You may already know that Crested Butte is the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, but did you know it’s the Nordic Skiing Capital, too? Every year the Crested Butte Nordic Center grooms 50 kilometers of trails in the upper Gunnison Valley, while Gunnison Nordic grooms a large trail network in Hartman Rocks, other places further down the valley, and a few places in town.
Between Gunnison and Crested Butte are several forest service roads that are left un-plowed in the winter. These roads become popular multi-use areas and are fantastic for access farther into the backcountry. They may or may not be groomed for Nordic skiing.
If you plan on cross-country skiing outside of the Crested Butte Nordic Center or the area surrounding Gunnison, please check the Crested Butte Avalanche Center to learn about the avalanche risks of the day.