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Between heaven and earth; skating Tioga Lake

December 2, 2011

Every few years between the end of fall and the beginning of winter, something extraordinary happens up here.

Ice.

No, not the kind you slip on when you get out of the car or scrape off your deck in the morning, not that kind of quotidian ice.

Something else.

Ice that you can fly over on thin silver blades like a winged bird, keeping time with the fishes beneath you and the wind above you. Ice that you can sing on, beat your drum on, slide like a child on, run laps on.

That kind of ice.

Free Nordic groomed trail system returns to Mammoth

December 2, 2011

After a one year absence, Mammoth will once again have a groomed, free Nordic ski track system just on the outskirts of town.

As soon as it snows, that is.

“We will be out there six days a week grooming as soon as we have about 18 inches,” said Brian Knox, the head of the volunteer-driven Mammoth Nordic nonprofit. Mammoth Nordic intends to once again groom about nine miles of beginner to intermediate cross country tracks at its old location, behind the Shady Rest campground area at the entrance to town.

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