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Cross-Country Skiing Trails

Cross country skiing, aka XC skiing, is a winter sport that involves using skis to traverse across snow. The skis are long and thin to help distribute the weight of the skier. Cross country skis are sometimes informally known as "skinny skis" because of their thinness compared to alpine skis. Cross country skiers carry two poles with a spike to provide a fixed pivot. The major difference between cross country skis and alpine skis is the cross country skiers heel is not attached to the ski, only the front toe. Some cross-country skiers participate in what is called telemark skiing which in simple terms is backcountry skiing on cross country skis. This section of Backcountry Secrets is our list of cross-country skiing trails. If you know of any other great cross-country ski trails, please share.
Point NameState/ProvinceLatitudeLongitudeSports at Point
Trail Ridge Road Switchback Colorado 40.43778 -105.766711 Cross-Country Skiing
Badger Creek Idaho 43.861967 -111.149375 Camping
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Rock / Ice Climbing
Bloomington Canyon Yurt Idaho 42.185913 -111.436279 Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing
Yurt Camping
Snowmobiling
Backcountry Skiing
Bogus Basin Idaho 43.771187 -116.104202 Alpine Resort Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing
Yurt Camping
Galena Lodge Idaho 43.872135 -114.655101 Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing
Yurt Camping
Garden Creek Gap Idaho 42.573183 -112.317009 Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Rock / Ice Climbing
Harriman State Park Idaho 44.32248 -111.4605 Cross-Country Skiing
Idaho City Park and Ski Idaho 44.024028 -115.606438 Mountain Biking
Cross-Country Skiing
Teton Lakes Golf Course Idaho 43.840905 -111.8176 Cross-Country Skiing
Yellowstone Branch Line Trail (Route of the Yellow Idaho 44.12055 -111.31158 Camping
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Mountain Biking
Snowmobiling
Brandon Hills Manitoba 49.736537 -99.889669 Cross-Country Skiing
New Germany State Park Maryland 39.54509 -79.13725 Backcountry Skiing
Camping
Canoeing
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Swimming Holes
Whitefish Mountain Resort Montana 48.483284 -114.355895 Alpine Resort Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Waterville Valley Ski Resort New Hampshire 43.965072 -71.527542 Alpine Resort Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Prosser Pines New York 40.868799 -72.93467 Cross-Country Skiing
Alum Creek State Park Ohio 40.243982 -82.982225 Camping
Cross-Country Skiing
Mountain Biking
Battelle Darby Creek Ohio 39.885153 -83.210621 Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Blacklick Woods Ohio 39.945901 -82.809947 Cross-Country Skiing
Blendon Woods Metro Park Ohio 40.07985 -82.884716 Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Chestnut Ridge Ohio 39.810281 -82.753889 Cross-Country Skiing
Delaware State Park Ohio 40.384561 -83.065224 Camping
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Heritage Trail Park Ohio 40.059461 -83.196298 Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Highbanks Metro Park Ohio 40.152626 -83.018382 Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Prairie Oaks Metro Park Ohio 39.987599 -83.238344 Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Horseshoe Valley Ontario 44.54775 -79.670231 Alpine Resort Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Sherkston Quarry Ontario 42.870114 -79.133663 Camping
Canoeing
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Mountain Biking
Short Hills Provincial Park Ontario 43.098695 -79.286935 Canoeing
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Mountain Biking
Wainfleet Quarry Ontario 42.883008 -79.307041 Canoeing
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Mountain Biking
Mill Creek Canyon Big Water Yurt Utah 40.699971 -111.713571 Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing
Yurt Camping
49 Degrees North Washington 48.301031 -117.565895 Alpine Resort Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Frater Lake Trail and Lake Leo Trail Washington 48.65453 -117.484885 Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Horseback
Mountain Biking
Snowshoeing
Buckhorn State Park Wisconsin 43.944524 -90.0001 Camping
Canoeing
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Cross-Country Skiing
Snowmobiling
Kettle Morain South Trail Head Wisconsin 42.935815 -88.465862 Camping
Cross-Country Skiing
Hiking & Backpacking
Swimming Holes
Kettle Moraine South Trailhead Wisconsin 42.810262 -88.601646 Hiking & Backpacking
Mountain Biking
Cross-Country Skiing
Snowmobiling
Hogadon Ski Area and Casper Mountain Nordic Center Wyoming 42.743104 -106.326027 Alpine Resort Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing