All posts tagged Clean and Quiet Recreation – CQR

Human-powered recreation.

Central and Southern Idaho

With extensive trail systems maintained by state, county and community organizations, Central and Southern Idaho is a mecca for cross country skiing.  Sun Valley/Ketchum bills itself as “Nordic Town USA”  and the Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD) is justly proud of its nordic trail systems in the Wood River and Sawtooth Valleys. These listings are for […]


Oregon backcountry winter recreation means deep snows in the high volcanoes of the Cascades and diverse opportunity in several ranges rising above dry eastern plateaus.   The Cascades have deep evergreen forest punctuated by volcanic cones that rise  dramatically and receive deep maritime snowfalls.  Their west side has lush vegetation, while their east side is […]


Utah boasts the greatest snow on earth, and its bounty is not confined to downhill ski resorts.  The Wasatch and Uintas provide classic ski opportunities for every kind of snow enthusiast. and Park City, vying for the title of best nordic town in the West, has multiple systems of groomed nordic track. Much of the […]

Greater Yellowstone and Tetons

Yellowstone National Park sits on a high plateau at the intersection of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, with vast meadows, lakes and river systems.  The area gets snow early and West Yellowstone is a popular training area for nordic athletes.  Snowcoaches make touring from and around Old Faithful easy, if you have the time.  Yellowstone Park has […]

Lake Tahoe

The greater Lake Tahoe area offers spectacular opportunities for Nordic and Backcountry skiing from  Donner Summit to  Carson Pass. The Lake Tahoe area offers some of the best and and most diverse nordic and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing recreational opportunities. From steep chutes to broad meadows to long river valleys, and, of course, views of  […]


Nordic Resorts  provide heated lodges, food, rentals and instruction and charge daily fees from $15 to $30. Community Areas are groomed by civic, community or non-profit organizations, collect donations at the trailhead or charge a modest fee.  Any facilities are noted in the listings; generally you must bring your own equipment and there is no shelter. […]


Welcome to’s guide to cross country, backcountry and nordic skiing in the western U.S.  Here you will find listings of ski resorts, community groomed areas, backcountry trailheads, ski lodges, backcountry huts and more, with fair (though brief) critical commentary.   We are dedicated to enjoying the backcountry on ski or snowshoe.  Our mission is to […]


Guide to places to nordic and backcountry ski in the Western U.S. California Lake Tahoe Sierra Eastside Western Sierras and Southern Cascades Coastal Ranges and Southern California Idaho Central and Southern Idaho Northern Rockies Greater Yellowstone and the Tetons Utah and Colorado Utah Pacific Northwest Oregon