Grand Lake, Colorado holds a winter title. It is the snowmobile capital of the state, yet is also a place where cross country skiing is alive and flourishing. In fact, it offers some of the best examples of this sport. From smoothly groomed trails to snow-covered virgin trails, it has all the needs covered.
Cross Country Ski Dreams
For those who are avid skiers or who want to try out the sport, Grand Lake has the ideal solution. If you want to start off slow, simply head to the nearby Grand Lake Nordic Center, as it offers you everything you need to take the first few steps. Here you can:
- Take lessons in the basics
- Purchase or rent equipment
- Join others on groomed trails
- Pick the trail that best suits your skill level
- Enjoy before and after ski treats
The Nordic Center, while catering to the needs of those who are beginners, also provides ample trails and training for those who want to become, or already are, advanced. Try out the latest family fun trail, the Scenic River Trail, or lace up for one of their regular special events: Full Moon Skis.
Around Grand Lake
For those who want to try out their skills on their own, rent skis from a friendly Grand Lake retailer. If you already have your own, you are more than ahead in the sport. Depending where you stay in town, you can simply put on your skis and head out for the many trails that circle around Grand Lake. You can also head off and join the adventure of cross country skiing across public lands; however, with the Rocky Mountain National Park so close, one of your first skiing destinations should be the Park.
Cross Country Skiing in Rocky Mountain National Park
From when the snow starts to fall until at least late January, put on your skis and join the rangers in Rocky Mountain National Park. You can ski alongside them as they lead you on a guided cross-country tour from the Kawuneeche Visitor Center at the western entrance. This is one of the best ways to explore the trails in the park during the winter season. It is also a great way for you to meet other enthusiasts and learn more about the park. You can store the information as you head off to your comfortable lodgings in Grand Lake. Here, you can sleep and wake up rested to try the Park on your own or with a friend. Cross country skiing in and around Grand Lake is one of the best ways to create winter memories.