Mt. Massive Golf Course Ski Trails – Groomed Winter Trails
Trail Name: Mt. Massive Golf Course
Distance: 6k at the golf course and 6k at the Links to Lake loop that starts at the golf course parking.
Elevation Gain: Minimal; golf course elevation is 9,860’
Activities: Non-motorized: Nordic ski, snowshoe
Overall Difficulty Rating: Green
Equipment: Rent equipment in downtown Leadville
Lessons: Learn from Dan Batwinas, USSA Level 200 Cross Country Ski Coach. Free to members. RSVP to 970-640-4811.
Cost: Suggested $7 donation to cover grooming costs or $25 season pass/membership (at the golf course or 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 even walking. Care to strap a harness on your pups and try ski joring with dogs? This is a great place to learn.
At the beginning or end of your ski, you can warm up with a delicious breakfast burrito or hot chocolate or sandwich at the Mt. Elbert Bar & Grill, at a very affordable price. The Grill is open Friday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the winter menu.
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.