"Real skiers ski uphill" is an old expression in Vermont, where cross country skiing is as much a winter tradition as hot chocolate and making snow angels. Cross-Country skiing in the mountains of Vermont can be a wonderful way to embrace winter.
Need inspiration to give it a try? Some of my favorite winter workouts are on the cross country trails. Plus, it's an affordable option for families who find alpine skiing too pricey. Here are some favorite spots to get some exercise and take in the gorgeous natural beauty that Vermont is known for.
Trapp Family Lodge
Home to the first cross country ski center in the Americas, the Trapp Family Lodge combines European-style accommodations and cuisine with amazing access to 37 miles of groomed trails and 62 miles of backcountry trails suitable for cross-country skiers of all ages and abilities.
Ski Moms Tip: Plan to ski to Slayton Pasture Cabin where you can warm up on the hearth of a roaring fireplace and replenish your energy with homemade soup, sandwiches, and hot chocolate.
700 Trapp Hill Road | P.O. Box 1428 Stowe, Vermont 05672 United States
Catamount Outdoor Family Center
Located just 8 miles from Burlington, Catamount Outdoor Family Center has offered a very wide variety of trails for all abilities of cross country skiers. With 20 miles of trails with breathtaking views of Camel’s Hump, Mount Mansfield, Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks it’s an easy day trip from the big city.
Ski Moms Tip: Try the lighted night loop. COFC offers 4 kilometers of trails for skiing and snowshoeing after the sun goes down.
592 Governor Chittenden Rd, Williston, VT 05495
With 105k of trails connecting Northeast Kingdom villages, farms, fields and forest this is the place to fine-tune your skills. Craftsbury has amazing kids learning programs starting at age 4 that run on weekends throughout the winter and offer kids the opportunity to get coaching and bond as a group.
Ski Moms Tip: Thanks to snow saving operations Craftsbury is one of the first cross-country ski locations to open. The are guaranteeing at least 1.0km on November 15th.
535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
Nestled in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest, the Rikert Nordic Center is fully ADA accessible, offers a full service rental shop, and a PSIA certified ski school. Middlebury students can take cross-country skiing for credit during the January term. They also have fat biles to take out on the trails. Want a snack? The cozy lodge has soup to purchase to refresh weary skier.
Ski Moms Tip: Rikert is also stocked with Pulk Sleds, allowing moms (and dads) to go for a ski with the little kids in tow (literally).
06 College Cross Road, Barn East, Ripton, VT 05766
Dashney Nordic Center
Want to really get away from the crowds? Head to Burke Vermont and explore the Dashney Nordic Center. These remote trails are just what you need to reconnect with nature.
Ski Moms Tip: Don’t miss the moonlit evenings on the trails. From 6:00 - 9:00pm. The Dashney Nordic Center will be open for the evening hours on these BIG MOON nights. They offer some tasty treats and warming drinks. Half-price trail passes and rentals. Headlamps recommended.
70-838 Dashney Rd, East Burke, VT 05832
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