cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Central Vermont

Rikert Nordic Center (802-443-2744, http://www.middlebury.edu/about/facilities/rikert) is owned and operated by Middlebury College located 12 miles east of Middlebury. There are 50 km of groomed trails with classic and skate skiing and 5 km of snowshoe trails, too. For a full page of info click Rikert Nordic Center. Lessons, xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals are available. The center borders the Green Mountain National Forest and the Robert Frost Homestead in Ripton, VT at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College. Snowmaking operations now cover 5 km of trails in the largest snowmaking system of its type among xc ski areas in North America. CCSAA member

Strafford Nordic Center in eastern central VT is the newest xc ski area in the country on rolling and wooded Vermont farmland. There are 20 km of groomed xc ski trails for classic and skating. Rental equipment and lessons. CCSAA member.

Blueberry Hill Ski Center is in Goshen, VT high in the Green Mountain National Forest. There are 50 km of groomed trails of which 20 km are groomed for skate skiing. Lessons, xc ski rental equipment are available. The new Romance Trail, is 3,100-foot altitude, which is claimed to be the highest groomed trail in Vermont. This cozy inn, which is tucked away in the mountains above Middlebury, was also recently awarded "Green Hotel" signification, whereby it passed a rigorous inspection for environmental stewardship by the Green Hotel Association. The association, which encourages, promotes and supports the "greening" of the lodging industry, rewards properties whose management institutes programs that save water and energy and reduce solid waste.

Three Stallion Inn Ski Touring is on 1,300 acres in Randolph, VT with 30 km of groomed trails (10 of which are for skating). There are hardwood and softwood forests along the Third Branch of the White River and through high open meadows. Snowshoe trails, too. Full service shop rents xc ski and snowshoe equipment. Fitness center, indoor pool, racketball courts, massage, fine dining and Morgan's Pub on site.

Bredeson Outdoor Adventures based in Bridport, VT and Norwalk, CT is a guide service specializing on trips with activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, or bicycling. The trips feature guided, culturally-oriented, private, public, or self-guided customized excursions for people of all ability levels and are offered in CT, VT, NY, and various destinations in Europe. Bredeson's Adventures have explored around Vermont towns such as Middlebury, Stowe, and Woodstock.