[Cross country skiing in the Vail Valley, Colo. Photo: Vail Nordic Center] Soak up the winter sun by cross country skiing through the Vail Valley. The Gore Range hovers just behind the Vail Nordic Center, creating a pristine environment to enjoy. Snowshoers and skiers both will appreciate the quiet, picturesque trails.The Vail Nordic Center has 17 kilometers of cross country ski trails and 10 kilometers for snowshoeing. They range from beginner to advanced. The ski area, which opens daily at 9am, is groomed each morning by the Vail Recreation District. Dogs are permitted on snowshoe trails only on a leash.
Full Retail Shop
A store inside the Nordic Center carries everything you need for the hobby. They sell Swix, Craft, Solomon and Patagonia clothing, in addition to a wide range of waxes. You’ll also find a full line of Fischer, Salomon and Rossignol skis and boots. Homemade soups and snacks are prepared every day.
You can rent equipment including snowshoes, sleds to pull the kids and three types of cross country skis: classic, skate or backcountry. Rossignol fans will relish the opportunity to demo skis, from an Official Rossignol Demo Center. They even have a free Annual Demo Day, this year on Saturday, January 10th.
Events & Lessons
Events are held throughout the season including free wax clinics, demo days and a skate technique series. You can participate in Special Lessons Programs, such as 1/2 price beginner lessons in January or a video analysis lesson.
To get to the Nordic Center take the main Vail exit and head 1 mile east on South Frontage Road. Make a right on Vail Valley Dr and follow to the golf course clubhouse. Kids 12 and under ski free, and adults are just $8 for the day.
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