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44.4654°N, 72.6874°W
Stowe, VT, USA

Stowe, Vermont rightfully lays claim to the title of ski capital of the east. In fact, skiing in the US was pioneered here in the 1920s. But while downhill skiing may be the draw for many who come to Vermont in the winter, there's a growing trend to get out and explore the less-rugged (and less steep) landscapes. At Edson Hill in Stowe, Nordic skiing is the name of the game. Also known as cross-country skiing, Nordic skiing is a great way to get outside in the winter, burn some of those holiday calories, and see a different side of the world around you – one that's covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. With a beautiful, 1940s manor house as their home base and miles of trails at their doorstep, the folks at Edson Hill have some of the best Nordic skiing you'll find in the country.

"I think people love to come here because you feel like you're at a retreat," says Jesse Stacy, Edson Hill's general manager. "It's the quintessential Vermont setting, with the Green Mountains and the Worcester Range in the distance. It's a pretty magical place in winter, and you can take these great Nordic skiis and have a little adventure and come back to and relax by the fire."

A relic of the bygone days when inns outnumbered hotels, Edson Hill is comprised of a manor house offering eight guest rooms, plus cabins, a restaurant and tavern, and a tack house and Nordic ski center. Guests can spend the day skiing the many miles of trails that crisscross the property – the Catamount Trail that runs from Massachusetts to Canada cuts directly across Edson Hill's land – and can book rooms for longer stays. They offer snowshoe and Nordic ski rentals in their Nordic Center, which shares a building with the horse stables and three horses that add to the picturesque quality of the place.

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"We've got great flat terrain with moderate hills," says Jesse. "And there are some pretty adventurous backcountry experiences you can get to from here. We do lessons as well, and it's fun to watch people pick it up. You can get a pretty complete training session in, and then once you're comfortable head out for some of the more difficult terrain."

"You think of Vermont and you think of a winter experience," says Edson Hill's Jesse Stacy. "The mentality is that you come here to be outside – to be part of the nature and the landscape."

After a long day on the trails, come back to Edson Hill for a culinary experience you won't forget. Chef Jason Bissel is a Vermont native who works with local farmers to source local beef and vegetables.

"His philosophy is really about taking great fresh product – often local – and finding ways to showcase those flavors," says Jesse. "Nothing's overdone – it's simple recipes, executed to perfection."

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