9 Places to Snowshoe and Cross-Country Ski in Vermont

Plan an Exhilarating Winter Outing on Vermont's Scenic XC Trails

Vermont is New England's winter sports capital, and if careening downhill on skis or a snowboard isn't your thing, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy playing in the fluffy white stuff. Here's your guide to nine places in Vermont where you can cross-country ski or snowshoe—great exercise, without the risk of knocking your noggin on the slopes.

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Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center - Goshen, Vermont

Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center
Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center
Address
1245 Goshen-Ripton Rd, Goshen, VT 05733, USA
Phone
+1 802-247-6735

Trail passes are free (although a $10 donation is suggested for day visitors) and homemade soup for lunch is the perfect way to warm up after a day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on about 60 kilometers of ungroomed wilderness trails at Blueberry Hill Inn's Outdoor Center. The rental shop has cross-country skis available as well as snowshoes for kids and adults.

02 of 09

Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Center - Chittenden, Vermont

Mountain Top Inn & Resort
Mountain Top Inn & Resort
Address
95 Mountain Top Rd, Chittenden, VT 05737, USA
Phone
+1 802-483-2311

You're guaranteed good cross-country skiing conditions on well-groomed trails at Mountain Top Inn's Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center, the oldest commercial cross-country ski center in the state. That's because the resort uses a snowmaking system on 2 kilometers of its 60-kilometer trail system. Ski and snowshoe rentals and instruction are available.

03 of 09

Bolton Valley Resort - Bolton Valley, Vermont

Bolton Valley
Bolton Valley
Address
4302 Bolton Valley Access Rd, Richmond, VT 05477, USA
Phone
+1 802-434-3444

You'll find 100 kilometers of groomed and backcountry Nordic trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Bolton Valley Resort. Whether you're a beginner on snowshoes or an expert, you can book a guided snowshoe tour or venture out on your own. Rental and demo equipment is available.

04 of 09

Woodstock Inn & Resort, Woodstock

Woodstock Inn & Resort
Woodstock Inn & Resort
Address
14 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091-1283, USA
Phone
+1 802-332-6853

The Woodstock Inn has been welcoming snow sports enthusiasts to its Winter Sports Center since 1910. Now, the Woodstock Nordic Center maintains 45 kilometers of groomed trails for skate and classic cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and additional ungroomed trails are accessible to snowshoers and fat bike riders, too. Rentals and lessons are available. The Nordic Center is open to the public and inn guests.

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05 of 09

Ole's Cross Country Center - Warren, Vermont

Ole's Cross Country Center
Ole's Cross Country Center
Address
2355 Airport Rd, Warren, VT 05674, USA
Phone
+1 802-496-3430

Ready for a cross-country skiing, ski skating, or snowshoeing adventure? Ole's Cross Country Center invites outdoorsy types of all skill levels to experience its 30 miles of mountainview trails. Guided tours, rentals, and lessons are available. Ski free if you're 5 and under or 75 and up.

06 of 09

Viking Nordic Center - Londonderry, Vermont

Viking Nordic Center Vermont
Viking Nordic Center
Address
615 Little Pond Rd, Londonderry, VT 05148, USA
Phone
+1 802-824-3933

Children 5 and under ski free all the time at Viking Nordic Center, where you'll discover varied terrain along 32 kilometers of trails. Adults can ski free, too, if they stay overnight at Viking's Farmhouse or Apartment. There are 4 km of trails exclusively for the use of snowshoers, too. On select winter nights, 3 km of trails are illuminated with romantic antique lanterns. Cross-country skis and snowshoes are available for rent. Kids who search the wooded trails for wooden snowflakes and Viking helmets can earn a cookie, and adults can play the Great Cookie Search for a chance to end the day with a sweet treat, too.

07 of 09

Craftsbury Outdoor Center - Craftsbury Common, Vermont

Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Address
535 Lost Nation Rd, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827-9725, USA
Phone
+1 802-586-7767

Home to the annual Craftsbury Marathon Ski Festival, this Northeast Kingdom Nordic ski center extends its already long cross-country season by making snow. More than 100 kilometers of groomed trails take you through river valleys, forests, and villages. You'll love warming up beside the woodstove inside Charley's Cabin. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available.

08 of 09

Stowe Cross Country Ski Center - Stowe, Vermont

Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Resort/Jesse Schloff
Address
5781 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672, USA
Phone
+1 802-253-3000

Stowe boasts 45 kilometers of groomed trails and 30 kilometers of backcountry terrain for cross-country skiers and snowshoers at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Rentals and both group and private lessons are available. And when your legs grow weary, you can feast on Vermont cuisine at the state's only mountaintop restaurant, The Cliff House.

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09 of 09

Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe, Vermont

Trapp Family Lodge
Trapp Family Lodge
Address
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672, USA
Phone
+1 800-826-7000

Founded by the von Trapp family of Sound of Music fame, the Trapp Family Lodge has a full-service cross-country skiing facility that is as remarkable as the resort's history. With 37 miles of groomed trails and 62 miles of backcountry trails, its varied terrain makes it an ideal destination for both beginners and experienced skiers. Break for lunch and warm up by the fire inside the Slayton Pasture Cabin. Trail passes, rentals, instruction, and guided tours are available to day visitors as well as overnight guests.

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