Outdoor Recreation

Cross-Country Skiing

A cross-country skier skis through snowy forest in the sunshine.
A cross-country skier skis across a frozen lake with a rocky ledge in the background.

Solitude in the Outdoors

Nordic skiing has deep roots in Vermont. Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe was the first cross-country ski center established in the U.S., and today, the sport flourishes in Vermont. With 30 cross-country ski areas throughout the state and trails suitable for all ages and ability levels, stunning views and the chance to truly escape awaits. Many ski areas offer equipment rentals and guided tours.

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Ski Vermont is your source for resort information, including Nordic ski area locations and conditions.

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Two Nordic skiers with backpacks on follow the trail surrounded by snow on the trees. The sun beams through and a blue sign is hung on a tree marking Catamount X-C Ski Trail.

Catamount Trail

300 miles of cross-country skiing is free and open to the public on the Catamount Trail, stretching from the Massachusetts border to the Quebec border. Established in 1984, 31 sections of maintained trail traverses through Vermont’s cross country ski areas, private land, and mountain passes.

Vermont is home to the nation’s first cross-country ski center, Trapp Family Lodge.

More Vermont Facts

On a sunny spring day, a Nordic skier heads uphill towards a tree with a sap bucket hanging on it, and nearby a barn has wood stacked out front.
A person skis and smiles while looking at the camera.

Vermont Adaptive Snow Sports Program

Those with disabilities can get out on the snow and experience winter activities with Vermont Adaptive. The organization offers lessons and adaptive equipment at a handful of resorts spread around the state.

Indoor scene of a ski lodge and a sign that reads Craftsbury and people in the background getting fitted for skis.
A room with wooden wall panels, a couch, area rug, and table by a window.

Solar Power Operation

Craftsbury Outdoor Center is expecting to produce 100% of its electrical needs using solar panels. Working in concert with an increasingly electrical energy system, including electric vehicle charging, the location is working toward sustainability in its buildings, energy, and food systems – including meatless Mondays.