Cross Country Skiing
Driving north into the self-titled Ski Town USA in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the first ski area one passes isn’t the famed downhill resort, but a new center for cross-country skiing.
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Cross-country, or Nordic, skiing is one of winter’s greatest outdoor pleasures. Cross-country skiers can glide through urban parks after a winter storm, explore the deep backcountry on skinny skis and head for a cross-country ski center for marked trails.
The Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and Nordic Center offers top notch cross country skiing trail system as well as a unique fine dining experience in a yurt at 10,800 feet.
The public has access to 11 kilometers of the Cordillera Nordic Center at this private area west of Vail. Also, ice skating and sledding are available. Guests can stay for the weekend at the Lodge at Cordillera. Also, Bearcat Stables offers sleigh rides and dinner packages at the Timber Hearth restaurant at Cordillera.
CBS4 caught up with Walt in a February snowstorm as he hit Cheesman Park for a little cross country skiing.
Grand Mesa is one the world’s largest flat-top mountains. There are three groomed trail systems and five backcountry trails for cross country skiers and snowshoers. They are managed by the Grand Mesa Nordic Council.
The 40 kilometers of trails for cross country skiing at Eldora are protected by trees from the high winds that can hit the area. Located right next to the alpine runs, the Nordic Center offers rolling ups and downs, making it a great place to train.