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Where to Ski Cross Country Near DC

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

There hasn't been any snow to speak of in the DC metro area, but that doesn't mean it isn't skiing to the west of us in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and western Maryland.  There are lots of reasons to try cross country skiing from the fact that it is easier to start than down hill skiing, it gets you outside in the winter, it is healthy and it improves your balance.  If you are thinking of getting out into nature this winter, then cross country skiing might be perfect for you!   Here are a few places to try

Blue Knob, Claysburg, Pa. blueknob.com
The 6-plus miles of trails start on a “gently sloping” golf course, then head into the woods.

Savage River Lodge, Frostburg, Md. savageriverlodge.com
The resort has 14 miles of trails. You can take the steep, 2-mile dirt road into the ski area for a day’s workout.

White Grass, Davis, W.Va. whitegrass.com
White Grass builds up its wintry base with “snow farming.”  Fences around an 80-acre pasture allow wind-driven snow to build up. Of the approximately 30 miles of trails, about a third are good for beginners. The landscape provides “hills and dips and steeper” intermediate and expert trails.

New Germany State Park, Grantsville, MD

You can head to New Germany State Park to cross-country ski through Western Maryland Forest. Additionally, there are 11 cabins that you can rent to make a weekend or a weeklong vacation out of it.


Savage River Lodge, Frostburg, MD

For a more upscale experience, visit Savage River Lodge. If you want to learn how to cross-country ski and do not have your own equipment this is an excellent place to start because they have the equipment rentals and they even have certified instructors. Additionally, there are 18 luxury cabins that you can stay in to make it a nice vacation.

Watkins Regional Park Trail, Upper Marlboro, MD

If you want to remain near the DC area, you can visit Watkins Regional Park Trail in Upper Marlboro. The trail is only 1.8 miles-long so it makes for a quick jaunt and it is incredibly easy. Children will appreciate this and if you take them to the park or Old Maryland Farm in the summer, this trail will be familiar only covered in snow.

Wisp Resort, McHenry, MD

Maryland’s favorite ski resort, Wisp Resort is a four-season ski resort and conference center. Located in Western Maryland, the amenities are incredibly comfortable, the area is built for families, and the outdoor Nordic Center makes cross country skiing easy and fun. They have other fun activities too like an ice skating rink, snow tubing area, rides, and of course—downhill skiing. In other words, everyone in the family can play, stay, and have a great time.

Crescent Ramble Trail, Bethesda, MD

If you live in the DMV area, cross-country skiing in Bethesda is about as easy as you can get. This 14-mile trail does have a fair amount of foot traffic but it is an excellent place for you to cross country ski with the family due to the convenient location and the fact that it's rated as easy.

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Lise - I have been reading about the lack of snowfall in many areas this year but it's smart to mention that it can be found not so far away.  Thinking beyond the beltway can work in Washington.  Likely elsewhere too when "beyond" can mean "more".  

Jan 22, 2023 07:44 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lise, it is too bad we can't ship you some snow, we have PLENTY!   Good information for those cross country skiers!

Jan 22, 2023 07:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Lise... there you are with more skiing information for the DC area! I've still yet to do anything for mine... at this rate, I'll have to wait till 2024! :)

Jan 22, 2023 07:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise,

Good for you for letting people know where there is skiing in close proximity to DC! There are many who may not know so your information is important to raise their awareness!

Jan 22, 2023 08:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lise Howe,  Use to cross country ski a lot in my earlier years but have not for about 15 years.  Thanks for sharing this one.

Jan 22, 2023 10:05 AM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Lise Howe these are great list of ski cross country near DC area. Have a wonderful week.

Jan 22, 2023 11:11 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

This is something we always wanted to try Lise. But at this point, I don't like the cold anymore!

Jan 22, 2023 11:13 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It could be nice to cross country assuming those areas have enough snow and have been cold enough that it didn't melt.  It has been a cold dry winter so far.

Jan 22, 2023 11:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Lise-This is excellent information to get out to your area! When we lived in Northern VA  I had no idea that people went cross-country skiing in the DC area. 

Jan 22, 2023 05:51 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never been skiing nor have I had much desire to go skiing, perhaps it is because I don't like the cold weather, haha.

Jan 23, 2023 06:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good information to share with area residents and visitors.

Jan 23, 2023 08:01 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lise,

I have been skiing at Lake Tahoe one time.  I didn't do too badly.  But I have never been cross-country skiing.  It is nice to have the information posted for those in the DC area. Happy Wednesday!

Jan 25, 2023 03:52 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - I loved skiing but I have given it up recently so that I could keep my knees where they belong! 

Jan 25, 2023 06:01 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Roy Kelley - how is your wife doing with her recovery? We are all looking forward to hearing how she is. 

Jan 25, 2023 06:01 PM
Roy Kelley

Lise Howe 

Dolores is still at ProMedica, Potomac, for rehab. It is a difficult process for her.

Jan 26, 2023 08:25 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Brian England - when I did ski I always thought that the only good thing about the cold weather was the opportunity to ski! 

Jan 25, 2023 06:02 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Kathy Streib - I doubt many people are skiing cross country this year because we only have rain - no snow! 

Jan 25, 2023 06:03 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Good shout out for people to find close by cross county ski areas they may not have been aware of.  While so many enjoy the sport my experiences remind me of nightmares where you want to run but feel as though quick sand about your feet. lol  mdm

Jan 26, 2023 08:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Lise Howe - now I'm yearning to go cross country skiing again! The photo looks so tempting!

Jan 27, 2023 07:18 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Thanks be to Canva - and thanks to you for your kind comments! 

Jan 27, 2023 07:47 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lise Howe - someday, I hope to give Canva a try! Thanks for the motivation!

Jan 27, 2023 08:42 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho - there are so many wonderful things to do in the DC area - one just has to get the time to pursue them! 

Jan 27, 2023 07:48 PM