Stowe

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING

(880) GO-STOWE

Main Street, Stowe, VT 05672

http://www.GoStowe.com

Stowe, Vermont (www.GoStowe.com; 1-880-GO 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.

Book your Stowe visit - for reservations, packages or more information about the Stowe area including shopping and restaurants, contact the Stowe Area Association via 1-880-GO-STOWE or on the Web visit www.GoStowe.com

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.

Some of the popular annual Stowe events include The Stowe Derby (Feb 24, 2014), which is a 10-mile race from the top of Mt. Mansfield to Stowe Village that has been conducted since 1945. The 2014 Junior Nationals is a race for junior XC skiers from across the USA to be held at Trapp Family Lodge on March 1-8. Click here for the monthly Stowe Event Calendar.

Umiak Outdoor Outfitters (802-253-2317, www.umiak.com) has backcountry and telemark skis, snowshoes, technical clothing, sleds, skates and more are available for rental. Stop by at the store front on Route 100 and learn more about guided tours that mix pristine wilderness and delicious food & drink!

Public Trails in Stowe

For XC ski touring slightly off the beaten path and untracked backcountry skiing, Stowe has plenty of public trails to explore. For a full page of info, go to Stowe Public Trails. The Catamount Ski Trail, which runs the length of Vermont offers miles of backcountry terrain and other trails can be found at Wiessner Woods and a popular trail in town is the Stowe Recreation Path.