John Symon, Ski Trax
January 3, 2011

Nestled high on the flanks of Vermont’s highest peak (Mount Mansfield, 4,393 feet), the village of Stowe offers a wide variety of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities. Skiers can choose between North America’s first commercial cross-country centre (dating from 1968) at Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe Mountain Resort’s Cross Country Ski Center, and other centers in the region such as Top Knotch with nearby Nordic Barn, Stoweflake, Edson Hill Manor, Golden Eagle Resort, along with Stowe’s municipal trails. Between them, the smorgasbord of fabulous resorts feature activities from skate to classic to backcountry to telemark skiing. Snowshoeing and Nordic walking are also on the menu. And one of the great beauties of skiing in Stowe is the interconnectivity of most local ski trail networks.

The Trapp Family Lodge is the largest cross-country centre in the area, attracting some 60,000 visitors each winter. It is also famous for the Trapp family history as portrayed in The Sound of Music. And the oldest cross-country centre on the continent remains an innovator, recently installing artificial snowmaking that ensures a connection from the ski centre across a sunny field up to trails in the woods. The trail network includes 60 kilometres of groomed trails and 100 kilometres of backcountry trails....

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