Winter is coming. For most of us here in Colorado we can’t wait for those first few snowflakes to appear, as temperatures drop our excitement grows for a new season of skiing and outdoor adventure. There is no better place to enjoy the variety of winter outdoor activities than in beautiful Gunnison Colorado. Most of us are very familiar with traditional downhill skiing, however if you haven’t had a chance to try Nordic or cross-country skiing you simply must!
Nordic skiing basically means that your heel is not attached to the ski. This style of skiing dates back thousands of years and has been extremely popular in Europe for decades. However, its popularity is growing stateside. Nordic skiing is much easier on the joints that downhill and you can enjoy courses for a fraction of the price of traditional ski resorts. It’s a wonderful combination of physical exercise set in a beautiful and tranquil environment. Picture gliding at your own pace through the woods and literally over snow covered hills.
A short drive or bus ride from Gunnison is the Crested Butte Nordic Center. Their mission is to be the “Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado”. They have over 50 kilometers of groomed trails, ski and snow shoe rental, private lessons, clinics and even “fine yurt dining experiences” there is something for all skill sets and adventurers just a short 30 minute ride away.
Opening day was November 14th and adult day passes start as low as $18.00 per person. Pet lover bonus: bring your furry friend along to enjoy the beautiful scenery for just $5.00 more. If you prefer to leave your vehicle in Gunnison you can catch the Gunnison Valley RTA bus and let them shuttle you.
After a long day of enjoying the mountains you can come back to Gunnison and visit one of the many restaurants or bars before returning to your hotel to sit in an outdoor hot tub – putting a perfect end on an amazing experience. Don’t forget to book your room today at the newly remodeled Days Inn & Suites. Take advantage of what Gunnison and the Days Inn & Suites have to offer – enjoy the best Nordic skiing in Colorado while spending a fraction of what most do for a winter ski vacation.