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Cross-Country Skiing in Vermont

Quiet and calm with terrain for all abilities awaits

Cross-country skiing has deep roots in Vermont. Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe was the first cross-country ski center established in the Americas, and today, the sport flourishes in Vermont, from paths suitable for all ages and ability levels to backcountry ski trails that offer stunning views and the chance to truly escape. Many resorts offer equipment rentals, and some offer guided tours for an insider's view at Vermont's Nordic skiing scene. 

There's more than one way to make tracks. The terms "Nordic" and "cross-country" are often used to mean the same sport, but Nordic refers to competitive skiing, while cross-country skiing tends to mean a lower-key version of the sport, more focused on touring and sightseeing. Opportunities to try both abound in Vermont, whether you'd like to race or take in the scenery. However you choose to get out there, Vermont will offer an unbeatable Nordic experience.

Skiing the Catamount Trail

FIND A TRAIL

Vermont’s cross-country skiing trails offer beautiful views and a one-of-a-kind perspective on Vermont’s backcountry. Ski Vermont will help you find a trail so you can get exploring.

Greg Maino / Catamount Trail Association. http://catamounttrail.org/

CATAMOUNT TRAIL

Calling all adventure seekers: The Catamount Trail is a cross-country skiing trail that runs the entire length of the state.

Danny Davis snowboarding Stowe Forest

SKI THE BACKCOUNTRY

Exploring Vermont's backcountry can be one of the most rewarding ways to ski. Find backcountry zones and information about navigating the backcountry on skis from the Catamount Trail Association.

Snowboarder Launching Tail-grab

Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum

Skiing and riding have deep roots in Vermont. Explore the sports’ history and their culture, from the very beginning to today’s modern amenities and friendly, welcoming environment.

Winter fun in the Snow for all ages

WINTER FUN FOR ALL AGES

Vermont's winters turn hills, ponds and lakes into playgrounds for Vermonters and visitors of all ages. From sledding to fat biking to tubing, find your fun this season. 

Ski and Ride Snowboarders High Five at the Mountain Top

SKI & RIDE

Whether you shred, carve, or pizza-turn down the slopes, Vermont has an experience for every level of skier and rider. Find the one fits your style on the slopes.

Family skinning up Mt Mansfield

Winter Hiking

Our state parks never close, which gives an open invitation to anyone who is looking to walk through our winter wanderland. Experience the views of a lifetime in Vermont.

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Snowshoeing

Even if you don’t ski, there are ways the whole family can get out into Vermont’s snowy wonderland. Enjoy the calm, quiet and scenic beauty of the season.

Back-country Skiing in the Green Mountains

WHAT TO DO AND WHERE TO STAY

Vermont is home to unique lodging, world-class recreation, local food, shopping, history and art in beautiful surroundings. Plan your trip with our directory.