Although the ski season is well underway in Summit County, we typically get quite a bit of new snow in March, so there's still plenty of time to hit the trails. If you and the family are planning a vacation to Summit County, Colorado, but are unsure about where to go cross-country skiing, here are a few ideas.
First of all, you can go for an easy nordic ski on several of the county's recreational paths. In Frisco, you can also venture off the flat terrain into the woods onto several trails that are almost always packed down by skiers and snowshoers shortly after any new snow.
Summit County, Colorado also offers some of the most expansive, well-groomed terrain for Cross-Country skiing, and is home to the following Nordic Ski centers:
- Breckenridge Nordic Ski Center – With 18+ miles of cross-country and skate skiing trails, 11+ miles of scenic snowshoe trails, and 1,300 smooth and well-packed acres of terrain to cross, it's no wonder visitors and thrill seekers flock each season to ski the trails in Breckenridge. They also offer self-guided snowshoe trails for dogs. Just make sure your dog is friendly and on a leash. If you are not an expert skier, no worries, because lessons are available according to your skill level.
- Gold Run Nordic Center - A golf course in the summer, Gold Run is located just minutes away from the Breckenridge Nordic Ski Center. Boasting 18+ miles of impeccably groomed trails for modern cross-country skiing (and skate skiing), Gold Run offers visitors a host of skiing activities and programs that will truly make your vacation a lasting experience.
- Frisco Nordic Center – Located along the shores of Lake Dillon are 28 miles of beautifully manicured terrain surrounded by picturesque views of snow-capped mountains. Skiers from everywhere -- beginners and experts alike -- come to enjoy one of the nicest places in Colorado for cross-country skiing. The Frisco Center also provides dog trails as long as your pet is on a leash. Some of the conveniences offered by the center include equipment rental, ski and apparel sales, cross-country lessons (skate or classic), and ski tuning. If you're strolling through town and want more information about the Nordic Center, stop in at the Frisco/Copper Visitor Information Center, located across the street from our shop on Main Street.
- Keystone Nordic Center – Known for their challenging hills and long descents, Keystone offers skiers nine miles of groomed cross-country trails that make their way through naturally divided terrain. And if that's not enough, then imagine the lure of 35+ miles of un-groomed backcountry skiing trails for adventurous skiers seeking adrenaline pumping danger. But beware: if you're going to ski the backcountry be sure to consult the experts first! Hire a guide and make sure you have all the necessary equipment to take with you when you go. So depending on your level of excitement, a visit to Keystone might be just what you need.
Cross-country skiing is a great workout and can be an enjoyable activity for the whole family. Whether you're an experienced skier or just wanting to try it for the first time, there are plenty of options to choose from here in Summit County.