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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a trail pass to ski at Spring Gulch?
No! Skiing at Spring Gulch is free and open to the public throughout the winter. We love that we can provide this amenity for our community, however, these trails are not free to maintain. "Community-powered skiing" at Spring Gulch depends on the generous support of local skiers, business partners, and government grants. We encourage regular users to show your support and appreciation through annual membership contributions.

Visitors, please consider a donation of $10+ per day - you can donate online, by mail, or in the metal donation post at the trailhead. 

When can I ski at Spring Gulch?
Depending on snowfall, we open our trails in December and remain open through March. Spring Gulch is open 24/7 all ski season. However, we prefer that you not ski while groomers are active at night. Staying off the freshly groomed trails allows the snow to solidify, setting up for a better skier experience a few hours later.

As a reminder, our trails are not patrolled; ski at your own risk.

Can I bring my dog to Spring Gulch?
No. We do not allow dogs on any of our ski trails. However, nearby options to ski with your pup include N. Thompson Creek Rd or Marion Gulch. 
Should I bring my children?
Yes! Kids are always welcome at Spring Gulch and there are a number of beginner trails starting at the main entrance. We also host regularly scheduled AVSC programming for local youth ages 5+. 

Does Spring Gulch offer ski lessons?
No, but Colorado Mountain College (CMC) offers ski lessons at Spring Gulch! Please contact them directly for questions or to register for lessons.  

Is Spring Gulch open other times of year?
No, Spring Gulch is located on private property that is generously leased to the Mt Sopris Nordic Council to operate during the winter only. Out of season use of Spring Gulch is trespass. 
Does Spring Gulch rent skis?
No, we do not. Cross-country equipment can be rented or purchased from:

Independence Run & Hike
901 Hwy 133
Carbondale, CO 

Bristlecone Mountain Sports
781 E. Valley Rd
Basalt, CO

Ragged Mountain Sports
810 Hwy 133
Carbondale, CO

Ute Mountaineer
210 S Galena St
Aspen, CO


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*NO dogs, motorized equipment, snow or fat bikes, snowmobiles, sledding, snowshoeing, snowboarding, tubing, hiking, etc. allowed.

Thank you for your cooperation and appreciation for the Mount Sopris Nordic Council's agreement with the property owners.

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