Crested Butte Colorado Cross Country Skiing, Nordic / X-Country

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Cross Country Skiing

Whether cruising Crested Butte's groomed Nordic center or exploring wilderness trails on a day tour, two things remain the same – amazing Colorado views and quiet mountain solitude.

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  • Crested Butte Nordic Center charges $20 for access to 50 km of groomed trails and stunning vistas.
  • The Nordic center also rents skate and classic packages for $20 a day.
  • Go ski touring in the Crested Butte backcountry with a trail map available at the local BLM office.


Nordic skiing, an activity almost as hold as the snow itself, has become very popular with the advent of fast-paced skate skiing and growing interest in backcountry touring. A relaxing way to enjoy alpine trails, it's a heart-healthy activity that beginners learn quickly.

Where to go Cross Country Skiing

For groomed trails, it hardly gets better than the Crested Butte Nordic Center. $20 buys access to 50 km of trails. Open daily from 8:30 to 5 PM December through March (pending conditions), the Nordic center is located on the free bus route right near downtown.

Grab a map at the local BLM office and hit wilderness trails. Slate River Valley, Gothic Road and Washington Gulch are popular beginner areas, while Brush Creek is recommended for intermediate and advanced skiers.

Guided Tours & Rentals

The Crested Butte Nordic Center offers free introductory skate skiing clinics, $45 hour group lessons and rentals for $20.

Other Cross Country Skiing Resources

Crested Butte Nordic Center

The Crested Butte Nordic Center maintains nordic trails and encorages the enjoyment and participation of nordic and skate skiing.