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Winter Trails Day (annually, in January)

Category: Skiing Biking & Other Sports Last Updated: Monday, 04 May 2015


Winter Trails Day is a nationwide event, with free or discounted access to many cross country (nordic) ski trails and snowshoe trails, free tours, free rentals, and that sort of thing.


For 2014, Keystone Nordic Center, Devil's Thumb Ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, and Pagosa Springs Golf Course have events planned for Winter Trails Day.


For 2014, Winter Trails Day is Saturday January 11, 2014.


Winter Trails Day Events in Colorado:

Keystone Nordic Center
Keystone is offering a free cross country ski lesson at 1pm. Be sure to get there around 12:30 to get your equipment first. You must sign up in advance by calling the Keystone Nordic Center directly, their number is: 970-496-4275. Check the Keystone Nordic Center web site for more information on this excellent cross country ski and snowshoe area.

Devil's Thumb Ranch 
Free group lesson, equipment, and trail pass for children 12 and under.

Vista Verde Ranch, Steamboat Springs
Free trail pass, call ahead for reservations, (970) 879-3858.

Pagosa Springs Golf Course
Free learn to X-C ski clinic. Skate and classic ski techniques will be presented by top skiers. No registration is required but you must either have your own equipment or rent equipment from a shop in the area (they offer discounts if you mention the free clinic). There is also a free sunset soup and chili ski social on January 10th. Check the Pagosa Nordic web site for details.

Check the Winter Trails site for the full schedule and offerings: go