Viking Nordic Center

Viking Nordic Center, Londonderry: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Viking Nordic Center Reviews: 4/5

Viking Nordic Center
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 AM
About
Viking Nordic Center's acclaimed trail system winds through beautiful Vermont countryside, with scenic vistas, past beaver ponds and along the West River. The trails offer something for everyone. Our 27 kilometers of ski trails are groomed for both skate skiing and classic skiing and offer terrain for all abilities. We also offer 4 kilometers of dedicated snowshoe trails. All of our trails are open to fat bikers based on snow conditions. Kids of all ages can search for cookie stations on the trails and claim a sweet reward in our cozy cafe when they've found them all. We also offer night skiing, group and individual lessons, and equipment rentals.
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b d
Phoenixville, PA186 contributions
Nice, maintained trails, but not much for a beginner
Mar 2019 • Couples
My wife and I don't get to ski much and are finding we have to travel more and more north from Philadelphia to go cross-country skiing. This year we headed to southern Vermont. Viking was the first place we went. Having not skied for 3 years, we were hoping for more level areas where we could get back into it before we hit any hills. While there were beginner's sections, there was not really a completely flat loop that we could see. So, we put up with some hills as best we could. The trails were well maintained and beautiful. We'll be back when we are a bit better.
Written March 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

nelsap
Saratoga Springs, NY38 contributions
Perfect midwinter day of cross country skiing
Dec 2017 • Solo
This was my first time visiting Viking, and I was very impressed. This is a quintessential Vermont cross country ski area. The trails were well groomed and marked with plenty of variety. Very friendly staff. Tasty homemade soup in the cafe. Look forward to returning.
Written December 26, 2017
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Edgar H
New Haven, CT30 contributions
Perfect for families
Apr 2017 • Family
The Viking Nordic Center is our favorite cross country skiing place in Southern Vermont. It is in a nice landscape, with some trails as loops in the forest but also pieces in open landscape. The center is well-staffed and includes a cafe in which you can buy hot apple cider and other goodies. For children, they have cookie cutter punch cards, which bring the kids searching for the cookie cutters on the trail to get a cookie as a reward. All age groups are represented. We have found the conditions somewhat variable. The trails are well suited for beginning and intermediate skiers. For skating, the trails are a little to soft and curvy, lacking stretches where one can gain the speed that is so much fun.
Written April 2, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

bluecricket50
Trumbull, CT31 contributions
Lovely scenic trails that are clearly marked and maintained.
Feb 2017 • Family
We visited on a Saturday for President's Day weekend with our family for XC skiing. We rented skis for my 12 yr who is a beginner. Rentals are a good value. Price ranges in 3 categories—adult, student, and youth. It was a warm winter day and the trails were beautiful, well-marked and groomed. There are several green/easy trails with small sloping inclines that are relatively close to the warming hut. There's also a longer easy one, Boyton Run, and several blue and black trails. So, there's a trail for every skill level. We spent from 11 am to 2:30 pm skiing. If you have kids, you can get a "Cookie Card" at the cashier's and punch the card for a free cookie on the trails that you complete. We only found a couple of those punches, unfortunately.

There's also a small cafe that serves sandwiches, soup, apple cider, various drinks, and cookies. Grilled cheese with Cabot cheddar and maple ham was about $5.50. I bit pricey, but it was delicious. The staff was also terrific! If you bring lunch, there are picnic tables and a warming hut where you can eat.

Overall, a wonderful experience with lovely scenic trails that are clearly marked and maintained. Excellent place for families and friends who are learning to the more experienced skier.
Written February 20, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

JR THE STAR
Brooklyn44 contributions
Felt lucky to be there
Dec 2016 • Family
Beautiful trials. Patient & knowledgeable staff who are dedicated and experienced. Down-home kind of place run by people who seem to care that you have a good time.
Written January 2, 2017
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Peter A
Weston, VT163 contributions
Delightful XC experience!
Dec 2016 • Family
We visited Viking right after 10 inches of fresh snowfall. It was PERFECT ! ! There are plenty of trails, at all skill levels, so the trails are not crowded. The do offer both classic and freestyle (skate) skiing, although some of the latter are fairly narrow.
The family that runs the place are friendly, helpful, and even offer classes or pointers for those in need.
The setting, in southern Vermont's wilderness, cannot be beat. They have 25+ kms of well groomed trails, with varying levels of climbing and descent.
Written January 1, 2017
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purebliss1
Boston, MA230 contributions
Beware Bait and Switch
Jan 2015 • Friends
We had a large group and had called ahead asking if there was a discounted rate for a large group. We were told there would be but when we arrived the discounted rate was higher then the senior rate and they refused to honor the discounted rate for the rest of the group who were not seniors. The credit card machine at the counter was not functioning properly and he insisted every one pay in cash because he didn't to go to the food counter to have to run through the credit cards. We expressed our dissatisfaction with our whole experience with management and were told to provide email addresses and they would send us some kind of compensation for our troubles. It has been 2 months and NOTHING! This business is not to be trusted. As for the trails, most of the grooming on the trails was just barely adequate.
Written March 22, 2015
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I’d like to more completely describe your group’s visit to our cross country ski center. In no way does bait and switch describe what happened; your group was not promised one rate and given another. In fact, your group was given our group discount even though you did not meet the requirements for it. We would have liked to have also given your group the special treatment we give the many groups that visit Viking each winter. However those groups prearrange their visit, which our website very clearly states must be done to receive the group discount. Prearranging a group visit is the key to having a fun day. It gives us a chance to understand what would make a great visit for your group and how we can best serve you, whether it be by setting rentals aside ahead of time to speed your group through check in, offering a clubhouse to use as a your group’s base that day, or putting together a special lunch or post-ski snack for your group. Some groups rent our night ski course and have parties in our clubhouse. During the prearrangement phone call we go over procedures that apply to groups from where to park a bus to paying as a group, a single transaction for the entire group’s tickets. Unfortunately, your group never made that key phone call to plan your visit. Instead, less than an hour before the group began arriving we received a short call asking what our group rate was. We did not recognize that the call was from a group that was not pre-arranged until after the caller had hung up. That was our mistake. In hindsight, we should have explained on the phone that we require prior arrangement for a group discount and that we’d try our best to make last second plans for your group and talked the caller through our group check-in procedure which includes making a single group payment, not paying as individuals. When the first part of the group arrived at our center no one presented themselves as the group leader and offered to make the group purchase of trail passes. Instead, some members of the group individually approached the counter, started to buy trail passes and asked for the group discount. At that point it was not obvious to us that you all were a group, and in fact, at that point your group did not have enough members to qualify for the group discount (10 minimum). Then some members decided that they would rather take the senior discount instead of the group discount, making the group less than 10, even after the others in your group arrived. It was a confusing situation for members of your group and for our guy handling your check-in. He tried his best to explain our policies but there were many conversations going on and questions being asked. This confusing and frustrating situation does not happen with other groups; they prearrange their visit, outline to their members what is going to happen at the center, what the rate will be, collect the payments from their members ahead and pay as a group. Because they prearrange their visit groups have a wonderful winter day, everything is handled smoothly for a large number of people. Yes, our credit card machine at that register was not working that morning but it was not the source of the problem; it would not have been a factor had your group been making a single group ticket purchase. Eventually someone from your group did step forward and make a group purchase of your ski passes. He was given the group discount, 25% off our daily trail pass rate. We do not know how he settled up with the individual members of the group. The senior discount is clearly stated on our website and yes, it is greater than the group discount. I’m not sure why you feel that is a bad thing. It is certainly not bait and switch. As is typical only one discount can be applied to a purchase. As for the trail grooming and snow conditions, your group visited before this winter’s epic string of snowstorms and the snow cover was thin, there was not much snow to groom at our center or at others in the region. We have the largest fleet of grooming equipment and the most experienced groomers in our region and our grooming is regularly cited by visitors as excellent. Our manager did offer to do something extra for your group even though you did receive the group discount. And yes, we have not gotten back to your group yet. Quite honestly we are a bit stumped as for what we could do to make those who left with a bad taste in their mouth feel better because what made your group’s visit different from a group that has a great day is organization on your part. However, I would like to offer this, if your group makes arrangements before visiting next year (the 2015-16 ski season) by calling us more than 3 days ahead of your visit (a new policy we are putting in place as a result of your visit) we will double the group discount for that one group visit to 50% off our full rate daily trail pass. I hope you’ll take us up on this offer and come have a great time at Viking.
Written May 2, 2015
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

john4ns
Chester, VT113 contributions
Top XC center
Jan 2015 • Family
Viking is the premier XC touring center in southern Vermont. Sweet range of trails for every level of skier, well groomed interesting. Knowledgeable and friendly staff
Written March 21, 2015
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EdM1954
Stratford, CT35 contributions
Poor grooming. Inaccurate conditions report.
Feb 2015 • Couples
Viking does indeed have some of the most beautiful trails in Vermont. A nice little cafe and a first rate ski shop with friendly folks. But... they do a poor job in grooming their trails outside of the core trails near the touring center. On President's Day they posted all trails were groomed and tracked. Not true. Substantial portions of the trail network had not been groomed for at least a couple of days. Compared to other areas in southern Vermont (Prospect Mountain, Timber Creek, Wild Wings) they consistently do the least grooming on their beautiful trails. If you want scenic beauty and a well groomed trail network in the area, go to Wild Wings in Peru. Very basic facilities, but a great skiing experience.
Written February 17, 2015
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Thank you for this feedback. We investigated the situation and found that we make a mistake grooming on Presidents Day. Based on your review we have made a change at the center. Please let me explain the mistake we made on President’s Day. That morning our 2 groomers headed out from the center on different paths to groom different sections of our trail system. But they made a mistake that day, neither of them groomed a section of trail that connected their 2 grooming paths and they did not catch the mistake until the next day. It appears that you came to that section of trail and assumed that everything beyond it was not recently groomed. We completely understand your thinking. Many others did ski the groomed trails you did not reach that day, some reached them by skiing the path the groomer took that morning, others skied the section of trail that was not groomed that morning. As a result of your post we now keep a written record of our daily trail grooming right next to our register and review that day’s grooming with everyone buying a trail pass. We start each day with a new trail map and each groomer updates the map after returning from grooming. They must highlight exactly what trails they groomed that day, creating a daily history of our trail grooming. We show that day’s map to everyone buying a trail pass and use it to steer skiers to trails that best suit them. We go to great lengths not to sugar coat our grooming and snow conditions reports and do not exaggerate how much grooming we do. We post conditions and grooming updates on our webpage, Facebook page, xcski.org, our voicemail system, at the center and encourage folks to call and talk with us about detailed conditions and grooming before coming to Viking. We believe that we offer a great skiing experience --- as does our nearby area, Wild Wings. We groom 35 km for both classic and skate skiing with one of the largest range of different snow grooming implements found anywhere. Next time you’re at Viking we invite you to go through our trail map notebook and compare how often we groom our trails with any other Nordic area. Thanks for praising our trail network, café and shop – we hope you ski with us many times in the future.
Written May 2, 2015
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

RLFtravel
Owen Sound, Canada7 contributions
Beautiful skiing
Feb 2015 • Couples
Lovely trails through the woods and across hilly fields. Lots of ups and downs. A good map handed out. Would be an improvement to have maps posted on the trails. Good warming hut. Friendly service.
Written February 14, 2015
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