Gunnison County is a true Nordic Skiing Paradise. With more than 100 kilometers of groomed Nordic skiing trail, an abundance of backcountry options and a constant flurry of events, our slice of the Rocky Mountains is a paradise for those who love skinny skis. Gourmet yurt dining, a photography adventure to a backcountry cabin, clinics, festivals and races are just a glimpse of the action for Nordic enthusiasts.
Crested Butte Nordic Skiing
The Crested Butte Nordic Council’s Nordic Center, a full-service cross-country ski center conveniently located in the town of Crested Butte, is open for the season mid-November through early April and starts grooming trails by Lily Lake in early November. Beginners can rent equipment and take a lesson, while long-time classic skiers can learn to skate ski with local instructors for free the first Thursday of each month (Check our Event Calendar for more details)! Those willing to make their own trails can head out in the backcountry, after checking the avalanche danger, on a tour to Gothic or beyond.
You may even want to participate in the famed "Alley Loop" Race put on each year. This is an event not to be missed, with races ranging in length from 1.5 km for the kids to a full-length Nordic Marathon.
Gunnison Nordic Skiing
Although the snow can sometimes be hit or miss in early or late season, the Gunnison Nordic Club offers great opportunities to explore Gunnison on your cross country skis. The Club provides high-quality groomed cross-country trails close to the City of Gunnison also begins laying track as soon as snowfall allows. Nordic Enthusiasts should also check out the Kenny Mac Ski Fest and Winter Carnival in Jorgenson Park in downtown Gunnison for a great celebration of all things winter in Gunnison.
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