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Okemo Valley Nordic Center in Ludlow open

LUDLOW - Okemo Valley Nordic Center recently opened for the season with 15 kilometers of tracked and skate-groomed ski trails, and 11 kilometers of snowshoe trails.

"The recent snow storm was a bonanza for Nordic skiers," said Okemo Valley Nordic Director Michael Santa Maria. "We're open, and I think it's going to be another stellar season."

Extending across pristine meadows and rolling hills, a hidden world of beauty and adventure invites winter enthusiasts to discover the joy of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Okemo Valley Nordic Center. The well-marked trail network features 22 kilometers of tracked and skate-groomed terrain for skiers and 13 kilometers of trails dedicated to snowshoe trekkers.

Okemo's Nordic Center trails are set up for people of all ability levels, from novice to expert. Nordic trails are groomed daily using state-of-the-art grooming machines. Inside the gracious clubhouse facility, visitors enjoy a fully stocked Nordic Shop with the most popular brands of equipment, outdoor clothing and accessories. Demos, equipment rentals, repairs and waxing are available on-site. Dressing rooms with showers and lockers are also available.

Trail fees are $24 per day for adults, $20 for young adults and seniors (ages 13-18 and 65-69) and $18 for juniors and super seniors (ages 7-12 and 70+). Multi-day trail passes offer savings on the daily fee and season passes are an economical best bet at $159 for a single season pass or $229 for a couple. Rossignol cross-country ski equipment and Atlas Snowshoe rentals are offered on a half-day, full-day and multi-day basis. Instruction is available for all ability levels. Group lessons and private lessons are offered daily.

Okemo Valley Nordic Center operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on weekends and during holiday periods; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is located on Fox Lane, 1 mile from Okemo Mountain Resort's Jackson Gore.

For more information, call the Okemo Valley Nordic Center at (802) 228-1396 or visit online at www.okemo.com.

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