Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Nordic Center doing differently because of COVID-19?
The Breckenridge Nordic Center is following all state and local requirements. These require masks to be worn inside at all times. Masks are also to be worn in the area immediately surrounding the building when distances of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained between trail users. We are serving groups of 6 or smaller. If you group is larger than 6 people, please register and arrive as smaller parties. Capacities within the building are greatly reduced. Upon your arrival, please send only one person into the building to check in.
-Snowcat tours are only being offered as Private tours
-Due to limited building capacity, please dress to be outside and only enter to check in and use the bathroom.
-If you are renting equipment, please reserve it in advance. This helps us know who to expect and when to expect them. Only one person from each group should enter the building to check in. Once you have checked in, please wait to receive a text or call from us letting you know your equipment is ready.
We are providing food service but food must be taken outside to be consumed. We are not allowing food to be consumed inside at this time and masks must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times while inside out facilities.
Social distancing is required inside the building. Please maintain 6 feet or more from others.
I’ve never Cross Country Skied before. Will I be able to do it?
If you haven’t downhill or cross country skied before you’ll probably find it easier than you imagined with an of hour of instruction. However, to really understand it and have the most fun, take a Group or Private Lessons that will bring you quickly up to speed and experiencing the joy of gliding across snow. We have lessons for both Classic and Skate Skiing and for all ages and abilities.
Can Children Nordic Ski or Snowshoe?
If they can walk, they can learn to glide and ski! They can pick it up very quickly. Snowshoeing will be a simple new task for them as well. Just remember, young children can tire quickly when trying something new. Start with a short easy trail and know you can always turn around if the trail is too long. If they aren’t old enough to walk, we have “Pulk” sleds that are warm and ventilated and they can be easily towed.
What to wear?
Most people tend to overheat while Cross country skiing and snowshoeing so light layers are better than one heavy insulated layer. That way you can shed layers if you get too warm. Always avoid cotton as it holds moisture. If you are used to downhill skiing, dress a little lighter since you wont be sitting on a windy lift. Remember to bring a water bottle, handi-warmers, glove liners and gloves, a headband or hat, shell jacket with vest, neck gator, thermal undershirt and pants. Sunscreen and sunglasses are very important for protecting against the high UV we have at high-altitude. We do carry these supplies at the Nordic Center for purchase.
How long will it take to cross country ski or snowshoe?
You can come and experience our trails and Lodge for an hour, part of the day, or all day. It’s up to you. We have a series of trails and destination huts which allow you to tailor your time for you what feel like doing.
Does the gear rental come with poles?
Yes, boots, skis, bindings and pole are included in your rental package and the package includes both skiing and snowshoeing gear for one price. If you start with skiing, you can always trade your skis out for snowshoes at no additional charge.
Do the gear rental prices include everything, or is there a charge to go on the trails?
Trail Passes are $25 per day for ages 13-64 and $20 for Seniors 65+. Kids 12 and under ski free and will only need to pay for rentals. We also have multi-day trail punch passes which are good for a year and also offer Nordic Season passes for unlimited skiing all season long from mid-November to mid to late-April. Season passes are available here. Day tickets can be purchased at the Nordic Center front desk when you arrive. We also have multi day passes to help you save money if you decide to frequent the trails but don’t want a season pass.
Should we reserve rental equipment for skiing or snowshoeing in advance or just show up?
Due to COVID-19 we are strongly recommending that you make an online reservation before you come. You can still ski or snowshoe as long as you want but the system will ask you to select a designated time for your equipment pickup. If you are new to Cross Country Skiing, choose the “basic classic” package as this will be the easiest to learn on. To reserve your equipment, choose the “Book Now” tab at the top of this page to get started. We have a large inventory of new, used and Demo gear for rent and purchase. Ask about our “Try Before You Buy” equipment program, and we’ll return your day of rental price when you buy.
Do I pay when I get there?
Our new system allows you to pay in advance for all ski lessons, snowshoe tours, trail passes, rentals and Snowcat adventure rides. You will only need to pay for any items you add to your reservation. To reserve any of these items, click the book now tab at the top of this page. Walk-ins will be permitted and assisted as space allows.
Once I have the gear, I can come and go into the lodge as often as I like, correct?
Due to Covid regulations currently in place (November 2020), we are asking guests to stay outdoors unless they are getting equipment or using the bathroom. There is no food or drink currently allowed in the building.
Are lockers available?
We do not have locker rooms, but our staff will happily store valuables for you at no charge. We do ask that whenever possible, personal belongings are taken with you or stored in your vehicle. Our space is limited so please do not leave personal items in the lounge or retail area.
Does the shuttle bus drop off at the Nordic Center?
Yes, it stops right at our front door. You can either come up Ski Hill Road and we’re 1/2 mile from downtown Breckenridge on the right, off of Grandview Drive. Or, if you’re coming down from Peaks 7&8, the Black Route Free Ski & Ride shuttle bus will drop you off, but you’ll have to ask the driver for the Breck Nordic stop. You can view the free bus schedule here. You can find us from stops 219 and 213.
Are pets allowed at the Breckenridge Nordic Center?
Pets are not allowed at the Lodge, but we do have some Dog Friendly trails on Peak 7. We are on the edge of the Town of Breckenridge’s “Cucumber Gulch Preserve” with a Protective Management and town codes for No Dogs. Our USDA, Forest Service permit does allow dogs on trails for Skiing and Snowshoeing in the New Nordic World, Upper Peak 7 groomed area. You can get a trail pass at the lodge and our staff can show you how to access our dog friendly trails which are just a 10 minute drive from the lodge. Please be aware that all of our dog friendly ski trails are blues and blacks only. We do not have any beginner terrain that allows dogs.