Grab a pair of cross-country skis and reconnect with nature amid breathtaking views at any of these five must-ski cross-country destinations.
The premier destination for cross-country skiing in Norway, Sjusjøen, has an impressive 2,500km of trails. Known for the variety of its trail network, you’ll have plenty of choice whether you’re looking for a hard workout or a leisurely ski with friends. For skiers looking to quickly improve, you’ll be glad to know that Sjusjøen is a popular destination for the world’s elite skiers during the early training months of the season.
Aspen, Colorado, United States
Home to more than 95km of cross-country ski trails, Aspen is one of the largest free, groomed cross-country systems in North America. What makes it stand out is not only the length of the trails but that there is no cost to use them.
For expert cross-country skiers, Åre is a must-visit destination. In addition to the 84km of groomed trails that surround an scenic lake, there are another 210km of marked but ungroomed trails to explore.
Located in the Foms Valley, Münster is one of the best-known cross-country ski areas in Switzerland. With over 90km of trails weaving through Münster and other villages in the area, skiers can enjoy panoramic views of the Valley. Don’t forget to bring your camera, because the traditional wooden local houses are very picturesque.
Vernon, British Columbia, Canada
Just outside of Vernon is Silver Star Mountain Resort, which is home to 100km of cross-country trails. Included in these trails is a 3km illuminated stretch that is perfect for those looking to enjoy the beauty of the mountain at night.