Not a fan of downhill skiing or lift lines? For those seeking a different winter activity, cross country skiing near Estes Park can be a great way to discover the beauty of the mountains and enjoy the peaceful surroundings that winter brings, all while getting a good workout. If you are worried you need to be an expert skier to enjoy this activity, don’t. There are many guided tours, lessons, and beginner terrain to choose from to help get you started. Read further on how to get started cross country skiing near Estes Park.


With any sport or activity, it is always best to invest in or rent good gear. Having a set of lightweight, waxless skies and comfortable boots will make your experience more enjoyable.

For excellent rental equipment head to the Estes Park Mountain Shop.

Dress in layers

Cross country skiing in an active sport. And while it may be cold out, you will work up a sweat. So, dressing in layers is ideal so you can shed a layer or two to maintain a comfortable temperature. Be sure to wear clothes that are made of wool, or other moisture-wicking fabrics. Adding a wind-resistant layer will also help to cut down on the chill if it happens to be windy.

Take a look around

While of course you will be admiring the beautiful scenery around you, be sure to also be aware of your surroundings when it comes to other skiers. Always look up, whether you are heading uphill, downhill, or simply on flat ground. You want to make sure you are aware of other skiers in front of you to avoid collisions.

Take a lesson

Before you venture out for your first time, it might be helpful to take a lesson at one of the many shops in town. They will be able to teach you the fundamentals that will provide you with a safe and solid foundation that mitigates the risk of falling.

Beginner trails

Rocky Mountain National Park offers several beginner trails such as Sprague Lake – the Glacier Basin Campground Loop or just around the lake itself. Bear Lake is another beginner option inside the park. Another great option is Trail Ridge Road. Closed to vehicles in the winter, it is a great place to explore cross country skiing near Estes Park.   

Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, water, and food

As always when doing most activities in Colorado, you want to make sure you pack enough water, food, and sunscreen. With the higher elevation and dry climate, hydration is key. Food is helpful to help refuel your body and of course, sun protection is essential for those sunny Colorado days.

Stay at Rocky Mountain Resorts

Complete your winter escape in Estes Park and retreat back to one of Rocky Mountain Resorts cozy cabins – the perfect place to relax after a long day of cross-country skiing near Estes Park. Our affordable rates and comfortable lodging are your best options for your Estes Park getaway.