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
  • 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 open for classic and skate skiing, fat biking and snowshoeing. The pro shop is open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Winter | All Ages

When the snow falls, the Vail Nordic Center operates on the Vail Golf Course and has programs for all ages and abilities. During the winter, the Nordic Center offers classic and skate skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.

Current Trail Conditions

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

The Vail Nordic Center is open for the 2023/24 winter season. Come into the pro shop to 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.) Day passes are now for sale and are available in the pro shop.

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.

2023/24 Nordic Pricing

Day Passes

$24 Adult day pass (13 and older)
$19 Youth day pass (ages 6-12)
Children under 6 are free

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

$130 VRD resident adult
To buy a VRD resident pass, you must have proof of residency (i.e. utility bill, lease agreement, mortgage statement, etc.)
$180 Non-resident adult
$90 Youth (ages 13-17 - scholarships available)
$65 Youth (ages 6-12 - scholarships available)
Children under 6 are free

Rental equipment rates (on-site usage)

$35 Classic package
$40 Skate ski package
$79 AT ski package
$35 Snowshoe package
$40 Fat bike & helmet package - 1/2 day
$27 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.):

$69 Adults (13 and older)
$59 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.):

$109 Adults (13 and older)
$79 Youth (12 and under) 
• Additional charges for multiple skiers
Trail pass and rentals are not included in the lesson cost
• Classic or skate skiing

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 

2023/24 Clinic Schedule (Wednesdays at noon, 75 min):

Skate and Classic Clinics are designed for Nordic skiers with experience. If you are a beginner, we recommend a group or private lesson.

  • Wed, Dec. 20: Next Level Skate
  • Wed, Jan. 3: Next Level Classic
  • Wed, Jan. 17: Next Level Skate
  • Wed, Jan. 31: Alpine Touring Clinic 90 minutes (beginner)
  • Wed, Feb. 14: Next Level Classic
  • Wed, Feb. 28: Next Level Skate
  • Wed, March 13: Next Level Classic
  • Wed, March 27: Next Level Skate
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!

2023/24 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!

  • Wed, Dec. 27: Vail Nordic Center - Holiday Themed Race, 1K Kids Race, 3K & 5K
  • Mon, Jan. 22: Maloit Park - 1K Kids Race, 3K & 5k
  • Wed, Feb. 14: Vail Nordic Center - Valentines Day Themed Race, 1K Kids Race, 3K & 5K
  • Sat, March 23: Maloit Park - 3K, 5K & 20K

2023 Vail Nordic Ski Swap

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Vail Nordic Center (1775 Sunburst Drive) for the annual SSCV Vail Nordic Swap! Buy or sell skate, classic, backcountry, Alpine Touring and telemark skis, snowshoes and other related gear and clothing. Entry is $5 per person and free after 12 p.m. - everything is 50% off after 12 p.m.

Gear check-in will take place on Friday, Nov. 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 11 from 8 to 9 a.m.

For more info, call 970-476-8366 or visit skiclubvail.org/events/vail-nordic-swap/

This event is organized by and benefits the Ski & Snowboard Club of Vail!

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