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2020-21 COVID-19 Rules and Guidelines for the Vail Nordic Center

These rules are to preserve the health and safety of our Nordic Center visitors and staff and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • The Vail Nordic Center is closely following all COVID-19 restrictions imposed by federal, state, and local governments.
  • Staff members will wear masks and practice social distancing with temperatures taken daily. Staff with any COVID-19 symptoms will be sent home.
  • Disposable masks will be available for guests that do not have their own.
  • Frequent cleaning/sanitizing of high touch areas throughout the day.
  • Restroom facilities will be open for guests and staff; hand sanitizer will be available in restrooms.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned/ disinfected twice daily or as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant will be available to the public and employees at or near the entrance of the facility, front counter, ski and boot rental areas. 

Arrival at the Vail Nordic Center

  • The Vail Nordic Center pro shop is limited to six guests in retail shop at one time who must be wearing face coverings.
  • Lockers and showers will not be available to guests until further notice.
  • Traffic will flow in the front door of the shop and out the back entrance of the rental area.
  • There will be Nordic staff outside to meet guests, detail basic information and COVID-19 practices, check in pass holders and sell day passes.
  • All payments for rentals and retail should be done with credit cards. No cash will be accepted.
  • There is no congregating allowed inside or outside the Vail Golf & Nordic Clubhouse.

Retail Area

  • Seating for customers to try boots on in the retail area will be separated six feet apart.
  • Boots will be sprayed with disinfectant after trying on and after each use.

Ski Rental Area

  • After receiving skis, snowshoes, bikes, etc., guests will exit back door to the track (north side of building).
  • Rental returns will be in a separate area and received on the west side of the building.
  • Skis and poles will be sprayed with disinfectant after each use.
  • Renters will then proceed to front entry (main shop entry) to get back to boot room.
  • Two staff members will be in the ski room (one for rentals and one for receiving used equipment).

Food and Beverage 

  • The Vail Nordic Center will sell power bars and drinks; credit card transactions only.

On the Nordic Trails

  • Social distancing protocols will be enforced.
  • Signs will be posted at trailheads and on the course.
  • Skiers and snowshoers must maintain a minimum of six feet apart.


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.

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. 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 with specialty clinics will offer the chance to learn and practice new skills.

Nordic users enjoy:

  • 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
  • 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 recently remodeled 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


2020/21 Daily Rates (click here to purchase your pass online):

Day Passes:
$18 adult day pass (13 and older)
$13 youth day pass (ages 6-12)
Children under 6 are free

Season Passes:
$115 VRD resident adult
$145 non-resident adult
$75 student (ages 13-17 - scholarships available)
$50 student (ages 6-12 - scholarships available)
Children under 6 are free

Rental equipment rates (on-site usage):
$27 Classic package
$32 Skate ski package
$65 AT ski package
$27 Snowshoe package
$30 Snow bike & helmet package - 1/2 day
$22 Youth classic/skate package (12 & under)
$25 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.

Upcoming 2020-21 Clinics
Wednesdays at noon

Dec. 2: Next Level Classic

Dec. 16: Next Level Skate

Dec. 30: Intro to AT Skiing

Jan. 6: Next Level Classic

Jan. 20: Next Level Skate

Feb. 3: Intro to AT Skiing

Feb. 17: Next Level Classic

March 3: Next Level Skate

March 17: Intro to AT Skiing

March 31: Next Level Skate

*Sign up online or call 970-476-8366 as space is limited
*Skate and classic ski clinics are 60 minutes long and $55/adult, $45/youth (12 and under); alpine touring ski clinics are 90 minutes long and $90/adult, $75/youth (12 and under). AT clinics include rentals. 
*Trail pass is not included in the clinic cost

Beginner Group Lessons (75 min.):
$60 Adults (13 and older)
$50 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 is not included in the lesson cost

Private Lessons (60 min.):
$90 Adults (13 and older)
$65 Youth (12 and under) 

*Additional charges for multiple skiers
*Trail pass is not included in the lesson cost
*Classic or skate skiing

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


All races are 5K freestyle races and start at 5 p.m.

Stay tuned for 2021 schedule coming soon!


Nordic map 2021