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5 best cross-country skiing destinations

Grab a pair of cross-country skis and reconnect with nature amid breathtaking views at any of these five must-ski cross-country destinations.

Sjusjøen, Norway

Explore the impressive 2,500km or trails in Sjusjøen

Explore the impressive 2,500km or trails in Sjusjøen

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

Aspen is home to one of the largest free, groomed cross-country systems in North America

Aspen is home to one of the largest free, groomed cross-country systems in North America

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.

Åre, Sweden

For the adventurous skiers, Åre has 210km of unmarked but groomed trails

For the adventurous skiers, Åre has 210km of unmarked but groomed trails

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.

Münster, Switzerland

Enjoy the panoramic views while skiing the 90km of trails in Münster

Enjoy the panoramic views while skiing the 90km of trails in Münster

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

Vernon is perfect for both day and night cross-country skiing

Vernon is perfect for both day and night cross-country skiing

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.