700 miles of cross-country trails + 8,000 feet of elevation
 = a woodsy wonderland

By: Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan

The action in Grand County is more horizontal than vertical. Seventy percent of the county is public land, and the pine and aspen forests are crisscrossed by an impressive network of well-groomed trails, making this one of the West’s top destinations for cross-country (aka Nordic) skiing. In between jaunts among the trees, you’ll find slow-paced, proudly Western towns. The old-timey wooden storefronts of Grand Lake are ridiculously charming after the first snowfall. Winter Park is more upscale, its shops stocked with organic groceries and high-tech outdoor gear. Some hamlets are even connected by ski trails. Read the full article by clicking here.