Winter Outdoor Action & Adventure

Being active in the winter is part of the joy of living in the mountains. Cold winter nights bring sunny, bluebird days, perfect for adventuring on mountain or through trails.

Nordic Center & Snowshoeing

Make sure to add Nordic skiing to your routine for a guaranteed heart-pounding workout. The Mountain Course has 11 kilometers of professionally groomed track for skate and classic skiing, private and group snowshoe tours and ski instruction. Heading out under the Colorado blue sky instantly amplifies the day.  

Located at the Cordillera Mountain Course Golf Shop, adjacent to the TimberHearth restaurant, it feels like Cordillera's best kept secret. Kids (and kids at heart) swoop down the sledding hill, located next to the Nordic Center pro shop.

The Nordic track opens mid-December for the season for property owners at no fee. It is open to the public as well. For more information about guest/public access, skate/Nordic ski rental and snowshoe rental, please call 970-926-5100.

In addition to the track at the Mountain Course, Cordillera also grooms a track on the Short Course for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and dog walking.

Cordillera’s expansive trail system (PDF) remains open in the winter to cater to snowshoeing enthusiasts.

Winter Groomed Trails

Trail NameLocationDate GroomedNotes
Reindeer RunShort Course3-21-21Spring conditions, use caution
Camino Del NorteDivide3-21-21Spring conditions, use caution
Upper El Mirador LoopDivide3-17-21Spring conditions, use caution
Quarter Horse LoopTerritories2-16-21Spring conditions, use caution
Fox Trotter LoopTerritories2-16-21Spring conditions, use caution
Territory TrailTerritories2-16-21Spring conditions, use caution

Outdoor Ice Rink

There's little as rewarding as the sound of the thwack of a puck or skates slicing the ice. Cordillera property owners spend hours on the ice, located on the tennis courts at the Athletic Center of Cordillera. The rink, which feels like it is at the edge of the world, has over 7,000 square feet of skating surface and is available for both free and hockey skaters with scheduled times designated for each usage.  

Hockey and figure skates are available free of charge at the Athletic Center. Liability forms and identification are required to borrow skates. Benches and rubber mats by the rink provide a convenient location to lace stakes and protect the blades.

The rink opens December 10, 2020, and remains open mid-February (depending on weather).

Sleigh Rides

A horse-drawn sleigh ride is a quintessential part of a Rocky Mountain experience. Nestle under cozy blankets and let the world gently go by with Indian summer Outfitters at Bearcat Stables. From December to April, Indian Summer Outfitters offers sleigh ride and dinner services Wednesday through Saturday. It's a truly magical experience like no other.

Vail Gondola Club

The Vail Gondola Club is a private, members-only ski club located in the Vista Bahn building at the top of Bridge Street in the Vail Village, just steps from Vail’s Gondola One. This location and the club amenities take skiing convenience to a whole new level.

Begin and end your perfect ski day in the comforts of this handsome club. Offering ski-in, ski-out access, continental breakfast service, après ski service, boot drying, outsourced ski tuning, rental programs and much more. This premiere recreational and social amenity is a home away from home to share with family and friends.