Nordic centers, 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 centers ski touring guide to find a new world of adventure. Sign up to learn more about Colorado Winter Activities.
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
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
Breckenridgenordic.com 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
Goldrunnordic.com 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
Frisconordic.com 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 Center
Cbnordic.org 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
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
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, 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, 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
Latigoranch.com Kremmling, CO // 120 MI from Denver 50 KM of trails
Leadville Cross Country Ski Council
Mount Massive Ski & Snowshoe Trails
Leadvillecrosscountryski.com 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
Tennesseepass.com Leadville, CO // 110 MI from Denver 27 KM of trails
Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center
Snowmountainranch.org 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 forests, wide meadows, and along Pole Creek—recently noted by FOX31 as one of the best cross-country ski centers in the United States.
Vail Nordic Centers
Vail Nordic Center Golf Course & Nordic Center
Vailnordiccenter.com 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 nordic centers just around the corner.
Steamboat Ski Touring Center
Steamboat Springs, CO. // 156 miles from Denver 15 KM of trails
Haymaker Nordic Center
nordicski.net Steamboat Springs, CO. // 156 miles from Denver
Howelsen Hill Nordic Center
steamboatxcski.com/ski-area/howelsen-hill-nordic-center Steamboat Springs, CO. // 156 miles from Denver 15 KM of Trails
Catamount Nordic Center
steamboatxcski.com/ski-area/lake-catamount-touring-center Steamboat Springs, CO. // 156 miles from Denver 25 KM of Trails
Steamboat Lake State Park
steamboatxcski.com/ski-area/steamboat-lake-state-park-touring-center Clark, CO. // 180 Miles from Denver 15KM of Trails
Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Vistaverde.com Steamboat Springs, CO // 180 MI from Denver 15 KM of trails
www.steamboatxcski.com/ski-area/bruces-trail Rabbit Ears Pass 5 KM of trails
Grand Mesa Nordic Council – Nordic Centers
https://gmnc.org Cedaredge, CO 81413 // 242 Miles from Denver 50 KM of Trails
County Line Ski Trailhead
www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/gmug/recarea/?recid=32906 Mesa Country, CO // 260 Miles from Denver 10 KM of Trails
Spring Gulch – Mount Sopris Nordic Council
www.springgulch.org Carbondale, CO // 170 Miles from Denver 27+ KM of Trails
Vallecito Nordic Ski Club
www.vallecitonordicclub.org Ellington Ln, Bayfield, CO. // 317 Miles from Denver 15 KM of Trail
Telluride Nordic Center
Description – All 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.
www.telluridenordic.com Telluride, CO 81435
970-728-1144 Trout Lake – 5K one way
Priest Lake – 9K
Down Valley M59 River Trail – 3K one way
Ashcroft Ski Touring
Aspen Co 35 KM Miles of Trails
Cimarron Mountain Club
cimarroncolorado.com Montrose, CO.
Wolf Creek Ski Area
Pagosa Springs, CO 10 KM of Trails
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 Springs, CO 81147
Fall Creek nordic trail – 6 KM
West Fork Nordic Trail – 15 KM
Laverty Ranch (no dogs) – 10 KM
Cloman Park – 8 KM Davis Ranch (no dogs) – 6 KM Coyote Hill – 14 KM
Alberta Park – 8 KM
Map of all Nordic Centers in Colorado
Explore the map below to find more information about all these nordic centers and quick links to more information.