Vail Nordic Center


Vail Nordic Center

Nordic Ski, Snowshoe and Fat Bike Trails | Rentals | Group & Private Lessons | Retail Pro Shop | Races | Restaurant

When snow blankets the Vail Golf Club, it becomes the full-service Vail Nordic Center. Glide along 17 kilometers of daily-groomed skate and classic track, or snowshoe on 10 kilometers of scenic trails. For a new experience, check out our 13K of fat bike trails and fat bike rentals! The exceptional staff offers daily lessons on classic and skate skiing and specialty clinics on technique and tuning for adults and children, plus a wide variety of rental equipment is available.

The Nordic Center also serves as a one-stop shop for all your backcountry needs including clothing, backpacks and snowshoes. The pro shop carries a full line of Fischer, Salomon and Rossignol skis and boots; Swix, Salomon, Patagonia, Bjørn Dæhlie, Kari Traa and Dynafit clothing; Atlas and Crescent Moon snowshoes, and the valley’s most comprehensive waxes - Swix and HWK.  Rentals are available for classic, skate and backcountry skis, snowshoes, fat bikes and sleds to pull kids. The Vail Nordic Center is also an official Rossignol demo center.

Nordic Center Highlights:

  • On-site rentals for skate and classic skiing, alpine touring, fat tire bikes and helmets, plus backcountry skis and snowshoes
  • Daily lessons for classic and skate skiing; regular clinics for Nordic and alpine touring skiing
  • Group snowshoe tours
  • A full-service retail shop featuring a variety of merchandise for outdoor endurance sports, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, running, hiking, as well as Nordic ski equipment
  • A Nordic lodge area for changing shoes and warming up before or after your Nordic adventure
  • Full-service shop for ski waxing, repair and binding mounting
  • On-site restaurant serving hand-crafted soup buffet lunch and hot drinks daily

Vail Nordic Center

1775 Sunburst Drive, Vail, Colorado

Phone: 970-476-8366

Status: The Vail Nordic Center is now closed for the season.

Parking for Vail Nordic Center users is free at the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse.

The Vail Nordic Center is also accessible via the Clubhouse stop on the Golf Course loop of the free Town of Vail bus system.

The Vail Nordic Center will close for the season on Sunday, April 9.

Current Trail Conditions

Teaching Loop  Open  Groomed
Sunburst Loop  Open  Groomed
Soccer Field Connector  Open  Groomed
The Plunge  Open  Groomed
Ptarmigan  Open  Groomed
Ben Here  Open  Groomed
Soccer Field Loop  Open  Groomed
Frickers Freeway  Open  Groomed
Stable Flats  Open  Groomed
Brick Hill  Open  Groomed
Training Loop  Open  Groomed
Thirteen  Open  Groomed
5K Bridge  Open  Groomed
Chicken Ridge  Open  Groomed
Gore Creek Flats  Open  Groomed
Designator Loop  Open  Groomed
Designator Hill  Open  Groomed

The Vail Nordic Center is now open for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking. Come in to our pro shop where you can also get geared up and buy your season pass (or purchase online)! To buy a VRD resident pass, you must have proof of residency (i.e. utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage statement, etc.)

The Nordic Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the winter season. The Nordic Center track is maintained and groomed daily at 8 a.m. for skate and classic skiing. If six inches of snow falls by midday after grooming, the snowmobile with the sled will be pulled over the 5K loop for additional grooming.

The Grill on the Gore restaurant in the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse offers a signature soup and chili lunch, as well as snacks and hot drinks to warm up and recharge.

An evening race series as well as larger weekend events offer opportunities for competition, while daily lessons in classic and skate skiing and specialty clinics will offer the chance to learn and practice new skills.

2022/23 Nordic Pricing

Day Passes

$22 Adult day pass (13 and older)
$17 Youth day pass (ages 6-12)
Children under 6 are free

Season Passes (Buy your season pass online, or come into the shop!)

$125 VRD resident adult
To buy a VRD resident pass, you must have proof of residency (i.e. utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage statement, etc.)
$160 Non-resident adult
$85 Youth (ages 13-17 - scholarships available)
$60 Youth (ages 6-12 - scholarships available)
Children under 6 are free

Rental equipment rates (on-site usage)

$32 Classic package
$37 Skate ski package
$74 AT ski package
$32 Snowshoe package
$37 Snow bike & helmet package - 1/2 day
$25 Youth classic/skate package (12 and under)
$29 Sled (to pull children - no off-site rentals)

Interested in trying multiple activities?
Rent equipment for one activity and get 50% off your second rental for the same person on the same day!

Lessons and Clinics

The Vail Nordic Center's PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America)-certified instructors have one goal - to make cross country skiing easy and fun. A short lesson will provide technique tips to develop new skills, build confidence, and open up new aspects of the sport. A variety of lessons are offered to meet your needs and specialized clinics take place throughout the season.

Beginner Group Lessons (75 min.):

$65 Adults (13 and older)
$55 Youth (12 and under)
• Group lessons offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
• Group lessons focus on classic skiing
• Trail pass and rentals are not included in the lesson cost

Private Lessons (60 min.):

$99 Adults (13 and older)
$69 Youth (12 and under) 
• Additional charges for multiple skiers
Trail pass and rentals are not included in the lesson cost
• Classic or skate skiing

Group Snowshoe Tours (75 min.):

$59 Adults (13 and older)
$49 Youth (12 and under)
Please call the pro shop at 970-476-8366 to schedule your tour!

Skate & Classic Ski Clinics:

$59 Adults (13 and older)
$49 Youth (12 and under)

Alpine Touring Ski Clinics (90 min., includes rentals):

$99 Adults (13 and older)
$79 Youth (12 and under)
• Focus on alpine touring technique, AT bindings and climbing skins usage 

2023 Clinic Schedule (Wednesdays at noon, 75 min):

Jan. 4 - Next Level Skate Clinic
Jan. 18 - Next Level Classic Clinic
Feb. 1 - Next Level Skate Clinic
Feb. 15 - Next Level Classic Clinic
March 1 - Alpine Touring Ski Clinic (90 min.)
March 15 - Next Level Skate Clinic
March 29 - Next Level Classic Clinic

• Trail pass is not included in the clinic cost
• Call 970-476-8366 to register as space is limited.

The Vail Nordic Center also offers demo days, waxing clinics and more.

2023 Vail Nordic Town Series Races

These races are put on by Ski & Snowboard Club Vail
Day-of, on-site registration | $5 for 1K & 3K races, $10 for 5K and up
Early season racers should have headlamps!

Jan. 11 - Vail Nordic Center
Freestyle Race
4:30 p.m. 1K & 3K
(youth races - U14 and under)
5 p.m. 5K

Jan. 25 - Maloit Park

Freestyle Race
4:30 p.m. 1K & 3K
5 p.m. 5K

Feb. 8 - Maloit Park Freestyle Race
4:30 p.m. 1K & 3K
5 p.m. 5K

March 25 - location TBD (Vail Nordic Center or Maloit Park)
3K, 5K & 20K
10 a.m.

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