Cross-Country Skiing has long been a favorite winter pastime in Vermont. With the abundance of winter ski areas throughout the state, it’s no wonder Vermont is the premiere skiing destination on the East Coast.
Cross-country skiing falls under the winter sport category of Nordic Skiing, where the heel of the boot cannot be fixed to the ski. Other types of Nordic Skiing include ski jumping, biathlon, and telemark skiing.
If you’re a cross-country skier (or you’re thinking of learning), Vermont is the place to be. With over 800 miles of well maintained trails, Vermont’s Nordic and Cross-Country Resorts offer something for everyone from the expert skier to the beginner.
Some places to go in the ares are:
Mountain Meadows Cross Country Ski Resort
Near the base of the Killington Access Road, Mountain Meadows has 56 km of trails meandering across Kent Lake and through surrounding forests. The Center also has a 1.2-km loop with a snowmaking system. When snow is lean, Mountain Meadows is one of the few cross country ski resorts that opens because it has snowmaking capabilities. Lessons and xc ski equipment rentals available. Extensive ski shop.
Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Center
In Chittenden, the Mountaintop has 80 km of trails with 40 km groomed for classic and skate skiing and 1.5 km of trails with snowmaking. For a full page of info about Mountain Top click here. Mountain Top Inn & Resort is tucked away in high country only 11 miles from Killington on a 350 acres estate. The main lodge has 31 rooms and the ski center offers lessons and xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals. Ski shop with snack bar and warming hut. Mountain Top also offers sledding, ice skating, dog sledding, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. New owners have refurbished rooms and facilities extensively. Fine dining, massage services, and specially priced vacation packages. Beautiful Green Mountain views above the lake. CCSAA member
The Woodstock Nordic Center
The Inn offers 10 km of meadow skiing in the town of Woodstock at the golf course behind the Woodstock Inn & Resort, 20 km of woodland trails at Mt. Peg and 30 km of trails on Mt. Tom on old carriage roads in the midst of Vermont’s first tree farm and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park site. For a full page of info about Woodstock Nordic Center click here. The center has rental equipment and lessons. The Woodstock Inn & Resort, which operates the touring center is a 142 room AAA four Diamond Resort in the heart of Woodstock. Now it is also the Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center offering special packages and guided tours. The town is the quintessential New England town with a wonderful collection of restaurants and shops. CCSAA member
Wilderness Trails Ski Touring Center
In Quechee, VT, located on Main Street in Quechee, which is off Route 4, east of Killington and Woodstock. The center has 18 km and a restaurant with style in the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm. Rental equipment, lessons, and guided tours available. Skiers can ski or hike down into the Quechee Gorge, the second most visited landmark in Vermont.