VT Resorts and Parks Open to Cross Country (XC) Skiing & Snowshoeing
Cross-country skiing, also known as Nordic skiing or XC skiing, is gaining popularity. It is easier for people not enamored with the speed of downhill, and it can be done by all ages. Cross-country skiing can be done on groomed or ungroomed (back country) trails. Almost all cross-country trails and touring centers also welcome snowshoeing and make snowshoeing equipment available if rentals are offered. Book a room at a bed and breakfast
or mountain resort
for a longer adventure.
Many cross-country [Nordic] skiing centers offer trails, snowmaking, rentals, lessons, racing, and special events. A great resource for cross country skiing in Vermont is the Catamount Trail Association
, which takes care of the Catamount Trail, on which people can ski the length of Vermont.
1 Clubhouse Road
Fairlee, VT, 05045
Glide across the snow on Nordic trails groomed just for you
Any winter’s morning or afternoon, look out across the grounds at the Lake Morey resort and you can watch people of all ages taking advantage of the snow and ice. On the lake, it’s ice skating, sledding, snow sculpting, ice fishing, and sleigh rides. Never leave the grounds of this scenic mountain resort and you can jump into cross country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed Nordic trails accessible for every ability level. Equipment and whatever else you might need is available so there’s no need to bring your own. The resort will make sure you’re ready before you head out on a crisp winters’ day. You’re also an easy drive up or down Route 91 to several popular ski areas.
195 Mountain Top Road
Chittenden, VT, 05737
An endless array of outdoor adventures
Mountain Top Inn & Resort is a classic four season resort, located in central Vermont, a short drive from Killington. Set on 350 acres with sweeping views our 60km of trails offer some of the most scenic terrain in the state. With snowmaking and grooming (to ensure the best possible conditions), instructors, xc ski, snowshoe & ice skate rentals, dining and accommodations on-site – Mountain Top is the perfect winter destination. Classic & luxury rooms and suites, luxury cabins & guest houses provide the perfect lodging options. If you also downhill ski, we offer a free shuttle to Killington in winter months.
700 Trapp Hill Road
Stowe, VT, 05672
The first US Nordic ski center has it all
This is home to luxurious and rustic rooms and suites with European furnishings and majestic views of the mountains. It’s also home to the first cross country ski center in the country. The 100 kilometer trail system has been expanded to include 60km of groomed trails and 100km of back-country trails to make the Nordic Ski center, Stowe's largest, with terrain suitable for skiers and snowshoers of all ages and abilities. The Nordic Center also sports a filled retail shop along with a rental center that includes all the back country gear, snowshoes and skis you might need. Be sure to head off for the Slayton Pasture Cabin three miles out to warm up by the hearth and replenish your energies with homemade soup, sandwiches and hot chocolate.
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
535 Lost Nation Rd
Craftsbury Common, VT, 05827
135 km of trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing snow making; racing and events
This year-round outdoor sports center offers annual and one-day memberships for cross country [Nordic] skiing and snowshoeing along with skulling, sailing, and running. Ski teams are very active here, and there is a heavy schedule or racing. Probably not the place for small children and timid people new to cross-country skiing, although family rates are posted and children and welcome.
Membership includes lots of events and fitness activities like CrossFit sessions. A day lodge offers a rest stop with comforts along with sales and rentals of equipment. Charley’s Cabin at Hosmer Point is a warming hut on the weekends. Lodging in cabins, with meals included, is offered.
Day membership (offered daily) is $5 to $10. Membership holders may ski the nearby Highland Lodge trails. Seasonal memberships are $25 to $100. Lessons are $30 to $60. Rentals (including snow shoes and pulk sled) are $2 to $15.
1 Mill Street, Suite 350
Public-access cross country ski and showshoe trail extends full north-south length of Vermont
The Catamount Trail is 300 miles long, allowing skiers and snowshoers to travel the entire north-south length of Vermont from Massachusetts to Canada. It was conceived in 1984 and fully linked by 2008, and it is supported and maintained the the Catamount Trails Association along with many volunteers.
