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. 

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers Needed!

Interested in volunteering this winter? We are looking for volunteers to help from January 20-22, 2022 during the Junior National Qualifying Races at Snow Mountain Ranch. Volunteer sign-in and sign-out will occur at the Leggett Building at Snow Mountain Ranch. To...

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Grand Nordic Corner January 6, 2022

Grand Nordic Corner January 6, 2022

Wow, the storms have not disappointed!  We got two months of snow in less than two weeks and it’s still coming.  The words of the day are PATIENCE and KINDNESS.  Grand County is short of workers anyway and whoever is out there is trying their best to get a job done. ...

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XC Backcountry Report January 12

XC Backcountry Report January 12

Loads of snow and high winds have created a dangerous snowpack in the local mountains. This slope at the Second Creek Headwall last weekend is testament to the potential size and hazards that are out there. Photo by Kim Headberg. Cold Temps Keep Trails Firm The onset...

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FREE Kids Friday Lessons • Jan. 7 – February 25, 2022

The Kids Nordic Ski Program on Fridays from January thru February 2022 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 January 21st & February 18thPre-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 snowmountainranch.org

Masks and social distancing are required. If feeling sick, please stay home!  All events pending current Covid restrictions.

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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Ranches

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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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: www.co.grand.co.us/COVID19

State-wide Information for Colorado: covid19.colorado.gov

Events

Competitive Programs

School Programs

Adaptive Program

Nordic race at Snow Mountain Ranch

Snow Mountain Ranch Classic Race

Saturday, January 15, 2022

A classic-only Nordic race at YMCA of the Rockies, Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center. Come and experience the scenic beauty and challenging trails of Snow Mountain Ranch in this early season classic-only event. Challenge yourself to the single lap 7.5K course, or double your enjoyment and ski two laps on the 15K course.