Cross Country & Nordic Skiing in Central Colorado
Over 300 miles of backcountry trails are waiting for you

The mountains of Central Colorado receive an abundance of snow each year, creating outstanding cross-country skiing conditions throughout the region. The Central Rockies have some of the most scenic cross-country ski trails in the nation with a wide variety of terrain among pine and aspen forests. Whether you are a beginner or an expert there are trails to match your experience. Some established routes follow high mountain jeep roads or hiking trails. They travel through historic mining districts, or lead you to mountain lakes. Other trails follows the abandoned route of the Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad. Local companies and outfitters offer instruction, tours and clinics at various locations in the region. Backcountry huts linked by over 300 miles of trails are available for  backcountry travelers. A word of caution, always check local weather and avalanche conditions before entering the backcountry of Colorado.


Cross Country Skiing

Featured Nordic Skiing Centers in Central Colorado

Tennessee Pass Nordic Center

Tennessee Pass Nordic Center & Cookhouse

The Piney Creek Nordic Center is located next to Ski Cooper 10 miles north of Leadville, Colorado via U.S. Hwy 24. The Piney Creek Nordic Center has 24 kilometers of groomed cross country skiing trails for track and skating. Services include cross-country and telemark lessons. They have track, touring, telemark, backcountry, and snowshoe equipment rentals. For complete information call (719) 486-1750.

Crested Butte Nordic Center

Crested Butte Nordic Center

The Crested Butte Nordic Center is a full-service cross-country ski center providing professional lessons and complete rental packages for skate and classical skiing, as well as ice skating, snowshoeing, and sledding. The Nordic Center maintains more than 45 kilometers of groomed trails via three trailheads, around the scenic outskirts of Crested Butte a quaint Victorian mining town and National Historic District. Our trails, groomed for both classic and skate skiing, can accommodate all ability levels – novice to advanced. For more information, please call 970-349-1707.

Cross Country & Nordic Skiing Centers in Central Colorado

Crested Butte Nordic Center, 620 2nd Street, Crested Butte, CO 81224. 970-349-1707
Tennessee Pass Nordic Center & Cookhouse, US Highway 24, Leadville, CO 80461. 719-486-1750
Wolf Creek Ski Area, PO Box 2800, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 970-264-5639
Backcountry Skiing
Apex Mountain School, 51 Eagle Road #1, Avon, CO 81620. 888-686-7685
10th Mountain Division Hut Association, 1280 Ute Avenue, Suite 21, Aspen, CO 81611. 970-925-5775
manages a system of 29 backcountry huts in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, connected by
over 350 miles of suggested routes.


Find Cross Country Skiing Trails in Central Colorado

Pike and San Isabel National Forest Ski Trails

Rio Grande National Forest Ski Trails

Colorado Cross County Ski Hut System Trails

Colorado National Forests & Parks Cross County Skiing Guide

General Backcountry Safety--This training program was prepared by Charley Shimanski of the Mountain Rescue Association Education Committee. It is an introductory course in backcountry safety for those with little or no experience in mountainous and backcountry terrain. This file is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (All backcountry recreationalists should read this. It could save your life in an emergency.)