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Winter Trails Colorado: A Revised & Updated Guide to the Best Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails

Winter Trails Colorado: A Revised & Updated Guide to the Best Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails

Grand Junction, Co. --(  FalconGuides, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce the release of Winter Trails Colorado, 3rd edition, by Andy Lightbody and Kathy Mattoon ( ).

Winter Trails is a thoroughly revised and updated guide to 50 of the best snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails in Colorado, from Rocky Mountain National Park to Telluride.

Designed for everyone, from consummate skiers and snowshoers to beginners and families, Winter Trails will lead readers to the best places to snowshoe or cross-country ski in Colorado.

Be it a day trip or a two-hour jaunt, outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of winter with these 50 carefully researched trails.

Each outing includes information about the natural landscape, distance in miles, trail difficulty, surface quality, a rundown of proper equipment and clothing suggestions, and tips on safety, navigation, and trail etiquette.

Winter Trails Colorado also includes:

  • Point-by-point trail directions.
  • Detailed trail maps; driving directions to trailheads.
  • Rental facilities; food and lodging information.
  • Local lore and historical facts.

“Colorado has really grown in both size and scope when it comes to recognizing how large the market for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing has become,” say Andy Lightbody.

“When the original book was written back in 1999, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing was really in its infancy, as compared to its popularity today. Thanks to the Forest Service, BLM, Nordic Centers, some forward-thinking ski areas, and countless clubs/volunteers, Colorado has truly become a cross-country ski and snowshoe destination state with the number of trails, open spaces and even resorts that are available today.”

“Adding to the number of trails, resorts and new outdoor/back country opportunities for the cross-country skier and snowshoer, is the revolution in terms of equipment that makes everything lighter, stronger and designed for all ability levels to get out and enjoy these sports,” says Kathy Mattoon.

“I was severely injured in a hunting accident back in 2006, and am disabled with back, leg and spinal damage. There is no way I can downhill ski or snowboard, but with the modern snowshoes and other equipment, I can enjoy at my own pace the snow, the mountain trails and beauty of the backcountry.”

Order your copy of Winter Trails Colorado: A Revised & Updated Guide to the Best Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails on Amazon:


Andy Lightbody is a field editor for Sportsman’s News Magazine. He regularly contributes to leading outdoor publications  including AmmoLand Shooting Sports News and hosts many outdoor-related television and radio programs.

Kathy Mattoon is an avid outdoors lover who enjoys trekking, cooking, photography, and video opportunities. They both live in Gunnison, Colorado.

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