Best Places to Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski in Colorado

Ready to embark on an outdoor adventure this winter? Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are favorite pastimes of many Coloradans, and our state is home to an abundance of trails and Nordic centers for these activities. Whether you’d like to stay close to your apartment in Boulder or make a day trip, the spots we share here are among the best in our state for winter sports:

Breckenridge Nordic Center

Breckenridge Nordic Center is the premier venue for skiing and snowshoeing in Breckenridge. If you’re a newcomer to skiing, drop in for a lesson before you embark on your journey through the mountains. In addition to great trails for skiing and snowshoeing, private Snowcat adventures are also available.

Brainard Lake Recreation Area

Brainard Lake Recreation Area is located in Boulder County. This destination offers several miles of multi-use trails and its high elevation helps keep these paths snowy longer than other nearby options. Wildlife enthusiasts and those looking for a more secluded experience will enjoy a day at Brainard Lake Recreation Area, as this location is lesser-known and home to an abundance of wildlife such as deer, moose, and more.

Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System

If you’re planning on a day trip or a weekend stay, the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System is an excellent choice. This trail system continues to grow thanks to community support, and the trail system now encompasses Aspen, Snowmass Village, and Basalt with connected trails. As one of the largest free trail systems in the country, this Nordic Trail System is ideal for skiers and snowshoers of any experience level.

Eldora Nordic Center

Eldora Nordic Center is less than an hour drive from Boulder and offers 40 kilometers of trails that wind through alpine meadows and old-growth forests. Season passes are available so you can enjoy skiing or snowshoeing any time the Nordic Center is open. When you need to fuel up after your cross-country excursion, there are several local restaurants nearby.

Our state is well-known for its natural beauty and excellent venues for skiing and snowshoeing. Whether you’re an experienced skier or you’d simply like to try a new winter pastime, there are plenty of great trails near Boulder. If you’re ready to find a new apartment in Boulder to suit your lifestyle, our community may be the perfect fit. In addition to our convenient location, our grounds feature an abundance of green space and outdoor amenities, including a community garden and fire pits. We offer several floor plans, from studio apartments to spacious three-bedroom townhomes. Interested in learning more about availability? Please contact our team to arrange a virtual showing.

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