Shrine Pass Trail Cross Country Skiing

The 7th most popular XC Ski in Colorado.

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Starting from Vail Pass, the Shrine Pass Trail is a popular backcountry ski trail (11 mi.) over the pass to the town of Redcliff. The one-way trek starts at Vail Pass (10,600) with a 2 mile climb up to Shrine Pass (11,090 ) before descending for the last 9 miles into Redcliff (8,700). The route follows old Shrine Pass Road and Turkey Creek through Spruce-Fir forests and open meadows above the tree line.

If your looking for a warm up, check out the nearby Corral Creek Trail (5 mi.) starting atop Vail Pass as well.

Overall, Shrine Pass Trail is the 7th most popular cross country ski area of all 51 Nordic ski destinations in Colorado. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Shrine Pass Trail including Tennessee Pass Mitchell Loop, New York Mountain / Yeoman Park, Tigiwon Trail, Beaver Creek Nordic Center and Vail Nordic Center.


Local Contact(s):  WRNF (303) 945-2521; CO Visitors (800) COLORADO; Vail Tourism (970) 479-1394; High Alpine Adventures (800) 484-6789; Vail Ski Touring Guide by Mary Gilliland.

Recommended Book:  "Winter Trails Colorado" from Andy Lightbody

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Park Meadows Lodge w/ hot tub (970) 476-5598; Black Bear Inn (970) 476-1304

Luxury Loding:  Sonnenalp Resort (800) 654-8312; Cordillera (800) 87RELAX; Vail Cascade Resort (800) 420-2424

Breakfast Restaurant:  Daily Grind, Vail

Article Source:   Best Shrine Pass Trail Cross Country Skiing Review

GPS:  39.5296, -106.2176

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/26/2016

ID:  7219

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Shrine Pass Trail Cross Country Skiing Map