For most of the year, the trails inside the Marabou Ranch preservation subdivision near Steamboat Springs are off limits to local mountain bikers.
But through June 9, Marabou is inviting local bikers to come explore the subdivision's 23-mile rolling trail system. Marabou spokesperson John Hillenbrand is hoping the offer will give local cyclists a place to ride while the valley continues to dry out.
"We really wanted to offer local riders more opportunities while the snow is still melting," Hillenbrand said. "We've got a lot of trails out here, and they are ready to go."
The trail system winds through the subdivision and consists of mostly single-track trails.
"It makes for a pretty good cross-country course," Hillenbrand said. "It's filled with lots of rolling hills and great views. It is a great place to ride while some of the more challenging trails in the area are still too wet to ride."
Hillenbrand said mountain bikers should call 879-0507 in advance of their visit, and they will need to stop by the Outfitter's Cabin to fill out the proper waiver forms before riding the trails.
"We just need to know when people are out here and that they have filled out the proper paperwork," Hillenbrand said.
This is the second year that the homeowners association at Marabou has allowed the public to use the trail system. Hillenbrand said the decision is made year to year but that he hopes that it is something that will continue into the future.
Marabou also is scheduled to host a Town Challenge Mountain Bike race June 10.
Swimmer wraps up career at Northeastern University
Former Steamboat Springs High School swimmer Heather Whiting recently wrapped up her senior season with the Northeastern University team in Boston.
Whiting, who was team captain, finished sixth in the 100-meter and 15th in the 200-meter breaststroke events and was a member of the 400-meter medley relay team. Northeastern finished the season 7-6 and placed eighth at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.
Whiting currently holds two school records as part of Northeastern University relay teams. She was part of the 200-meter relay team that also included Alexandra Doty, Kathrine Fugge and Kara Lane, which set the mark at 1 minute, 44.52 seconds. The same team also holds the school record in the 400-meter relay.
Before she arrived at Northeastern, Whiting lettered in the breaststroke at Steamboat Springs High School.