Winter in its Original State: Nordic Skiing at Vermont Resorts
Vermont is the birthplace of many beloved things in the history of skiing, and back in the 1960’s Vermont became the birthplace of Nordic skiing in the United States. Thanks to the Trapp Family Lodge and Mountain Top Inn, Nordic skiing has been evolving and growing for the past 50 years and today, Nordic enthusiasts can slide and skate their way all over Vermont.
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort
The Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Center offers cross country skiing on 60km of trails with classic ski track and skating lanes and trails for all levels. The 40km of groomed trails and their snowmaking system, which more than covers a 2.5km loop, both allow them to ensure great conditions no matter what the weather is doing. Last year, Mountain Top Inn & Resort they to a new, more powerful, PistenBully groomer. Trails are open 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily in season. For more information call 802.483.6089 or visit www.mountaintopinn.com
Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge offers daily group lessons, equipment rentals and terrain for all abilities. Whether you like to gently glide through the woods or shave seconds off your race pace, Trapp Family Lodge’s Nordic Ski School and Center has the equipment and program to take your interest and put it on the trail. They make it easy for you to enjoy the many benefits of Nordic skiing.
Rikert Nordic Center
Rikert Nordic Center’s state of the art snow making system and the FIS certified Tormondsen Race Trail, installed in 2011, has opened the doors to early season skiing and world class racing events, while still maintaining its wonderful original feel and mission. Snow making has allowed Rikert to be open early and remain open for 140+ days of the year.
Last year, improvements included new intersection signs, a new snowmobile groomer and trail mower, new trails for snowshoeing and fat biking, and dog-friendly trails.
The Woodstock Inn
The Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Nordic & Tubbs Snowshoes Adventure Center maintains 25km of well-groomed trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and now fatbiking on Mt Peg. The center provides guests with an abundance of mapped trails that surround the picturesque village of Woodstock, VT. The Woodstock Inn & Resort has also partnered with Tubbs Snowshoes, creating an Adventure Center that pairs world-class vacations with world class gear. The programming features expert lead tours and special moonlight events.
Bolton Valley offers up 100km, and over 1200 acres, of Nordic and backcountry skiing. About 15km of trails are groomed for skate and classic skiing. The remainder of the terrain is open for exploration on skis, snowshoes or splitboards. The backcountry terrain serves as a great introduction to backcountry skiing for those new to the backcountry and, with 100 kilometers of terrain to explore, there is ample terrain to keep even the most avid backcountry traveler engaged all season long. See the website for more information: http://www.boltonvalley.com/the-mountain/nordic-and-backcountry.
Mad River Glen & Sugarbush Resort
The Mad River Valley’s two cross-country centers, Ole’s Cross Country Center and Blueberry Lake Cross Country & Snowshoeing Center, offer an extensive network of classic and skating trails for all abilities. These well-maintained trails traverse both wooded and open terrain just minutes away from Sugarbush Resort and Mad River Glen. The Catamount Trail also winds its way through the Mad River Valley. Learn more about cross country skiing at www.madrivervalley.com.
Burke Mountain Resort
Step into snowshoes or cross-country skis and trek through a quilted landscape of old logging lanes, forgotten country roads, and rolling Vermont farmland. For those that can’t get enough of two-wheel transportation, hop on a fat bike to explore the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom. Nearly 10 miles of groomed Nordic skate lane and classic track connect with neighbors at Kingdom Trails which encompasses over 100 miles of networked, non-motorized trails for all level of abilities. This little nook of Vermont incorporates a network of paths highlighting some of the best local scenery and natural diversity.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Resort's Cross Country Ski Center offers 45 km of groomed trails and 30 km of backcountry terrain. A full menu of Nordic snowsports gear including snowshoes, touring gear, performance skate ski and classic ski packages, backcountry, telemark gear and kids gear is available on-site. Also available is a Polk sled for parents with infants/toddlers. More info at http://www.stowe.com/ski-ride/xc/.
Beginner trails include: Timber Lane and Bruce Trail Loop / Round Trip, 6km.
Intermediate trails: Peavy Trail, Bear Run and Burt Trail / Round Trip, 9km.
Advanced trails (along outer perimeter of trail network): Peavy Trail, Double Bit, Bear Run, Ranch Valley Cruise, Stowe Derby Trail / Round Trip, 12km.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Beyond the village of Ludlow, past the road to Okemo’s Clock Tower base area, a different sort of skiing is taking place…one that moves at a slower pace. Okemo Valley Nordic Center offers alternatives for enjoying the outdoors in winter. Extending across pristine snow-covered meadows and rolling hills, a hidden world of beauty and adventure invites people of all ages and abilities to discover the joys of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The well-marked trail network features 22 km of machine-tracked and skate-groomed lanes for skiers, and 13 km of trails dedicated to snowshoeing. Okemo’s Nordic Center trails are ideally suited to all ability levels and are groomed daily using state-of-the-art grooming machines.
The Quechee Club
The Quechee Club is a Nordic skier’s paradise with over 10 miles of groomed trails that meander along a Vermont wooded landscape. Access to Nordic skiing is complimentary for all. Guests must check in at Membership services to pick up a guest pass before taking to the trails.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
The beauty of Vermont’s winter landscape is readily apparent on Smugglers’ Notch Resort’s network of 30 kilometers of cross-country skiing trails and 24 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe trails that wind their way through woods and meadows. The full-service Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center offers equipment rentals, lessons, snacks to purchase and a wood stove to warm up by. Cross-country lessons include 1.5 hour group lessons, one hour private lessons, and Mom & Me/Dad & Me lessons in which parents learn the sport with their children ages 6 and older. Incorporated into the level learning area is a Nordic terrain park that features a series of three gently rolling small hills for gaining confidence with balance, movement and speed control. Daily access to Smugglers’ Nordic network is part of the lift ticket inclusion on the resort’s three vacation packages. (www.smuggs.com/nordic)
Stratton Mountain Resort
Explore Stratton’s 12km of rolling, scenic, snowy Nordic trails at the Stratton Nordic Center. The trails wind through tall fir trees in the Sun Bowl and are groomed daily for classic and skate skiing. Group lessons, classic, skate and snowshoe rentals are available. Nordic Center activities include guided snowshoe tours and full moon hikes.
Mount Snow Resort
Nordic and snowshoeing offerings can be found across the street from Mount Snow Resort at Timber Creek where trails are specially laid out to allow skiers and snowshoers to link up trails for as long, or as short, of an adventure as their heart desires.