There’s no shortage of amazing things to do in Breckenridge during the winter months. And even better, you’ll never have to go too far to find something fun to do – especially when you stay in one of our vacation properties. Their convenient locations (on and near the golf course) mean that during the winter months, you’ll be just moments from the Gold Run Nordic Center, which has an ice skating rink as well as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and fat bike trails. On your next Breckenridge vacation, don’t miss out on all that the Gold Run Nordic Center has to offer!
If you’ve never been snowshoeing before, the Gold Run Nordic Center is the perfect place to start. Snowshoe rentals are available on site and there are about six miles of clearly marked snowshoeing trails, varying in ability levels from beginner to advanced. You can explore these trails on your own or you can take one of their guided tours.
The tours vary in length from 1.5 to 4 hours and they also vary in difficulty, from easy to strenuous. During the tours, you’ll learn about the area’s flora and fauna as well local history. If you’re in town at the right time, you can also opt for one of their New Moon or Full Moon Snowshoe Parties, which give you the chance to experience the forest at night.
If you’d prefer to spend your time cross-country skiing, you’ll find over 16 miles of trails at the Gold Run Nordic Center. There are trails for all levels of cross-country skiers and you’re sure to enjoy some wonderful scenery regardless of which trail you choose.
For those of you who are new to cross-country skiing, daily group lessons are available. You can also schedule private instruction if you prefer. Additional clinics are available for adults and children who would like to fine tune their skills. Ski rentals are available.
Fat bikes, also known as snow bikes, have grown in popularity in recent years. At the Nordic Center, fat bikes are allowed on all the trails, however some trails have restricted use on certain days. You can rent fat bikes by the hour or, if you’d really like to explore the trail system, opt for a half-day rental and get in as much as you can!
The outdoor ice rink at the Nordic Center typically opens for the season in January. If you have your own skates, there’s no cost to use the rink. But if you find yourself in Breckenridge without your ice skates, rentals are available on site. Treat yourself to some lovely views as you take some turns around the rink.
More About the Gold Run Nordic Center
In addition to offering rental equipment, the Nordic Center has a pro shop stocked with all the winter equipment you might need. There’s a clubhouse, which is the perfect place for relaxing in front of the fire after a long day of exploring the trails. Daily and multi-day passes are available. The center is typically open daily from December to the end of March (although dates are weather-dependent). Hours of operation are from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.