be hiked from $35 to $50. Whereas the current family season pass costs $100 for a family of four, the new price will be $100 for two adults plus $25 for each child. The $10 day pass price will not be modified.

The Parks notice explained that the last fee hike was in 2012 and that prices at similar Nordic ski trail systems are often higher.

“Neigboring areas with comparable services often cost between $150-$250 for their annual pass,” the notice reads.

The Parks Department said revenue will go directly towards services at the Casper Mountain Nordic trails system. The price increases will not go into effect until the start of the 2019-2020 ski season next winter.