Lower loop of Bruce’s trail closed due to downed trees | SteamboatToday.com

Lower loop of Bruce’s trail closed due to downed trees

A skier puts on his skis Friday morning at Bruce's Trail. The trail has been regularly groomed for more than a week. It will continue to be cared for until enough snow accumulates for lower-elevation Nordic trails to open later this winter.
Joel Reichenberger

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Following the winter weather that brought wind gusts to the Yampa Valley on Saturday, Nov. 29, the lower loop of Bruce’s Trail off of Rabbit Ears Pass has been closed due to downed trees.

The lower loop of the Nordic skiing area, which is about 3 kilometers long, has at least a dozen large trees over the trail. The trees are too large for the volunteer groomers and the Steamboat Nordic Council to handle, so the lower loop will be closed for the remainder of the season.

“If it was just a couple trees, and they were on the smaller side, we could handle it, but from what I understand, there’s a dozen trees down, and some of them are quite big,” said Brian Tate, member of the council and cross country director at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. “We’ll probably try to make the (U.S.) Forest Service aware and, not this winter, but maybe next summer, see if they’d be interested in helping us. We don’t have the strength and expertise to clear out all that.”

The upper loop, which provides about 2 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails, is still open. Typically, the volunteers stop grooming Bruce’s Trail when skate and cross country skiing is available in the valley at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center, Howelsen Hill Ski Area or Haymaker.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 4, a portion of the Fish Creek Trail is open stretching from the Steamboat Ski Touring Center to the tunnel.

To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.

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