Snowshoe Western Colorado Style

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Snowshoeing in Western Colorado offers endless options to explore the back country in winter. Many of Western Colorado’s nordic centers and ski areas cater to the snowshoers, many with groomed trails and equipment rental. Snowshoeing offers a cost effective way of being out and about in the winter time. Below are links to nordic centers in ski areas, with the interactive map offering even more options for showshoeing.

What to wear:

■ Base layer: wool socks, thermal underwear (tops and bottoms)
■ Middle layer: long-sleeved shirt or fleece jacket
■ Outer layer: Waterproof jacket, gloves, snowpants and hiking shoes or boots; hat, & snowshoes
■ Other items: Polarized sunglasses; water; ski or trekking poles; gaiters, daypack with extra socks, sunscreen, first-aid kit, camera, snacks

Where to Go:

■ Check out out map guide for some of the many locations here in Western Colorado.
■ National and State Parks provide areas for snowshoeing.
Nordic Centers that offer showshoeing and cross country ski trails:
■ Aspen/ Snowmass Nordic Trail System: 80 Kilometers of groomed trails; one of the largest free cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trail system in North America (Trail Map).
■ Crested Butte Nordic Center: more than 50 kilometers of trails (Trail Map).
■ Gunnison Nordic
■ Purgatory
■ Steamboat Springs:  Haymaker Nordic Center, Steamboat Springs Ski Touring Center
■ Telluride TopAlten Nordic and Snowshoe Area.
■ Vail Nordic Center: 17 kilometers of cross country ski trails, and 10 kilometers of snowshoeing trails (Trail Map).


■ A sampling of Western Colorado Snowshoe Trails: