Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Trails
NorthWoods Nordic Trails
NorthWoods offers a variety of terrain with over 20 kilometers of groomed and backcountry trails for skiing and snowshoeing. Trails are groomed three times a week, weather permitting, and maps are available at the Lodge and at selected trail locations. Donations for trail use are collected on the honor system and help defray trail grooming and maintenance expenses. NorthWoods staff is available to share their expertise and passion for environmental education, conservation and recreation. We are happy to provide information, maps, and rentals.
Programs & Activities
NorthWoods offers guided programs, lessons, and private events by appointment and activities are appropriate for all ages. Offered by reservation. Email: email@example.com for more information.
Nordic Ski Lessons: Practice the beginner progression, improving your skills while exploring the winter world on skis.
Winter Ecology Ski & Snowshoe Tours: Learn tips for tracking, discover the secrets of life in the cold, practice winter tree identification and explore new terrain. Equipment provided.
Events and Facility Rental: Schedule an event at NorthWoods and reserve our Lodge, Bunkhouse, or Trails for your next private or community gathering. Our facilities are available for weddings, parties, meetings, and guided outings. Access to kitchen, trails, pond, and equipment. Contact us for dates and rates.
Open: Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm
Maps & Information, Educational Displays
Warming Area, Restrooms, Kitchen
12 Kilometers, Classic and Backcountry Trails
Open 7 days a week (weekend self-service)
Groomed M-W-F, conditions permitting
Trail use Suggested Donation: $5.00/day (individual)
Dog-friendly (Please clean up after your pet)
Maps and Sign-in at our outdoor kiosk.
Ski Rental (NNN bindings & boots): 10.00/day
Snowshoe Rental: $5.00/day
Weekend, after hours, & long-term rentals: by appointment
Call: 802-723-6551 x303
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Mt. Hor Ski Trails
VT Route 5A, Westmore, Vt
NorthWoods is partnering with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (VT FPR) to maintain and groom the winter ski trails in Willoughby State Forest. Access is available from the CCC Road parking lot on Vermont Route 5A in Westmore, just south of Lake Willoughby. Trails are groomed for classic skiing (with set tracks) and skate skiing. All other uses, including snowshoeing, walking, crampons, etc. should avoid the groomed lanes and keep to one side.
Open 7 days a week, self-serve
Grooming: Set-track and skate-skiing, 2-3 days per week, weather permitting
Maps and information are available at the trailhead and by clicking here.
Donations: trailhead kiosk, or Donate Here.
Financial support is from both the State of Vermont and public donations. Please make donations on this page, at the trailhead kiosk, or mail to: NWSC, PO Box 220, E. Charleston, VT 05833. Your generosity is appreciated!
There is no ski patrol sweep of the trails and conditions can change abruptly, especially in winter. If you encounter an injured skier, carefully note your location and call 9-1-1. There is a rescue center in Westmore and wireless phone service on most trails.
Note for Hikers and Dog-Walkers
Hikers and dog-walkers are encouraged to use the Pisgah Trail, located directly across Route 5A from the kiosk. If you choose to use the groomed trails, please keep dogs on a leash and walk on the opposite side from the set tracks and out of the center skating lane.
Please clean up after your dog on the groomed trail surface and in the parking areas. Thank you for maintaining the quality of the groomed trails.
Skier Responsibility Code
- Be courteous to other visitors
- Maintain control of your speed and direction at all times
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible by others
- Obey all signs and posted warnings
- In the event of an injury, please call 9-1-1
Dashney Nordic Center at Burke Mountain
Dashney Rd (off of Mountain Road), Burke, Vt
Trails are open 7-days a week. The Nordic Center, offering rentals, lessons and hot cocoa is open Thursday thru Sunday from 9-4pm.
Located at Burke Mountain Ski area on Dashney Rd (off of Mountain Road)
From hotel/Mid-Burke: Head south on Mountain Road (towards Sherburne Base Lodge); turn RIGHT onto Dashney Road; follow Dashney Road approx 1-mile and end at Burke Nordic Center.
From Sherburn Base Lodge: Turn right on mountain road; make first LEFT onto Dashney Road; follow Dashney Road approx 1-mile and end at Burke Nordic Center.
Nordic Ski Lessons
New to the world of cross-country skiing, or looking to improve your classic skiing technique? NorthWoods experienced staff will teach the beginner progression helping you improve your efficiency and enjoyment of exploring the winter world on skis, and helping you find your glide. Lessons and tours available by appointment. Click here for pricing guide.
Visit the Burke Mountain Dashney Center Website for more information on trails and snow conditions.