CASPER, Wyo. — October snow storms have brought plenty of snow to Casper Mountain, allowing the Nordic ski trails to open to the public.
Casper Mountain Parks Manager Joe Gillingham said on Wednesday, Oct. 30 that grooming has been going on for the last several days on the Casper Mountain Trails Center side of the trails system.
“Pretty much everything is open for skiing,” he said. “We’re in the trail-building, trail-packing mode.”
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Casper Mountain Biathlon Club Managing Director Cathy Rosser says they too have been grooming trails on the Outdoor Center side of the trails system.
Trails have been open over there since Oct. 21, she says.
Rosser explains that Natrona County is contracting the Biathlon Club this year to groom that side of the system.
She says they groom after each snowstorm and about three times per week.
“There is a lot of snow,” Rosser says.
Conditions are a little soft with recent snowfall, which she says make for great classic cross-country skiing.
“The snow is amazing but it is really cold,” Rosser adds.
Their fall Biathlon training program is in full swing with about 20 people heading up the mountain on Fridays and Saturdays. Rosser expects that to increase when the winter program launches Dec. 1.
No matter which part of the trails system people are using, they need to have a Nordic Trails Pass.
Day passes are $10 and season passes are $50 for adults and $25 for minors.
Information about purchasing passes is available online.
Gillingham reminds people that dogs are not allowed on the trails.
The Casper Mountain Trails Center is located at 9301 Casper Mountain Road.
The Casper Mountain Outdoor Center is located at 1110 East End Road.