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Explore the beautiful valleys deep in the heart of the Elk Mountains

Get off the groomed trails and travel deep into the wilderness on one of our cross country ski tours. Whether you are a beginner or a track champion, we have the terrain and guides to suit your individual skills and goals. Enjoy sightseeing and exercise as you travel light and fast, with just a day pack and your nordic skis. 


  • Professional & Knowledgeable backcountry ski guide
  • Cross country skis, boots, and poles

Photographer Add-on

Let us capture your memories so you can focus on your adventure! A photographer is $675 per trip and based on availability. Please let the Irwin Guide’s office know 48hrs before your trip if you would like to add this to your reservation.

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Tour Details

The Trails2

The Trails

Crested Butte has 35 miles of groomed, cross-country nordic trails located less than 15 minutes drive from downtown Crested Butte. The endless terrain extends deep into the backcountry. 

Family Friendly2

Family Friendly

Nordic Skiing is enjoyable for the whole family. Our professional guides can help you learn the basics in technique while also getting you immersed in the beauty of the backcountry.

Expiration Timing Timeline History2


The word ski comes from the Old Norse word “skíð” which means stick of wood. Skiing started almost five millennia ago as a technique for traveling cross-country over snow on skis in Scandinavia. 

What to Bring2

What to Bring

We suggest bringing a small backpack, water, snacks, and layers.

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Offered as a half-day activity from either 9am – noon or 1 – 4pm.

Please rent all Cross Country Ski gear (skis, poles, & boots) from the Crested Butte Nordic Center.

If you plan to stay on groomed trails please purchase a Crested Butte Nordic Pass.

All gear & passes can be purchased HERE.

Explore Crested Butte’s nordic trails on a cross country ski adventure

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