Thank you for a wonderful winter. Royal Gorge is now closed for the season.
Skate Skiing
A challenge worth diving into.
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About Skate Skiing at Royal Gorge

Royal Gorge is known for its extensive, seemingly endless trail network that offers something for everyone—whether that’s gliding around the Van Norden Meadow, or challenging climbs to the Point Mariah lookout.

Performed on firm, smooth snow surfaces, skate skiing requires pushing alternating skis away from each other in a motion similar to ice skating. Skiers use poles and their upper body strength to help generate momentum, resulting in a full-body workout. This method of skiing has become popular with those who enjoy endurance sports, or who are looking for a challenging winter activity that requires stamina and a greater level of technique than classic XC.

Royal Gorge offers:

  • State-of-the-art equipment rentals
  • Daily group lessons with experienced instructors
  • Specialty clinics designed to refine technique
  • Terrain for all ability levels from first-timers through advanced skaters
Royal Gorge Skate Ski Trails atop Donner Summit
Explore North America's Largest Cross Country Resort
Explore Royal Gorge
Lose yourself in 6,000 acres of pristine wilderness.
Royal Gorge Nordic Skiing Rentals
A full fleet of ski and snowshoe rentals are available at the Summit Station Lodge, ready for you to hit the trails.
All Day Skate Ski Rental Package
Other rentals and packages available.
Nordic Skiing Cross Country Lessons
Our team of seasoned, professional instructors are ready to help you learn this great sport.
Hut System at Royal Gorge Cross Country
Warming Huts
Warming Huts
Eight classic warming huts are scattered across Royal Gorge's 159.6 trail network. Stop by any of the huts to take in the views or escape from the cold.
Upcoming Skate Ski Events
Friday, June 28
Summer Après at Summit Station
Royal Gorge Skateski Trail Passes
Trail Passes
Trail Passes
Grab a pass and hit the trails from Summit Station, Van Norden Ticket Office or Village Station in the Sugar Bowl Village.