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Vail Nordic School

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.

Why Cross-Country? A Complete Guide To Nordic Skiing And 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 as well as snowshoeing.

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, here are some enriching experiences you can have while on Nordic skis.

Historical Mining Tour: You’ll begin your day with either a cross-country ski or snowshoe at Tennessee Pass and then head up to Leadville for a fascinating day of rich cultural history as you and your guide tour the historical mining museum.

Tour and Spa Day: What could be better than taking a guided tour around the scenic Vail Valley?

Ending your tour at the spa to soothe your sore muscles and relax in lavish indulgence, of course. Choose from a 50-minute massage or facial and other spa services at either the RockResorts Spa at Arrabelle or the Lodge at Vail.

Professionally Guided Tours: Sign up for either a backcountry or Family Tracks tour and have a guide show you some of the lesser-known trails while giving you an interesting perspective on different techniques.

Flora and Fauna: Whether you go with a guide or with family and friends, Nordic skiing 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: Reaching the summit is the greatest reward when you’re practicing any Nordic sport. By the time you reach the top, you’ll want nothing more than to take in the unforgettable views that Vail Mountain and Vail Valley have to offer.

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

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