Winter Wonderlands: Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing Spots

January 8 2009 by Karla Henriquez
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winterwonderland.jpgSleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

The holidays are over and I'm not going to hear that song playing anymore...but listening to it really got me thinking about how much fun it can be to get out of the house and into the snow!

The winter can lose some of its charm when the holidays fade and you are facing just the snowy months ahead, so to get us all excited for January, February and more snow, I'm going to suggest a few places in the U.S. that offer amazing terrain for winter walks - on snowshoes or skis! Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are, perhaps, less popular activities than snowboarding or downhill skiing, but they can be a great escape. You can enjoy nature, see the real beauty of winter and get an unforgettable workout. If you have ever tried either snowshoeing or cross-country skiing you quickly learn that you are using every muscle in your body. Enjoy these winter wonderlands:

Northwest
June Lake Trail in Cougar, Washington
Trillium Lake Loop in Clackamas County, Oregon
Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California

Rocky Mountain Region
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming (and Montana, if you're on the right trail)
Soldier's Hollow in the Heber Valley, Utah
Silver Dollar Lake in Georgetown, Colorado

Southwest
Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona
Enchanted Forest Cross-country Ski and Snowshoe Area in Red River, New Mexico
Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Midwest
Pigeon Creek Parks in Ottawa County, Michigan
Blue Mound State Park, Wisconsin
Mackinac Island in Michigan

Northeast
Eagle Hill Trail Loop in Tarrytown, New York
Letchworth State Park in Castile, New York
Walden Pond near Boston, Massachusetts
Edson Hill Manor in Stowe, Vermont
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

If you know of a great spot to snowshoe or cross-country ski, please share it with the rest of us!

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    By Sue on January 27, 2009 6:47 PM

    Pure white snow and the Sawtooth Mountains! Perfect combination of solid base and fresh snowfall for XC skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding and snowmobiling. Currently, trail conditions are excellent, 75" of snow this season. The area has more than 500 kilometers of groomed XC trails, snowmobilers have over 200 miles to ride, and Lutsen Mountain has the best downhill skiing in the upper Midwest. Plenty of options for winter fun for any age. This week is Volks Ski Fest Jan. 31 to Feb. 8 lots of events planned in the area check out volksskifest.com

    By charles on March 22, 2011 3:23 PM

    All of this talk about snow makes me want to take some lake tahoe cruises! Don't get me wrong, I love the snow, but it's been a long winter and now it's time for some summer fun!


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