Bear Valley Cross Country
Nestled in the super scenic High Sierra and surrounded by two wilderness areas, Bear Valley Cross Country offers some of the finest striding and skating anywhere! With impeccable grooming, expansive meadows, scenic ridge tops, snowshoeing, sledding, telemarking, backcountry, alpine skiing and lodging withing walking distance, Bear Valley offers incredible adventures for everyone. 290/753-2834, www.bearvalleyxc.com.
Kirkwood Cross Country Center
Above all the rest with a base elevation of 7,800 feet and 80 km of machine groomed trails, Kirkwood offers unsurpassed scenery and the most exciting terrain in the west. The day lodge houses the ski school, a retail and rental shop including standard track, skate and backcountry skis as well as snowshoes and pulks. Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a full service destination resort.
Cross Country: 209/258-7248, www.kirkwood.com
Sorensen’s and Hope Valley Resorts
Your resort for all seasons in the Sierra Nevada. Sorensen’s offers cozy housekeeping cabins, many with wood burning stoves, and delicious, homemade cuisine in the Country Café, serving 7 days per week. Located on the eastern edge of beautiful Hope Valley, a perfect spot for XC skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, hiking, biking or just plain relaxing. Conveniently close to Grover Hot Springs State Park, east of Kirkwood and 20 minutes South of Lake Tahoe. For reservations or more information, 800/423-9949,
Gunnison & Crested Butte
Gunnison & Crested Butte, Colorado is known for being one of the state’s most popular year-round recreation destinations with a contagious local energy. For cross country skiers, it’s a winter paradise. Start with over 300 inches of snowfall, 90 kilometers of groomed trails and an exceptional Nordic Center. Ski where Olympic and world-class athletes live and train for the quality and diversity of terrain, and glide into 22 cross country events this winter!
Gunflint Ski Trail Systems
Supported by Explore Minnesota Tourism
Explore North America's largest cross country network, with 120" of snow annually and 400km of groomed trails, endless backcountry, Lake Superior coast, and Boundary Waters wildnerness. This is a Nordic paradise. Custom tailor your vacation with trailside cabins, wilderness yurts, spa resorts, or family lodges. Do North. Grand Marais, Gunflint Trail, Lutsen + Tofte. 888/922-5000, www.XC.DoNorth.mn.
Banadad Ski Trail
Ski Banadad Trail—the Boundary Waters' longest tracked trail and part of the 180km Gunflint Nordic Ski Trail System. Maintained and groomed by the Banadad Trail Association. Exclusive silent sport lodging along the trail at Poplar Creek Guesthouse B&B, ski-in cabins and wilderness yurts. Snowshoeing and skijoring trails. Yurt-to-yurt and lodges ski trips. 800/322-8327,
Central Gunflint Ski Trail System
Nationally renowned skiing on 70km of snowcat-groomed trails with a dependable average snowfall of 100 inches. Groomed for traditional and skate skiing accommodating all levels of difficulties. Night skiing, snowshoe trails, sauna, heated waxing room, ski lessons, ski & snowshoe rentals, ice skating rink and lit trail for night skiing can all be enjoyed while staying in modern lakeside cabins with fireplace, some deluxe with whirlpools. Early and off-season specials. Skiing right from your cabin door.
Bearskin Lodge– 800/338-4170,bearskin.com.
Golden Eagle Lodge– 800/346-2203, golden-eagle.com.
Upper Gunflint Ski Trail System
Ski the Laurentian Highlands November to April in NE Minnesota. 100-inch average annual snowfall, 80km groomed forest trails winding through cedar swamps and aspen ridges. Frequent wildlife sightings. Large A-frames, honeymoon suites, many with fireplace, hot tub, sauna. Breakfasts, packed lunches, gourmet dinners, pizza and beverages. Dog sledding, ski, snowshoe & snowmobile rentals, gift shops, ice fishing, sledding & nearby sleigh rides.
Gunflint Lodge– 800/328-3325,gunflint.com.
Heston’s Lodge– 800/338-7230,hestons.com.
Gunflint Pines Resort– 800/533-5814,gunflintpines.com.
Lone Mountain Ranch
Experience western hospitality at this award-winning guest ranch in the heart of Yellowstone Country. Over 80 km groomed trails, snowshoe trails and naturalist guided ski tours into Yellowstone Park. For downhill skiers, Big Sky Ski Resort is just six miles away. Cozy, comfortable log cabins, renowned cuisine and an old fashioned sleigh ride dinner are all a part of the vacation package.
P.O. Box 160069, Big Sky, MT 59716
800/514-4644, email@example.com, www.lmranch.com.
Visit Yellowstone’s Nordic skiing gateway. West Yellowstone boasts 35k of Olympic-quality corduroy on the Rendezvous Ski Trails, home of the Yellowstone Ski Festival and Rendezvous Race. You’ll find another 10k of groomed trail along the scenic banks of the Madison River in Yellowstone Park, and a dog friendly classic track following the Yellowstone boundary, all accessible from the snow-covered streets of town. Back country skiers can explore 2.2 million acres of powder in Yellowstone’s interior, accessible by snowcoach or trailheads along Hwy 191. www.rendezvousskitrails.com.
Trapp Family Lodge
Home to the country’s first and finest cross country ski center and the family who inspired “The Sound of Music.” Over 100 km of trails wind through 2,700 acres with magnificent mountain views.
700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, VT 05672, 800/826-7000, www.trappfamily.com.
Minocqua Winter Park
Dare we say, “The best?” You bet! With 6,500 acres and 75 kilometers of expertly-groomed trails for all skill levels, every day is a great day at Minocqua Winter Park. Because of amenities like a heated chalet that serves hot food, great kids programs, top level instruction and coaching and a full service ski shop Minocqua Winter Park is the best cross country skiing in the Midwest. Visit us atwww.minocquawinterpark.org or 715/538-7364.
Canada - British Columbia
There’s another side to Whistler. It’s stunning and pristine wilderness. It’s quiet and serene settings. It’s unassuming and inclusive amenities. It’s 129km of diverse and impeccably groomed terrain. It’s Whistler’s cross country skiing experiences, and it’s the perfect way to enjoy this one-of-a-kind resort, as well as the venue and facilities left as a legacy by the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Come, explore Whistler’s Nordic side. For information on accommodation and packages call 1.800.WHISTLER or visit whistler.com.