By Tyra Sutak
Nordic is a term typically associated with snow, skiing, and the high-country—but did you know that Boulder has its very own Nordic club and local cross-country skiing trails? We say Nordic because it covers two different disciplines most popular for Boulderites: skate skiing and classic, or cross country. Swing a bag of quinoa at Whole Foods and you’ll hit 13 skate skiers.
For Nordic skiers of all levels looking to partake in the sport without leaving Boulder’s city limits—look no further. For years, North Boulder Park has been a hub for “flatland” skiers. Although nothing compares to the experience of strapping in and skiing through Colorado’s scenic mountains, the park offers a convenient location, is free of charge, open to the public, and includes some pretty amazing views of the Flatirons. It’s a super bonus that you get to get your workout on, and close to your home at that. If South Boulder is your ‘hood, you’ll find dedicated trails and plenty of space at The University of Colorado Boulder’s South Campus. This location is also open to the public at no charge and like North Boulder Park, is groomed during the winter months by local non-profit organization—The Boulder Nordic Club.
The BNC is a 501c3 whose mission is to “provide and support cross-country skiing in Boulder,” and they do that by grooming North Boulder Park and the CU South trails when the weather permits. Relying on memberships, sponsorships, donations and volunteers, the Boulder Nordic Club stays busy cultivating local awareness for the sport from October to April. The organization also provides up-to-date information regarding trail conditions through their Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow them and stop by for a Like to get their updates in your Facebook news feed.
While the Boulder Nordic Club works hard to maintain and further the Nordic scene for locals, the folks at Boulder Nordic Sport stay busy outfitting them. For beginners new to the sport or out-of-towners just visiting the area—BNS’s equipment rental program is a great way to go. Daily rental fees for a full set-up of skis, boots, and poles range from $45-$75 and weekly full set-up rental rates range from $150 to $375. If you’re looking to purchase skis or outfit yourself with other cross-country skiing gear, Boulder Nordic Sport also provides those services along with personal coaching programs, camps and clinics, insight on Nordic events and races happening in Colorado, and free wax clinics on Thursday nights.
Visit Boulder Nordic Club for more info regarding groomed Nordic trails in and around Boulder and stop by Boulder’s very own Boulder Nordic Sport for a look-see to satisfy your inner gearhead because you know you need one more winter sport in your repertoire.