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Not just a world-class downhill skiing destination, Aspen is home to one of the largest FREE nordic trail system in the United States. More than 60 miles of groomed trails connect Aspen and Snowmass and traverse public lands and private property, including golf courses. Aspen's nordic trails are funded by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, operated by the City of Aspen, and overseen by a volunteer board of Nordic enthusiasts, the non-profit Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council.
Aspen cross-country trails are groomed for both classic cross-country skiing and skate skiing, and some trails are dog-friendly!
For information about rentals, lessons, and tours, see the Aspen Cross Country Center link below.
Ashcroft Ski Touring
Beyond Aspen's Nordic Trail System, the Ashcroft cross-country skiing trails include 35 kilometers of groomed trails on a pristine nature preserve. Even better, Pine Creek Cookhouse is at the end of the route, offering an unforgettable dining experience after your ski tour. Guests can purchase a trail pass, rent equipment, join a tour, or sign up for group or private lessons at the Ashcroft Touring Center. For details, see the link below.
Aspen Cross Country Trail Etiquette and Rules
- Dogs are only permitted on designated trails with some leash-required zones.
- Walkers are allowed on dog-friendly trails.
- Snowshoeing is allowed on the groomed trails, but snowshoers are asked to not step on the classic ski tracks.
- Fat-tire snow bikes are only permitted on the Rio Grande Trail and trails at Marolt Open Space.
- Many trails pass through private property, and trail users are asked to stay on the trail to respect our generous homeowners.
- Don't forget your sunscreen, water, and extra layers!