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Nordic Skiing and snowshoeing dates back as early as 600 BC. More than five millennia ago, Scandinavians strapped on skinny skis as their main form of transportation during the winter. This type of skiing wasn’t designed for the rush of the downhill, but a practical way to travel across the country over snow. To experience the tradition firsthand, visit one of Breckenridge’s two Nordic centers. Each Breckenridge Nordic Skiing center showcases breathtaking terrain and provides lessons and rentals for those who want to try a little touring.
Breckenridge boasts more than 50 kilometers (30 miles) of perfectly manicured cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails between the town’s two Nordic Centers. If exploring some historic mining ruins on your own is more your style, the Breckenridge trail system offers hundreds of miles of ungroomed trails to explore.
Gold Run Nordic Center
200 Clubhouse Drive, Breckenridge CO 80424 (Breckenridge Golf Course), 970-547-7889
With 27 km of impeccably groomed classic and skate cross-country ski trails, 10 km of specific snowshoe trails, an ice skating pond, sleigh rides, a Clubhouse restaurant, Nordic skiing lessons for all abilities and a fashionable retail shop, the Gold Run Nordic Center is a great place for the beginner and experienced outdoor enthusiast. Other offerings include guided snowshoe tours, ice skating, fat bike rentals, bonfires for special events, and horsedrawn sleigh rides with the option to add dinner. Ski enthusiasts can wax their own skis in the newly remodeled wax room. Dogs are permitted on several of the trails at GRNC. When it’s time to head inside, warm up with a drink in the comfortable lodge building next to the stone fireplace.
Breckenridge Nordic Skiing & Snowshoe Adventure Center
9 Grandview Drive, Breckenridge CO 80424, 970-453-6855
More than 40 kilometers of wonderfully groomed Breckenridge Nordic skiing trails and snowshoe-specific trails await all abilities at this Nordic Center nestled on the mountain below the ski resort. At the base of the Ten Mile Range, one half-mile from Main Street on Ski Hill Road, idyllic trails weave through the gorgeous Cucumber Gulch Nature Preserve for great views, wildlife viewing and peaceful quiet in the surrounding National Forest.
Equipment rentals, lessons, snack bar, and professional staff are on hand to get you on your way. Ski and snowshoe trails vary from intimate woods, to open meadows, to the get-away-from-it-all feel of the New Nordic World area with breath-taking mountain views and a chance to warm up in the snug Hallelujah Hut. Dogs are allowed on the trails in this section as well. Ask about the snowcat adventure tours.
The town’s interconnected trail system offers countless miles of trails to be explored on Nordic skis, touring skis or snowshoes. These same trails can be hiked or biked in the summer, but during the winter months they provide amazing access to the vast winter backcountry. Breckenridge has hikes for every ability level at various distances. Gear can be rented through Breckenridge’s Nordic centers; local shops throughout town can also get you equipped for a day of exploring. Not sure where to go? Trail maps are available at the Breckenridge Welcome Center at 203 S. Main Street or can be downloaded here. Call 877-864-0868 for more information.