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Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center

- 195 Mountain Top Rd., Chittenden VT 05737

Mountain Top Inn & Resort Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Center (802-483-2311, www.mountaintopinn.com), in Chittenden, Vermont has 60 km of trails with 40 km groomed for classic and skate skiing, 40 km of backcountry trails, and 2.5 km of trails covered with snowmaking. State-of-the-art grooming, snowmaking equipment, and an elevation to 2,174 feet just about guarantee great conditions on every visit. Located on 350 acres, the Mountain Top Inn & Resort is tucked away in high country and only 11 miles from Killington. The trails are well manicured and provide sweeping views of the pristine mountain lake and the expansive Green Mountain National Forest.

The Nordic Center offers lessons and both xc ski and snowshoe equipment rentals.

In winter, the Mountain Top Inn & Resort also offers sledding, ice skating, snowmobile tours, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. When combined with children's lessons, pulks to rent and the kid-friendly menu in the Tavern, the Mountain Top Inn & Resort is a great choice as a family destination. In summer, the Resort is transformed into a summer getaway with an extensive Equestrian Center, private beach, clay bird shooting. scenic boat rides, water activities and much more.

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The resort's lodge and facilities have been restored extensively. Sip hot cocoa by a roaring fire or enjoy apres ski cocktails in the Highlands Tavern. The main lodge has 30 guest rooms and fine and casual dining, massage services and morning and afternoon refreshments served in the lobby...all complemented by breathtaking views.

For the guest who likes to share his/her vacation with a canine companion, there are cabins that are pet friendly and some designated pet trails to ski. There is a $30 fee per pet per night that includes a dog bed, bowls for food and water and a welcome treat. For all the rules pertaining to pets, see the inn's Web site Pet Policy.

 

Mountain Top Inn & Resort has wonderful seasonal packages. The Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Deal is a great value at $99 per person/per night/double occupancy and there is a 2-night minimum (3 for holiday periods). It includes lodging, trail pass, breakfast, taxes, and resort fees. Other packages offered include the Family Winter Wonderland, Killington Ski & Stay, Endless Winter Adventures, or Moonlight in Vermont Winter Romantic Getaway. There is also a selection of vacation home rentals that accommodate 2-16 guests. More info at home rentals. CCSAA member