Cross-Country Skiing has long been a favorite winter pastime in Vermont. With the abundance of winter ski areas throughout the state, it's no wonder Vermont is the premiere skiing destination on the East Coast.
Cross-country skiing falls under the winter sport category of Nordic Skiing, where the heel of the boot cannot be fixed to the ski. Other types of Nordic Skiing include ski jumping, biathlon, and telemark skiing.
The two main styles used in cross-country skiing include the classic style, and the ski-skating style. The classic style of cross-country skiing is most often used on groomed trails with parallel grooves cut into the snow. The skier will propel themselves forward with their skis pointing straight in front of them. Ski-skating looks similar to ice skating, where the skis are pushed at an angle from the body, rather than parallel under the body like the classic style.
If you're a cross-country skier (or you're thinking of learning), Vermont is the place to be. With over 800 miles of well maintained trails, Vermont's Nordic and Cross-Country Resorts offer something for everyone from the expert skier to the beginner. Find out the latest snow conditions, check the Cross-Country Snow Report.