For some people a winter getaway means taking turns on a mountain and feeling the wind whip your face while you reach incredible speeds. Others want to enjoy the great outdoors at a slower pace, taking in the serenity of winter and getting some great exercise. For the second group, cross-country skiing is the perfect escape.
The low profile activity of cross-country skiing has gained some popularity in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. The sport can take skiers just about anywhere there’s snow—from town to town or way out into the back country—the only limit is a skier’s strength, ability and knowledge. As you improve on skis, the terrain opens up for you and the views and experiences are simply incredible.
Additionally, cross-country skiing is a killer workout that challenges your whole body. There’s no excuse not to give it a shot when day passes and rentals are almost always inexpensive—or at least far less expensive than Alpine ski gear and passes. So take a look at the top 10 scenic cross-country spots across the country and strap on some skis.
Trapp Family Lodge—Stowe, Vt.
Tucked away in the mountain town of Stowe, this cross-country ski spot is home to the first Nordic ski center established in the U.S. Since its founding, the resort has grown to include more than 30 miles of groomed trails and tons of backcountry terrain—it has become one of the best spots in the country to cross-country ski.
Sun Valley—Sun Valley, Idaho
This well-known downhill resort is known for sunny days and great mountain terrain, but Sun Valley also offers some great cross-country trails. More than 20 miles of groomed trails offer scenic beauty that’s hard to beat anywhere else and qualified instructors can help you enjoy it all.