Set a personal best or take in the scenery at these top nordic races and resorts.
Royal Gorge, California: Snow dumps by the foot on Donner Pass, near Tahoe, where you'll find over 9,000 acres of skiable terrain. The resort's Ice Lakes Lodge now has free wireless to go with the trailside location. royalgorge.com
Soldier Hollow, Utah: Got a pro and a newbie in the party? You'll find trails for everyone at this lodge, site of the nordic events for the 2002 Winter Olympics. soldierhollow.com
Stowe Derby, Vermont: This fast and fun 16K race starts at the top of an alpine hill and ends in downtown Stowe. February 17; stowederby.com
Crested Butte Alley Loop, Colorado: Ski the town's streets and alleys in this high-altitude classic. February 2; cbnordic.org/alleyloop
Trapp Family Lodge, Vermont: Yes, that Trapp family. It may be in New England, but the lodge and impeccably groomed trails are straight out of Austria. trappfamily.com
Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado: Gently rolling terrain surrounded by the Rockies makes this a skier's paradise. devilsthumbranch.com