Aspen, CO – Elite athletes from around the country make their way to Aspen to participate in Colorado’s premier cross-country ski race, the Owl Creek Chase. Part of the Aspen Nordic Festival, the Owl Creek Chase presents the very best that Colorado nordic skiing has to offer; tough climbs, scenic views, thrilling descents and excellent snow conditions.
The 21k race, held this year on February 13, was started as a means to showcase the outstanding trails in the Aspen/Snowmass area and the Owl Creek Trail is the crown jewel of over 90km of free skiing often referred to as Aspen’s 5th mountain.
Started in 1985, the Owl Creek Chase has a rich history of diverse participation. Bjorn Sateroy from Norway, a former collegiate racer from the University of Colorado was the first winner of the Owl Creek Chase. Canadian Olympian Pierre Harvey, winner in 1989, is probably the most notable of the early international champions of the Owl Creek Chase. And the Owl Creek has been a coronation for up and coming talents Noah Hoffman, Tad Elliott and Matt Gelso, perhaps the three most gifted young distance skiers in the country today. The Owl Creek Trail is always tough, but the field that assembles for the Owl Creek Chase makes it the ultimate.
The Owl Creek Chase also continues to work closely with such groups as the RMN and the RMISA to help ensure future participation in the Aspen Nordic Festival by the best skiers around including the up and coming juniors, collegians and national level elites.
For more information or to register: www.owlcreekchase.com