Nordic Skiing & Snowshoeing

Nordic skiing, (or as many people call it – cross country skiing), conjures up images of Vikings and Swedes covered in furs, blazing trails across open tundra and thru thickly wooded forests.  While modern day Nordic skiing has developed into quite a refined sport, you can still strap on your skis and head out the back door (in Vermont) and experience a winter adventure.

In the Vermont of today, classic and skate skiing styles are practiced side by side, plus you will often see snowshoe paths near skiing lanes.  Southern Vermont is home to numerous Nordic centers.  Many inns located throughout the valley have snowshoeing trails which lead out from their back doors.  Snowshoeing is one of the best winter sports, since you can explore just about anywhere on any terrain and it’s free! If you need rental snowshoes, they are readily available at the centers.

Vermont is home to the Catamount Trail a 300 mile cross-country ski trail which extends from the Massachusetts border in the south, all the way to the Canadian border in the north.  The trail passes right through the Okemo Valley.  For more information on the Catamount Trail, please visit Catamount Trail

Please remember to dress properly when you are being active outdoors in the winter.  Layering of clothes, starting with a good under-layer is a great way to go.  And be sure to protect your head and face from the elements, including good sunscreen, to protect your skin from sun and weather.


Okemo Mountain Resort - Okemo Valley Nordic Center

Address: 77 Okemo Ridge Road
Ludlow, Vermont 05149
Phone: (866)706-5366
Directions: Directions link

Extending across pristine meadows and rolling hills, a hidden world of beauty and adventure invites winter enthusiasts to discover the joy of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Okemo Valley Nordic Center.

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