Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa is number one in the public’s eye, according to The USA Today 2018-19 10Best Poll for cross country ski resorts.
The list of winners recognizes cross country ski resorts all have groomed trails, but after that there is a wide diversity among the 10Best. This year’s 10Best list includes two ranches in Colorado including the overall winner, Devil’s Thumb.
Tahoe Donner Cross Country Center in California is part of a homeowners’ association that has recently renovated its lodge and Jackson Ski Touring is the center of a quintessential New England community.
The poll included two areas in New York, which surprisingly is the state with the highest number of ski areas in the U.S. Last year’s winner, White Grass Touring Center in West Virginia, is still among the 10Best.
A panel of Nordic ski experts nominated their 20 favorite resorts for the poll, which was then voted on by the public.
The expert panel included Jennie Bender – cross country ski competitor, who has raced all over the world; Reese Brown – Executive Director of Cross Country Ski Areas Association; Roger Lohr – owner and editor of XCSkiResorts.com; Cami Thompson Graves – coach of Nordic ski team at Dartmouth College; Jonathan Wiesel – consultant and entrepreneur in the ski industry with Nordic Group International.
Congratulations to Devil’s Thumb. The cross country ski resorts for the 2018-19 USA Today 10Best Poll voted Top 10 include:
Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, Colorado
Cross Country Ski Headquarters, Michigan
Tahoe Donner Cross Country, California
Garnet Hill Lodge, New York
White Grass Touring Center, West Virginia
Lapland Lake Vacation Center, New York
Maplelag Resort, Minnesota
Sovereign Lake XC Center & Silver Star Mountain Resort, British Columbia
Latigo Ranch, Colorado
Jackson Ski Touring Center, New Hampshire