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Important Announcement


Updated March 25: The Vail Recreation District's top priority is the safety and well-being of our residents, guests and employees.

In cooperation with the updated Eagle County Public Health Order plus the Colorado Statewide Stay at Home Order, and in the effort to prevent community spread of COVID-19 and to protect our most vulnerable populations, the Vail Recreation District (VRD) is canceling all programs and events, and closing all VRD facilities, effective March 13 until at least April 16, 2020.

This includes all open gyms, youth sports programs, adult leagues, lessons and clinics, walk-in sports and activities, and private rentals and events.

All VRD facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, including the Imagination Station, Dobson Arena and Vail Gymnastics Center. The Vail Nordic Center pro shop and restaurant are now closed for the season, and we are no longer grooming the trails. If you need to return season rentals, please call 970-476-8366.

With the announced closure of local schools, VRD has made the difficult decision to cancel our after-school program (KidZone) starting on Monday, March 16 until classes resume at Red Sandstone Elementary School.

For questions, please contact the respective department or facility listed here. Please understand that staffing will be limited during this time, and responses may be delayed.


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 8:00 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

2019/20 Daily Rates (click here to purchase your pass online):

Day Passes:
$15 adult day pass (13 and older)
$10 youth day pass (ages 6-12)
Children under 6 are free

Season Passes:
$105 VRD resident adult
$130 non-resident adult
$65 student (ages 13-17 - scholarships available)
$40 student (ages 6-12 - scholarships available)
Children under 6 are free

Rental equipment rates (on-site usage):
$25 Classic package
$30 Skate ski package
$59 AT ski package
$25 Snowshoe package
$27 Snow bike & helmet package - 1/2 day
$20 Youth classic/skate package (12 & under)
$22 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 Clinics
All clinics for the 2020 season have concluded. We hope to see you next winter.
*Sign up at the Vail Nordic Center or call 970-476-8366 as space is limited
*All clinics are 60 minutes long and $40/person, with the exception of the March 25 Alpine Touring clinic which is 90 minutes long and $55/person
*Trail pass is not included in the clinic cost

Beginner Group Lessons (75 min.):
$55 Adults (13 and older)
$45 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.):
$80 Adults (13 and older)
$60 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 (except as noted on March 14) and start at 5 p.m.

Race #1: December 27, 2019 | 5 p.m. | Vail Nordic Center

Race #2: January 22, 2020 | 5 p.m. | Maloit Park in Minturn

Race #3: February 5, 2020 | 5 p.m. | Vail Nordic Center

Race #4: February 26, 2020 | 5 p.m. | Maloit Park in Minturn

Race #5: March 14, 2020 | Wilson Cup 5K, 10K, 20K | Vail Nordic Center


Nordic Map 2020 web