Photo courtesy of Grand Junction VCB
Photo courtesy of Latigo Ranch
In Colorado, a simple pair of cross-country skis can launch you into thickets of snow-laden trees, silent white meadows and tracks running parallel to frozen creeks. Colorado’s more than 20 Nordic centers are a sure way to get on the snow quickly and start discovering the state’s winter wonderland.
Many of the Nordic centers are near or connected to Colorado’s ski areas and resorts, but there are also ranches, clubs and nonprofit organizations that maintain networks of cross-country trails each winter. The centers’ groomed routes, lessons, equipment rentals and warming huts with post-trek hot chocolate make exploring snowy landscapes a breeze.