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Nordic Ski Trail

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When snow falls in Vermont, our fields become home to the best cross country skiing - from indulging your inner racer with skate skiing to exploring with a back country trek. Here are some highlights that combine skiing, eating, and (sometimes) lodging in one.  

Craftsbury Outdoor Center

A serious Nordic skier cannot visit (or live in) Vermont without a trip to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, home of some of the best racing trails in the country. Plan ahead for days when the Greensboro Shuttle runs to Highland Lodge to start a longer distance tour between the two. For the truly insane athlete, Craftsbury is also home to premier sculling waters and there's a gym with the latest in ergometer technology for an indoors workout off season. 

Highland Lodge

This lodge in Greensboro offers cabins year round, a bar stocked with local favorites (open on weekends in winter), special events and, of course, connection to the ski trails.  

Trapp Family Lodge

A cross country skiing center with all the amenities, famous for its hut with hot soups at the top of the mountain and beer hall with cold brews at the bottom. Trapp Family Lodge is offers all sorts of skiing adventures, including backcountry. Snow shoeing, kids' activities, and an indoor fitness center and spa are also available.  

Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

The best maple creamies in Vermont wait your return from the 26 km of groomed trails at the Morse Farm ski center just 3 miles outside of downtown Montpelier. Check their site for the snow conditions - it may be only 3 miles from the capital but it's a whole different (snowier) microclimate. 

Nordic Center at Strafford Organic Creamery

It's Vermont, of course we have multiple ice cream themed Nordic ski centers - this began on the fields of Strafford Organic Creamery (a creator of hard scoop ice cream, not to be confused with the Morse Farm maple creamie, which is soft serve). Strafford is now its own Nordic center, offering classes, kids' activities, and fun events that include skiing + beer tastings. Be sure to check their websiteto find out what's next. 

The Pitcher Inn

A romantic getaway with the finest gourmet food, the Pitcher Inn is perfect for a mini (or not so mini) vacation in the Mad River Valley. During winter the Pitcher Inn offers special deals on Sugarbush resort ski tickets for those inclined to Alpine skiing - nearby Ole's and Blueberry Hill (see below) offer beautiful Nordic adventures. 

Blueberry Hill Inn

Blueberry Hill Inn is a Vermont B&B dedicated to enjoying the outdoor world in all four seasons. Its 50 km of ski trails bring you into the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area in the Green Mountain forest. If that isn't sufficient, 15 minutes away is Rikert ski area in Ripton, VT where snowmaking capabilities help this Nordic center offer the most skiable days in the state each year. 

Old Tavern Restaurant at the Grafton Inn

An elegant retreat in southern Vermont, the Grafton Inn offers plenty of options for enjoying the outdoors (including their own ski trails), good food, and small town life. While you're there, stop by MKT: Grafton to check out their collection of local specialty foods and artisan products, or pick up lunch from their Cafe. 

Best Season to Visit

Winter

Craftsbury Outdoor Center
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Craftsbury Outdoor Center

The Craftsbury Outdoor Center promotes excellence in nordic skiing, running and sculling both recreationally and competitively, while being dedicated to implementing sustainable practices in day...

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Highland Lodge
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Highland Lodge

A historic B&B, Highland Lodge features beach access to gorgeous Caspian Lake, pristine Nordic ski trails, vintage private cabins, and 136 acres to explore near...

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Trapp Family Lodge
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Trapp Family Lodge

European-style cuisine featured in our three restaurants -- The Dining Room, The Lounge, and The DeliBakery -- each with its own distinct character. Seasonal menus...

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Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks
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Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks

Famous maple creamies and kettle corn, Free sugar house tours and tasting, multimedia displays in a real woodshed theater, a nature trail, country store, and...

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Nordic Center at Strafford Organic Creamery
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Nordic Center at Strafford Organic Creamery

The Strafford Nordic Center is Vermont's newest premier cross-country skiing center located in Strafford, Vermont. Our initial trail system is the backbone for a proposed...

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The Pitcher Inn
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The Pitcher Inn

The Pitcher Inn and Restaurant is a Relais and Chateaux property located in the picturesque village of Warren, Vermont. The Inn has 11 uniquely appointed...

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Blueberry Hill Inn
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Blueberry Hill Inn

Blueberry Hill Inn is a 12 room country inn located in the Green Mountain National Forest. The Inn, with its early 1800's charm, gives a...

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Old Tavern Restaurant at the Grafton Inn
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Old Tavern Restaurant at the Grafton Inn

The Grafton Inn is famous for its imaginative cuisine, thoughtfully prepared with fresh, locally-sourced food and exploding with flavor. A hearty, healthful breakfast is included...

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MKT: Grafton
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MKT: Grafton

We aim to be purveyors of all that is good. With a focus on food that aligns with our shared values of community, quality, and...

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