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Walking Mountains Science Center snowshoe hikes begin Dec. 1

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AVON — The snow has finally arrived, and that means it's once again time to hit the trails. The snowshoe guides at Walking Mountains Science Center are ready to awaken a sense of wonder in the environment with a second winter of weekly snowshoe hikes.

The hikes are open to the public and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Dec. 1 through the end of March. Each hike begins at 9 a.m. at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon and concludes around 1 p.m. Snowshoes, poles and transportation from Walking Mountains are included with the $45 registration.

New this year to Walking Mountains' trail portfolio is access to its brand-new property along Sweetwater Creek near the Colorado River.

"Our newly acquired Sweetwater property in Dotsero will allow us to bring even more locals and visitors into the great outdoors," said Peter Suneson, community outreach coordinator at Walking Mountains.

All outings are designed for diverse audiences, and the guides at Walking Mountains ensure that anyone from a novice to an expert will have a great time on the trail. Not only will they guide you through the snow-packed trails of Vail and the surrounding areas; they will also answer all of your questions about the environment around you.

"We are truly fortunate for the ability to offer snowshoe hikes on both public and private lands in the Vail area to local hikers and visiting guests to our amazing valley," Suneson said. "Snowshoeing with our qualified and knowledgeable guides is the best way to experience and learn about what our local environment has to offer."

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The weekly snowshoe excursions will follow a rotating schedule of trails depending on where conditions are best in the Vail area. However, guides at Walking Mountains will do their best to accommodate requests for specific trails. Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/snowshoe to see the full schedule, list of trails and to book a tour. Private hikes are also available if Tuesdays or Thursdays do not meet your scheduling needs. Contact Suneson at peters@walkingmountains.org to schedule your private snowshoe.

Instructors trained as certified interpretive guides, Wilderness First Responders and outdoor enthusiasts lead hikes. Participants must be 14 or older and should be prepared to spend three or four hours exploring trails, observing the changing snow conditions or tracking winter wildlife.

Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org or call 970-827-9725 for more information.

If you go …

What: Backcountry snowshoe hikes.

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, December through March.

Where: Hikes meet at Walking Mountains Science Center, 318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon.

Cost: $45 per person; participants must be 14 or older.

More information: Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/snowshoe to view the full schedule of hiking destinations and to register.