When there is enough snow, North Boulder Park is groomed by the Boulder Nordic Club for classic and skate skiing. Located between Alpine and Dellwood and 8th and 9th streets the fairly flat loop is 2k long. Rentals can be picked up at Boulder Nordic Sport off Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder.
What Makes It Great
Boulder usually doesn’t hold snow very long so the chance to ski in town is a special treat. Expect the coldest days of January and February and the late snows of March and early April to provide the best shot at the course filling in. North Boulder Park is fairly well lit but it’s not a bad idea to bring a headlamp, since you’ll likely be swooshing about in the dark. Since it’s right in town, the ski loop is a novel way to get a winter workout -- it’s a shame it doesn’t stay in all season!
Since snowfall is an unpredictable event in Boulder, the ephemeral nature of the ski track is based purely on the whims of mother nature. If there is enough snow however, the magical elves that groom North Boulder Park will set up the course and it will stick around as it can.
This is not a hardcore track -- it’s nearly flat -- but the fun vibe of dogs running in the snow, kids sledding on the small hills and the wonder of winter add up to a great hour or so of Nordic fun. If you are an experienced cross-country skier, feel free to push yourself a little harder and really work up a sweat!
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone who enjoy Nordic or skate skiing -- beginner to expert. Those who are short on time but still want to get an outdoor winter workout will love the opportunity to ski under the stars or in the midst of a snowy night.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking is either along 9th street or in the North Boulder Park parking lot in the northwest corner of the park. There are no fees but please respect the standard park regulations.