Favorite Skiing Locations

Ski Trail Locators


Local (Dayton Area) Ski Sites

  • Community Golf Center – 2917 Berkley St, Dayton, OH 45409 – This is a local favorite for local skiing in the Dayton area.  Bring your own equipment and break your own trails in the gently rolling terrain.


Regional Ski Areas – Michigan

  • Allegan State Game Area Forest (Michigan West Lower Peninsula ~ 5 hour drive from Dayton)  offers 25 km (15 miles) of trails that are groomed for cross-country skiing. Skiing is permitted only after January 1. There are two sets of loops, one on each side of the road.  Click here to view the Allegan_State_Ski_Trails PDF 
  • Cross Country Ski Headquarters – Michigan  9435 N. Cut Rd., Roscommon, MI 48653 – Ski Outfitters, Ski Area, Rentals and Day Lodge.
  • CrossCountrySkiHQ_trail This is a full service site that is great for beginners or a warm-up day of skiing. There are 19 kilometers over 8 groomed trails, rentals and an on-site grill in the day lodge.
  • Gaylord, MichiganThere are several places in the Gaylord, MI area.  Once quaint place is near Gaylord’s City Elk Park at the East end of Commerce Blvd off of S. Otsego Blvd.  This 3k trail is lit by post lights along the groomed trail and is a quiet place to enjoy an hour of leisurely skiing after dark.


  • Hartwick Pines State Park, 4216 Ranger Road, Grayling, MI – Located between Grayling and Gaylord, MI just off of I-75, this park has 15k of groomed trails.  With an area of 9,672 acres, Hartwick Pines is the largest state park in the Lower Peninsula. The park’s rolling hills, which are built of ancient glacial deposit, overlook the valley of the East Branch of the AuSable River, four small lakes and unique timber lands. The principal feature of this park is the 49-acre forest of Old Growth Pines which gives the park its name. This forest is a reminder of Michigan’s past importance in the pine lumber industry as well as a source of inspiration for the future of our forests. The park is rich in scenic beauty and because of the different habitats it encompasses, there is ample subject matter for the sports person, photographer, or naturalist throughout the year. The park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. year round.

Regional Ski Areas – Ohio

Malabar Farm Trail

  • Malabar Farm State Park (Ohio) A 2.5 hour drive from Dayton, located in North-central Ohio off of I-71 (directions and map).  Hiking and horseback trails are available for cross country skiing.  These trails are unimproved and may need to be manually broken.  They are only marked with occasional post markings.  The park office has limited hours.  No ski equipment rental even though some web resources claim they do (they did in years past, but those services have ceased).

 Regional Ski Areas – Pennsylvania

  •  Laurel Ridge XC Ski Center(a PA State Park ski concession operated by Riversport)  Laurel Ridge XC Ski Center is located on one of the highest mountain ridges in the Laurel Highlands region of South Western Pennsylvania.  Our ski center operates out of  Laurel Ridge State Park’s concession building managed by the Laurel Hill State Park DCNR of Pennsylvania.XC Ski Center Phone Number 724-455-7303Ski Conditions- 724-455-7303 (updated daily depending on conditions)

    Laurel Hill State Park Office  814-455-7725

    Address: Laurel Ridge State Park
    1101 Jim Mountain Road
    Rockwood, PA 15557
    (Located off Route 653)

    Seasonal Operation:

    Open December through April
    (as weather conditions permit)

    Download the full brochure HERE.

Major Trip Sites

Lone Mountain Ranch ThumbnailLone Mountain Ranch, Montana

In some parts of the world and in some peoples’ minds, winter is an off-season. A time to hunker down and merely endure.

Lone Mountain Ranch would not be one of those places. Here the bounty of winter rivals and surpasses summer. Lone Mountain Ranch serves as the ultimate base camp for a Rocky Mountain winter adventure vacation.

There is the unrivaled downhill skiing of Big Sky Resort and Moonlight Basin, a combined lift-serviced alpine experience that at over 5,000 skiable acres, exceeds anything else you’ll find in America. Big Sky, Montana’s original Sleigh Ride Dinner, snowshoeing and Yellowstone tours by skis, snowshoes or snowcoach also compliment the winter experience.

