Cross Country Skiing on your Winter Vacation

As Vista Verde turns to “Vista Blanca” there are more ways to enjoy the outdoors in this special part of the West. Vista Verde’s ski program offers something for everyone.

Backcountry Ski Touring

The hallmark of a winter vacation at Vista Verde is heading out with our talented guides to explore the backcountry on skis.  Called “Backcountry Touring,” this experience offers the perfect balance between invigorating exercise and relaxing tranquility.

What is Backcountry Touring?  The skis are a mid-range width and weight, falling in between light cross country classic skis and heavy telemark or AT skis.  Likewise, the boots are a mid-weight boot, much like a hiking boot, that give you more support than a classic cross country ski boot, but less than a heavy plastic telemark boot.  With this equipment you can ski on a frozen lake, across an open meadow, through the aspens or pine groves, at the bottom of a ravine with dramatic rock outcroppings, or up a hillside, then down the other side. The views and vistas and the sounds of silence are fabulous.

Our guides have all the knowledge to take you out into the backcountry safely, and instruct you on the technique required.  Whether you’re a complete novice, or have been skiing all your life, we will get you into appropriate terrain for your ability and fitness level.

Classic and Skate Skiing

Our 15km of groomed trails around the ranch are great for classic and skate skiing. The terrain is geared towards a beginner or intermediate skier, with loops taking you through open meadows, over babbling creeks, and into the aspens.

Grab some gear and head out before breakfast for a sunrise ski or just get out there and enjoy the trails during the day when you just want to enjoy the peace and quiet on your own.

Our guides will provide an Intro to Skiing for beginners, and we offer a Skate Ski Clinic several times throughout the week for those looking to take it to the next level.

The Adventure Center is stocked with first-class, complimentary equipment for all the different kinds of skiing, and we can outfit you with just the right gear. So come explore and enjoy!