The Trail is organized by sections, and the association’s website gives extensive maps and directions about getting onto the trail. The trail can be enjoyed for a trip of a few hours, a full day or overnight, or a multiple-day trip. The Catamount Trail Association offers short or long tours on skis or snowshoes. There are many bed and breakfasts and inns along the trail, and there is some winter camping. Many ski clubs are connected to the trail and the association holds lots of special events. Trail section maps
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center
783 Townshend Road
Grafton, VT, 05146
Groomed and backcountry trails; snowshoeing, snow making, snow tubing; lessons and rentals
This is a year-round outdoor recreation center. Winter offerings include Nordic (cross country) skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing hill in the winter. Snow making is done starting in mid-December. The 15 km groomed cross country trail network is supplements with snow making; there is an addition 15 kms of backcountry terrain. Snowshoeing is offered on 10 kms of trails, and the organization offers guided snowshoe tours. A biathlon course offers a tremendous workout. There is a 600-foot snow tubing run.
A base lodging offers rentals and lessons and repairs. Dogs are welcome on the property on Mondays and Thursdays. Half-day and full day trails passes range from $5 to $18. Season passes are sold. A midweek special offers a trail pass, rentals and a group lesson for $60. Lessons are $25 to $60.
Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center
4323 VT Route 108 South
Smugglers' Notch, VT, 05464
30 km of cross-country trails and 24 km of snowshoe terrain; ice skating
30 kilometers of cross-country trails offer fun and challenge for for novices to expert; another 24 kilometers are reserved only for snowshoeing. Group and private lessons may be done by skiers of all levels. Join a tour for extra adventure. Rental for skiing and snowshoeing and also for ice skating. Access to Nordic trails is free with a lift ticket for Smugglers’ Notch downhill skiing.
Center has a cozy lodge and woodstove. Daily trail fees, $8-$14 depending on age; lessons are $45 to $60; rentals are $5 to $19.
Morse Farm Ski Center
1168 County Road
Montpelier, VT, 05601
15 miles of cross country (Nordic) classic and skate skiing trails; 2.5 miles of back country snowshoeing trails
Vermont’s newest XC ski area just 3 miles from downtown Montpelier has 15 miles of XC trails and 2.5 miles of backcountry snowshoe trails traveling through woods, maple sugar groves, and open pastures. All trails offer suitable enjoyment for all skill levels. Family friendly.
Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry Skiing
4302 Bolton Valley Access Road
Bolton Valley, VT, 05477
100 kilometers of cross-country ski trails; including groomed and back country; rentals; lessons
The Nordic Center offers guided tours, lessons, and rental equipment. The 100-kilometer Nordic trail system includes 26 kilometers to groomed trails and backcountry trails for skiing and snowshoeing
Full-day and half-day tickets are $6 to $17
Okemo Valley Nordic Center
77 Okemo Ridge Road
Ludlow, VT, 05149
22 km of trails for cross-country skiing and 13 km for snowshoeing; lessons, rentals, demos
22 km of trails are situated on the Okemo Valley Golf Club facility on Fox Lane. The terrain is meadows and rolling hills and trails are groomed for classic track skiing and skate skiing. A full 13 km of trails is reserved for snowshoeing. Trails offer options for skiers of all levels, from beginner to advanced. Lessons and rentals and demonstrations.
Open daily 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.; afternoon rates begin at 12:30 p.m. Nordic Shop sell equipment and clothing. Food is sold, Center also has conference rooms, lockers and showers, pro shop, waxing and repairs. Trail fees are $15 to $49 depending on skier age and length of ski time, from half-day to three days.
Prospect Mountain Nordic Ski Center
Woodford, VT, 05201
30 km of trails; Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. if there is snow; snowshoeing; rentals
30 km of trails are groomed for both skate skiing and track skiing, for levels of ability from beginner to advanced. Most trails have tracks set each side of a wide center skating lane. Also, snowshoeing and track skiing trails are available. Racing.
The base lodge has a large fireplace, woodstove; meal service for all tastes at reasonable prices. Trail fees are $17 to $22 depending on age; Equipment rentals are $12-$20, including adult and child sizes, pulka sleds and snow shoes.
