Nordic Centers Cross-Country Skiing

    Colorado's Nordic Centers

    Nordic centers or otherwise known as Cross-country ski resorts, are found throughout Colorado. Along with the popular and well-known alpine ski resorts come the not-as-well-known or promoted cross-country ski touring centers. Most alpine ski resorts have a nearby nordic ski center. However, there are ski resorts that are specific to cross-country skiing. Check out this nordic touring guide to find a new world of adventure.

    Aspen Snowmass Aspen Snowmass
    Nordic Trail System

    Aspen, CO // 200 MI from Denver
    90 KM of trails

    Description - The Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System is one of the largest FREE trail systems in the country. The trail systems have developed over the years and now connect Aspen, Snowmass Village, and Basalt. There is a select number of trails to facilitate walking and dogs. The trail system hosts two fully-outfitted cross-country centers or pro shops with lessons and gear available.

    Beaver Creek Nordic Center beaver creek
    McCoy Park

    Avon, CO // 108 MI from Denver
    32 KM of trails

    Description - The Beaver Creek Nordic Center has a complete pro shop with rental gear for Classic, Skate, Telemark, and Snowshoe equipment. Purchase tickets or sign up for lessons. Snacks and beverages are available at the shop, along with retail sales of equipment.

    Breckenridge Nordic Center Breckenridge Nordic logo

    Breckenridge, CO // 81 MI from Denver
    30 KM of trails

    Description - The Breck Nordic Center has a complete pro shop with a selection of skis and snowshoes for all ability levels. Sign up for lessons, and tours, or purchase tickets. Enjoy the “Oh, Be Joyful” Lodge that sits on Peak 8 with views of town and peaks 6 and 7. Its the stepping-off point for miles of groomed trails.

    Gold Run Nordic Center

    Breckenridge, CO // 77 MI from Denver
    30 KM of trails - 15 K Snowshoe

    Description -  The Gold Run Nordic Center features a newly remodeled clubhouse and a well-stocked pro shop. Sign up for lessons for all ability levels. Purchase day passes that are also valid at Breckenridge Nordic Center and Frisco Nordic Center. In addition to 30K of groomed nordic trail, there is 15K dedicated to snowshoeing and fat biking. Sleigh rides are available from Gold Run too.

    Frisco Nordic - Nordic Center Frisco nordic center

    Frisco, CO // 72 MI from Denver
    28 KM of trails - 8 KM of Snowshoe

    Description - The Frisco Adventure Park is across the street from the Frisco Nordic Center. Both are located just minutes from south of Main Street Frisco. Purchase tickets at the cozy lodge or sign up for lessons, clinics, or tours. They provide gear rentals for ability levels.

    Crested Butte Nordic Centernordic crested butte logo

    Crested Butte, CO // 230 MI from Denver
    50 KM of trails

    Description - Crested Butte Nordic is a premier cross-country ski destination located right in downtown Crested Butte. Purchase trail pass tickets at the pro shop, which also provides ski, snowshoe, and ice skate rentals. Sign up for lessons, and tours, or join them for a signature event. Dogs welcome.

    Devil's Thumb Ranch Nordic Center deveils thumb nordic ranch

    Tabernash, CO // 75 MI from Denver
    120 KM of trails

    Description - Devil’s Thumb Ranch is a private guest ranch that has a nordic ski center in the winter. They are considered a premier cross-country ski resort in Colorado. Their stocked pro shop provides both ski and snowshoe rentals and sales. Lessons are available. Dogs are welcome on select trails.

    Eldora Resort Nordic Center eldora nordic center

    303-440-8700 ext. 68510
    Nederland, CO // 48 MI from Denver
    40 KM of trails

    Description - The Eldora Nordic Center offers a full rental service plus a pro shop with gear and equipment for sale. Pre-purchase tickets and rentals, and sign up for lessons via their website. Have lunch at the food truck located at the nordic center. 

    Grand Lake Nordic Center grand lake nordic center

    Grand Lake, CO // 100 MI from Denver
    35 KM of trails

    Description - Grand Lake Nordic Center is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapaho National Forest, offering spectacular views. In addition to the groomed nordic trails, they offer snowshoeing, a dedicated dog loop, and a tubing hill. The nordic center is a full-service destination featuring ski and snowshoe rentals, lessons, a retail shop, and a winter soup kitchen. Purchase tickets at the lodge and check the events calendar for an ongoing list of events.

