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Article: Rising Popularity of Nordic Skiing a Sign of the Times
By Cindy Kleh / Photo by Carter Photographics
cross country skiing at a Nordic center

As families tighten their belts and budgets to ride out current financial pinches, Nordic skiing just keeps looking better and better. In most cases, a family of four can get on the trails at a Nordic center for the entire season for less than one day of downhill skiing at most resorts around Colorado!

The cost of downhill ski passes for the day can vary, because deals can be found online or by purchasing two- to seven-day passes. But if a family of four went to the ticket window of a Colorado ski resort, they would be looking at $56-95 for each adult and $38-78 for each child. Alpine season pass prices also vary widely, running $209-1,800 for an adult and $120-800 for a child.

Day passes at a Nordic Center typically run $15-18 for adults and $5-8 for kids. A family of four can purchase season passes for $150-600.

Lessons are also much cheaper on the skinny ski side of the fence – $15-20 for a half-day/2-hour lesson or $25-45 for a private lesson. One to two cross-country lessons are usually sufficient for an average person to be able to enjoy a large number of trails and progress on their own. With downhill, you’re usually on bunny slopes for the first year, and paying $55-129 for group lessons, $250-385 for privates, with kids ranging $99-134 for the whole day including lunch.

The basic Nordic boots, skis and poles can be had new for $250-300, with kids less than half that. But a basic alpine set-up can run $300-700 for adults and $250-300 for kids, not including helmets, another $60-140 each.

But don’t put your credit card away yet – parking, lunch and hot chocolates for the family… $50-120 at a ski resort, $35 at a Nordic center.

Nordic is a relatively safe sport with visits to the ER rare, and the aerobic benefits and full-body workout can make that expensive, indoor health club look pretty stale.

But best of all is Nordic skiing’s simplicity. Forget all of the lugging of heavy equipment through the ski resort and exhausted, crying kids at the end of the day!

With Nordic, families are close. They eat lunch together and the parents share childcare when some of the toddlers need a nap. No need for GPS and two-way radios … you know where your kids are, and usually, they’re happy … and that’s priceless!

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