Independence Run and Hike has gone Nordic!
Independence Run & Hike has gone Nordic! We are excited to be carrying some excellent cross country skiing products from Salomon, Fischer, and Swix and more. We will have rentals, demos, apparel, tuning equipment, and more!
Cripple Creek Backcountry is partnering with us to provide our customers an expert Nordic waxing and tuning service. We will also have some great demo and rental cross country skis in from both Fischer and Salomon so that you can try before you buy.
Stay tuned for more info on fun events, great deals, products, and specials!
WHERE TO CROSS COUNTRY SKI
The Roaring Fork Valley is a fantastic place to cross country ski. With over 100 kilometers of free trails there is no shortage of terrain to explore. Below are a few of our favorite areas to ski.
Located at the edge of the Thompson Divide just outside of Carbondale, the Spring Gulch Trail System is a network of 28-kilometers of professionally groomed cross-country ski trails. Operated by the Mt Sopris Nordic Council 501c3 nonprofit, this community ski area has something for everyone. New skiers can meander through open pasture on Lazy 8 and Rafter T, while seasoned skiers can climb higher to find remarkable views of Sopris and the Elk Mountains from the higher elevation trails. To support this community treasure, please consider a donation of $10 per day, or become a member at http://www.springgulch.org!
While this trail is not regularly groomed, the snowmobile club does take a groomer up there from time to time.