If you haven’t downhill or cross country skied before, you’ll probably find it easier than you imagined with a brief introduction. Check out our online video tutorial for great free intro. However, to really understand it and have the most fun, take a Group or Private Lesson that will bring you quickly up to speed and experience the joy of gliding across snow. We have lessons for both classic and skate skiing and for all ages and abilities.
Cross Country Skiing at the Nordic Center
Started by Gene Dayton in 1969, The Breckenridge Nordic Center and the Dayton family have been sharing their passion for cross country skiing with the visitors and locals of Breckenridge for 55 years.
From the earliest days of cutting trails and wooden skis, to the modern use of Italian-made Snowcats and state-of-the art snowmaking and ski equipment, the local family operating Breckenridge Nordic Center maintains their passion for the sport, its charm and welcoming atmosphere, and their desire to help people enjoy the winter sport of cross country skiing in Breckenridge.
How it Works
Cross country skis allows you to glide through the woods efficiently on variable snow covered terrain.
We groom and re-groom trails daily to give you the best experience and the most efficient experience when cross country skiing in Breckenridge. For a warm up or as a first timer, start with the easiest beginner trails marked as “green” on the map and move to more intermediate terrain (blue trails) as your balance and skill progress. Our advanced “black” terrain is sure to thrill even the most experienced skiers.
We pride ourselves on our passion for customer service and sharing our love for winter sports with all who visit. Since 1969, our family has been sharing our passion for the sports we love and the winter wonderland we call home. Great for families looking to make a memory or individuals seeking a mountain respite.
Whether you are skiing, snowshoeing, or trying both activities, the natural wonders of some of Breckenridge’s most beautiful terrain await you and your family. Our trails offer breathtaking views and are a peaceful escape from the busy life of downtown and the downhill resort.
Cross country skiing is one of the very best activities for the human body. This low impact, full body sport is bound to improve your balance, core strength, and fitness. Touted as one of the world’s best lifelong sports, cross country skiing will help you find the healthiest you. Explore the peace of the wilderness on snowshoes with little to no learning curve all while gaining great exercise benefits and enjoying spectacular views.
Frequently Asked Questions
If they can walk, they can learn to glide and ski! Children often pick it up very quickly. Snowshoeing will be a simple, new task for them as well. Just remember, young children can tire quickly when trying something new. Start with a short easy trail and know you can always turn around if the trail is too long. Hot chocolate upon your return to our warm lodge is always a great motivator.
Most people tend to overheat while cross country skiing and snowshoeing, so a few light layers are better than one heavy insulated layer. That way you can shed layers if you get too warm. Always avoid cotton, as it holds moisture. If you are used to downhill skiing, dress a little lighter since you won’t be sitting on a windy lift. Our pro shop carries high quality brands and everything you might need for your adventure including hats, gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, socks, jackets, pants and water bottles. Our expert staff can also help you choose from our massive selection of new and used skis, boots poles and snowshoes should you wish to own your own gear.
Walk-ins are always welcome and our kind and friendly staff will get you started in-person with rentals and trail passes, or you can book your trail pass and rental online by selecting the book now page above. Remember, you can save $5 per adult rental by booking online in advance. Beginner Group Lessons and tours for ages 13 and up can also be booked using the book now tab above. Private lessons or snowshoe tours for families with young children (6-12) or intermediate and advanced lessons can be booked over the phone at (970) 453-6855.