Cross Country Skiing is IN Again

For some of us it was never OUT. Nonetheless, more and more people are either discovering or re-discovering “skinny” skiing. Perhaps it’s the bad economy, or the high cost of Alpine skiing, or the return of the Winter Olympics – or maybe it’s a combination of all of the above. Whatever the reason, the sport of Nordic skiing is resurging in popularity this year.

Here I am skiing on the West Elk trail (Eric's Loop) with Hailey and Zeus

As the new managers of the West Elk Multi-Use Club, Tod and I are out on the West Elk trails every weekend. And we are seeing more cross country skiers than ever before. In fact, the numbers might even double last year’s.

The West Slope is a haven for avid cross country skiers. We’re even starting to get organized with more clubs and activities cropping up.

Rifle Parks & Recreation is sponsoring the Shrine Pass to Red Cliff Cross Country Ski Trip Ride on March 2, 2010. Click on the link for more information.

Our very own local West Elk Multi-Use Club manages the 12-mile West Elk trail system on the Flattops and we share information about local activities. WEMUC member Bruce Kime is offering free-to-the-public Outdoor Education Workshops in February. Skis and snowshoes are not required. Click on the link for more information. 

The White River Nordic Council is a brand new ski club in Meeker. On January 29, they sponsored a Moonlight Ski. They plan ski outings and share trails information.

The Aspen Snowmass Nordic Council supports the Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trails in Pitkin County. Their webpage provides maps and links to information about 90 kilometers of trails and local racing activities.

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council is the granddaddy of regional cross country ski clubs. Their website contains maps and information on Grand Mesa ski trails, plus all things Nordic skiing from equipment to lessons to racing. A great resource!

More Colorado Cross Country Ski Clubs

Looking for equipment? Read How to Buy Cross Country Skis

Thinking about taking a cross country ski vacation? Check out these Colorado Cross Country Ski Resorts

Get out and enjoy Winter!

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  1. Shrine Pass to Red Cliff Cross Country Ski Trip Ride « West Elk Multi-Use Club - February 4, 2010

    […] more information on cross country skiing in western Colorado, read Peggy Tibbetts’ recent blog post. All the links in the post are published in the links section of this […]

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