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Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing at Vermont’s Blueberry Hill Inn

A view of Blueberry Hill.

courtesy Blueberry Hill Inn

A view of Blueberry Hill.

GOSHEN, Vt. — Nestled in the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area, 12 miles down the road from Middlebury, is the classic Vermont inn and cross-country ski center, Blueberry Hill. On a winter day, you can grab your skis and snowshoes and head out onto 50 kilometers of trails, including the highest run in the state at an elevation over 3,000 feet, and gentler routes through the snowed-over pines. New this winter is that none of the trails will be groomed, offering a true wilderness experience in the Green Mountains. No trail fees will be charged and the ski center will be open to warm up with a bowl of soup and one of Blueberry Hill’s signature chocolate chip cookies. If you prefer to ski on groomed trails, head to nearby Rikert Nordic Center, which offers 50 kilometers of groomed trails and now has snowmaking on 5 kilometers of trail. On the nights of Jan. 17 and Feb. 5, the two ski areas will combine to offer a Full Moon Ski and Dine, where you end at the cozy inn for a four-course meal. Cost is $58 per person. Lodging at Blueberry Hill Inn starts at $199 a night, including breakfast. 1307 Goshen Ripton Road, Goshen, Vt. 802-247-6735,

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