Winter snow brings a fresh crop of sporting possibilities, and ski resorts around the United States are filling up with downhill enthusiasts. To get out of line and into the great wide open, we suggest strapping on the skinny skis and hitting up these five places for cross-country skiing in a more serene environment.
Surprise! America's national parks are open for business during winter. Sure, your options may be a bit different than in the popular summer months, but adventurous souls will be mightily rewarded for their efforts.
Come winter, New York's fabled Finger Lakes region makes for one warm, intoxicating outing, where cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails lead to century-old vineyards, restaurants, resorts, and quaint B&Bs.