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10 Places to Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski in Vermont

Enjoy Winter Recreation Before the Snow's Gone

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Cross Country Ski Tracks

Cross Country ski tracks in the Vermont woods.

© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius
Updated May 16, 2014
Vermont is New England's winter sports capital, and if careening downhill on skis or a snowboard isn't your thing, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy playing in the fluffy white stuff. Here's your guide to 10 places in Vermont where you can cross-country ski or snowshoe--great exercise, without the risk of knocking your noggin on the slopes.

1. Blueberry Hill Ski Center
Goshen, Vermont - 802-247-6735

Trail passes are free (although a $5 donation is suggested for day visitors)--and homemade soup for lunch is the perfect way to warm up after a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on about 50 kilometers of ungroomed, wilderness trails at Blueberry Hill Inn's Ski Center. The rental shop has cross-country skis available, as well as snowshoes for kids and adults.

2. Mountain Top Cross Country Ski Resort
Chittenden, Vermont - 802-483-2311

You're ensured of good cross-country skiing conditions at Mountain Top Inn's Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center, the oldest commercial cross-country ski center in the state. That's because the resort uses a snowmaking system on 2.5 kilometers of its 60-kilometer trail system. Ski and snowshoe rentals and instruction are available.

3. Bolton Valley Resort
Bolton Valley, Vermont - 802-434-3444 or 877 9-BOLTON

You'll find 100 kilometers of groomed and backcountry Nordic trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Bolton Valley Resort. Whether you're a beginner on snowshoes or an expert, you can book a guided snowshoe tour or venture out on your own.

4. Woodstock Inn & Resort
Woodstock, Vermont - 802-457-6674

The Woodstock Inn has been welcoming winter sports enthusiasts to its Winter Sports Center since 1910. Now, the Woodstock Inn Nordic Center maintains 30 kilometers of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Rentals and lessons are available.

5. The Hermitage Inn
Wilmington, Vermont - 877-464-3511

There are 9 miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails on-site for skiers of all abilities to enjoy at this southern Vermont inn.

6. Ole's Cross Country Center
Warren, Vermont - 802-496-3430

Ready for a cross-country skiing, ski skating or snowshoeing adventure? Ole's Cross Country Center invites skiers of all levels to experience its 30 miles of rolling trails. Guided tours, rentals and lessons are available. Ski free if you're 5 and under or 75 and up.

7. Viking Nordic Center
Londonderry, Vermont - 802-824-3933

Children 5 and under ski free all the time at Viking Nordic Center, where you'll discover varied terrain along 39 kilometers of trails. Adults can ski free, too, if they stay at the Viking Guest House. Cross-country skis and snowshoes are available for rent. Kids who search the wooded trails for snowflakes can earn a cookie, and adults can play the Great Cookie Search for a chance to end the day with a sweet treat, too.

8. Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Craftsbury Common, Vermont - 802-586-7767

Home to the annual Craftsbury Ski Marathon, this Northeast Kingdom Nordic ski center hopes to extend its already long cross-country season by adding snow making capacity. More than 95 kilometers of groomed trails take you through river valleys, forests and villages. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available.

9. Stowe Cross Country Ski Center
Stowe, Vermont - 802-253-3688

Stowe boasts 45 kilometers of groomed trails and 30 kilometers of backcountry terrain for cross-country skiers and snowshoers at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Rentals and both group and private lessons are available. And when your legs grow weary, you can feast on Vermont cuisine at the state's only mountaintop restaurant, The Cliff House.

10. Trapp Family Lodge
Stowe, Vermont - 802-253-8511 or 800-826-7000

Founded by the von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame, the Trapp Family Lodge has a full-service cross-country skiing facility that is as remarkable as the resort's history. With 60 kilometers of groomed trails and 100 kilometers of backcountry trails, its varied terrain makes it an ideal destination for both beginners and experienced skiers. Break for lunch and warm up by the fire inside the Slayton Pasture Cabin. Trail passes, rentals, instruction and guided tours are available to day visitors as well as overnight guests.

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