By Emily Hamilton, @wanderful_em
Similarly, accessing nordic ski centers close to Burlington has been a breeze. Learning this information was especially exciting to us, as we typically travel about an hour for a day of alpine skiing.
Vermont is known globally for being a nordic skier’s paradise and offers top ranking nordic trails throughout the state. Many of Vermont’s alpine resorts also have excellent cross-country centers - Bolton Valley, Smuggler’s Notch and Jay Peak to name a few - but we discovered there are many choices close to home too! Burlington and the surrounding area offer countless options for nordic skiing, but here are just 5 nearby options we scoped out that you should consider:
Intervale Center - Burlington
This free and close to home option is a fantastic option for beginners! With miles of both groomed and ungroomed trails, we enjoyed a mostly flat adventure along the picturesque Winooski River and through fields of snow.
Catamount Family Center - Williston
Rent or bring your own skis to this never ending maze of trails! Groomed for both classical and skating techniques, you’ll have plenty of options for a day in the snow. Can’t make it until after work? No problem, Catamount Center offers a lighted night skiing loop!
Trapp Family Lodge - Stowe
For a premium skiing experience, stop by Trapp Family Lodge for a perfect winter day. We were impressed with 99 miles of groomed and backcountry trails alike. I really got to practice some hills and turns here! Don’t worry, there are plenty of more even trails should you not be ready to take on a climb.
Gilbrook Nature Area - Winooski
The City of Winooski has partnered with the Catamount Trail Association to offer free nordic skiing in our very own Gilbrook Nature Area! If you’re not quite sure nordic skiing is for you, drop by the Nature Area on any Saturday to trial a free rental session.
Sleepy Hollow Nordic Center - Huntington
Sleepy Hollow features 35km of well-groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing including a 2km loop with snowmaking featured solar powered snow guns! They also have a complete lineup of ski and snowshoe rentals for small children and adults. If you’re there, be sure to check out Butternut Cabin, which has an amazing view of Camel’s Hump!