Aspen and Snowmass are considered to be the pinnacle in winter destinations. Many people travel to Aspen and Snowmass every year to ski, snowboard, watch the Winter X-games, or just enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Well, you can actually combine all of these with a cross country or backcountry ski tour on your next vacation!
What Is Cross Country or Backcountry Skiing?
Traditional skiing involves slapping on two skis to your feet and gliding down a steep hill in order to gain momentum. With cross country or backcountry skiing, you do the same but on more flat ground. Rather than relying on gravity to do most of the work for you, you push and glide your way across the snow. This is more efficient than walking and allows you to see some sights often thought impossible to see. There are several different trails across Aspen and Snowmass to take up this amazing method of travel and really enjoy Colorado Cross country skiing.
Snowmass Golf Course Trail
The Snowmass Golf Course Trail is situated right on the grounds of the Snowmass Golf Course. During the snowy months when the course is not playable, visitors can don a pair of cross-country skis to enjoy this beginner trail and learn the basics. After you feel comfortable on the trail, you can venture off onto the Labrador Lane Trail or onto the larger Aspen Snowmass Nordic Trail System a fun weekend of Snowmass cross country skiing.
Snowmass Cross Country Skiing at Owl Creek Trail
The Owl Creek Trail is an amazing connection that links the Buttermilk Mountain Ski Area with the Snowmass Ski Area. This trail links Aspen and Snowmass directly for an overall scenic view of both locations. This is a perfect introduction to the various cross country and snowshoeing trails in the area. If you already have a ski lift pass, we definitely recommend trying this trail out.
The Terminator Trail winds up and down through the forest with stunning views. This is a more challenging trail overall and will require a bit more physical fitness, but if you tough out the trek, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of Snowmass Village.
Maroon Creek Road
Depending on winter conditions, Maroon Creek Road will often be closed to vehicles during the winter from high levels of snow fall. When it’s closed to vehicles, it is immediately safe for Colorado cross country skiing. This is also a more challenging cross country ski trail with some hills, but it’s a wonderful 6.5-mile trail that ends at Maroon Lake.