Read below for Granby's complete guide to nordic and cross country skiing for the 2022-2023 season. Learn about where to ski, upcoming events and programs, where to find trail conditions, rentals, apparel and more.
Where to Nordic / Cross Country Ski
Snow Mountain Ranch
With 120K of world-class terrain meandering through more than 5,000 acres of pine forest and wide meadows, Snow Mountain Ranch is a must-visit destination for both nordic ski enthusiasts and novices. With more than 30 trails ranging from easy to difficult, a biathlon course, as well as pet-friendly trails, there is skiing for all levels and abilities. In addition, Snow Mountain Ranch offers rentals, lessons, and a full nordic ski shop with gear and apparel.
Granby Ranch offers lift-accessed nordic trails on its East Mountain as well as groomed nordic trails on its golf course. Trails range from easy to difficult.
Additional Nordic Ski Centers and Trails
In the greater Grand County area, nordic skiing is also offered at the Grand Lake Nordic Center and Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Check out Grand Nordic’s comprehensive list of free trails throughout Grand County.
Nordic Ski Events and Races
The following events are located at the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center:
January 7, 2023: Grand Nordic Free Lesson Day
January 14, 2023: SMR Classic Race
January 28, 2023 - February 5: Ski for Light
February 11-12, 2023: Grand Nordic Ranch to Ranch Race
February 25, 2023: Barneloppet (tentative)
March 3-5, 2023: Youth Festival
March 11-12, 2023: Stampede Race
Grand Nordic, the official Nordic Club of Grand County, provides information about the local Nordic centers, trails, and youth programs, as well as backcountry reports and conditions.
Current Trail Reports & Conditions
Check the Snow Mountain Ranch website for Grooming & Trail report. Information about backcountry cross country and additional trails can be found at Grand Nordic News and Headwaters Trails Alliance Trail Conditions.
2023 Grand Nordic Kids Learn to Ski Program
This program offers ski instruction for children ages 5-10, skiing games, winter nature activities, and ends with a Nordic Ski Festival and prizes for all. The program will be offered Fridays 1:00-2:30pm, January 20 - February 24, 2023, with no classes February 3. Classic, skate and never-ever lessons are available with a maximum of 25 students total. Learn more >>>
2023 Granby Cross Country Cruisers Nordic Club
This fun club will introduce participants to the fundamentals of Nordic skiing, increase skiing endurance, teach responsible equipment care, and encourage FUN for all! Kids in 2nd—5th grade (K—1st graders welcome, if accompanied by a parent) are invited. Nordic equipment available for use at no additional fee. Pre-registration required by January 13.
Dates: Wednesdays, January 18—February 22 (no club February 1)
Times: 4:15—6:00 PM
Fee: $50 for the 5 weeks; includes equipment
Location: Meet at Mrs. Ledesma's Kindergarten room at GES and pick-up at the bus loop by the gym; ski at Granby Trails (transportation provided to & from Granby Trails)
2022-2023 Winter Park Nordic Ski Team
Training is held at Snow Mountain Ranch and will consist of technique-specific drills, Nordic games, and long-distance skiing to build endurance, balance, agility, and strength. Both classic and skate techniques will be emphasized and required as a part of practice in order to help the athlete become a better all-around skier. Development, Competitive Development and Competitive Race Team programs are available.
Learn more and register here >>>
Nordic Ski Gear & Apparel
Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center offers a full shop with apparel and gear, everything you need to get out on the trails. The Nordic Ski Swap and Expo held in October is an ideal time to get deals or find both new and used gear.