As winter blankets the picturesque landscapes of Vermont, enthusiasts of cross-country skiing eagerly anticipate exploring the state’s pristine trails.
Vermont, renowned for its stunning natural beauty and abundant snowfall, offers a plethora of opportunities for cross-country skiing, catering to both beginners and seasoned skiers alike.
Here’s a guide to some of the best outdoor centers for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in Vermont.
Guide to XC Ski Vermont
*Locations will be listed from the southern most part of the state to the northern most part of the state.*
1. Prospect Mountain Ski Area (Woodford, VT)
Prospect Mountain maintains more than 30 kilometers of trails. When the snow falls, the trails are expertly groomed for both skating and classical cross-country skiing. Most trails have tracks set on either side with a wide skating lane in the center. There are also special snowshoeing and single-track trails. They have trails from beginner to expert.
2. Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center(Grafton, VT)
Grafton, VT is one of the most idyllic villages you can visit in Vermont. The Grafton Trails & Outdoor Center has activities, recreation, and events sure to entertain the entire family. Delight in skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, fat biking, and sleigh rides in the winter.
I also want to mention that the Grafton Nature Museum has great camps for children during holiday breaks. During February vacation, kids can leans about animal adaptations, build snow forts and even roast some s’mores!
3. Viking Nordic Center- (Londonderry, VT)
The Viking Nordic Center meticulously grooms 26 km of ski trails for both classic and skate skiing, with another 4 km of dedicated snowshoe trails.
This is a great place to teach kids with their Great Cookie Hunt. Every child (ages 12 and under) gets a cookie card. Find all the cookie punch stations on the trails, and that cookie card is good for one free cookie from Wigo’s Café! Nothing motivates kids like cookies!
Two pulks (drag-behind covered sleds) are available to rent to bundle your child into. These are great if your child is too young to be on skis. I used to snowshoe and pull Lizzie behind me through the woods.
4. Wild Wings- (Peru, VT)
Wild Wings is a family friendly Nordic ski touring center. They have a trail system consisting of loop trails that will satisfy all skill levels of cross-country skiers. They also have a fully stocked rental shop with high quality gear. If you want to XC Ski Vermont, this is a great place for beginners. The trails are perfectly groomed and very scenic making it one of our favorites.
5. Woodstock Nordic Center- (Woodstock, VT)
The Woodstock Nordic Center has an extensive network of winter trails throughout Mt. Peg and Mt. Tom. The Nordic Center offers more than 45 km of groomed trails for cross-country skiing.
Snowshoers & fat bike riders may utilize the groomed ski trail areas in addition to a series of un-groomed trails. Cross-country ski and snowshoe rentals and trail passes are all available at the Woodstock Nordic Center.
6. Mountain Top Resort (Chittenden, VT)
With 60 km of Cross Country Ski Trails, it’s no surprise that XC Skiing at Mountain Top Resort has been a favorite past-time since 1964. These trails are open to the public and are generally accessible mid-December through March.
With state-of-the-art grooming, a 2 km snow-making loop, varied terrain, and sweeping views, you’re bound to have the experience of a lifetime. These trails are maintained for both skate and classic skiing. Some of these trails are also dog friendly!
7. Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center- (Goshen, VT)
The Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center provides access to the Blueberry Hill network of trails, the Vermont Long Trail, The Catamount Trail, and the Moosalamoo National Forest Trails. This outdoor center offers skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and sledding (bring your own sleds).
8. Rikert Nordic Center- (Ripton, VT)
Explore this incredible forest and field terrain either on skis, snowshoes, or on a FatBike. The Rikert Nordic Center offers a full service rental shop. After your outing, come sit in their lodge to warm yourself by the wood stove with a hot bowl of soup or a cup of hot chocolate.
9. Catamount Outdoor Family Center- (Williston, VT)
Vermont’s centrally located, most extensive professionally maintained multi-use trail network with year-round fun for active outdoor people of all ages. Catamount Outdoor Family Center offers fat biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Rentals available.
10. Trapp Family Lodge- (Stowe, VT)
Trapp Family Lodge is home to the first cross-country ski center in the country. They offer snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and back-country skiing is a beautiful setting.
This is the same Trapp family from the renowned musical “The Sound of Music.” Led by Captain Georg von Trapp and his wife Maria, they fled Austria during World War II, captivating audiences with their harmonious performances as the Trapp Family Singers.
11. Craftsbury Outdoor Center- (Craftsbury, VT)
The Craftsbury Outdoor Center offers 105k of groomed cross-country trails that cut through farms, fields and forests in the Northeast Kingdom. Dog friendly.
Map of XC Ski Vermont
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Whether you’re seeking a challenging adventure or a leisurely glide through tranquil landscapes, Vermont offers an array of XC ski destinations to suit every preference. With its scenic beauty, diverse terrain, and world-class trail systems, Vermont remains a top choice for cross-country skiing enthusiasts seeking an unforgettable winter experience.
So, bundle up, wax your skis, and embark on a cross-country skiing adventure in the Green Mountain State!