For being known as the Green Mountain state, Vermont sure pins a lot of its tourism and success on the skiers and riders that frequent the state's snow-covered slopes in winter. But downhill, or alpine skiing isn't for everyone. Sure there's other activities you can do at Vermont ski areas, but sometimes you just want to retreat into nature and get away from it all. Cross country skiing offers a perfect escape from the masses and a great chance to connect with Vermont's picturesque landscape.
It's a little known fact that Vermont offers nearly as much for the cross country skier as it does to mogul junkies and apline skiers those with the need for speed. More than two dozen nordic ski centers located throughout the state provide hundreds of kilometers of machine groomed cross country ski trails for sliding along while admiring breathtaking mountain views.
Southern Vermont alone is home to a handful of nordic ski centers with meandering, well-maintained trail networks that explore the surrounding forest. Snowshoers will also find an abundance of fresh snow to break on well-marked trails through the woods. Many nordic centers even have rental departments that can outfit you with all the necessary gear for a great day.
If you're looking for a leg-burning workout this winter, without the hassle of lift lines, crowded parking lots and hunting for cheap lift tickets, then head to one of these great nordic centers near Wilmington.
1. Timber Creek, West Dover, VT Located just down Rte. 100 from Mount Snow, Timber Creek offers 14km of cross country ski trails and 4km of new snowshoe trails along with a restaurant and lodge on-site to warm up between laps.
2. Prospect Mountain, Woodford, VT Less than a 30 minute drive from Wilmington proper on the scenic Molly Stark By-Way (Rte. 9), Prospect Mountain cross-country ski center boasts the highest base elevation of any Nordic ski area in the state and a combined 45km of tracked and skating terrain for nordic explorers.
3. Brattleboro Outing Club, Brattleboro, VT Just up the road from bustling downtown with great shopping and intimate cafes, sits the Brattleboro Outing Club Hut where friends and family meet to ski. Open weekends and holidays with 33km of terrain, lessons and rentals available.
After a long day of swooshing through the woods, hang up the skis and soothe your aching muscles with a long hot bath at one of our winter rental homes. You won't even have to break trail to get here.