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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Silverthorne’s Nordic track, skating pond, sledding hill all open for the winter
The town of Silverthorne this week announced that its free winter amenities are open and ready to be enjoyed from dawn to dusk.
Among the activities residents can take part in for Christmas is ice-skating at North Pond Park, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at The Raven and sledding at Rainbow Park.
North Pond Park, located at Hamilton Creek Road and Colorado Highway 9 across the street from Silverthorne Elementary School, offers a warming hut, restrooms and parking, providing locals with access to the biggest natural pond in Summit County. A Summit Stage bus stop also is available at the site.
Residents are required to bring their own skates and hockey sticks. Non-skaters can watch the fun from the heated warming hut or outside on one of two docks.
Nordic skiers and snowshoers can choose between two courses with a variety of trails of varying difficulty, while also taking in the scenery at The Raven at Three Peaks Golf Club.
Located at 2929 North Golden Eagle Road in the Three Peaks neighborhood, the North Course offers more challenging terrain with plenty of elevation changes. The South Course is flatter, offering novices an easier experience, while still providing the fun of some twists and turns.
Parking is located at the clubhouse and admission is free. The courses are maintained for skiing and snowshoeing only, meaning pets are not allowed.
If skating, Nordic skiing or snowshoeing aren’t in the cards, Rainbow Park’s sledding hill provides another option for families to play together in the snow.
The sledding hill offers a variety of pitches and heights for all ages and wraps around the multi-purpose field, which is an ideal place to build a snowman or have a snowball fight.
Public restrooms, a warm lobby and a variety of low-priced snacks are available at the Silverthorne Recreation Center, located adjacent to Rainbow Park. Parking is available at the Recreation Center, 430 Rainbow Dr. A Summit Stage bus stop can be found right in front of the recreation center.
Silverthorne’s winter amenities are maintained as time allows, with street and sidewalk maintenance being the first priority. For more information, call the recreation center at 262-7370 or visit www.silverthorne.org.