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Nordic Skiing Throughout The Valley

Enjoy Nordic Skiing at many locations throughout Grand County! Devil's Thumb Ranch, & Snow Mountain Ranch are two of the premier locations to explore the Valley throughout Grand County.

*Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies
With nearly 120km of trails nestled in the pristine and private Ranch Creek valley at the base of the Continental Divide, we’re the premier Nordic center for Colorado and North American cross country skiing. In fact, we were recently named #3 Best Cross-Country Ski Resort in the 2017 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Whether you enjoy skate, classic or snowshoeing; there are exhilarating experiences waiting to happen.

Novices can start the day with a private or group lesson from one of our friendly instructors. More seasoned Nordic enthusiasts will find our advanced technique clinics helpful. And, of course, a wide variety of quality cross country ski equipment is available for purchase or rental – including child sleds and skijoring rigs. Dogs on leashes are welcome on our dog-friendly trails. Our Nordic Center and ski trails are open daily during ski season. With a daily trail pass, you can pay one rental fee that allows for skiing and showshoeing that day.

Ski & Snowshoe Trail Passes Full Day
Adults: $22
Seniors (Over 65): $15
Kids (Age 6-12): $10
Kids (5 and under): Complimentary
5-Punch Pass (Transferable): $99
10-Punch Pass (Transferable): $185
Day passes include use of Ice Rink

Ski & Snowshoe Rentals
Adults: $25
Seniors (65 & over): $15
Kids (12 & under): $10
Demo ski rentals: $40

Group Lessons
$40/person one hour
Ages 13+

Excludes rental and trail pass
Offered at 10:30 am, 1:30 and 3:30 pm
$55/child one hour
Ages 6 - 12
Includes rental and trail pass
Offered at 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday

Private Lessons
$50/one hour
Excludes rental and trail pass
Offered at 9am, 12pm and 3pm

Advanced Coaching
$90/one and a half hours
Excludes rental and trail pass
Includes video analysis
2 person maximum


Snow Mountain Ranch’s Nordic Center has more than 100 kilometers of trails accommodating everyone from the first-time cross-country skier or snowshoer to the elite racer. Beginners can ski on short loops around the Nordic Center while the experienced racer can train on longer trails with steeper climbs. Beyond cross country skiing, families and groups can enjoy ice skating, sledding & tubing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides.

Single-Day Cross-Country Skiing or Snowshoe Trail Pass
Adult: $20
Children 6-12: $10
Children 5 and younger are free
Your canine companion can even join you on some of the trails, but remember, leashes are required!

2015-2016 Winter Rental Rates
Equipment Rental Rates (Half Day begins at 1pm)
Adult Classic or Snowshoe: $18 / Half Day: $14
Adult Skate / Performance: $22 / Half Day: $17
Child (12 and under) — $10 Half Day — $8
Nordic Lessons (one-hour, group lessons available at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.,
private lessons available at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
Group (per person): $25
Private: $45
Additional person: $25
Please call the Nordic Center at 888-573-9622 to schedule your lesson.\

Learn to Ski Package (equipment rental, trail pass, one hour group lesson)
Adult: $50
Child: $40
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