XC Skiing & Snowshoeing

From tracked and groomed meadow trails to steep backcountry climbs, Grand County, Colorado has a Nordic experience awaiting skiers of every level. Several commercial centers and a multitude of backcountry sites give skiers and snowshoers plenty of options to choose from.

Where to Cross-Country Ski in Grand County: Top Trails

Grand County is a premier destination for cross-country skiers. Take a look at these trail recommendations and you'll quickly see why. Learn more.
Beyond the Nordic center trails, many cross-country skiers and snowshoers seek out our vast backcountry trails. After all, 70% of the county's area is public land. For more detailed information on the following areas, consult these links:

  • Byers Peak Wilderness
  • Indian Peaks Wilderness
  • Never Summer Wilderness
  • Vasquez Peak Wilderness
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Arapaho National Forest
  • Arapaho National Recreation Area
  • Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest

The various Nordic centers, local retail shops, and ski clubs are staffed with experienced skiers and snowshoers who can provide valuable information about permits and accessing these remote areas. Also, there are great trails all around the Winter Park and Fraser Valley. Stop by the Winter Park Visitor Center to pick up a map and ask our friendly staff for suggested trails and where to rent skis.