There is nothing like gliding through a peaceful winter wonderland on a pair of cross-country skis. Luckily, there are plenty of options accessible from Seattle to do just that. The meticulously groomed cross-country trails in Lake Wenatchee State Park, just outside Leavenworth, make for a fun daytrip from Seattle. The park’s paths will take you along the beautiful lakeshore and through the forests of snow-dusted firs, hemlocks, and pines.
If you are a cross-country diehard, you will want to check out Methow Valley. While the four-hour drive from Seattle doesn’t make it the best choice for every weekend, the 120 miles of interconnected, groomed Nordic trails make Methow Valley one of the most extensive cross-country ski areas in the country. The trail system is divided into four areas: the Methow Community Trail, the Sun Mountain Trails, the Manzama Trails, and Rendezvous trails, and provides a range of routes for all abilities for both classic and skate skiing.