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grand lake nordic center events ~ 2014 | 2015 Season


Saturday, December 6 ~ Full Moon Ski | 5pm - 9pm

Join us for a Full Moon Ski event featuring complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows all evening by the campfire! Plus red chili will be served in the lodge from 5pm to 9pm. Trail passes will be only $5 and rentals will be $10 - or - if you skied that day your trail pass is good for the evening!

Saturday, December 13 ~ Local's Appreciation Day

All Grand County residents and second home owners will receive a free trail pass for use on this special day! Rentals will be at the regular price of $15. 

Saturday, December 20 | 11am - 2pm ~ Day with Santa at the Grand Lake Nordic Center

Come tell Santa all you want for Christmas!  Photos with Santa, plus drink specials in the lodge.

Sunday, December 21 ~ Free Lessons by The Grand Nordic Club

Lessons at 10:00am & 1:00pm, all levels, all ages, advance sign up required. This event features free Nordic ski lessons offered by the Grand Nordic Club. Classic and skate skiing lessons for adults will be offered throughout the day. Ski rentals, lessons and trail passes are free to Grand Nordic Club members. Non-members will still receive a free lesson but will be charged a $10 trail pass fee and a $10 equipment rental fee. You will have the opportunity to become a member at the event in order to ski free that day. Advance registration is required for the free lesson day. Please register by calling the Grand Lake Nordic Center at 970-627-8008.

Saturday, January 3 ~ Full Moon Ski | 5pm - 9pm

Join us for a Full Moon Ski event featuring complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows all evening by the campfire! Plus chili and soup in the lodge from 5pm to 9pm.

Saturday, January 8 ~ Grand Lake Chamber of Commerce Mixer; Evening Social Event | 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us at the Lodge for Free Drinks, Appetizers and Tubing for All Chamber Members!

Monday, January 26 ~ Celebrate the Centennial - Rocky Mountain National Park; Ski Free Day All Day!

The beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the Grand Lake Nordic Center is part of Rocky Mountain National Park, created in 1914.  The Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year, and to celebrate with them, we are offering free ski passes for the official day (regular rental prices will apply). We will also offer a 1.5 hour guided snowshoe tour at 11am, and a visit from a RMNP Ranger starting at 10:30am .  Come celebrate and enjoy the mountain majesty and pristine beauty we are so lucky to have in our own backyard!

Friday, January 30 ~ A Groundhog Gala! | 5:30pm at the Grand Lake Metro Rec District Clubhouse

The Grand Lake Area Historical Society invites you to a fun party for a great cause. Join us to share three kinds of delicious chili with all the fixings, a cash bar and lots of silly fun! All to benefit the Cottage Camp Project!

$20 for dults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets will be sold at the door, and are also available at the Grand Lake Art Gallery, the Grand Lake Nordic Center, The Gateway, and Western Riviera, or at For more information please call 970-627-8324 or email Be sure to wear your best jeans!

About the Cottage Camp Project:
The Smith Eslick Cottage Camp has been recognized as a unique example of an early automobile tourist accommodation and as a wonderful example of rustic architecture. Located at 729 Lake Avenue on the northwest corner where Lake Avenue intersects Vine Street in Grand Lake, Colorado, the Cottage Camp is believed to be the oldest original condition early Mountain Rustic motel in the United States. Lake Avenue is known as the ‘old road’ which was originally the main thoroughfare into the Town of Grand Lake prior to the creation of Shadow Mountain Lake. The Smith Eslick Cottage Court is the primary structure on the property. Built by Preston H. Smith, Clyde Eslick, and Alfred Eslick, the Cottage Court is listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The building features bark-on halfround, lodgepole pine siding locally referred to as a ‘barkie’. The Smith Eslick Cottage Court, constructed in 1915, was built around the same time as the opening of the Rocky Mountain National Park and the development of more and better roads in the area. Many other early auto camp buildings have been modified or demolished, making the Smith Eslick Cottage Court an especially significant resource. The Grand Lake Area Historical Society  (GLAHS) aims to re-open the Cottage Camp, including the Smith Eslick Cottage Court as an interpretive museum, in the summer of 2015 to coincide with the celebration of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Centennial Anniversary.

Saturday, January 31 ~ Full Moon Ski | 5pm - 9pm

Join us for a Full Moon Ski event featuring complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows all evening by the bonfire! We will also be serving beer, wine, schnapps and some other drink favorites as well as chili and soup in the lodge from 5pm to 9pm. Don't miss the fresh snow and a night out in the great Rocky Mountains! Trail passes and rentals are only  $10.00 each! Call 970-627-8008 for more information.

Sunday, February 8 ~
Romp & Stomp for Grand County Pet Pals

Join us at the Nordic Center with your furry friends for a great fundraising event in support of the Grand County Pet Pals and their mission toward promoting responsible pet ownership and spay/neuter campaign. $10 per person and for $5 more you can use the Nordic trails all day on the day of the event. There will be a silent auction, hot cocoa and desserts to enjoy too! For more details about the event or Grand County Pet Pals, please visit

Saturday, February 14 ~ Valentines 2-for-1 Trail Passes

We are celebrating Valentine's Day with a 2-for-1 Trail Pass deal. Bring your sweetie out for a special day in the beautiful outdoors!

Saturday, February 28 ~ Foxy Freestyle Nordic Race | 10:30 am Start

Join us for a freestyle Nordic Race to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled Competitive Nordic Program. All proceeds fromthe event will go to the NSCD!

* 15 Km Freestyle Race (classic or skate ski)
* 5 Km Intermediate/Adaptive Race
* 2 Km Children’s Race
* $18/person or $40/family of 4 immediate family
* Race Day Registration 8:00 am Grand Lake Nordic
* Food, prizes, age group awards

For information or to register please call: 970-627-8008 or register at (search “Foxy Freestyle”)

Saturday, March 7 ~ Full Moon Ski | 5pm - 9pm

Join us for a Full Moon Ski event featuring adult beverages at the bonfire, in addition to the usual complimentary hot chocolate and marshmallows. Plus red chili will be served in the lodge from 5pm to 9pm. Trail passes will be only $5 and rentals will be $10 - or - if you skied that day your trail pass is good for the evening!

** NOTE: This event is a couple of days after the actual full moon, so the moon will rises around 8pm. Please plan to bring a headlamp you can wear out on the trails.

Saturday March 14 ~ Guided Nature Snowshoe Hike | 11am - 12:30pm

Join us and learn about the winter in the mountains, ecology and local wildlife! No pre-registration required. Guided hike is free; regular trail fee and rental fees apply.

Tuesday, March 17 ~ St. Patty’s Day Special

Bring out the Irish in 'ya! Wear green and receive a ½ price trail pass!

Also TBD/Coming Soon
- Geocaching
- Snowshoe Excursion with a Naturalist

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