Rikert Nordic Center
Middlebury, VT, 05753
Equipment rentals and lessons for XC skiing and snowshoeing; snow making
Carroll & Jane Rikert Nordic Center is owned and operated by Middlebury College and is open to the public. IT is a full-service cross-country skiing and showshoeing facility and also the home of the Middlebury College’s cross country racing team. The center offers 42 kilometers of varied and scenic trails for cross-country skiers and snowshoers for all abilities. Snowmaking is done here. Lots of programs for families, parents, and small kids. Racing and other special events. Equipment rentals and lessons
Day tickets are $5 to $17, based on age; season passes are $160 (family) to $85; rentals are $16-$27, including rentals of pulk sleds (to pull a child behind an adult); lessons are $30-$45.
Blueberry Hill Inn Ski & Snowshoe Center
Goshen - Ripton Road
Goshen, VT, 05733
50 km of back country for XC skiing and snowshoeing; ski and showshoe rentals; warm lodge for rest; open daily
This inn has 50 kilometers of back country -- that is, ungroomed -- trails for cross-country [Nordic] skiing and snowshoeing. Trails are easy to follow. The inn’s ski center is open every day, with longer hours on weekends. No trail fees, but a donation of $5 to the center is suggested.
Center offers a warm place to gather, and soup and other foods. Ski and snowshoe rentals are adults, $15; children, $8
Hildene Ski Touring Center
1005 Hildene Rd
Manchester, VT, 05254
8 km of trails for cross-country and snowshoeing on the grounds of the Lincoln family home
Hildene is the house home built in 1905 by the son of President Abraham Lincoln. This historic house is open to visitors year-round. In winter, guests may use the 8 km of cross-country skiing trails, which have varying levels of difficulty. The Ski Pavilion rents skiing and snowshoeing equipment for adults and children, and also lessons, by pre-arrangement. Nordic ski season is mid-December to mid-March, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Admission is $5-$16, based on age, rentals are $15; lessons are private or group, $15-$30. A full package include admission, rentals, lessons.
Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Ski Center
5781 Mountain Road
Stowe, VT, 05672
45 km of groomed and 30 km of backcountry trails; snowshoeing; rentals
Variety of trails for all levels of ability, including the a series of short gradual climbs to Bruce Trail; steep climbs along Peavy Trail to Bear Run junction; and some very advanced trials via Double Bit.
Trail fees are full day or half day, $11 to $25 depending on age. Season passes to cross country trails are available and include discounts on Stowe Mountain retail shops, equipment, and services. Lessons, $42 to $138. Rentals of equipment for all ages down to 3 years old. Pulka sleds available for rent.
424 Robinson Road
Warren, VT, 05674
30 km of trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing; rentals and lessons; pulk sleds for children; dogs welcome
31 km of groomed trails for classic track skiing and skate skiing. Open daily 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ski equipment and snowshoe rentals and lessons; phone ahead to schedule lessons. Trails are graded for average skiers. Daily pass and rentals, $12.
Hermitage XC Center
21 Handle Road
West Dover, VT, 05363
2 miles of trails based at Hermitage Inn for XC skiing and snowshoeing; ice skating
Hermitage Cross Country Center is actually based at the Hermitage Inn. Two miles of groomed cross country skiing and snowshoeing. People who are not lodging at the inn are welcome to use the Nordic ski facilities, but trail and equipment rental fees are charged. The inn also has ice skating.
Hazen's Notch Association
1423 Hazen’s Notch Road
Montgomery Center, VT, 05471
70 km of trails for Nordic skiing in tracks and for snowshoeing; forest and meadow settings
In a town noted for covered bridges Hazen’s Notch has 70 km of groomed and marked trails passing through mixed maple, birch and evergreen forest and across gentle, open meadows. Thirty trails for all abilities provide loops of different lengths for classical cross-country skiing and or snowshoeing.
