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Vail Nordic School

SPECIALIZING IN BACKCOUNTRY TOURS AND ADVENTURES.

Snowshoe, Cross-Country, and Backcountry ski tours for all levels. Come explore the wilderness around Vail on one of our group tours or privates. We also offer Telemark on Vail Mountain. Explore a side of Vail you’ve never seen before! Visit the Vail Nordic School desk in Golden Peak.

All group tours & lessons for ages 14 and up unless otherwise noted.

Vail Nordic School activities are operated under special use permit with the White River National Forest.


Our group leaders will take you into the surrounding wilderness as you learn about the area history, wildlife and natural surroundings. All abilities welcome. For privates see specialty tours. 


Daily Group Tours 
  • 10am-12:30pm 
  • Cost $98: Includes all equipment (snowshoes, boots and poles)  


Full Day Tour (minimum 2 needed for tour to go out)

  • Fridays 9am-3pm
  • Cost $141: Includes all equipment (snowshoes, boots, poles & pack)  
  • Please bring a lunch, some snacks. Water provided.

Please arrive 35 minutes prior to all tour start times to get outfitted, etc.

For more information, visit the Vail Nordic School at Golden Peak, call 970-754-3200 or 970-754-3210.


Nordic sports has a lot to offer the vacationing Vail guest. Now that you know the health benefits of cross-country skiing and Nordic sports, here are some enriching experiences you can have while on Nordic gear.

Professionally Guided Tours: Sign up for one of our many private or group tours and have a guide show you some of the wilderness trails surrounding Vail while giving you a different perspective on techniques and your surroundings.

Flora and Fauna: Whether you go with a guide or with family and friends, Nordic activities helps you slow down and observe so much more of the beautiful trees and winter wildlife that’s all around you in the Rocky Mountains.

Unparalleled Vistas: Venturing into the wilderness and backcountry around Vail is the greatest reward when you’re participating in any Nordic sport. 

Take a day to try something completely new or sharpen your existing Nordic skills.

Cross-Country Lessons & Tours 

Our tours for the beginner on up utilize the spectacular wilderness areas that surround Vail. Cross-Country skiing is where it all started. Come join us! We will meet at the Golden Peak Nordic Desk at 9:30am. Reservations are not required. For privates see specialty tours.

Beginner XC Classic Lesson & Tour

• Mon., Wed., Fri,. Sat. 
• 10am-1:30pm 
• Cost: $98 (includes all equipment)

Intermediate XC Tour

For the classic XC skier who understands the basics and wants to get miles in while still improving technique.

• Tues., Sun.
• 10am-1:30pm
• Cost: $98 (includes all equipment)

All Day XC Tour (minimum 2 needed for tour to go out)

For those looking to enjoy the entire day out, put more miles in and dive deeper into the winter backcountry.

• Thur.
• 9am-3pm 
• Cost: $141 (includes all equipment: skis, boots, poles & pack)

Please bring lunch, some snacks. Water provided. 

XC Workshops (space limited to 14)

Our workshops are designed for all levels of XC classic skiers looking to learn some more skills and are designed to give you more information on how to safely utilize the backcountry setting verses being on set track.

• Jan. 9 and Feb. 27
• 9am-3pm 
• Cost: $109 (pre-register and save $10, call 970-754-4390) (includes all equipment: skis, boots, poles & pack)

Please bring lunch, some snacks. Water provided. 


Please arrive 35 minutes prior to all tour start times to get outfitted, etc.

For more information visit the Vail Nordic Desk at Golden Peak, or call 970-754-3200 or 970-754-3210.


Nordic sports has a lot to offer the vacationing Vail guest. Now that you know the health benefits of cross-country skiing and Nordic sports, here are some enriching experiences you can have while on Nordic gear.

Professionally Guided Tours: Sign up for one of our many private or group tours and have a guide show you some of the wilderness trails surrounding Vail while giving you a different perspective on techniques and your surroundings.

Flora and Fauna: Whether you go with a guide or with family and friends, Nordic activities helps you slow down and observe so much more of the beautiful trees and winter wildlife that’s all around you in the Rocky Mountains.

