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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.

For all abilities. Our group leaders will take you into the surrounding wilderness as you learn about the area history, wildlife and natural surroundings.

Daily Group Tours 
  • 10:00am-12:30pm 
  • $93: Includes all equipment (snowshoes, boots and poles)  

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 3210.

Beginner Classic Lesson & Tour 

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. All day tours available see privates.

• Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat.
• 10:00am-1:30pm
• Cost: $93 (includes all equipment)

Intermediate XC Tour

For the classic XC skier who has the basics down and wants to get some miles in while still improving technique. All this while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding wilderness.

• Tues., Thur., Sun.
• 10:00am-1:30pm
• Cost: $93 (includes all equipment)

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

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

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.



Vail Telemark Workshops

  • 9:00am-3:00pm  
  • All levels welcome  
  • Coed workshops: Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 7, Mar. 7
  • Cost: $104 (pre-register and save $10, call Joe at 970-754-4390)

Free Heel Fridays
Time to try something new? Then join us for Free Heel Fridays. Geared to the first time Telemarker 

  • Fridays 
  • 1:00 – 3:30  
  • Cost: $40 (Lesson only)
  • Minimum of 2 students required

Backcountry Ski Tour
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 (also offered as private)
  • 9:00am-3pm 
  • Cost: $135 (includes ski skins, shovels, probes, beacons) ( Minimum 2 people) 
Please arrive 35 minutes prior to all tour start times to get outfitted, etc.

Private Telemark Lessons  
  • Half Day: 9:00am-12:30pm / Full Day: 9:00am-3:30pm (based upon availability)
  • Good for up to 6 people 
  • Reservations required
  • Cost: Half Day-see alpine pricing, Full Day-see alpine pricing


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

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. 

For more info on any of these offerings, call Joe at 970-754-4390. 


  • Half Day: 9:00am-12:30pm or 1:00pm-4:30pm. Cost: $210 for 1 guest, $315 for 2 guests, $40 for each additional guest (up to 8).
  • Full Day: 9:00am-3:30pm. Cost: $315 for 1 guest, $441 for 2 Guests, $50 for each additional guest (up to 8). 
  • All equipment provided with exception of Backcountry 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 48 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: For the early riser looking for that workout. We meet at 6:00 AM to get outfitted and head up the mountain to Mid-Vail. Then we are riding the gondola down by 8:30 AM as the rest of the world is just waking up. 

Beacon & Shovel Tour: Spend a day out learning more about back country 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, try a different product 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 $93 for day one and two and then on day three it only costs you $23. 


Cross country Gear

  • Available daily before 9:45am at the Golden Peak Nordic Desk. 
  • Cost: $31/day
Kids Telemark
  • Available at Golden Peak Children’s Rental Center

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.

Professionally Guided Tours: Sign up for one of our many private or group tours and have a guide show you some of the lesser-known trails 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: 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 the wilderness around Vail has 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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