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
Bogus Basin Idaho 43.771187 -116.104202 Alpine Resort Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing
Yurting
Galena Lodge Idaho 43.872135 -114.655101 Cross-Country Skiing
Snowshoeing
Yurting
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 Yellowstone Special) 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
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
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
49 Degrees North Washington 48.301031 -117.565895 Alpine Resort Skiing
Cross-Country Skiing
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