Unparalleled Vistas: Venturing into the wilderness and backcountry around Vail is the greatest reward when you’re participating in any Nordic sport. 

Take a day to try something completely new or sharpen your existing Nordic skills.

Telemark is the art of skiing downhill with your heel and body free to move in a more natural way.  Come and free both your heel and your mind. Join us to learn new on-mountain skills or just improve your current abilities. Also check out our great backcountry ski experiences.

 

Telemark Lessons Beginner 

  • Tuesdays 9:30am-12:30pm  
  • Levels 2-4
  • Cost: $98 
 Note: please arrive at Golden Peak Nordic Desk 30 minutes prior to start time with all equipment.

Telemark Lessons Intermediate 

  • Tuesdays 1-4pm  
  • Levels 5-7
  • Cost: $98 
Note: please arrive at Golden Peak Nordic Desk 30 minutes prior to start time with all equipment.

Free Heel Fridays (Tele never-evers)
Time to try something new? Then join us for Free Heel Fridays. Geared to the first time Telemarker 

  • Fridays 1-3pm
  • Cost: $42 (Lesson only)
  • Minimum of 2 students required
Note: please arrive at Golden Peak Nordic Desk 30 minutes prior to start time with all equipment.

Vail Telemark Workshops 

  • Coed workshops: Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 6, Mar. 5
  • 9am-3pm  
  • All levels welcome  
  • Cost: $109 (pre-register and save $10, call 970-754-4390)

Note: please arrive at Golden Peak Nordic Desk 30 minutes prior to start time with all equipment.

Private Telemark Lessons  

  • Half Day: 9am-12:30pm / Full Day: 9am-3:30pm (based upon availability)
  • Good for up to 6 people 
  • Reservations required
  • Cost: Half Day $650, Full Day $885

Backcountry Ski Tours
Backcountry touring - what’s it all about? Skins, beacons, probes, shovels? Join us for a day and put it all together by learning the basics of backcountry travel. Bring your Tele, AT, or Split Board and find out.

  • Wednesdays 
  • 9am-3pm 
  • Cost: $141 (includes ski skins, shovels, probes, beacons) ( Minimum 2 - Max 4 people) 
Please arrive 35 minutes prior to all tour start times to get outfitted, etc.


For more information visit the Vail Nordic School at Golden Peak, call 970-754-3200 or 970-754-3210.


Nordic sports has a lot to offer the vacationing Vail guest. Now that you know the health benefits of cross-country skiing and Nordic sports, here are some enriching experiences you can have while on Nordic gear.

Professionally Guided Tours: Sign up for one of our many private or group tours and have a guide show you some of the wilderness trails surrounding Vail while giving you a different perspective on techniques and your surroundings.

Flora and Fauna: Whether you go with a guide or with family and friends, Nordic activities helps you slow down and observe so much more of the beautiful trees and winter wildlife that’s all around you in the Rocky Mountains.

Unparalleled Vistas: Venturing into the wilderness and backcountry around Vail is the greatest reward when you’re participating in any Nordic sport. 

Take a day to try something completely new or sharpen your existing Nordic skills.

All Nordic Products are offered as Privates, either as half-day or full day programs as well as our specialty programs below. These include; Snowshoe, Cross-Country Ski Tours, Backcountry Ski Tours, Family Tracks or Fitness Tour. Let us help you meet your Nordic and backcountry desires and needs. Note: Telemark lessons are not included in below pricing see Telemark Privates. Also check out our play more and save with the Nordic sampler. 

To book or for more info on any of these offerings, call 970-754-4390. 

Half Day: 

  • 9:00am-12:30pm or 1:00pm-4:30pm. 
  • Cost: $220 for 1 guest, $330 for 2 guests, $42 for each additional guest (up to 7).

Full Day: 

  • 9:00am-3:30pm. 
  • Cost: $330 for 1 guest, $460 for 2 Guests, $53 for each additional guest (up to 7). 
  • All equipment provided with exception of Backcountry Ski Tours, for these you must provide your Tele, AT, or split board gear. 
  • All Levels welcome for most tours. Call for more info. 


