The big news over the summer at [R14R, Angel Fire Resort] has been the development of a new Nordic center on the slopes across the valley from the Alpine ski and snowboard area.

Centered around the new $16 million golf clubhouse, the resort has given the building a purpose during the winter months by laying out miles of cross-country loops around the golf course. Some 10-15 kilometers of trails begin at 8,400 feet in elevation and wind through aspens and native spruce to challenge both the novice and expert Nordic skier. The trails will be groomed for both skate and classic-style cross country skiing, according to resort managers.

A single day pass costs $12, and the new center is the place to line up rentals, lessons, training sessions for competitions and equipment, clothing, and accessories. Visitors can dress in locker rooms and relax in the indoor swimming pool, too.

Non-Nordic folks will be able to sled off from the clubhouse, which will serve up gourmet meals and beverages during the winter season.

Across the valley, Angel Fire crews spent the summer upgrading the resort’s top-notch terrain parks, with a dozen new freestyle rails and box features—including flat rails, rainbows, double-kinks and C-rails—built by Neptune Industries, of Boise, Idaho. The freestyle park got a couple of new features, including a quarterpipe, that should attract more participants to the resort’s Friday night competitions under the lights.

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