Best US Cross Country Skiing

US has 32 cross country skiing areas.

  January 29, 2020

Located in North America, the cross country skiing in US offers over thirty cross country ski routes from which to choose. The best US cross country skiing based on popularity are can be found in Wisconsin, California, Colorado, New Hampshire, and Vermont. For a detailed Nordic ski trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a US cross country skiing region below.

Where Can I Cross Country Ski In US?

FEATURED:  Williams Valley Loop

  Alpine, Arizona

  September 26, 2018

East of Alpine, the Williams Valley is covered with a fluffy blanket of snow that makes this one of the Southwest's premier winter recreation areas. These established skiing trails are one of Alpine's best areas.

FEATURED:  Kincaid Park Trails

  Anchorage, Alaska

  September 20, 2018

Near Anchorage, the Kincaid Park area has 60km of groomed trails, of which 17km have lights. Watch out for the moose. Many skiers really enjoy the Mize Loop. Kincaid Park is located southwest of downtown Anchorage and the airport.

FEATURED:  Royal Gorge XC

  Tahoe, California

  September 24, 2018

West of Truckee near Soda Springs at Donner Summit, the Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Area is one of North America's largest nordic area with 92 groomed trails totalling over 140 km. These cross-country skiing trails are spread over 9,000 acres at elevations above 6,000 feet.

FEATURED:  Yosemite Ski Center


  June 30, 2016

Near Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Cross Country Ski School maintains over 40 km of groomed tracks and 90 miles of marked trails leading to spectacular views of Yosemite Valley above 7,000 feet. While a favorite day trip is the 33km round-trip to Glacier Point, check out the overnight hut trip to Glacier Point as well.

FEATURED:  Galena Lodge

  Stanley, Idaho

  August 19, 2016

Located 22 miles north of Sun Valley, Galena Lodge serves as base camp for the North Valley Trails. There are 50km of freshly groomed cross country ski trails surround the Lodge. The Lodge offers many amenities.

FEATURED:  Sun Valley Nordic Center

  Sun Valley, Idaho

  August 9, 2016

In Sun Valley, the Sun Valley Nordic Center grooms 40 km of cross country ski trails for both skating and classic at 6,000 feet. Also, checkout the nearby groomed 27 km Boulder Mountain Trail.

FEATURED:  Mirror Lake

  Iron River, Michigan

  July 12, 2016

On the Upper Peninsula west of Silver City, there are 26 miles of groomed track in the Porcupine Mountain State Park adjacent to the Ottowa National Forest. While 12 miles are designated expert, there are 4.5 miles for beginners and the rest is intermediate.


  Ironwood, Michigan

  September 25, 2018

South of Ironwood on the Upper Peninsula, the Active Backwoods Resort has 75km of groomed cross country ski trails for striders and skaters. Spread over 1,100 acres, the trails have many levels of difficulty and some run along the Montreal River. ABR is known for superior grooming and deep bases.

FEATURED:  Fourth of July Pass

  Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

  August 14, 2016

East of Couer d'Alene in the Panhandle National Forest, the Fourth-of-July Pass area has over 25 km of cross country skiing trails groomed weekly. The system consists of three loop trails that wind through beautiful cedar and other coniferous trees.

FEATURED:  Bretton Woods Nordic Center

  New Hampshire

  September 25, 2018

Southeast of Littleton and east of Twin Mountain, the Bretton Woods Nordic Center has 100 km of cross country ski trails in the spectacular mountain scenery under the shadow of Mt. Washington. The trails through glades of spruce and fir are groomed for skate and classic in-line and offer vistas dominated by the Presidential Range. The trail system is divided into three trail regions: Stickney Trail Systems, Deception Trail System and the Ammonoosuc Trail System. For the most part, the trails are easy or moderate.