Reservations highly recommended 72 hours in advance or more during holidays. 

 

Back Country Tour: Join us on your Tele, AT, or Split Board gear for a day of learning back country travel techniques, avalanche awareness, and more.  


Family Tracks: Geared towards parents and kids 5 and older. We will use snowshoes or XC skis based on families desires and availability.


Fitness Tour: Focused on those looking for a bit more push, call 970-754-4390 for more details and times. 

Beacon & Shovel Tour: Spend a day out learning more about backcountry travel, avalanche awareness, how to use the tools of the trade and potential avalanche hazards. 

Nordic Sampler: Geared to the person looking for different Nordic experiences. Join any snowshoe or cross-country group tour, the first 2 days and then on the third day receive a discount and participate in the product you enjoyed most. The 3 tours must be completed in 7 days from the first tour. You pay regular price $98 for day one and two and then on day three it only costs you $23. 

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Classic Cross country Gear

  • Available daily before 9:45am at the Golden Peak Nordic Desk. 
  • Cost: $33/day

Nordic sports has a lot to offer the vacationing Vail guest. Now that you know the health benefits of cross-country skiing and Nordic sports, here are some enriching experiences you can have while on Nordic gear.

Professionally Guided Tours: Sign up for one of our many private or group tours and have a guide show you some of the wilderness trails surrounding Vail while giving you a different perspective on techniques and your surroundings.

Flora and Fauna: Whether you go with a guide or with family and friends, Nordic activities helps you slow down and observe so much more of the beautiful trees and winter wildlife that’s all around you in the Rocky Mountains.

Unparalleled Vistas: Venturing into the wilderness and backcountry around Vail is the greatest reward when you’re participating in any Nordic sport. 

Take a day to try something completely new or sharpen your existing Nordic skills.

A Complete Guide To Nordic Sports


A History of Nordic Sports


cross country skiingLong before it was a sport, cross-country skiing was a necessity of daily life as a form of transportation from Scandinavia to Siberia.

It seems to have evolved into a sport sometime in the late 18th century, when more reliable forms of transportation were developed.

Cross-country skiing hit the big time when it was featured in the 1988 Olympics, though many people have been practicing the recreational form (also known as touring) for a couple of centuries.

Over the past few decades the genre evolved, and now, Nordic sports also include Telemark skiing, snowshoeing, AT touring and splitboarding.


The Best Workout in the World


If you thought downhill skiing or snowboarding kept you in great shape, try a day on a pair of cross-country skis and you’ll understand why these athletes are so unbelievably fit.

This is because Nordic skiing uses virtually every muscle in your body to propel you forward. In fact, many experts recommend that you spend time strength conditioning before you begin cross-country skiing as a serious hobby.

Because Nordic skiing uses both the “push” and “pull” muscles on both your upper and lower body and uses your core to keep you stabilized, there is virtually no other sport on earth quite as effective at keeping you in peak physical health and helping you burn calories.

In fact, cross-country skiing burns more calories per hour than any other sport or exercise, maxing out at nearly 1,100 calories per hour.


5 things that you can only experience while cross-country skiing in Vail


cross country skiingNow that you know the health benefits of cross-country skiing and Nordic sports, here are some enriching experiences you can have while on Nordic gear.

Professionally Guided Tours: Sign up for one of our many private or group tours and have a guide show you some of the wilderness trails surrounding Vail while giving you a different perspective on techniques and your surroundings.

Flora and Fauna: Whether you go with a guide or with family and friends, Nordic activities helps you slow down and observe so much more of the beautiful trees and winter wildlife that’s all around you in the Rocky Mountains.

Unparalleled Vistas: Venturing into the wilderness and backcountry around Vail is the greatest reward when you’re practicing any Nordic sport. 

Nordic sports have a lot to offer the vacationing Vail guest. Take a day to try something completely new or sharpen your existing Nordic skills. Whatever you like, the mountain is your playground.

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