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Places to go, people to see…

Vail Nordic CenterGetting there: Get off at the East Vail exit of I-70 and drive approximately 2 miles west on the Frontage Road to the Vail Golf Course.Terrain: 17 kilometers (skate and classic) groomed daily; 10K of snowshoe trailsTrail fee: FreeRentals: $18 for a full-day classic package (boots, skis and poles); $15 for a half day. Skate-ski package is $25 for full day and $20 for a half day. Snowshoes are $15 full day, $12 for a half day. Children’s seasonal rentals skate and classic package $75; $50 for just classic.Hours: 9-5 daily from November to April 1Phone: (970) 476-8366Lessons: Available through Vail Resorts twice a day seven days a week; $49 for 2 hours and 15 minutes in value season; regular season is $55 and high season is $60. Skate skiing workshop 1-3:15 p.m. Saturdays for the same prices.Phone: (970) 479-3210 for lessonsBeaver Creek Nordic Sports Center at McCoy ParkGetting there: Take I-70 exit to Avon and either park at the base of Beaver Creek and take a free shuttle bus to the mountain or drive to the top and pay to park. The Nordic center is at the base of Chair 12 (Strawberry Park).Terrain: 32 kilometers of skate and classic track; 8K of snowshoe trailsTrail fee: $18 lift/track access ticketRentals: Basic cross-country set is $20 for the day; $14 for the day for Atlas snowshoes; 3-day discount of 10 percent; $160 season pass aimed at localsHours: 9 to 4 seven days a week until mid AprilLessons: Nordic beginner at 9:45 a.m. every day; intermediate every afternoon at 1:15 p.m.; advanced Wednesday and Friday, 9:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Prices start at $49 for 2.5-hour lessons; nature tours on snowshoes with nature guides every day at 9:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. for same price as cross-country; Ultimate Snowshoe Tour,reservation only, minimum two people, all-day snowshoe with gourmet lunch, $150 per personPhone: (970) 845-5313Cordillera Nordic CenterGetting there: Get off at the Edwards exit of I-70 and drive approximately 2 miles west on U.S. Highway 6 and take a left on the Squaw Creek Road; drive past first Cordillera entrance, follow road around hairpin turn to the ranch guardhouse and tell them you’re going to the Nordic center.Terrain: 11 kilometers of groomed Nordic trails (5K classic and 6K skating) and 18K of groomed snowshoe trailsTrail fee: $5 day pass; $25 locals season pass (must show valid Eagle County driver’s license); 65 and older ski freeRentals: Nordic packages (skis, boots and poles, $15); Crescent Moon snowshoes, $15.Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, Dec. 1 until conditions no longer permit skiingLessons: $45 an hour per person for private lesson; group lessons available as wellPhone: (970) 926-5100 for the Nordic centerSleigh rides: $18 for adults, $10 for children under 12Phone: (970) 926-5588 for sleigh rides

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