cross country skiing and snowshoeing Near Manchester, Vermont

This is the south western central region of Vermont, which includes Manchester, known for retail shops, outlets, and restaurants.

Viking Nordic Center (802-824-3933, www.VikingNordic.com) in Londonderry, VT provides 35 km of groomed trails through woods and open fields, best suited for up to intermediate levels, but with some advanced trails, too. For a complete page of info click Viking Nordic Center. This is one of the oldest xc ski centers in North America. Viking has many amenities and services for xc skiing families and kids. Farm house accommodations available. CCSAA member.

The Stratton Nordic Center (802-297-4114, www.stratton.com) at the Sun Bowl has 20 km of tracked cross-country trails and 50 km of backcountry skiing. Skiers can use the Sun Bowl Lodge for rentals, dining and lounging. Lessons and guided tours are available.The Stratton Mountain County Club has terrain that is ideally suited for first timers and families. It is on the Stratton access road and has a retail shop and rental equipment for xc skiing and snowshoeing.

Hildene Ski Touring (802-362-1788, www.hildene.org) ) in Manchester Village has 15 km of trails through the pine-covered historical estate of Robert Todd Lincoln. There is a warming hut in the carriage barn, with rentals, trail tickets and light refreshments. CCSAA member

Grafton Ponds XC Center (802-843-2400, www.graftonponds.com) is in Grafton, VT on Route 121. It has 30 km of groomed trails, lessons, rentals, sleigh rides, ice-skating and retail. The xc ski center is linked to the Old Tavern in Grafton has 47 rooms and restaurant, where Emerson and Thoreau have visited. The center has snowmaking for the early season. CCSAA member

Wild Wings Ski Touring Center (802-824-6793) in Peru, VT is a family xc ski area with 20 km of groomed trails, rentals, lessons and hot refreshments and snacks. CCSAA member

Eddington House Inn (800-941-1857; www.eddingtonhouseinn.com) is a boutique bed & breakfast in southwestern Vermont inn located in the Village of North Bennington and it is easily accessible to recreation and other entertainment. Prospect Mountain is 7 miles from the inn. Eddington House offers great packages for travelers such as the Southern VT Cross Country Ski/Snowshoe Package, Girlfriend Getaways, or the Culinary Delights Package.