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Cross-country Skiing Can Be Easy on the Environment and on You

TitleCross-country Skiing Can Be Easy on the Environment and on You
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-02-10
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #54 - "Cross Country Skiing" (Air Date: February 10, 2004). Max Jones from Spooner Lake Cross Country discussed cross country skiing as a way to enjoy the Nevada State Park System during the winter.
SubjectCross-country skiing -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 54: "Cross Country Skiing" Air Date: February 10, 2004 Anchor Intro: When most people think of wintertime recreation, they think of downhill skiing. But as Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, cross country skiing is becoming a popular alternative to fighting the crowds at the big ski resorts. ((Take Pkg)) ((Nats guys skiing by)) ((Track 1)) The one thing you notice right away here at Spooner Lake Cross Country is the quiet. There are no crowds of people, no lifts, no snowmaking machines…and no traffic jams. ((Sot @ 12:40 Max Jones, Spooner Lake Cross Country)) "…It's a really quiet, peaceful way to get out and enjoy the winter." ((track 2)) And contrary to popular belief about cross country skiing, it isn't as tough as most people think. Admittedly there are no ski lifts to haul you up the hill, but you're able to move at your own pace. ((sot @ 10:12)) "People think that XC skiing is like too hard. They picture it trudging through a meadow in hip deep snow and we groom the trails just like downhill ski areas and you can treat it like between running and walking. Just because you're on your feet doesn't mean you have to be going hard." ((track 3)) And there are plenty of trails to choose from. Spooner Lake Cross Country has 50 miles of groomed trails ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert. The terrain takes visitors out into one of Nevada's prettiest state parks. And though Spooner Lake Cross Country is run by a private company, they operate through a lease with the state park system. With limited state budgets, it's a win win situation for everyone. The cross country center gives visitors a way to access the state park system during the wintertime. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: For more information on Spooner Lake Cross Country, visit our website at

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