Skiing doesn’t always mean downhill.
For those who aren’t keen on the idea of downhill skiing, there are tons of other ways to get out into the snow. Nordic skiing is a popular sport between locals and visitors alike. For those looking for an intense morning cardio, or a peaceful ride through the valley, there is something for everyone! If you’re trying your hand at nordic skiing, we have compiled local trails from beginner to expert levels below!
Ski Touring Center
For those who are new to the sport, a trail well-traversed by locals is positively the way to go. Steamboat Ski Touring Center is an ideal place to try your hand at this sport. The Ski Touring Center not only has miles of snowshoeing trails, but they have some of the best cross-country and skate skiing trails around. Keep your eye out for seasonal rentals, multi-day passes or full season passes. Get yourself outside and participating in this awesome sport.
Lake Catamount also provides Nordic tours for skiers. There are tons of trails along Lake Catamount throughout the valleyed area. The property even provides a convenient service rental shop and a log cabin to warm you up post-ride. Therefore, Lake Catamount is a great place to try your hand at Nordic. With plenty of easy terrain, this is a great choice when strapping on your Nordic skis for the very first time.
Haymaker Nordic Center
Haymaker is another similar trail system to Lake Catamount. Large vistas and groomed tails provide easy terrain, great for the meandering Nordic skier. It is maintained for beginners, making this an ideal place to test the waters. However, this is also a great place for more experienced skiers to work on fine-tuning their own techniques. From great food to better views, this is a fun place to gather with friends.
To avoid the beginner courses and crowds of a Steamboat winter, head to the endless terrain located at Rabbit Ears Pass. There are miles and miles of untamed, ungroomed backcountry trails. Therefore, these trails should be trekked along by the more experienced Nordic skier. In addition, it is also best led by an individual who is familiar with the pass and its dense terrain. Rabbit Ears is located out of the way of civilization, where there are no facilities. Therefore, you should pack your own water, food, extra layers and whatever else you may need — and always be prepared for changing weather conditions.
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