Nordic Skiing – Backcountry Nordic Ski in the Mitchell Creek area at Tennessee Pass.

Backcountry Nordic Ski in the Mitchell Creek area at Tennessee Pass.

  • Sat, Jan 20, 2024
  • Gore Range Group
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 mph

Ready to ski at 10:00 AM from the Continental Divide Trail trailhead parking area off HWY 24, directly west of the Ski Cooper entrance. In the past there have been toilets at this parking lot. 

If you are interested in carpooling please confirm that in advance, and arrive for one of the following, or otherwise we will see you at the trailhead:

Denver area - Meet at Wooly Mammoth Lot BB at 7:45 AM for a prompt 8:00 AM departure

Summit county - Meet at TJ Max/Sierra parking lot in Silverthorne at 8:45 AM for a prompt 9:00 AM departure.

This is beautiful terrain that the leader has skied several times. We will ski through rolling, wooded terrain with a few faster descents, going as far as conditions and the group's pace allow (maximum mileage 8-10 miles round trip). Skins are not necessary. This trip is not appropriate for beginners, or skiers that desire to travel slowly.

We will have radios for front leader and rear leader to help keep the group together. 

If weather is particularly cold we will limit breaks, including snack breaks, to 5 minutes for everyone's comfort. 

We will avoid avalanche terrain.

Participants' email addresses and mobile phone numbers may be shared with other participants, and trip images may be  shared on Facebook or other media. If you have known medical conditions that may manifest themselves during this activity, please notify the leader before the trip. Do not come if you are sick. If applicable, bring money for ride sharing. No dogs. 10 essentials and clothing appropriate for the weather, trail lunch/snacks.

If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to the leader at or 630-337-9220 to discuss. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Backcountry, metal-edged nordic skis only. Skins not required. 

Be prepared for variable conditions. 

Ten essentials

If you have any questions on skis or other gear please reach out to leader.

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