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Cross-country skiers benefit from early-season storm

by Christopher Kamrani, of The Record staff

Cross-country skiers in Park City, are seeing the earliest start to their season in nearly 10 years.

White Pine Touring’s Nordic Center Director Isaac Wilson, reported on Monday that eight kilometers of track had already been set, with the 5K and 3K runs groomed for both diagonal and skate skiing.

"Everything’s ready to go," Wilson said. "This is the best start we’ve had in probably 10 years. It’s already looking like mid-winter."

Wilson anticipates the full 20 kilometers that White Pine grooms will be open by Thanksgiving morning. The trails at "The Farm" will be among the last of the track set.

"We’re waiting for it to get colder to open The Farm," Wilson said. "We’re waiting for it to get cold enough for the ground to freeze."

White Pine is currently hard at work as the early-season start has taken the cross-country skiers by surprise.

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"We’ve already been slammed," Wilson said. "It bodes well. It’s crazy, and always good to get people excited this early in the season."

Temperatures are expected to plummet in the few days, which well help White Pine set additional track

"We’re grooming every day, packing, getting base built up," Wilson said. "We’re just getting ready."

White Pine Touring which has a year round retail location at Rail Central contracts with Park City Municipal to maintain the Nordic Center and trails at the Park City Golf Course. For more information log on to http://www.whitepinetouring.com or call (888) 649-8710.

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