The best way to explore the snowy wilderness is on two skis — the skinny kind. Whether you're looking to train like an Olympian or want a crowd-free, lodge to lodge backcountry tour, we have the best cross-country ski destinations in America. Here are 11 trail systems that offer a mix of diverse landscapes, world-class grooming, and solitary trail experiences.
Methow Valley, WA
In the North Cascades, the Methow Trails are a well-tracked 120-mile network that wanders across forested slopes, farmland, and rolling hills. While you have to shoulder your gear during the day, it's worth the effort for the night in the Freestone Inn, where you can kick back with wine beside a fire, and settle down to a rib eye steak. A daily trail pass costs $22. [methowtrails.org]