Free hot chocolate and cookies await all those hardy souls who love snow and winter at the Casper Mountain Trail Center this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 9 am to 6 pm each day.  Early winter snows and cold temperatures have allowed Natrona County Parks to open the Maize and Strube Loop for Nordic skiing.  "We currently have 20 inches of base snow on the mountain with more snow expected over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend", stated Joe Gillingham, Casper Mountain Parks Supervisor. The early season ski conditions are great. Current snow/trail conditions and weather/web camera information are available on the Natrona County web site under the Parks Department at Nordic cross country ski passes are available through Mountain Sports on Center Street, Ragged Edge Sports at the Sunrise Mall on South Poplar Street, and the Natrona County Road, Bridges and Parks Department located at 538 SW Wyoming Boulevard in Mills, Wyoming.  Skiers may also download the ski pass form from the internet and take it to one of the above vendors. Ski pass prices will not change again this year.  Individual passes are just $25.00 each and a family pass is $60.00.  Individuals skiing without a ski trail pass may be trespassed from the park.  Day use passes and season passes will once again be available at the Casper Mountain Trail Center. This year you will even be able to use a credit card to pay for your trail pass or food items. The Casper Mountain Trail Center is managed by Arrowhead Catering.  Breakfast items such as biscuits and gravy and breakfast burritos will be available from 9-11 a.m.  A full lunch menu is also available.