Outdoors Briefs

Chili Chase 5K to be held Oct. 13

The second annual Chili Chase 5K will take place at 10 a.m. Oct. 13 at Backcountry Experience, 1205 Camino del Rio.

The run will start west across the Animas River and onto the single-track on Spirit Trail in Ned Overend Park. The course will turn around at the old landfill and head east out of the park across the river, finishing at the Backcountry Experience parking lot.

Visit www.ACTIVE.com to preregister for $13.50. Race-day registration will be $15 at Backcountry Experience.

The Chili Cook-Off will start immediately after the 5K at 11 a.m. The cost for the cook-off is $5 per ticket.

All proceeds will be split among San Juan Mountains Association, Frosty Pines, Shanta Foundation and Manna Soup Kitchen.

Seniors Outdoors! announces activities

Seniors Outdoors! will host these activities:

A moderate hike to the top of Castle Rock will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday. Participants should wear orange. To RSVP, call John Martin at 247-2581 or email john@martintelephone.com.

A challenging hike on Snowdon Mountain Ridge leaving from St. Andrew’s Lake will meet at 7 a.m. Sunday. Participants should wear orange. To RSVP, call Bob Thompson at 382-9271.

A moderate hike on the Lime Creek Road Cutoff will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Participants should wear orange. To RSVP, call Susan Beck-Brown at 375-0948 or email sbeckbrown@yahoo.com.

A Utah car-camping outing on Cedar Mesa will leave at 7 a.m. Tuesday and return Thursday. The first day will be a hard climb on Abajo Peak and the next days we’ll visit a collection of ruins. To RSVP, call Sue Agranoff at 946-9946 or email sagranoff@alum.mit.edu.

The Wednesday Wanderers will meet at 9 a.m. Wednesday for an easy hike up to and around Spud Lake. Dogs on leashes will be allowed. Nonmembers should RSVP to Warren Levingston at 769-1437.

A moderate hike on the Relay Creek Road to Graysill will meet at 9 a.m. Oct. 12. Participants should wear orange. To RSVP, call Susan Beck-Brown at 375-0948 or email sbeckbrown@yahoo.com.

Snowmaking begins now in ski country

Snow guns are firing again in Colorado, in anticipation of some October skiing.

Summit County resort Copper Mountain was the first to start making snow Tuesday. The ski area doesn’t open until Nov. 2, but its snowmakers are committed to having some runs open for the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center, a training course for the ski team.

Copper Mountain is having a contest for two lucky skiers who get to race on the course with the team.

The race to make enough snow for a ski run usually is between Arapahoe Basin and Loveland. Loveland began snowmaking Thursday morning.

Ski resorts planning fewer upgrades this year

Ski resorts in Colorado and the rest of the country are pinching investment budgets as they recover from the worst ski season in 20 years.

The 2012-13 ski season marks the smallest capital investments in more than a decade.

Ski areas will invest a projected $189 million in capital improvements this season, down from $300 million last season and $474 million in 2006-07, according to the National Ski Areas Association.

Colorado resorts – excluding Vail Resorts’ Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone – are pumping $30.5 million into new lifts, restaurants, rental gear and snowmaking systems, Colorado Ski Country USA said. That’s down from $50 million for 2011-12, and it’s one of the smallest investments since the last half of the 1990s.

Vail Resorts is planning $85 million to $95 million at its seven ski resorts, including three California ski areas.

Wash. trail reopens after goat ‘re-education’

HOODSPORT, Wash. – The Forest Service has reopened a popular trail in the Olympic National Forest in Washington after a wildlife biologist spent much of the summer teaching aggressive mountain goats that people are to be avoided.

The trail up Mount Ellinor was closed in early July after several groups of hikers reported encountering very assertive goats. Forest Service officials said hikers who fed goats in the past or let them lick hands or backpacks for salt helped cause the behavior.

During much of the summer, Forest Service employee Kurt Aluzas shot paintballs, sprayed repellant and used his voice to clear the trails of goats. He suggests that hikers yell and stand their ground if they run into a mountain goat.

The trail reopened Monday.

Herald Staff and Associated Press