Cross Country Ski in Grand County, Colorado

More Ks, More Days • Ski Early, Ski Late • Endless Trails • Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe • Close to Denver

Grand Nordic’s mission is to promote All Things Nordic in Grand County, Colorado. Bringing together resources in this website, Grand Nordic has compiled all the county has to offer, including World Class Nordic areas, ranches offering groomed Nordic skiing (also called Cross Country Skiing), recreation districts and town recreation departments offering kids lessons, NSCD offering both adaptive and adaptive competitive programs, Colorado Biathlon training and competition, School teams in Middle School and High School, Competition programs for all ages, free skiing in the Center of town and free trails connecting towns for miles across the county or on golf courses. 

Grand County Nordic Race Series

Grand County Nordic Ski Racing is putting on six Nordic races, both skate and classic, with long and short course options. There are even kid and family options. By signing up for the race series, you save on the individual race cost.

Three great partner venues will host the events:

  • Snow Mountain Ranch in Granby
  • Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash
  • Grand Lake Nordic Center in Grand Lake
Race Volunteers Needed

Race Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for the State Middle School and High School Races at Snow Mountain Ranch. Volunteers are needed for the start/finish and course marshalls. The race is this Friday, January 13th and will include all high schools and middle schools from across the...

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Grand Nordic Corner

Grand Nordic Corner

Once again, the sun was bright and chilly day was perfect for the Snow Mountain Ranch Annual Classic race last Saturday. The same course was used for the Classic race that was used the week before for the Skate race with loops in the Pole Creek meadow below the Legett...

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Volunteers Needed for Ski for Light

Volunteers Needed for Ski for Light

Are you interested in becoming a Guide for the Ski for Light International Event which will be held at Snow Mountain Ranch Jan 29-Feb 5 2023. Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit, organization founded in 1975. The mission of Ski for Light is to teach...

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Nordic Centers

Grand County is a cross country skiing mecca with 3 Nordic Centers with pristine groomed trails, rentals, lessons, & gear.

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Free Trails

Enjoy free access to groomed or packed trails, maintained by towns, recreation districts, local trail organizations and clubs.

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Relax when you book your lodging at the same place that you can enjoy cross country skiing on beautifully groomed trails.

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Backcountry Trails

For those who enjoy breaking trail in the peaceful quiet of the snowy forest, Grand County has miles and miles of trails to offer.

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FREE Kids Friday Lessons • Jan. 20 – February 24, 2023

The Kids Nordic Ski Program on Fridays from January 20th thru February 2023 at YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center, offers ski instruction for beginners and more accomplished skiers ages 5-10, skiing games, winter nature activities, and ends with a Nordic Ski Festival and prizes for all. Lesson starts at 1pm. No lesson on February 3rdPre-registration is REQUIRED. Please arrive 30-45 minutes prior to lessons to get equipment and trail pass which are provided for the duration of the lesson. Classic, skate and never-ever lessons are available with a maximum of 30 students total. Parents are encouraged to help and will receive trail pass and equipment for the duration of the lesson if helping. 970-887-0547 • Click here to register at

If feeling sick, please stay home!  All events pending current Covid restrictions.

Current COVID-19 Information

Nordic skiing remains one of the safest outlets available for both individuals and families. With the COVID-19 pandemic, things are constantly changing and adapting to meet current conditions and best safety practices. Please be sure to check individual Nordic Centers and businesses as well as our local local and state government websites for current information, restrictions and resources:

Local Information from Grand County:

State-wide Information for Colorado:


Competitive Programs

School Programs

Adaptive Program

cross country ski Snow Mountain Ranch to Fraser to Granby Trail

Featured Event: Ranch 2 Ranch Trek - February 11 & 12

Nordic Ski from Snow Mountain Ranch to Granby Ranch. This is an untimed event on a marked route, Snow Mountain Ranch trails to Fraser-Granby Trail to Granby Ranch trails. Ski 12 km one way or ski over & back 24 km round-trip. Ski trails are groomed for classic & skate cross country skiing & snowshoeing. Door prizes & Granby Ranch lodging discount available to event registrants. Register online at, call 970-887-0547, or register on-site. Cost is $35 for members, $40 for non-members, and $45 starting Fri, Feb. 10th.