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Cross-Country Skiing in Stowe, Vermont

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Stowe ranks as one of the Top Cross-Country Skiing Destinations on the East Coast!

Stowe boasts one of the largest, most diverse trail systems in the United States, including over 3000 acres of conserved land. From perfectly groomed tracks to smooth wide skating lanes to fine, untracked backcountry skiing - Stowe has trails for people and families of every ability. This Nordic treasure surrounds Stowe's historic village, outstanding lodges, 40-plus quality restaurants, and 70 unique shops. Stowe is the perfect destination for your next Nordic adventure.

Junior National 2014 postcardThe 2014 Junior Nationals was held in Stowe, Vermont

Every March the top junior nordic skiers from across the U.S. gather to compete in the Junior National Nordic Ski Championships and in 2014 they gathered in Stowe, Vermont!

snowshoeingStowe Recreation Path: The Stowe Rec Path is a favorite among cross-country skiers. It is regularly groomed allowing for easy nordic skiing and spectacular vistas, all within easy reach of fabulous shopping and dining!

Many of the trails are also perfect for snowshoeing. The new, lightweight materials and easy-to-use bindings make it easier than ever to enjoy snowy, wooded trails. If you like to walk, you can snowshoe. Combine it with a warm fire and good food after your journey, and you have a winter experience that you will always remember!

person or rec path skiingIf you crave distance on your Vermont Nordic tour, make Stowe your base and enjoy the beauty and challenges of The Catamount Trail, a 300-mile cross-country trail that runs the length of Vermont. Closer to the beaten-path, your family will take pleasure in a leisurely trek along Stowe's 5.5 mile recreation path with easy access to restaurants and shops along the way.

Wiessner Woods

Try Cross Country Skiing at Wiessner Woods. Follow the Catamount Trail as it meanders through the Hemlock forest passing by the Gnome Home on the way to the Halvorsen's sugar house.

Directions: From Stowe Village, take Route 108 (the Mountain Road) 3.5 miles to Edson Hill Road. Turn right onto Edson Hill Road, pass the entrance to Stowehof Inn and take the next drive on your right.  Park in the Wiessner Woods parking lot (please do not park alongside the road) on the left and follow signs to the trail head. View Trail Map here.
Trail Map Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum Nordic Exhibit
Sterling Valley XC trail network also offers superb nordic skiing. Over the past three summers significant improvements have been made to the trails on this 2,150 acre conservation land with the support of the Stowe Conservation Commission.




Cross-Country Ski Centers

Stowe's cross-country ski centers provide more than 150 km of groomed and 100 km of backcountry trails.


Trapp Family Lodge
700 Trapp Hill Rd (map)
800-826-7000 (toll free)
Trail Conditions

No wonder Conde Nast readers named the resort one of the "Top 50 Ski Resorts in North America" (2004 & 2005). Here's to pure mountain skiiing and snowshoeing at a world-renowned resort. As North America's first commercial touring center, we offer 100km of groomed and back-country trails that wind through 2,400 acres of woodlands and meadows with magnificent mountain vistas at every turn. In 2007 a snowmaking system was established with coverage up to 5km.


Stowe Mountain Resort
5781 Mtn Road (map)
800-253-4SKI (toll free)
Trail Report

The Stowe Mountain Resort Cross-Country Ski Center offers 42 km of groomed Nordic ski trails. Novices will be introduced to a new world of outdoor winter beauty by an expert staff with lessons, rentals and tours in a variety of activities including in-track classic skiing, backcountry ski touring, Telemark and snowshoeing.


The Catamount Trail

At 300 miles in length and spanning the length Vermont from the MA to the Canadian borders, the Catamount Trail is one of Vermont s treasured winter gems. It is a cross-country ski and snowshoe trail that has been in the making since 1984 and was fully linked together in 2008. Thousands of skiers and snowshoers take to the trail every winter season - most for the day, many on Catamount Trail Association tours and some to go end-to-end - all enjoying the backcountry, touring center, farmland and village surroundings along the way.

For more information about the Catamount Trail, its member benefits, CTA merchandise, or becoming a CTA volunteer, go to www.CatamountTrail.org

Fitness Programs


Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa
1746 Mtn Road (map)
800-253-2232 (toll free)

The Stoweflake offers the ultimate in relaxation with New England's most luxurious spa! Choose from over 120 spa treatments to rejuvenate after your endorphin-boosting day exploring the areas 100 km of connected trails. The resort is also home to Stowe's most innovative winter fitness programs. Certified instructors will teach you lasting techniques for winter fitness.

Backcountry Clinics & Tours


Umiak Outfitters
849 So Main St. (map)
802-253-2317

Vermont's largest winter adventure center offers fun & exciting activities throughout the Stowe area. Backcountry and telemark skis, snowshoes, technical clothing, sleds, skates and more are available for rental. Stop by and learn more about guided tours that mix pristine wilderness and delicious food & drink!

Cross Country Ski Events in Stowe


2014 Junior Nationals in Stowe, Vermont!

March 1-8, 2014: Every March the top junior nordic skiers from across the U.S. gather to compete in the Junior National Nordic Ski Championships. In 2014 they will gather in Stowe, Vermont. To learn more, visit: jn2014stowe.com



The Stowe Derby

February 23rd, 2014: For a unique sporting event, plan to attend The Stowe Derby (stowederby.com), a 10-mile cross-country ski race from the top of Mt. mansfield to Stowe village that has challenged people of all ages since 1945.

Participants will ski over 10 miles of challenging terrain, racing down Mt. Mansfield's Toll Road (a beginner alpine ski trail) and along nearly the entire length of the Stowe Recreation Path before reaching the finish in the village.

Nordic brochureDownload The Stowe Nordic Guide & Brochure