cross country skiing and snowshoeing in North Western Vermont
Stowe boasts one of the largest, most diverse trail systems in the United States, including over 3000 acres of conserved land. From perfectly groomed tracks and smooth wide skating lanes to fine, untracked backcountry skiing - Stowe has trails for people and families of every ability. This Nordic treasure surrounds Stowe's historic village, outstanding lodges, 40-plus quality restaurants, and 70 unique shops. Stowe is the perfect destination for your next Nordic adventure.
The Trapp Family Lodge (802-253-8511; 800-826-7000, www.trappfamily.com) organized America’s first commercial XC ski center and is one of the Top 50 Ski Resorts according to Conde Nast. Trapp has 100 km of groomed and machine-tracked trails and backcountry trails that wind through 2,400 acres of woodlands and meadows with magnificent mountain vistas at every turn. XC ski and snowshoe equipment rentals and instruction are available. Complete retail store with clothing, equipment and accessories. The Trapp Family was made famous in the movie The Sound of Music. For a full page of info click Trapp Family Lodge.
Stowe Mountain Resort Touring Center (800-253-4SKI, www.stowe.com/ski-ride/xc/) offers 42 km of groomed Nordic ski trails. Novices will be introduced to a new world of outdoor winter beauty by an expert staff with lessons, rentals, and tours in a variety of activities including in-track classic skiing, backcountry ski touring, telemark and snowshoeing. The trails are in the Mount Mansfield State Forest.
The Smugglers' Notch Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Adventure Center (802-644-1173, www.smuggs.com) is America's Family Resort with a self contained village tucked away in Vermont's Green Mountains. Click Smugglers' Notch for a full page of info. Smugglers' offers rentals, lessons, backcountry and night tours as well as 100 pairs of snowshoe rentals and guided tours. More than 30 km of scenic, groomed and tracked, cross-country skiing trails, plus 24 km of snowshoe trails and 28 km are groomed for skating on site. Ice skating on an outdoor rink. Smugglers' can outfit age 6 and older. Fun Zone, indoor pool, winter walking program, daycare, teen centers, and 3 interconnected mountains with 1,000 acres of alpine skiing terrain. Great for the family that likes many different things to do!
The Bolton Valley Nordic Center (802-434-3444 ext. 1076, www.boltonvalley.com) in Bolton Valley, VT is located near Interstate 89 off exit 11 from the north or exit 10 from the south. Click Bolton Valley for a full page of info. There are 100 km of trails with 35 km of classic and 35 km skate skiing. The Bolton Valley Alpine ski area and lodging make this a place that a family with different snow interests can enjoy. CCSAA member
Sleepy Hollow Inn & Bike Center (802-434-2283, www.skisleepyhollow.com) is in Huntington, VT. Click Sleepy Hollow for a full page of info. There are 35 km of groomed trails with 20 km of trails for snowshoeing. Lessons, xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals are available. The inn has eight newly renovated bedrooms in the lodge and a one mile trek to the more rustic cabin. Ice skating, and night skiing are also featured at Sleepy Hollow as well as trails to Butternut Cabin with stunning views of Camel's Hump. There is an offer for a one-time free trail pass to people, who drive to the center in a hybrid or alternative powered vehicle. CCSAA member
The Catamount Family Center is in Williston, VT at a family farm with memorable views of Mt. Mansfield and Camel's Hump to the east and Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks to the west.There are 35 km of trails of which 20 km are groomed for classic and skate skiing. Lessons, xc ski rental equipment are available.
Eden Dog Sledding and the Eden Mountain Lodge offers educational dogsledding adventures for couples and families - Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall! Eden Dog Sled Tours are personalized and include learning to put together a dog team, harnessing and hitching the dogs to the sled, and touring along on a 15 km network of specially designed and groomed trails at the Eden Mountain Lodge, which offers a Winter Stay & Sled Adventure Package.