Mt. Massive Golf Course Ski and Snowshoe Trails
Trail Name: Mt. Massive Golf Course
Distance: 17km of skate and classic trails, groomed daily
Elevation Gain: Minimal; golf course elevation is 9,860’
Activities: Non-motorized: Nordic ski, snowshoe
Overall Difficulty Rating: Green
Equipment: Rent equipment at the course or in downtown Leadville
Lessons: Learn from Dan Batwinas, USSA Level 200 Cross Country Ski Coach. A 90 minute private lesson costs $75 ($25 for an additional skier). Members pay $50 ($15 for an additional skier). Call 970-640-4811.
Cost: Suggested $10 donation to cover grooming costs or a membership ($30 individual or $50 family of 2 adults and their minor children). Purchase online at Leadville Cross Country Ski Council)
Why It’s a Gem
At the Mt. Massive Golf Course Ski Trails, the easy terrain lets you focus on the scenery—and the scenery is amazing. The golf course trails offer open views of Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, Colorado’s two highest peaks, and the broad, scenic Upper Arkansas River Valley. The Links to Lake trails wind into the pines, with a glimpse of the wintry creek Lake Fork of the Arkansas River flowing through the forest. Starting at the clubhouse, you can make several fun and fairly flat loops on either trail. See a trail map.
The firm, fast snow is perfect for skate or classic skiing or snowshoeing. Care to strap a harness on your pups and try ski joring with dogs? This is a great place to learn. Dogs must be leashed on the golf course and in the parking lots.
At the beginning or end of your ski, you can warm up with snacks at the clubhouse. Be sure to check out the pro shop!
259 County Road 5
Leadville, CO 80461
(About 4 miles from downtown Leadville, near Turquoise Lake)
Free parking is available in the lot near the clubhouse.