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Nordic track opens ahead of schedule

Christopher Kamrani, Of the Record staff

Cross-country skiers in Park City are seeing the earliest start to their season in about 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 tracks groomed for both diagonal and skate skiing.

"Everything’s ready to go," Wilson said. "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 to be 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 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 will 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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