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Devil's Thumb Ranch named Best Cross-Country Ski Resort

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This is the second straight win for Devil's Thumb Ranch

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. For everyone from beginners to long-time skiers, you can find cross country-ski resorts in your area at www.xcski.org.

  • Devil's Thumb Ranch
    Tabernash, Colo.

    Nearly 65 miles (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 Resort & Spa

  • Snow Mountain Ranch
    Granby, Colo.

    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

  • Bearskin Lodge and Resort
    Grand Marais, Minn.

    Guests at Bearskin Lodge and Resort in Minnesota enjoy more than 77 km of groomed trails through the deep woods, including 1.5-km of illuminated trails for night skiing. Those looking to try something different can also go snowshoeing or fat biking on dedicated trails.
    Photo courtesy of Bearskin Lodge and Resort

  • ABR Trails
    Ironwood, Mich.

    ABR Trails offers more than 1,100 acres of varied terrain along Michigan’s Montreal River. The gentle, scenic terrain is suitable for all levels, including bluffs, ridges and hills for intermediate and expert skiers looking for a challenge.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / JMichl

  • Stokely Creek Lodge
    Goulais River, Ontario

    Located in the Algoma Highlands just north of the U.S. border, Stokely Creek Lodge maintains 100 km of trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It’s possible to ski for hours without seeing another human at this hidden gem known for its stellar snow conditions.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / golero

  • Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center
    Truckee, Calif.

    Tahoe Donner's 62-plus miles (100 km) of trails wind through 2,800 acres of terrain. The resort, a favorite among Tahoe-area locals, includes five warming huts, a large variety of modern rental equipment and even some fat biking and dog-friendly trails.
    Photo courtesy of Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center

  • Breckenridge Nordic Center
    Breckenridge, Colo.

    Located just outside downtown Breckenridge, the Breckenridge Nordic Center has 1,400 acres of groomed trails for nordic skiing and snowshoeing. The center also offers group and private lessons, as well as pull-behind sled rentals perfect for families skiing with young children.
    Photo courtesy of Breckenridge Nordic Center

  • Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area
    Tahoe City, Calif.

    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

  • SilverStar Mountain Resort
    Vernon, B.C.

    The trail systems of Sovereign Lake & Silver Star Mountain Resort connect to create the largest daily groomed network in Canada– 65 miles (105 kilometers) in total. Trails range in difficulty from beginner friendly to challenging, and amenities include lift access, warming huts and a night loop for after-dark skiing.
    Photo courtesy of Blake Jorgenson / SilverStar Mountain Resort

  • Great Glen Trails
    Gorham, N.H.

    Great Glen Trails, located just north of North Conway, New Hampshire, offers some of the state’s best cross country ski trails, as well as a ski school and rental shop. Skiers of all ability levels will find a suitable option among the 45 km of groomed and backcountry trails.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / ferrantraite

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

  1. Devil’s Thumb Ranch - Tabernash, Colo.
  2. Snow Mountain Ranch - Granby, Colo.
  3. Bearskin Lodge and Resort - Grand Marais, Minn.
  4. ABR Trails - Ironwood, Mich.
  5. Stokely Creek Lodge - Goulais River, Ontario
  6. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center - Truckee, Calif.
  7. Breckenridge Nordic Center - Breckenridge, Colo.
  8. Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area - Tahoe City, Calif.
  9. SilverStar Mountain Resort - Vernon, B.C.
  10. Great Glen Trails - Gorham, N.H.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning resorts!

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