Living: Cross-Country Inns Are In

The hills are alive with the sound of telemarking

In summer, the Home Ranch, north of Steamboat Springs, Colo., is a modestly successful dude ranch, luring urban cowboys and cowgirls with live horseflesh and barbecued beef. When the snows come, the ranch, like scores of summer inns and resorts from the California Sierra to Massachusetts, becomes a cross-country skiing resort. The demand for cross-country accommodations—and the carefully prepared trails through snowy woods, mountains and meadows they offer—has risen dramatically.

According to estimates by the U.S. Ski Association, in 1970 a mere 1,000 skiers were...

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