    Keystone Resort Nordic center keystone nordic center

    Keystone, CO // 68 MI from Denver
    17 KM of trails

    Description - Besides the groomed nordic trails, the center accesses 40 KM of backcountry trails throughout White River National Forest. Sign up for lessons and tours. Equipment rentals are included in the lesson price. Purchase a tubing ticket for the nearby tubing hill, tubes are included, and reservations are required.

    Latigo Ranch Dude & Guest Ranch Latigo ranch nordic center

    Kremmling, CO // 120 MI from Denver
    50 KM of trails


    Leadville Cross Country Ski Council

    Mount Massive Ski & Snowshoe Trails leadville nordic touring

    Leadville, CO // 100 MI from Denver

    Mount Massive - 16 KM of trails
    Mineral Belt Trail
    - 18 KM loop around Leadville
    East Side Mining District - Additional groomed trail east of town
    Wheelers Singletrack - 10 KM behind Colorado Mountain College
    Turquoise Lake Road - 18 KM loop around Turquoise Lake

    Tennessee Pass Nordic Center

    Leadville, CO // 110 MI from Denver
    27 KM of trails


    Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center

    Granby, CO // 80 MI from Denver

    120 KM of trails
    40 KM of pet-friendly trails

    Description - The YMCA of the Rockies. Snow Mountain Ranch offers 120 KM of world-class terrain that meanders through pine forest, wide meadows, and along Pole Creek.

    Vail Nordic Center Golf Course & Nordic Center vail nordic center

    Vail, CO // 95 MI from Denver

    27 KM of trails

    Vail Backcountry Tours - Vail Nordic School

    Vail, CO // 97 MI from Denver

    Description - a backcountry school that offers snowshoe, cross-country, and backcountry ski tours and lessons for all ability levels.

    50 KM of trails

    Steamboat Springs Nordic Centers

    Ski touring centers are spread throughout Steamboat Springs and Routt County. Wherever you are downtown, north or south, Routt County, you will find a nordic center just around the corner. 

    steamboat nordic centers

    Vista Verde Guest Ranch

    Steamboat Springs, CO // 180 MI from Denver

    15 KM of trails

    Haymaker Nordic Center 

    Steamboat Springs, CO. // 156 miles from Denver

    Howelsen Hill Nordic Center

    Steamboat Springs, CO. // 156 miles from Denver
    15 KM of Trails

    Catamount Nordic Center

    Steamboat Springs, CO. // 156 miles from Denver
    25 KM of Trails

    Steamboat Lake State Park

    Clark, CO. // 180 Miles from Denver
    15KM of Trails

    Bruce’s Trails
    Rabbit Ears Pass
    5 KM of trails


    Grand Mesa Nordic Council grand mesa nordic council

    Cedaredge, CO 81413 // 242 Miles from Denver
    50 KM of Trails

    County Line Ski Trailhead
    Mesa Country, CO // 260 Miles from Denver
    10 KM of Trails 

    Spring Gulch - Mount Sopris Nordic Council mount sopris nordic cneter
    Carbondale, CO // 170 Miles from Denver
    27+ KM of Trails

    Vallecito Nordic Ski Club
    Ellington Ln, Bayfield,  CO. // 317 Miles from Denver
    15 KM of Trail

    Telluride Nordic Center telluride nordic center

    DescriptionAll users to share the trails. Snowshoers are asked to walk to the side of the classic or skate track. They do not groom for snow biking. The USFS has approved the designation of dog-friendly trails at Priest Lake.  Dogs are welcome on designated dog-friendly trails with direct and constant owner supervision and control. Look for new trail signage at the Priest Lake trailhead and along the designated route.
    Telluride, CO 81435
    Trout Lake - 5K one way
    Priest Lake - 9K
    Down Valley M59 River Trail - 3K one way

    Ashcroft Ski Touring ashcroft nordic center
    Aspen Co
    35 KM Miles of Trails

    Cimarron Mountain Club
    Montrose, CO.
    Private Club

    Wolf Creek Ski Areawolf creek nordic
    Pagosa Springs, CO 
    10 KM of Trails

    Pagosa Nordic

    A total of 67 km of groomed Nordic Ski trails are available within the Pagosa Springs area. Trail use is free; however, donations are encouraged. pagosa nordic
    Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

    Fall Creek nordic trail - 6 KM
    West Fork Nordic Trail - 15 KM
    Laverty Ranch (no dogs) - 10 KM
    Cloman Park - 8
    Davis Ranch (no dogs) - 6 KM
    Coyote Hill - 14 KM
    Alberta Park - 8 KM

    Map of all Nordic Centers in Colorado