Less work, more play: Cross- Country Skiing in a glorious Colorado landscape.

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Alpine skiing and snowboarding may be the ‘It’ winter sports right now, but we’ll happily forego bragging rights for a long weekend that really challenges us physically. That’s why we urge snow lovers to take another look at Nordic or cross-country skiing. As it happens, I recently visited Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado on the very weekend that the movers and shakers from SnowSports Industries America (SIA) were there to road (or trail) test the latest gear.


According to the SIA, Nordic skiing can torch up to 750 calories an hour. And, as I can attest, it’s a helluva workout. Yet it feels more like play at Devil’s Thumb, where the 80-plus miles of trails are impeccably groomed and span a range of skill levels. The rental gear and instructors are top-flight and the views are astounding. The après offerings range from serious massage and expertly taught yoga classes to a deservedly popular happy hour featuring live music, $3 wine and dollar microbrews.


And it isn’t all about winter. When the snow melts, Devil’s Thumb changes gears and guests can use those ski trails for hiking or mountain biking. There’s also a Western-style equestrian program and rafting and kayaking on the Colorado River.


Original article here.