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Cross Country Skiing

NH’s premier cross country skiing resort.
Voted one of America’s Top 10 resorts in a USA Today poll!

Cross country skiing, or Nordic skiing, is a great way to enjoy winter.

With 45km of trails here at Great Glen Trails, groomed and ungroomed, beginner to advanced, we have something for everyone.


There are two different techniques of cross country skiing, classic and skate. Classic skiing is done primarily with the skier’s skis oriented straight ahead, skis running parallel. A specific type of wax or some kind of mechanical gripping design exists on the bottom of the ski’s midsection, to keep the skis from sliding backward. Like at Great Glen Trails, where trails are groomed with “Tracks”, parallel grooves are set in the snow to make the experience easier. Skate skiing uses skis designed solely for gliding, without a midsection gripping design, making use of lateral movements to move forward. A flat and firm surface created by grooming helps to make skate skiing easier. Typically newcomers to the sport start with classic technique as it’s generally more stable and straightforward.


We love introducing people to this incredible sport. With our world-class instruction in our ski school and consistently upgraded rental fleet, we will provide you with the skills and equipment you need to enjoy a day out on the snow. We even provide recommendations on what to wear!


Let our expert ski school instructors take your skills to the next level. Either classic or skate technique, we can help you hone your technique to be more efficient and achieve more glide. Want to push yourself? Perhaps you sign up for Nordic Meisters, our weekly citizen race series to feel the thrill and excitement of a race, either timed or untimed. Maybe event sign up to our Ski, Shoe, and Fatbike to the Clouds in the Nordic division to test your mettle in what is known as “North America’s Toughest 10k.”


Visiting once? A day pass for the trails will suit you just fine. Purchase at the Base Lodge when you come in.

Visiting for a few days, or more than once? Consider a season pass. Incredible deals if you purchase early in the season or if you are a first time season pass holder. Plus, when a parent/guardian purchases a season pass, ALL their kids, 17 and under, get a FREE pass too! Ready to get a season pass?   Book online now!