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 private or group tours.  We also offer Telemark on Vail Mountain. Explore a side of Vail you’ve never seen before!  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.

 

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

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. We meet at the Golden Peak Nordic Desk. Reservations are not required. For private tours, see privates tab. All guests are provided equipment & water.

Beginner XC Classic Lesson (On Set Track)

  • Tuesday/Thursday
  • 1PM -3:30PM
  • Cost: $107 (includes all equipment)

Beginner XC Classic Lesson & Tour

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday
  • 10AM -1:30PM
  • Cost: $107 (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/Thursday/Saturday
  • 10AM -1:30PM
  • Cost: $107 (includes all equipment)

 

For more information visit the Vail Nordic Desk at Golden Peak, or call 970-754-3200 or 970-754-3210 between 8:30 & 9:45 AM.

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 private tours, see privates tab.

Snowshoe Wilderness Tour 

  • 10am-12:30pm, Daily
  • Cost $107: Includes all equipment (snowshoes, boots, poles & water)
  • All Abilities 

NEW! Snowshoe Plus 

  • 9am-12:30pm, Tues & Thurs. 
  • Cost $125: Includes all equipment (snowshoes, boots, poles & water)
  • For those looking for a more advanced experience 

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

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 help 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.

For more information, visit the Vail Nordic School at Golden Peak, call 970-754-3200 or 970-754-3210 (between 8:30 & 9:45 AM).

 Private Nordic Adventures

All Nordic Products are offered as Private Tours, either as half-day or full-day programs, in addition to our specialty programs below. Includes: Snowshoe, Cross-Country Ski Tours, Backcountry Ski Tours (note this tour has a max of 4 people), and Family Tracks Tour. Let us help you meet your Nordic and backcountry desires and fitness needs.

Telemark lessons are not included in below pricing, see Telemark & Backcountry tab. Check out our play more and save with the Nordic sampler.

Half Day:

  • 9:00AM - 12:15PM or 1:00PM - 4:15PM
  • Cost: $245 for 1 guest, $370 for 2 guests, $49 for each additional guest (up to 7XC or 8 SS)
  • All equipment provided with exception of Backcountry Ski Tours, for these you must provide your Tele (rentals available), AT, or split board gear.  Please note, split boarders need to bring their own skins.

Full Day:

  • 9:00AM - 3:30PM
  • Cost: $370 for 1 guest, $520 for 2 Guests, $59 for each additional guest (up to 7 XC or 8 SS)
  • All equipment provided with exception of Backcountry Ski Tours, for these you must provide your Tele (rentals available), AT, or split board gear.  Please note, split boarders need to bring their own skins

NEW! Specialty Tours:

  • Customized tours for your group such as wine & cheese, Avalanche Awareness, all days with picnic
  • Pricing varies based on customization 

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

Rentals

Classic Cross Country Gear & Telemark Gear

  • Available daily before 9:45AM at the Golden Peak Nordic Desk
  • Cost: $38/day

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

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.

Please arrive at Golden Peak Nordic Desk 35 minutes prior to start time with all equipment for all activities.


Telemark Programs

Telemark Lessons Beginner

  • Sundays 12:45 - 3:45PM
  • Levels 2-4
  • Cost: $107

Telemark Lessons Intermediate

  • Sundays 9:00AM - 12:00PM
  • Levels 5-7
  • Cost: $107

Vail Telemark Workshops

  • Jan 12., Feb. 9, March 9 
  • 9AM - 3:30PM
  • All levels welcome
  • Cost: $120 (pre-register and save $10, call 970-754-4390)

Private Telemark Lessons (based upon availability)

  • Half Day: 9AM - 12:00PM / 12:45 - 3:45PM
  • Full Day: 9AM - 3:30PM
  • Good for up to 6 people
  • Reservations required
  • Cost see Alpine privates pricing

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.

Backcountry Workshops

  • Dec 15, Jan 19
  • 9AM -3:30PM
  • Intermediate Skiers and above
  • Cost: $120 (pre-register and save $10, call 970-754-4390) (includes skins (for AT & Tele) , shovels, probes, beacons, packs if needed, and water)
  • Note: please arrive at Golden Peak Nordic Desk 35 minutes prior to start time with all equipment
  • If you have your own Avey Gear bring it and learn to use it

For more information visit the Vail Nordic School at Golden Peak, call 970-754-3200 or 970-754-3210 between 8:30 & 9:45 AM.