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Best Cross-Country Ski Resort (2020)

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  • Devil's Thumb Ranch

    Devil's Thumb Ranch
    Tabernash, Colorado

    Nearly 120 km of groomed trails at the base of Colorado's continental divide make Devil's Thumb Ranch a favorite for skate or classic cross-country skiing. Beginners can sign up for private or group lessons, while more advanced skiers can push themselves in advanced technique clinics
    Photo courtesy of Devil's Thumb Ranch

  • Bear Valley Adventure Co.

    Bear Valley Adventure Co.
    Bear Valley, California

    Bear Valley Adventure Co. offers their guests more than 70 kilometers of groomed paths across 3,000 acres. Skiers can choose between 39 groomed trails for skate and track skiing and stop for a rest at three warming huts. It’s a particularly appealing option for families thanks to its two kids’ trails and a groomed downhill practice area.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / TommL

  • Snow Mountain Ranch

    Snow Mountain Ranch
    Granby, Colorado

    The Nordic Center at Snow Mountain Ranch offers more than 120 km of cross country skiing terrain in the Colorado Rockies. Easy loops cater to beginners, while longer trails with steeper climbs appeal to experienced skiers. Fat biking and snowshoeing are also available.
    Photo courtesy of Snow Mountain Ranch

  • Waterville Valley Resort

    Waterville Valley Resort
    Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

    The Adventure Center at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort grooms some 70 kilometers of trails, all accessible from Town Square or the alpine ski area. Explore the White Mountain National Forest on skate or classic skis, snowshoes or fat bikes (on select trails).
    Photo courtesy of Ski NH

  • Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

    Jackson Ski Touring Foundation
    Jackson, New Hampshire

    The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation operates a Ski Touring Center with some of the East Coast's most popular groomed and backcountry trails. Skiers glide past quintessential New England sights–covered bridges, quaint villages and steepled churches. The system includes 150 kilometers of trails spanning three vier valleys.
    Photo courtesy of Jackson Ski Touring Foundation

  • Crested Butte Nordic

    Crested Butte Nordic
    Crested Butte, Colorado

    Crested Butte Nordic in Colorado’s Slate River Valley grooms 50 kilometers of trails for Nordic skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing. Skiers can access the trail system right from town. The center also offers rentals, lessons, backcountry tours and fine dining in a trailside yurt.
    Photo courtesy of Crested Butte Nordic

  • Gatineau Park

    Gatineau Park
    Chelsea, Quebec

    Gatineau Park comprises 139 square miles of outdoor space – one of the most-visited parks in Canada. Come winter, the park features one of the largest cross-country ski trail networks in North America, with more than 200 kilometers to choose from.
    Photo courtesy of Ahunt / Wikimedia Commons

  • Nipika Mountain Resort

    Nipika Mountain Resort
    Kootenay National Park, British Columbia

    During winter, Nipika Mountain Resort transforms into a cross-country ski playground with 50 kilometers of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing. Skiers enjoy varied terrain, from open areas with big mountain views to wooded paths along the Kootenay and Cross Rivers. The resort also maintains dedicated fat bike and snowshoe trails.
    Photo courtesy of Nipika Mountain Resort

  • White Grass Ski Touring Center

    White Grass Ski Touring Center
    Davis, West Virginia

    Located in West Virginia's snowy Cabin Mountain range, White Grass Ski Touring Center maintains more than 60 kilometers of trails. The center also offers a variety of rentals, guided tours, lessons, a repair shop and a cafe serving wholesome, healthy and natural foods.
    Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area

    Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area
    Tahoe City, California

    The Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area has 65 km of groomed trails – more than 21 options for skiers of all levels, including high-altitude skiing with spectacular lake views. The area offers lessons and rentals to help skiers get started in the sport.
    Photo courtesy of Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area

Few activities can compare to cross-country skiing for the opportunity to experience a quieter, more serene side of winter (with a killer cardio workout to boot). While many alpine ski areas also offer Nordic trails, some of the best cross-country skiing is found at dedicated resorts.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Cross-Country Ski Resorts are as follows:

  1. Devil's Thumb Ranch - Tabernash, Colorado
  2. Bear Valley Adventure Co. - Bear Valley, California
  3. Snow Mountain Ranch - Granby, Colorado
  4. Waterville Valley Resort - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
  5. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation - Jackson, New Hampshire
  6. Crested Butte Nordic - Crested Butte, Colorado
  7. Gatineau Park - Chelsea, Quebec
  8. Nipika Mountain Resort - Kootenay National Park, British Columbia
  9. White Grass Ski Touring Center - Davis, West Virginia
  10. Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area - Tahoe City, California

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning ski areas!

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