The Nordic Center
The Nordic Center is now closed for the season, though the trails remain open and ungroomed. Snow Mountain Ranch’s Nordic Center has more than 100 kilometers of trails accommodating everyone from the first-time cross-country skier or snowshoer to the elite racer. Beginners can ski on short loops around the Nordic Center while the experienced racer can train on longer trails with steeper climbs. Beyond cross country skiing, families and groups can enjoy ice skating, sledding & tubing, snowshoeing and sleigh rides.
Looking to participate or register in our new Snow Mountain Ranch Fat Bike Series? How about a FREE Guided Snowshoe or Nordic Ski Tour? Check out our events page here
The Skinny Ski Café is closed for the season.
Season Pass Options:
YMCA of the Rockies Family Membership –$250-1 year, $600-3 year (Includes usage of ski and snowshoe trails, ice rink, tubing hill, swimming pool and Kiva Rec Center, as well as access to our Estes Park Center.)
Join Devil’s Thumb Resort and Snow Mountain Ranch season passes are $300 per person for the 2015-2016 season. You may purchase your joint season pass at Devils Thumb Nordic Shop.
Single-Day Cross-Country Skiing Trail Pass
or Snowshoe Trail Pass:
Complimentary to YMCA of the Rockies members and overnight guests
Adult: $20 (includes a day pass)
Children 6-12: $10 (includes a day pass)
Children 5 and younger are free
The Nordic Center’s full-service ski shop is where you will find great deals on lessons and rental packages. We also have the latest cross-country ski gear and apparel for sale. To re-energize, visit the Skinny Ski Cafe and enjoy a light snack or warm up with a bowl of soup and a sandwich.
More than 20,000 skiers per year visit our property covering 5,200 acres of mountain meadows at an altitude of 9,000 feet. Your canine companion can even join you on some of the trails, making sure that both you and your pup are getting a good workout – but remember, leashes are required!
Hours of operation during ski season:
Daily: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2015-2016 Winter Rates
Equipment Rental Rates (Half Day begins at 1pm)
Adult Classic or Snowshoe — $18 Half Day — $14
Adult Skate / Performance — $22 Half Day — $17
Child (12 and under) — $10 Half Day — $8
Child Carrier Rentals
Pulk 1/2 day — $10
Pulk Full Day — $15
Chariot Full — $22
Nordic Lessons (one-hour, group lessons available at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., private lessons available at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.)
Group (per person) —$25
Private — $45
Additional person — $25
Please call the Nordic Center at 888-573-9622 to schedule your lesson.
Learn to Ski Package (equipment rental, trail pass, one hour group lesson)
Adult — $50
Child — $40
the Program Department at (970) 887-2152 x4135 to schedule.
Complimentary Admission for YMCA of the Rockies members and overnight guests
Skate Rental — free for members and overnight guests. Rental included in day pass purchase for non-members and non-overnight guests (Day Pass — $20).
Tubing & Sledding Hill
Complimentary Admission Pass for YMCA of the Rockies members and overnight guests
Sled and Tube Rental — free for members and overnight guests. Rental included in day pass purchase for non-members and non-overnight guests (Day Pass — $20).
Friday and Sunday, through the Grand Nordic Ski Club
January 8 – February 28, 2016
The Kids Nordic Ski Program offers ski instruction for beginners and more accomplished skiers ages 5-10, skiing games, winter nature activities, and ends with a Nordic Ski Festival. The program operates on Friday and Sunday from 1:00-2:30 pm. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to lessons. Equipment and trail pass are provided for the duration of the lesson. Call the Nordic Center at 888-573-9622 for further information and to register.
Snow Mountain Ranch Junior Nordic Race Program
Coaching Philosophy: This is a simple introduction to year round Nordic ski training and how that process is planned and executed. This is a brief and basic explanation of my junior and senior training philosophy. When you are just starting into the processes of training there is much to learn. Time and patience are required.
The training processes that we engage in must have a defined purpose. Individual passion comes from and is fired by the enjoyment of these processes. You also must have a vision and goals for these processes. Your goals, both individual and team, must be measurable and tracked. Each individual is encompassed by a mind, body, and spirit. Being balanced in all three areas will enhance your enjoyment and success in this and any process in life.
There are only three ways to progress and get faster in the sport of Nordic. Physical Training, perfecting Technique, and possessing the best Technical equipment are the three major factors. There are many important sub factors in each and the bottom line is; the fittest athlete, with the highest skilled technical efficiency, who is on the best equipment….is the fastest. Time (lots of it), Patience (lots of it), and Commitment (lots of it) is what it takes to be the best.
Off snow season for Nordic skiing is Spring, Summer, and Fall. These seasons are when most improvements in fitness and technique will be made. Most top senior and junior skiers will ski specific train during this time with some time spent in one or two other sports. If you wish to be a national level skier at any age level, you must train year round in this sport. There are very few exceptions to this generalization. Our ski training will not only make you a better skier, it will make you a stronger, faster, and a fitter athlete for any sport.
Our Nordic training will focus on being ski fit with technique work and lots of general movement and fitness training. Having good and correct equipment is important in achieving quality training. Commit, sign up, and come participate in the training processes that will change how you approach sport and life! All sessions will be at the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center unless otherwise posted.
The sessions will start out at 4:30pm on Wednesday and at 8:30am on Friday and will last for 1.5-2 hours. The dates for the winter are as follows:
November 30, 2015, 5:00pm sign up and orientation at the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center.
December: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 30
January: 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
February: 3, 5, 10, 12, 19, 24, 26
March: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16
The fee for the programming will be $240.00 made payable to Snow Mountain Ranch/YMCA of the Rockies.
Bill Pierce, Head Coach