But the crown jewel of winter activity at Lone Mountain Ranch is our exclusive world class Nordic Ski Center. Right outside your cabin door is a remarkably extensive variety of groomed cross-country trails. From the most experienced and demanding cross-country ski devotees looking to ski the 2,200 vertical feet from the top of the system to the bottom, to those new to the sport in hopes of learning sound techniques from our instructors they can refine across the lower elevation meadows, the sheer variety of trails is sure to please.

SunValley_resort_eveningSun Valley Ranch, Idaho

The Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center is located at the 58,000 square-foot Sun Valley Club in the backyard of the world famous Sun Valley Lodge. This stunning facility features a restaurant, lounge, bar and locker rooms, along with equipment repair, rental and storage. Indoor virtual golf also adds to the list of extras.

Skiers’ Shangri-La for 75 years
You will experience some of the best cross-country skiing in America, with unmatched trail quality, training programs, clinics, rentals and state of the art Clubhouse for skiers of all levels. With over 40km of trails groomed daily for skate and classic skiing, the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center provides the ultimate experience. Gentle terrain morphs into challenging hills as the trail network leaves the Sun Valley Club.  At 6000 feet, our trail system maintains consistent conditions without leaving you gasping for air. Top off your day of skiing or snowshoeing with a delicious lunch or hot beverage served daily at the Sun Valley Club.

Snowshoe Fun in the Sun
Get off the skis and try something different this season. Meandering through the stunning terrain surrounding the Nordic & Snowshoe Center our snowshoe trails provide your whole family a fun, unique and inexpensive winter sport experience. Snowshoe equipment for all ages is available for rent at the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center.  

Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center:  (208) 622-2250  
Located in the Sun Valley Club just 1/2 mile east of the Sun Valley Lodge.

Call (208) 622-2250 for more event information

Download  Nordic brochure including new location info & trail map!

Devil's Thumb Ranch ThumbnailDevil’s Thumb Ranch Resort, Colorado 3530 County Road 83, Tabernash, CO 80478

With more than 100km of groomed trails nestled in the pristine and private Ranch Creek valley at the base of the Continental Divide, we’re the premiere Nordic center for Colorado cross country skiing. Whether you enjoy skate, classic or snowshoeing; there’s something here for everyone.Novices can start the day with a private or group lesson from one of our friendly instructors. More seasoned Nordic enthusiasts will find our advanced technique clinics helpful. And, of course, a wide variety of quality cross country ski equipment is available for purchase or rental – including infant sleds and skijoring rigs. Dogs on leashes are welcome on our dog-friendly trails. Our Nordic Center and ski trails are open daily during ski season.
For current trail conditions, visit our Current Trail Conditions Webpage, see our Groomer’s Report for a list of trails that are open, or call our Trails Hotline at 970-726-7010.  To reach our Nordic Center Staff, please call 970-726-8231 between 8:30 am and 5 pm.

Vista Verde ViewVista Verde Luxury Ranch Resort (www.vistaverde.com) is located north of Steam Boat Springs.  Locally groomed trails, luxury cabins, all-inclusive meals, Ski and snowshoe equipment, back country skiiing, horseback riding.  Located adjacent to the Routt National Forest.

Located close to Steamboat Springs, home of the world famous Steamboat Ski Resort, a winter guest ranch stay at Vista Verde combines all the benefits of a Colorado winter resort with the relaxed and intimate atmosphere of a ranch vacation. Stay and play with us, or let us take you to the ski resort for fabulous downhill skiing. The program of activities included in your stay is as varied as it is flexible. Our guides and instructors will go out of their way to tailor each experience to your interest and ability. Top notch gear and equipment are provided to make these winter ranch activities all the more enjoyable.

We just come around at mealtimes and you tell us what you want to do. Your day, your way! All you have to do is choose from our many winter activities: cross country skiing, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, horseback riding, sleigh rides, sledding and more.

To get a taste of what a typical week looks like at Vista Verde during the winter season, click here.





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