Above all the rest, with a base elevation of 7,800 feet and 80 kilometers of machine groomed trails, Kirkwood Cross Country & Snowshoe Center offers the most spectacular scenery and the most exciting terrain in the west. Nestled in a beautiful Alpine Valley, our diverse terrain provides excellent skiing for all abilities. Located 1/5 mile east of Kirkwood on Hwy 88, next to the Kirkwood Inn.
Dogs are allowed on High Trail and the Outer Loop on the meadow. During breaks from skiing, you can sip hot drinks by a wood burning stove in the cozy day lodge or warm-up in one of the many trailside warming hut.
- 80 kilometers of machine groomed trails with skating and snowshoe lanes
- Three interconnected trail systems
- Two trailhead facilities with parking areas
- Lessons in both classic and skating disciplines; private lessons & tours available
- Rentals available for standard skis, skate skis and snowshoes
- Three warming huts
- Terrain: 20% beginner, 60% intermediate, 20% advanced
Instruction available with beginners packages
Source: abstracted from kirkwood.com
My wife doesn't love downhill skiing as much as I do, so we decided to try cross country at Kirkwood Cross Country Center. We rented skis, got a trail pass, and signed up for lessons. All of this cost much less than downhill. The lesson was fun, and it was easy for my wife to learn. (I've cross country skied before.) After the lesson we explored a few of the trails for a few hours before we were both worn out.
Kirkwood Cross Country Center is an inexpensive way to spend time in the snow. There are miles and miles of trails. We didn't have energy to explore everything. The trails are fun to follow and there are fewer people on them than downhill slopes, so it is a great way to get out into nature. We didn't take any kids with us, so I'm not sure what to recommend as far as kids are concerned. I think it would be easy to learn, but it is a lot of excercise, so young kids would probably not have much fun or would get worn out quickly. Overall, we had a pleasant experience. Skiing here is very different from exploring the backcountry on your own. It's still fun.