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.
Catamount Trail, VT
Traversing a 300-mile-long swath, Vermont's premier cross-country trail evokes a quintessential New England: rolling hills, sprawling farms, picturesque villages, and the welcoming aroma of wood-burning stoves. Aside from the wild backcountry sprawl, the Catamount is anchored by the state's best Nordic centers, so you'll have groomed options. The route is also speckled with some cushy inns, including the luxe Trapp Family Lodge that offers private yoga classes, and the beloved Blueberry Hill Inn with its multi-course seasonal dinners. The Catamount Trail Association provides everything you need to plan your trek. No trail fees. [catamounttrail.org]
Credit: Courtesy of the Trapp Family Lodge