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2022 Year In Review - Vail Nordic Center

A logo featuring a silhouette of a cross-country skier with the text "Vail Nordic Center".
The image shows a logo with the text "2022 YEAR IN REVIEW" and initials "VRD" for Vail Recreation District.

The Vail Nordic Center had a great 2021-22 season, highlighted by fantastic grooming and course conditions. We continuously recommended the upstairs Grill on the Gore restaurant to our Nordic customers - with the excellent quality of the soup bar and outstanding customer service, it's a great pairing with a jaunt out on the Nordic track! Skiers improved their skills on the track with Next Level skate, classic and AT clinics, and challenged themselves with Town Series Races in Vail and Minturn. Snowshoers and fat bikers continued to take advantage of 10K and 13K of dedicated trails, respectively. Our Nordic Director, Dan Timm, continued to be a great leader to his team while also helping out at many of the winter sports events, including his annual appearance as Santa Claus at the Ugly Sweater Fun Run (Santa also stopped by the Nordic Center).


Best Reviews from 2022 
A snow-covered landscape with mountain peaks, trees, and cross-country ski tracks.
"This was my first experience with cross country skiing so I decided to take a lesson to avoid breaking anything. The most important aspect of the Nordic Center is how knowledgeable and friendly the staff is. The instructor was patient and kind when correcting my clumsy mistakes, and I felt comfortable trekking out on my own after the class. There are multiple trails for varying skill levels, with spectacular mountain views adding zen to the already serene experience. A must do when visiting Vail." - Mary O., Google Review, March 2022
"I arrived early and was able to sign up for the group class. There were 3 of us and our instructor, Bob, was very helpful and patient. I'm very glad I took the class because I wouldn't have figured it out on my own. The facilities were very nice and everyone that worked there was excellent." - Megan D., Google Review, Jan 2022
"Beautiful trails, we saw multiple ice climbers on the cliffs. Everything was well groomed and maintained. Trails were mostly flat but had a few fun hills to go down (around the challenge course). The lodge was really warm and beautiful and it looked like it had a cool restaurant to hangout at. I'd go again for sure." - Thomas B., Google Review, Feb 2022
Group of cross-country skiers at the starting line, ready to race, with twilight sky and snowy landscape.
Over 150 skiers participated in Town Series Races
Two men holding cross-country skis, dressed in winter sports gear, with a snowy mountain range in the background.
Serious Business: We sold 727 season passes to Vail residents and 279 season passes to non-residents
Four smiling women in matching blue ski jackets and knitted hats, standing outdoors in a snowy setting.
Our awesome staff shared their love of Nordic skiing with 489 group lessons participants, 158 private lessons participants and 80 specialty clinic participants
A person dressed as Santa Claus holding skis in a shop with winter sports equipment.
It felt like Christmas in 2022: we got new rental mountain bikes and new demo skis!


More Numbers:

  • Seven specialty clinics throughout the season, offering a mix of skate, classic and AT clinics
  • 68 high school racers bought season passes
  • 22 middle school racers bought season passes
Stylized mountains with trees and a flag with text "2022 YEAR IN REVIEW".