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Ski touring, elk-watching near Colorado's Steamboat Springs.

New groomed trails and a herd of elk add to the pleasure of ski touring around Steamboat Springs, in north central Colorado. The Touring Center offers 20 kilometers of tracks, from gentle beginner to steep advanced terrain, all set in the broad valley abutting the Park Range and Elkhead Mountains. Recently, a herd of 200 elk has been browsing near the track area; you're likely to see them before 10:30 in the morning or after 3 P.M.

This month, you can join or watch 10-kilometer citizens races on March 3, 17, and 24 (signups at 10:30), or the popular 40-kilometer Steamboat Stampede race on March 9 at 11 A.M.

The center is open 9 to 5 daily. The trail fee is $4, ski rental $7.25; 1-1/2-hour lessons ($15.75, including rental) are given at 10 and 1:30 daily. Skiers who are advanced beginners or more experienced can join back-country tours (10 to 3:30; $18.75) of Rabbit Ears Pass. To sign up, call (303) 879-8180.

The center is on Clubhouse Drive off U.S. Highway 40, right next to Steamboat's downhill ski area.
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