The Mt Sopris Nordic Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which oversees operations of the Spring Gulch Nordic Trail System in Carbondale, CO. Since 1987, Spring Gulch has been the cross-country ski hub for the lower Roaring Fork Valley, with 27+ kilometers of trails groomed for both skate and classic, open to the public at no cost from mid-December through late-March.
Our operations would not be possible without the generous financial support of our community members, local business partners, and government grants. Though we provide this beloved amenity for free, it is certainly not free to provide. Every dollar counts toward covering the costs - over $800 per day! - of operations, including fuel, equipment and maintenance, staff hours, insurance, web hosting, and more.
What makes it so special? Despite being just seven miles from downtown Carbondale, skiers feel whisked off-the-grid as they wind through gambel oak and aspen groves, ascending toward historic mining paths that offer breathtaking views of Mount Sopris and the West Elk Range. Spring Gulch is nestled into a large parcel of privately owned land that has been conserved and managed by the North Thompson Cattlemen's Association, ensuring our trails will always have a "wild west" feel.
Spring Gulch is also home base for local youth programs, with over 150 skiers aged 5-19 learning to ski or training competitively on our trails. Adult programs and community events are also hosted throughout the season in partnership with Colorado Mountain College and local outdoor retailers.
Thank you for your support and interest in our organization. We'll see you on the trails!