New Hampshire cross country skiing areas welcome all comersNew Hampshire has a large variety of places to do cross-country (Nordic) skiing. Some are connected to big downhill (Alpine) ski areas and many more operate as cross country touring centers that specialize in that form of skiing alone. Most places that welcome cross-country skiers also offer snowshoeing, along with snowshoe rentals and lessons. New Hampshire Parks & Recreations offers a bunch of helpful snowshoeing resources.
A few touring and Nordic centers allow skiers bringing their dog companions. At least one Nordic ski center can set you up with a skijoring harness to ski while being pulled by dogs. A good overall source of information on cross-country skiing in New Hampshire is Ski NH Cross Country Skiing.
Route 16 at Pinkham Notch Gorham, NH, 03581 Phone: 603-466-3988
Outfitter and outdoor center with 45 km of trails for cross-country (XC) skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing; family friendly
A full service outfitter and Nordic rental and retail shop rents and sells equipment for XC skiing and snowshoeing. Open daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. SnowCoach tours are offered up to tree line of Mount Washington. Glen View Café offers many food choices and great views from the dining room.
153 Main Street Jackson, NH, 03846 Phone: 603-383-9355
Groomed trails and trailside amenities in Jackson
Dartmouth Cross Country Ski Center
Dartmouth Outing Club House, Oscom Pond and Oak Hill Hanover, NH, 03755 Phone: 603-643-6534
Outdoor sports center adjacent to pond offers 26 km of groomed trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing; ice skating; rentals & lessons
Group and individual classes are offered at the Dartmouth Outing Club House on Occom Pond. The pond also is open for ice skating, and skates are available for rent. You can buy a day pass at Occom Pond or at Oak Hill for $10. Season passes offer extra services at other nearby cross country skiing centers. Equipment rentals and lessons are available. Also: waxes and ski accessories, wax recommendations, skate sharpening, weather and trail reports, and free trail maps.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at DOC House and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Oak Hill); weekend, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both locations. Hours may depend on snow conditions so please call ahead. For information on telemark, winter mountaineering, and other winter sports, call 603-646-2428.
Bretton Woods Nordic Center at the Mount Washington Resort
Route 302 Bretton Woods, NH, 03575 Phone: 603-278-3322
100 km of trails adjacent to Mount Washington Resort for XC skiing and snowshoeing; ice skating; rentals; lessons
Trails cross terrain that includes fields, hard wood forests, past ponds and streams. Groomed for classical track Nordic skiing and skate skiing or snowshoeing. Some trails are part of the Mount Stickney system. Warming cabins may be found on some trails. Nordic racing program.
Trails passes for a day are $7 to $14; chairlift ride to Mountain Road Trail is $10; on Wednesdays except holidays, two may ski for the price of one. Also available are Learn to Cross Country Ski packages, including passes, rentals and lessons.
Bear Notch Ski Touring Center
Route 302 Bartlett, NH, 03812 Phone: 603-374-2277
65 km of trails for Nordic (XC) skiing and snowshoeing with views of the White Mountains
Windblown Cross Country
1180 Turnpike Road (Rte. 124/123) New Ipswich, NH, 03071 Phone: 603-878-2869
Variety of trails with big mountain views for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing; base lodge; overnight hut; rentals and lessons
A Warming Hut cabin is open to all skiers during the day and may be rented overnight by up to 15 people. Overnight users ski or snowshoe in a half a mile, packing in their food and sleeping gear. Trails fees are $10 to $15 depending on age of skier and days of the week. Snowshoeing is $10 a day. Center accepts cash or checks; no credit cards or debit cards. An ATM is provided in the Ski Shop.
Granite Gorge Cross Country
341 Route 9 Keene-Roxbury, NH, 03431 Phone: 603-358-5000
Nordic area next to downhill ski mountain; weekend night skiing; snowshoeing
Low fees for full- and half-day skiing are $7 to $10, depending on age. Snowshoe trail fees including equipment are $8, and free for young children, Lessons and equipment rentals are available. Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m..
Gunstock Cross Country and Snowshoe Center
Route 11A Gilford, NH, 03429 Phone: 603-293-4341
Nordic center has trails for skiing and snowshoeing, lessons, rentals, tours, and skiing with your dog (skijoring)
The Nordic center is full stocked with new cross-country skiing equipment for sale or rent. Trail passes by season and by the day allow access to cross country and snowshoe trails. Day passes cost $12 to $17, depending on age. Two-for-the-price-of-one tickets on Magic Mondays.
Nansen Ski Club at Milan Hill State Park
427 Milan Hill Road Milan, NH, 03588 Phone:
12 km of challenging trails for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing at outdoor sports club
Pine Hill XC Ski Club
Park at: 220 Mountain Road, 0.5 mile east from junction with Shaker Road New London, NH Phone: 603-381-8685
Private club welcomes day skiers; 15 miles of trails for classic skiing; rentals from nearby but offsite ski shop; lessons
Non-members of the club may use the trails for a daily trail fee donation of $12. Robb's Hut will be open on Saturdays or Sundays, 11 a.m. to 2 pm., as a destination to rest and eat.
Eastman Cross Country Center
10 Clubhouse Lane Grantham, NH, 03753 Phone: 603-863-4500
Community sports group welcomes guests on 12 trails for XC skiing and snowshoeing; ice skating offered
Nordic Center at Waterville Valley
Town Square Waterville Valley, NH, 03215 Phone: 603-236-4666
70 km of trails for all abilities for XC skiing and snowshoeing; village provides all comfort needs
The Nordic Center offer a large variety of rental and retail gear for cross country skiing and showshoeing, child trailer sleds known as pulks, repairs, waxing, and tuning. Open daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The Village offers lots of places to eat, shop, and enjoy ice skating, fireworks, sleigh rides, and seasonal events.
Mt. Washington Valley Ski Touring & Snowshoe Center
279 Route 16 -- 302 Intervale, NH, 03812 Phone: 603-356-9920
45 km of riverside, wooded and village trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing
The Northern part of the trail network includes easy trails from the Touring Center toward the inns along Route 16A in Intervale or along the Saco River toward North Conway. The Central section includes easy trails from Inns near the Scenic Vista. Travel into North Conway through Whitaker Woods or head north along the Saco River. The Village section of the network includes the trails through Whitaker Woods in North Conway. People may ski with their dogs only in Whitaker Woods. Day memberships are $7 to $15, depending on skier age and time of week.