Shortly after the snow piles up, thousands of skiers dust off their skis and head out to enjoy the trails. Cross-country skiing is an aerobic exercise that has become more popular each year, bringing skiers deep into the mountains. Each year cross-country skiers look for the best places to explore.
Leavenworth is a winter wonderland from December until early March. The Icicle River offers an extensive trail system that weaves in and out of wooded wilderness alongside a pristine mountain river. The 8-kilometer trail system crosses bridges and offers panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains. There are three other trail systems in Leavenworth: the Golf Course trails, Ski Hill trails and Waterfront Park trails. The Waterfront Park trails allow dogs.
Adirondacks, New York
Home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, the Adirondacks offer some of the best cross-country skiing anywhere. Adirondack Park encompasses nearly 6 million acres and is home to thousands of miles of cross-country ski trails. The Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid has 31 miles of trails used during the Winter Olympics in 1980. If you haven't visited the Adirondacks, plan a trip this year.
After the von Trapp family fled Austria, they settled in Stowe, Vermont, and started a cross-country ski center and the Trapp Family Lodge. Today the ski center is home to 100 kilometers of trails. The Stowe region also offers cross-country skiing at the Stowe Mountain Resort and throughout the Stowe Valley. Whether you're humming "Edelweiss" at the Trapp Family Lodge or cruising one of the many trails in Stowe Valley, Stowe, Vermont, is a must-visit destination.
Article Written By Rob Holzman
Based in the Pacific Northwest, Rob Holzman has been writing outdoor articles since 1997. He recently published the first comprehensive rock climbing guidebook for Pennsylvania and has fiction work published in the "Pacific Northwest Inlander". Holzman has also appeared on FOX television and has been an outdoor consultant for the Discovery Channel.