The Ultimate Guide to Cross Country Skiing in Washington

Cross country skiing is something that almost everyone can enjoy. With affordable rentals, lots of snow, and seemingly endless miles of nordic tracks, you can get out this winter with little effort. Up and down the Cascade Mountains, enjoy these amazing cross country skiing trails. 

Cabin Creek Nordic Area

The Cabin Creek Sno Park, off Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass, is one of the most scenic nordic networks in Washington State. With dozens of sno parks along the I-90 corridor, it’s likely you’ll have one to yourself. There are several loops ranging from easy, with gradual grades, to more difficult trails with steeper hills. For experts who want to carve fresh tracks, Mt. Amabilis rewards visitors with a jaw dropping view of Kachess Lake. 

 

Roaring River B&B in the mountain town of North Bend, is your perfect home base for adventure. Situated on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River, you’ll enjoy the sounds of the river and wildlife sightings each morning during breakfast. 

Methow Valley Trails

The hills, outside of Winthrop, Washington are home to the largest groomed nordic network in North America. The Methow Valley boasts 120 miles of groomed trails. While at first glance, that may seem intimidating to new skiers , their site hosts an up-to-date listing of open trails. Ski the the Methow Community Trail that crosses over the Tawlks-Foster Suspension Bridge. Test your abilities on the Rendezvous trail system with overnight huts. Take it easy and enjoy the sounds of nature all around. Every trail brings its own unique charm. 

Koshko Sno Park

The Gifford-Pinchot National Forest, north of the Columbia River Gorge, is home to serene alpine lakes, old growth forests, and endless miles of wilderness. The Koshko Sno Park is one of many cross country trail systems inside the forest. This non-groomed trail network lets you make your own tracks to create your own adventure. This park is only open to non-motorized explorers so you’ll enjoy the peace and quiet of nature. 

 

No matter how chilly you get on the trail, warm up at Carson Ridge Luxury Cabins. Their cozy cabins boast amenities like hot tubs and fireplaces so you can relax and unwind. 

Echo Ridge Nordic Area

Just 10 minutes from downtown Chelan, Echo Ridge Nordic Area offers more than 25 miles of smooth, groomed trails. Due to its higher elevation, the nordic area is above the clouds with views in all directions of the Cascades. Certain trails welcome your four-legged friend to come along for the fun. 

Plain Valley Nordic Trails

Plain Valley Nordic Trail, outside of Leavenworth, offers numerous loops inside the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Follow the Beaver Creek trail through the forest and embark on short side loops, most of which are less than half mile. Climb up and over hills, skate along a crackling creek, and take in the sights. Afterwards, warm up with a beer and pretzel in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. 

 

A stay at Warm Springs Inn & Winery puts you in the heart of nordic ski country. Wake up to a delicious and nutritious breakfast that’ll energize you for your adventure. Ski a different trail every day and return to your cozy accommodations and relax by the fire with a glass of wine. 

White Pass Nordic Area

Tucked in the eastern side of Mt. Rainier, White Pass Nordic Area is the perfect place for beginners to start their cross country journey. Adjacent to the White Pass Ski Resort, the White Pass Nordic Area offers a quiet and peaceful setting to explore the forest. The ski center offers rental equipment and lessons for anyone looking to try out the sport or hone their technique. Glide with ease on their groomed trails both for classic and skate skiers. 

 

Don’t let winter keep you inside. Head out for a day of skating around the woods at any of these stunning cross country skiing destinations. Afterwards, warm up at one of our toasty bed & breakfasts. Your winter getaway has never been more peaceful. 

The Washington INNSiders boasts an exhaustive list of independent inns all over Washington State so you can pick out the ideal B&B, inn, or lodge for your dream getaway. All our member properties are inspected and approved so you are sure to find the perfect place to stay. Plan your getaway today!