VT Resorts and Parks Open to Cross Country (XC) Skiing & SnowshoeingCross-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.
195 Mountain Top Road Chittenden, VT, 05737 Phone: 802-483-2311
An endless array of outdoor adventures
700 Trapp Hill Road Stowe, VT, 05672 Phone: 802-253-8511 Toll-Free: 800-826-7000
The first US Nordic ski center has it all
Rikert Nordic Center
Route 125 Middlebury, VT, 05753 Phone: 802-443-2744
Equipment rentals and lessons for XC skiing and snowshoeing; snow making
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.
Smugglers’ Notch Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Adventure Center
4323 VT Route 108 South Smugglers' Notch, VT, 05464 Phone: 802-644-1173
30 km of cross-country trails and 24 km of snowshoe terrain; ice skating
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.
Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center
783 Townshend Road Grafton, VT, 05146 Phone: 802-843-2400
Groomed and backcountry trails; snowshoeing, snow making, snow tubing; lessons and rentals
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.
1 Mill Street, Suite 350 Burlington, VT Phone: 802-864-5794
Public-access cross country ski and showshoe trail extends full north-south length of Vermont
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
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
535 Lost Nation Rd Craftsbury Common, VT, 05827 Phone: 802-586-7767
135 km of trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing snow making; racing and events
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.
Wild Wings Ski Touring Center
North Road Peru, VT, 05152 Phone: 802-824-6793
28 km of classic Nordic skiing terrain; small attraction & good for families
Hazen's Notch Association
1423 Hazen’s Notch Road Montgomery Center, VT, 05471 Phone: 802-326-4799
70 km of trails for Nordic skiing in tracks and for snowshoeing; forest and meadow settings
Prospect Mountain Nordic Ski Center
Route 9 Woodford, VT, 05201 Phone: 802-442-2575
30 km of trails; Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. if there is snow; snowshoeing; rentals
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.
Okemo Valley Nordic Center
77 Okemo Ridge Road Ludlow, VT, 05149 Phone: 802-228-1396
22 km of trails for cross-country skiing and 13 km for snowshoeing; lessons, rentals, demos
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.
Bolton Valley Nordic and Backcountry Skiing
4302 Bolton Valley Access Road Bolton Valley, VT, 05477 Phone: 802-434-6876
100 kilometers of cross-country ski trails; including groomed and back country; rentals; lessons
Full-day and half-day tickets are $6 to $17
Hildene Ski Touring Center
1005 Hildene Rd Manchester, VT, 05254 Phone: 802-362-1788
8 km of trails for cross-country and snowshoeing on the grounds of the Lincoln family home
Admission is $5-$16, based on age, rentals are $15; lessons are private or group, $15-$30. A full package include admission, rentals, lessons.
Blueberry Hill Inn Ski & Snowshoe Center
Goshen - Ripton Road Goshen, VT, 05733 Phone: 802-247-6735
50 km of back country for XC skiing and snowshoeing; ski and showshoe rentals; warm lodge for rest; open daily
Nordic Trail System of the Kingdom Trails Association
Kingdom Trails Association East Burke, VT, 05832 Phone: 802-626-0737
60 kilometers of groomed skating and tracked classic Nordic trails; open December to April
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.
Hermitage XC Center
21 Handle Road West Dover, VT, 05363 Phone: 802-464-3511
2 miles of trails based at Hermitage Inn for XC skiing and snowshoeing; ice skating
424 Robinson Road Warren, VT, 05674 Phone: 802-496-6687
30 km of trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing; rentals and lessons; pulk sleds for children; dogs welcome
Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Ski Center
5781 Mountain Road Stowe, VT, 05672 Phone: 802-253-3688
45 km of groomed and 30 km of backcountry trails; snowshoeing; rentals
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.
Viking Nordic Center
615 Little Pond Rd Londonderry, VT, 05148 Phone: 802-824-3933
35 kilometers of groomed trails; snowshoeing; equipment rentals and lessons; child care; night skiing
Child care on the snow. Four-bedroom guest house near the trail; club house for rent. Group packages, rates, and rentals,
Brattleboro Outing Club
Upper Dummerston Rd. Brattleboro, VT, 05302 Phone: 802-257-5292
Catamount Family Outdoor Center
592 Governor Chittenden Road Williston, VT, 05495 Phone: 802-879-6001
Cross-country and snowshoeing trails; equipment rentals; snowshoe tours
Mountain Meadows XC Area
2363 U.S. 4 Killington, VT, 05751 Phone: 802-775-7077
57 km of trails; snow making; snowshoeing; rentals; nearby accommodations
Lessons and rentals. Lodging at nearby Mountain Meadows Lodge on Thundering Brook Road.
Morse Farm Ski Center
1168 County Road Montpelier, VT, 05601 Phone: Toll-Free: 800-242-2740
15 miles of cross country (Nordic) classic and skate skiing trails; 2.5 miles of back country snowshoeing trails
Timber Creek Cross Country Ski Center
Route 100 North West Dover, VT, 05356 Phone: 802-464-0999
14 km of cross country and snow shoe trails; rentals; instruction
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
Ole’s Cross Country Center
Airport Road Warren, VT, 05674 Phone: 802-496-3430
30 miles of trails; snowshoeing; lessons and rentals
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