Luckily, you don't have to be a hardcore racer to enjoy cross country skiing. Nordic skiing used to be a fringe sport in North America, but over the years it's grown in popularity. With that, equipment has also advanced making XC skiing more enjoyable than ever. Also, cross country gear has become more accessible and thus easier to purchase as well.
There are more places to nordic ski than ever. Many major alpine ski resorts have added dedicated XC trails to their lists of amenities. Additionally, nordic centers and trail networks have sprouted up throughout snowy winter regions. Some of these have a lodge component that might offer food and beverage services. Others are really just the trails themselves, often maintained by local volunteers and recreation disctrict staff. And bonus, nordic skiing access in general is really inexpensive when compared with the astronomical prices charged by mainstream alpine ski resorts!