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10 best ski resorts for cross-country skiing in North America

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). Here are the best cross-country ski resorts in North America, according to 10Best readers.

10. Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area - Tahoe City, California

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This ski area has 65 km of groomed trails for skiers of all levels, including high-altitude skiing with spectacular lake views. Lessons and rentals help skiers get started in the sport.

9. White Grass Ski Touring Center - Davis, West Virginia

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Located in the Cabin Mountain range, this ski center maintains more than 60 km of trails. They also offer a variety of rentals, guided tours and lessons.

8. Nipika Mountain Resort - Kootenay National Park, British Columbia

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During winter, this resort transforms into a cross-country ski playground with 50 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate skiing.

7. Gatineau Park - Chelsea, Quebec

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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.

6. Crested Butte Nordic - Crested Butte, Colorado

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Crested Butte Nordic grooms 50 km of trails for Nordic skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing. Skiers can access the trail system right from town.

5. Jackson Ski Touring Foundation - Jackson, New Hampshire

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Skiers at Jackson glide past quintessential New England sights: covered bridges, quaint villages and steepled churches. The system includes 150 km of trails.

4. Waterville Valley Resort - Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

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The Adventure Center at New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort grooms some 70 km of trails, all accessible from Town Square or the alpine ski area.

3. Snow Mountain Ranch - Granby, Colorado

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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.

2. Bear Valley Adventure Co. - Bear Valley, California

Skiers at Bear Valley can choose between 39 groomed trails for skate and track skiing and stop for a rest at three warming huts.

1. Devil's Thumb Ranch - Tabernash, Colorado

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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.

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