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Cross-Country Skiing: The Winter Workout You Should Be Doing

For an intense cardio, full body workout, take a day off the slopes and hit the trails on cross-country skis. U.S. Olympian Kris Freeman tells you how to get started.

Ski Here
You’re in luck. In Freeman’s estimation, you’ll find many of the top cross-country trails in the world right here in the U.S.

Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Freeman’s favorite ski area is Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, and he says the best loop is a trail called Cascade Brook, which starts with a hard 20-minute climb up a steep slope. At the top, it levels off before dropping back down over a series of switchbacks along an old stream bed. “I do that trail over and over again for hours,” says Freeman.

Soldier Hollow, Utah
For those who like going fast, Freeman calls Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah—where he and other Nordic skiers competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics—one of the best racing venues in the country. Ski easy trails, or test your mettle on the Olympic courses.

Methow Valley, Washington
The U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team named Methow Valley in Washington one of their top-choice ski areas in the country, and it’s no mystery why. One of the largest cross-country ski areas on the continent, the valley holds more than 120 miles of trails winding through peaceful forest in the Cascade Mountains.

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