Have you been struggling to come up with outdoor activities to do in the winter with your family?
Have you considered taking your family on a back country/cross country skiing adventure in Norwood, Colorado?
Cross country skiing in Norwood?
Yes, cross country skiing as well as snowshoeing, ice skating and even snowmobiling are popular winter sports you can do in Norwood, Colorado. And as it turns out, Norwood is a great place to take a inexpensive family vacation and get in some fun outdoor winter activity.
There are a couple of unique points that make winter sports in Norwood special. One of the most obvious and powerful is the solitude and beauty that our backcountry offers. Another is that for each of the locations listed below you can bring your dog, unlike many cross country tracks.
From a beginner’s track that can be found at the San Miguel Fairgrounds to high altitude tracks found near the Lone Cone, just about any level of cross country skier can enjoy the benefits of this low impact sport.
Just starting out: Start at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds Horse Track. It’s a great place to start to learn the basics and a great location that is near town to do a couple of quick laps for a quick outdoor workout.
Thunder Road Hustle: Just about 5 minutes southwest of town you can arrive on public lands that are perfect for cross country skiing, backcountry skiing and even snowshoeing.
6 Mile Busted Arm Loop: Busted Arm is located just off the Snow Mobile Park near Lone Cone. About a 15 minute drive south of Norwood lies our main land mark, the Lone Cone. The Snow Mobile park lies at the base of Lone Cone. Its about a 6 mile round trip to complete.
Backcountry Ski Challenge: For the experienced trekker looking for adventure. Go off the grid and explore the backcountry. Make sure you take a local along that knows the country though to ensure your safe return.
Ready to get geared up?
For those of you that need to rent or buy gear, here is some info that you might find useful while planning your winter time excursion in Norwood, Colorado.
Cascade Bicycle LLC offers cross country ski rentals for the day as well as seasonal rentals. http://www.cascadebicyclesllc.com/
The Nordic Center in Telluride also offers cross country ski daily rentals.
Question: Are you flying in to Telluride or Montrose before coming to Norwood? You will want to make arrangements to get your gear before you come towards Norwood. We are located 65 minutes from Montrose and 40 minutes from Telluride. You don’t want to waste your time driving back to get gear!
Tips from the locals:
Quick Wax- when you are renting your gear, ask for some quick wax. It will keep you going if your skis get a bit sticky.
Consider renting backcountry skis instead of cross country skis. The trails listed above in Locations are not groomed trails, but simply trails or roads that are frequented by outdoor enthusiasts, so backcountry skis are more useful for this terrain.
Stay hydrated- we often don’t drink as much water in the winter as we do in the summer, but its incredibly important. The high altitude as well as exerting yourself can dehydrate you in a hurry.
Pack emergency supplies- you are going cross country skiing in places where its likely that you wont see another human being for days, make sure you notify someone of your whereabouts and pack some emergency essentials.
So what do you say? Are ready to begin planning your backcountry or cross country excursion? Check out your options for overnight accommodations in Norwood, Colorado.