Catamount Family Outdoor Center
592 Governor Chittenden Road
Williston, VT, 05495
Cross-country and snowshoeing trails; equipment rentals; snowshoe tours
Thirty-five miles of trails travel through a family farm dating back six generations to Vermont’s first governor. Equipment rentals. Moonlight snowshoe tours with separate tour groups for various ability levels are offered in January February and March.
Brattleboro Outing Club
Upper Dummerston Rd.
Brattleboro, VT, 05302
The Ski Hut is the hub of cross country skiing in the Brattleboro community.
The Ski Hut offers 30 km of trails.
Viking Nordic Center
615 Little Pond Rd
Londonderry, VT, 05148
35 kilometers of groomed trails; snowshoeing; equipment rentals and lessons; child care; night skiing
35 km of trails pass through woods and meadows; trails are available for the novice to the expert. Ski shop offers Nordic skiing and snowshoeing equipment as well as pulk sleds for young kids, Lessons by Professional Ski Instructors of America. Trailside cabin and warming hut. Night skiing.
Child care on the snow. Four-bedroom guest house near the trail; club house for rent. Group packages, rates, and rentals,
Mountain Meadows XC Area
2363 U.S. 4
Killington, VT, 05751
57 km of trails; snow making; snowshoeing; rentals; nearby accommodations
Right in the middle of popular Killington, Mountain Meadows Center, supported by Base Camp Outfitters, has 57 km of cross-country [Nordic] skiing and snowshoeing and a base lodge for warmth and rest. This center is close to Kent Lake and the Catamount Trail (at Section 13), which allows people to ski the length of the state. (Parking is at the trailhead).
Lessons and rentals. Lodging at nearby Mountain Meadows Lodge on Thundering Brook Road.
Wild Wings Ski Touring Center
Peru, VT, 05152
28 km of classic Nordic skiing terrain; small attraction & good for families
Classic, track skiing and a nice small operation for families and kids. Trails roam through woods and along brooks. This location is a snow pocket, meaning there may be snow here even when other locations are bare. Regular grooming. No snowshoeing
Nordic Trail System of the Kingdom Trails Association
Kingdom Trails Association
East Burke, VT, 05832
60 kilometers of groomed skating and tracked classic Nordic trails; open December to April
Two separate areas provide Nordic (cross-country) ski trails. One is Dashney Farm ( formerly Burke XC), where 50 kilometers of skating and classic trails that wind through field and forest. Plenty of trails for all skill levels. The Nordic Welcome Center at the end of Dashney Road is the information and pass purchase center. (Dashney Farm is also the location for the 5th Annual Burke Sled Dog Dash in March.) Located 1.3 miles up the Mountain Road from Route 114. Phone: 802-626-6005
Darling Hill overlooks Willoughby Gap. You will ski past historic barns, inns, and Victorian houses. Trail difficulty rates from beginner to intermediate. Park at the Children’s Theater on Darling Hill Road and buy passes and get maps at a self pay kiosk.
Many family-oriented activities including hosting the Kingdom Nordic Club’s Bill Koch Instructional League. Annual membership is $75 for an individual and $150 for a family. Day passes are $7 for youth age 8-15 and $15 for adults age 16-69.
Ole’s Cross Country Center
Warren, VT, 05674
30 miles of trails; snowshoeing; lessons and rentals
30 miles of groomed trails for every level of skier at this family-friendly area. Trail markers on the 11 trails are easy to use. Classic track skiing and skate-skiing are offered. Day lounge; heated indoor restrooms; rentals of equipment for adults and kids by the day of half-day; lessons. Youth ski league
Trails passes are sold by the day and half-day, $10 to $16 depending on age; rentals are $14 to $22; lessons are $20 to $45
Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center
Route 100 North
West Dover, VT, 05356
14 km of cross country and snow shoe trails; rentals; instruction
In the shadow of Mount Snow, Timber Creek offers a choice of lots of terrain for all abilities on 14 km of trails trails through forest, and even into hills and high ridges for advanced skiers. Snowshoeing is also available.
Day trail fees are $9 to $20 based on age and whether a half-day or full day is used. Also: lessons, rentals, and all-inclusive learn-to-ski packages that include trail fees, rentals, and instruction