Just because its winter doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoors and get your heart pumping—skiing is your way to do just that. Though there are many different types of skiing, cross-country skiing immerses you in a beautiful winter landscape while giving you one of the best low-impact, total-body workouts. Enjoy this workout at one of the top destinations for cross country skiing. Take yourself through the valleys of Utah or the mountainous regions of Vermont—you won’t even notice how hard you’re breathing when you have these views around you!
Colorado is home to some of the most magnificent trails in the states. We chose Telluride’s for their acclaimed trails that take you through snow-covered evergreens and rolling meadows. The San Juan Mountains are the perfect spot for everyone from beginners to experts—try out hut-to-hut skiing if you really want a challenge.
Lake Placid, New York
In Lake Placid you’ll find four different cross country ski centers with more than 100 miles of trails. Some take you over lakes, while others lead you through the snow-capped Adirondacks. Better yet, you can even throw in some downhill skiing into your trip!
Head to Soldier Hollow Cross Country Resort for some of the best manicured cross-country trails in the state. The resort was created for the 2002 Olympics, so you know you’ll set your skis on some of the best trails in the area. They have trails for beginners all the way to Olympic standard—put your skills to the test when you head here.
Bolton Valley, Vermont
Vermont is another fantastic place for skiing. Bolton Valley, in particular, has 5,000 acres right next to the astonishing Mt. Mansfield. With around 60 miles of trails, a good chunk of them are groomed which makes the area great for beginners and experts. If you’ll travel with people who never cross country skied before, there are plenty of places that offer lessons!
With one of the longest cross-country ski seasons in the U.S. (mid-November to mid-May), Bend should definitely go on your travel list. Mt. Bachelor boasts some of the best trails, and some breathtaking resorts for après ski. You don’t want to miss all this place has to offer.
Big Sky, Montana
Right next to Yellowstone National Park, Big Sky gives you consistent, perfect snow. The trails are pristine, and some even wind throughout the Rocky Mountains. Go out on your lonesome or opt for a guided tour where the experts take you to gorgeous vistas and seek out animal tracks! There are also tons of lively ranches to stay at and wind down after your day in the powder.