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Use our comprehensive trail guides with descriptions, photos, and reviews to plan your next cross country skiing trail adventure.
Here you'll find long-distance trails in both remote regions of the West and in populated parts of the East and Midwest.
If you're like us and can't wait to hit the snow in the winter, you can use TrailLink.com to find cross-country skiing trails and trail maps. Comedian Steven Wright once said, "Cross-country skiing is great.if you live in a small country," but we beg to differ and are envious of those that can take advantage of this rewarding sport.
Rail-trails in particular make great cross-country skiing trails since most railroads were built fairly straight with gentle (often less than 3%) grades. Though some trails are plowed in the winter, many are left snow-covered for snow-sport uses. Often you'll find that you have the trail all to yourself in the winter months. The only downside is that some trailside amenities close in off-season months.
Before you head out, it's also best to check the recent snowfall and cross-country trail conditions with the trail's managing entity; links to these agencies are typically listed in the Related Links box for each trail on TrailLink.com. The Cross Country Ski Areas Association also provides helpful resources, including information about how to dress for your trip, a list of retail outlets for the equipment you'll need, as well as a podcast and video tutorials for new skiers.
Have fun and please share your experiences on TrailLink.com by posting photos and a review of your favorite cross-country skiing trail. We're sure that your thoughts on how well the trail was groomed, what amenities were still available, and any commentary on the sights you enjoyed along the way will be appreciated by your fellow snow travelers.