Vail Nordic Center offers a range of beginner and advanced terrain at the base of the magnificent Gorge Range. Cross country skiers can access 17 kilometers of trails, while snowshoers have access to a separate ten kilometers.
The cross country ski trails are shared by snowshoers as well, if you’re looking to take it slower. You can rent both equipment on-site.
Cross country skiing in the Vail Valley
Trails – Brick Hill Trail is a favorite, which leads you east along Gore Creek out to the Beaver Ponds. There’s a free town bus that runs regularly from Vail Village to the Nordic Center. It’s also free to park there if you’re using the trails.
Retail Shop – Three kinds of skis are rented: classic, skate and backcountry, in addition to Rossignol demo skis. They also rent snowshoes and sleds to pull the kids. The retail shop sells a full line of skis, waxes and apparel. Fresh made soups and snacks are available inside.
Special Events – Fun events occur throughout the season, with everything from races and skate lessons to a free demo day and Nordic Ski Swap. They are a PSIA Member Ski School, with beginner, private and master programs.
While in the Vail Valley, spend a day downhill skiing at the legendary Vail Ski Resort. It’s the biggest ski area in the state, offering more than 5000 skiable acres.
Address: 1778 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Pets: Yes, on leash but only on snowshoe trails
Map: Vail Nordic Center (PDF)